Tabuk - Iraqi copy of the Soviet Kalashnikov assault rifle


The countries of the Middle East are among the leaders in the world in terms of the prevalence of Soviet (Russian) infantry weapons. Moreover, it turns out that this weapon serves both government forces and those with whom they are fighting. This kind of situation manifests itself, for example, in Iraq. And here it is important to note that in this country, at one time, its own production of copies of Kalashnikov assault rifles was established.


The fact that there are Iraqi Kalash’s and how high quality they are is reflected in the video by the expert of the Russian concern Vladimir Onokoy. Iraqi Kalashnikov assault rifles, like Chinese with American ones, Onokoi are among the worst in the world. At the same time, according to experts, the Iraqi occupy the 4th place in this list.

In fact, we are talking about the Yugoslav versions of Kalashnikov assault rifles. It was the Yugoslavs who created the production of these small arms in Iraq, which was originally called Tabuk.

Initially, the Tabuki had a fairly high quality, but with the deterioration of the economic situation, this quality also steadily worsened. And the decline in the quality of weapons led to difficulties in its use.

A detailed analysis of Iraqi AKs is presented in a video on Kalashnikov’s YouTube channel:

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  1. 1959ain 4 February 2020 20: 13 New
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    Kalashnikov is our real left-hander
    1. beeper 4 February 2020 21: 22 New
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      hi That's right, comrade aka 1959ain, MTK is our real Russian Lefty! good
      Congratulations on your return to duty! smile
      1. Range 5 February 2020 01: 30 New
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        Weapon genius! Without special education and without special requests, he created a world masterpiece.
        1. beeper 5 February 2020 03: 35 New
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          hi A genius is the same 1% talent + 99% hard work, it’s like a cut- “uncovering a stone” of a diamond into a precious diamond! winked
          Our Mikhail Timofeevich has his own natural sharpness and technical abilities (almost the same as the famous American self-taught gunsmith Moses Browning from a Mormon family of many children and friendly, a family of technicians and Browning gunsmiths yes ), from a young age he developed, disassembling and delving into the device of the mechanisms he came across, mainly agricultural mechanization — collective farm seeders, reapers, steam locomobiles, first tractors and smaller ones, got him a repair and a rusty revolver, so that from a young age the future “MikhTim” persistently engaged in self-education (not "crust" for the sake of presenting "at the place of demand", but "for myself").
          He especially emphasized the importance for his weapons education, of books and atlases read by V.G. Fedorov in weapons and "gun automatics" read at the hospital (also a very interesting little book illustrating advanced views on the automation of small arms of the beginning of the last century, I think it’s from of those Fedorov’s, in many ways still theoretical, MTK’s ideas literally came up with an idea that was extremely non-technological, during the period of production development, which gave a large percentage of rejects and ruined trunks, inclined gas outlet hole for their early AK and AKM, which they managed to get away with the creation of the AK-74), "from the library of the evacuated aviation institute that was left there ...

          Yes, I myself began my technical self-education in artillery in high school, under the influence of:
          1). stories and theoretical explanations of the father (design engineer and military artillery officer) about the design, principles and methods of firing from guns and howitzers, front-line use of various types of artillery and mortars, as well as military-technical publications of the journal Technika-Molodezhi, and
          2). impressed by the interview with M.T. Kalashnikov with the words that he never stops his self-education, constantly reads and keeps on his desktop textbooks and reference books on plumbing, various types of machining, casting, stamping, machine parts, compromising materials ... and his promise personally shake hands with someone who can surpass the AK and make the machine gun even easier and better for our Soviet Army! winked

          MTK, during regular trips to the troops, which were armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, was surely interested in the opinions of ordinary soldiers and their proposals for improving the AK, many of which were seriously worked out and introduced "into the series."
          Kalashnikov very warmly recalled NIIPSMVO, his most experienced team of gunsmiths and testers, a unique, rich, collection of experienced and serial small arms from all countries, where he learned a lot and professionally improved on the design path.
          He spoke warmly about his senior colleague and fellow talented gunsmith Aleksey Ivanovich Sudaev, who generously shared with the young sergeant, a novice designer, his academic knowledge, rich experience in creating and implementing new models of small arms and his advanced conceptual views (not outdated so far! ) on the device of automatic weapons, as well as design approaches in ensuring its reliable operation and operation in the army!

          So Mikhail Timofeevich was very professionally “specially self-educated” and his “requests”, his requirements for himself, were very high - “he kept the bar high”! Yes, they say the same thing, created under his leadership and with his participation, the famous "weapon families" AK and PC!
          1. Gunxnumx 5 February 2020 09: 43 New
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            remembered Latukhin’s wonderful book “God of War”, read in early childhood
            1. beeper 5 February 2020 13: 02 New
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              hi I had it, for young people who are interested in artillery, everything is described intelligibly and clearly (the author didn’t even forget the plastic explosive shells and schematically showed the principle of armor-piercing action, we didn’t have such then, but in the ammunition of the British tank crew) they were )!
              But then she, like many other books of her home library and many years of filing "Technique-Youth", literally for a penny, I handed it over to the "Bukinist". What I really regretted later. I downloaded it from the Web already in electronic form when I re-read it.
              At the end of this book were the addresses of all artillery schools of the Union!
              In the same series, in my opinion, the publishing house "Young Guard", there were books about aviation (including aviation weapons, for the first time in it I saw in it detailed schemes of the parts of the Maxim machine gun when firing) and others.
  2. The leader of the Redskins 4 February 2020 20: 42 New
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    It turns out that you can kill the unkillable ... Even at the time of production!
    1. Range 5 February 2020 03: 55 New
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      If the hands do not grow from there or are not imprisoned in the subject, then production will not work. Even if you transfer 100% technology. So not all cats have Shrovetide.
  3. Lamata 4 February 2020 20: 49 New
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    Do you have a wooden forearm? and where they took the material. Did the yugis supply?
  4. ssergey1978 4 February 2020 21: 34 New
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    Quote: Lamata
    Do you have a wooden forearm? and where they took the material. Did the yugis supply?

    Plywood probably. What's the problem? No plywood in Iraq?
    1. Lamata 4 February 2020 21: 46 New
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      in Iraq with forests and a tree is not ice.
    2. Lamata 4 February 2020 22: 54 New
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      cool, handguard from plywood)))) then the whole aptomat from glued plywood to be mastered and such a military unit will turn out Pinocchio
      1. ssergey1978 4 February 2020 22: 57 New
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        Glued Plywood is used on SCS and AK, but you did not know?
        1. Lamata 4 February 2020 23: 14 New
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          no, I didn’t. thank
        2. About 2 5 February 2020 10: 14 New
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          Not only were samples of both of them with solid wood butts of not only foreign but also Soviet-made.
  5. Ravil_Asnafovich 4 February 2020 22: 16 New
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    Hmm, born to crawl, can’t fly.
  6. Mavrikiy 5 February 2020 05: 01 New
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    Yes, soon for the word "Kalashnikov" they will start giving in the face. So many manufacturers and all have licenses and supervision from the licensor. angry
  7. martin-159 8 February 2020 07: 50 New
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    It would be enough links to the video in YouTube.