Foreign competitors of the Kalashnikov assault rifle


According to the World Trade Analysis Center weapons, in the past, 2019 Russia has retained second place in the global arms market. Without a doubt, one of the most popular products of the Russian military-industrial complex is small arms, represented primarily by the products of the famous Kalashnikov concern. But after all, automatic weapons in the world are produced not only by our country. Which of them today can compete not on the battlefield, but specifically as a candidate for acquisition to replenish someone’s arsenals?


Of course, trying to look for “closest competitors” based on the rating of arms-sellering countries would be fundamentally wrong. Indeed, even in the Russian military-industrial complex the most global export volumes are provided by giants of the Almaz-Antey Concern of East Kazakhstan region or the United Aircraft Corporation. Yes, and in firmly holding the world championship in the USA, Lockheed Martin and Boeing are listed in the forefront, and not Colt's Manufacturing Company. Nevertheless, it is her products in the person of the “old woman” M16, which, since it was developed and adopted by the US Army, has changed and modernized almost beyond recognition, and is the main “alternative” to AKs of various modifications. At least 9 million copies issued, the list of exploiting countries that can hardly fit on one page - this, you know, inspires ...

One cannot but mention the "younger brother" of this automatic rifle - the M4A1 assault rifle developed on its basis, which is also gaining more and more popularity in the world. Of the representatives of the "classics" it is also worth mentioning the products of Belgian gunsmiths. Namely, various models manufactured by FN. Especially the “super-sophisticated” SCARs, which even managed to partially outstrip the “domestic manufacturer” and the futuristic F2000 even in the Pentagon.

No less serious rival for any manufacturer of automatic "rifle" should be considered the German corporation Heckler & Koch. Already these can offer "trunks", practically, for every taste. Especially worth mentioning are models such as the relatively new NK G36 and the more modern NK416 and NK417.

Of the automatic firing products of other European manufacturers that feel confident in the global arms market, which does not suffer from the abundance and variety of offers, it is worth mentioning, of course, the French FAMAS and Steyr AUG A3. In recent years, more and more actively for the "place in the sun" in the segment of sales of small arms, the Israelis began to fight with their "Tavor" - TAR 21, often called the "assault rifle of the XXI century." All of the above models are representatives of the "bullpup" -position, which has both a mass of supporters and many opponents, and the domestic gunsmiths somehow did not take root.



The list of armies and special services of various countries in service and trying to find their place in the growing global military market with the above models and manufacturers is far from exhaustive. Nevertheless, among those with whom our Kalashnikovs have to compete, they are the most significant rivals. Let's hope that the new developments of domestic craftsmen in the future will allow Russia to retain the status of the manufacturer of automatic machines No. 1 on the planet.
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  1. The leader of the Redskins 4 March 2020 08: 22 New
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    And they (competitors) are? !!!
    1. ssergey1978 4 March 2020 11: 39 New
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      Of course I have. Zig 550 with the same reliability is also a very accurate rifle. AUG and M16 than not competitors?
      1. The totality. Reliability, cost, performance characteristics ...
        1. ssergey1978 4 March 2020 11: 44 New
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          Have you been banned in Yandex?
      2. Max otto 4 March 2020 13: 15 New
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        Quote: ssergey1978
        Of course I have. Zig 550 with the same reliability is also a very accurate rifle. AUG and M16 than not competitors?

        For zig 550 can a box of "Kalashmat" barter, not? drinks This is the whole point of Zig
        1. foreign spy 5 March 2020 16: 56 New
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          “For Zig 550 you can exchange a box of Kalashmat” - this is the essence of AK’s popularity
  2. Vladimir_2U 4 March 2020 08: 26 New
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    Of the automatic firing products ... who feel confident in the global arms market that does not suffer from the abundance and variety of offers, it’s worth mentioning, of course, the French FAMAS
    Is it FAMAS, which already in France has been withdrawn from service, consider at least some competitor at least something? The author should check the data in the article, this is not a comment on the knee.
    1. bessmertniy 4 March 2020 09: 16 New
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      Again, sales figures for each type of weapon are desirable, for example, last year. Then you can see if there is competition.
      1. Ravil_Asnafovich 4 March 2020 09: 26 New
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        Well, the bourgeois still can somehow be calculated, but AK is complicated, if only how much Russia has exported.
        1. bessmertniy 4 March 2020 09: 28 New
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          It’s not necessary to be precise to every barrel, but somehow an estimated figure, if in the subject, you can probably deduce.
      2. Den717 5 March 2020 07: 11 New
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        Quote: bessmertniy
        preferably sales figures for each type of weapon

        You can add an indicative price tag in a comparable currency.
  3. Amateur 4 March 2020 08: 31 New
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    assault carbine M4A1, also gaining in the world more and more popularity.

    M4A1 was adopted in 1994, i.e. 26 years ago.
    If all goes well, then by 2044, popularity will mature. fellow
    1. foreign spy 5 March 2020 16: 55 New
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      Well, if by that time the M4 is replaced with something and it starts to be sold at cheap prices in all kinds of bananostan, then the popularity will be no worse than that of AK
  4. Masha 4 March 2020 08: 34 New
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    So ... I remembered ...
    Angola, the seventies of the last century. Local communists are supported by the Soviet Union. There is a revolution in the country. The USSR sends a correspondent to Angola for reporting. The special correspondent arrives, the capital is taken by the rebels. The presidential palace is on fire. On a pile of corpses of the palace guard towers a hefty black man, you see the leader. All in tattoos and in human blood.
    In the hands of the AK-47.
    Special Corps:
    - Do you like Kalashnikov, the weapons of Soviet soldiers?
    Negro:
    - Yes, he has a strong butt, it is convenient to break skulls to enemies, a sharp bayonet - it is good to rip open stomachs of enemies.
    Special Corps:
    - And how do you shoot - bursts or single?
    The Negro with reverential horror throws the machine gun away from himself:
    - This one also shoots !!? wassat
  5. Zeev Zeev 4 March 2020 08: 41 New
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    Neither FAMAS nor the Stayrovsky AUG play in the arms markets. But “Tavor” and Galil ACE are assault rifles that have already firmly taken a niche in the market, sometimes intercepting contracts with “Kalashnikov” (remember Vietnam).
    1. Alexander Suvorov 4 March 2020 09: 29 New
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      Zeev Zeev (Zeev Zeev)
      Neither FAMAS nor the Stayrovsky AUG play in the arms markets. But “Tavor” and Galil ACE are assault rifles that have already firmly taken a niche in the market, sometimes intercepting contracts with “Kalashnikov” (remember Vietnam).
      KANESHNA, KANESHNA, how can a Jew not praise his weapons. That's just a pichal-bida, which one, your vaunted "galil", is an exact copy of the Kalashnikov assault rifle, slightly modified.
      Galil (Hebrew גליל, Eng. Galil) is an Israeli assault rifle developed by the designer Israel Galili (nee Israel Balashnikov) based on the Finnish assault rifle Valmet Rk 62, which, in turn, is a variant of the Kalashnikov assault rifle.
      1. Talgat 148 4 March 2020 10: 20 New
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        And Tavor! ???
        And the Negev! ???
        And Erichon! ???
        And Uzi! ??
        1. Catfish 9 March 2020 23: 32 New
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          I won’t say anything for Tavor with the Negev,
          And Jericho with an ultrasound scan are clones of Czechoslovak models.
      2. Zeev Zeev 4 March 2020 10: 49 New
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        So decide whether it’s accurate or modified? And for that matter, I would like to know where in AK, AKM or Rk.62 there is a caliber 5.56, a two-sided fuse-translator of fire, a folding butt to the side, a two-sided loading handle, the possibility of firing with grenade grenades, folding sights for firing at night, a diopter sight and other Galileo pieces of 1973. About Galil ACE in 2010, which is already sold in one and a half dozen countries, and in three it is produced under license, I will not say anything.
        1. ssergey1978 4 March 2020 11: 42 New
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          GALIL is Valmet, Valmet is AK. Why argue?
          1. Zeev Zeev 4 March 2020 12: 06 New
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            Galil is not Valmet, it is a license purchased from Valmet for individual units and receiver boxes milled in Finland for the first experimental batches. By the way, on the basis of the Galil production experience in Finland, they developed their own automatic machine under 5.56, which they adopted in 1976 (Galil was created in 1973). It is called Rk. 76
            1. Vladimir_2U 4 March 2020 12: 10 New
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              Yes, of course, GALIL is not an Akmoid, do not tell tales.
              1. Zeev Zeev 4 March 2020 12: 12 New
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                "Galil" is as AKMoid as an elephant is a descendant of a rocky daman. That is, the ancestors are common, but the differences are too great.
                1. Vladimir_2U 4 March 2020 12: 17 New
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                  If this is a slightly unfinished AK, then what is it then?
                  1. Zeev Zeev 4 March 2020 12: 21 New
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                    This is a very heavily doped AK. I have already mentioned the differences.
                    By the way, in the initial comment I spoke about the ACE Galil, which differs even more.
                    1. Vladimir_2U 4 March 2020 12: 33 New
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                      Quote: Zeev Zeev
                      there is a caliber 5.56, a double-sided fuse-translator of fire, folding to the side of the butt, two-sided loading handle, the ability to fire rifle grenades, folding sights for shooting at night, a diopter sight
                      AK has 5,56 and 7,62 * 39 and 5,45 and even 7,62 * 51 and all these cosmetic pribluds, one damn thing is AK, Jewish, Romanian, Yugoslav, it doesn't matter, I won’t say anything about ACE, though would not look like.
                      1. Zeev Zeev 4 March 2020 12: 47 New
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                        On which AKMoid in 1973 was it and on which is it now?
                      2. Vladimir_2U 4 March 2020 12: 57 New
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                        Yes, I’m not even going to look, if for you the diopter sight and the butt folding to the side and other false eyelashes are a sign of the independence of the weapon design, then applying the David star to the F-16 will surely, in your eyes, immediately make it an airplane of the original Israeli design and production . And what can you talk about with such a person?
                      3. Zeev Zeev 4 March 2020 13: 29 New
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                        Not original, but other based on the base. Just like the TT is made on the basis of Browning
                      4. ssergey1978 5 March 2020 07: 48 New
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                        You would not be dishonored by your "powerful" knowledge. Of course, I do not claim that the design of the TT is original, but what does browning have to do with it? and what browning?
                      5. Zeev Zeev 5 March 2020 08: 50 New
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                        Browning model of 1903 (No. 2, if sclerosis does not fail), which was in service with the Corps of Gendarmes of the Russian Empire.
                      6. ssergey1978 5 March 2020 11: 31 New
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                        And what is there in common? Free shutter browning, and TT interlocked.
                      7. Zeev Zeev 5 March 2020 11: 38 New
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                        But the barrel with the earring was taken from another Browning pistol - M1911 Colt
                      8. ssergey1978 5 March 2020 11: 57 New
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                        Get out. If you consider that in the world of locking a gun barrel once, twice and all, yes.
  • basmach 4 March 2020 14: 02 New
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    There is such a joke. The stewardess on the plane announces: - “Gentlemen, passengers, on the ground floor of our superliner there is a luggage compartment. On the second is a fitness room with a pool. On the third is a restaurant with a bar. On the fourth is a sleeping compartment. On the fifth is the lounge with armchairs, where we are now "The sixth observation deck. And now please fasten your seat belts. And we will try to take off with all this crap !!!"
  • Mustachioed Georgian 4 March 2020 09: 07 New
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    If only the photos of competitors were posted, in-depth article negative
  • Maxim364364 4 March 2020 09: 08 New
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    With all the wealth of choice, in the event of the AK-74M overwhelming, my choice. In second place is AKMS. Fuck all these futuristic balalaikas, then there are no cartridges, then the dirt has gotten, then something has bent.
    1. East Kazakhstan 4 March 2020 09: 27 New
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      The weapon is excellent.
  • Ros 56 4 March 2020 09: 10 New
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    1 Kalashnikov has no competitors, from the word at all.
    2 Who does not agree, watch the videos of military clashes from any end of the planet ..... and read paragraph one. negative fellow lol laughing hi
    1. Alex2 4 March 2020 09: 29 New
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      In terms of the indisputable advantages of competitors there. But on the market there are a lot of competitors, such gears.
    2. foreign spy 5 March 2020 16: 37 New
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      and how many AKs of Russian production will be in these videos from all over the planet? Does Sino-Bulgarian-Romanian AK also need to be proud of?
      1. Ros 56 5 March 2020 16: 40 New
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        Take a cold shower, maybe it’s better. What a foolish manner to turn everything upside down?
        1. foreign spy 5 March 2020 16: 50 New
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          and you specify which Kalashnikov has no competitors, the Izhevsk AK or the Chinese Type 56? Or the design itself is good, so you have to write about it
          1. Ros 56 5 March 2020 16: 52 New
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            This information is not for spies, especially foreign ones. bully
  • V.I.P. 4 March 2020 09: 51 New
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    I don’t understand how you can compare the M-16, M-4 with a brand or FN Skar. Between them decades ... In addition, Americans, Germans, Frenchmen change their rifles to new ones. By the way, the Russian Federation is changing and accepting as many as TWO machines (AK 74 is no longer satisfied with the MO). And if you want to compare, then compare the Veretta ARX-200 Zig-Sauer MCX, HK416 / 433, RS556 (Rheinmetal + Steyer), the Ak-12 adopted (a simplified version, and not the one that was originally), AEK971 .. ... By the way, all arms manufacturers, when creating new models, eliminate the identified jambs of previous models. And judging by antiquities about modern samples is pointless .... And yet, before the sanctions, GDP on TV broadcast on the creation of a plant in Russia together with Beretta for the production of weapons and most importantly ammunition .. But sanctions prevented .... And why did he need it had?))))
  • Horst78 4 March 2020 11: 29 New
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    Strange article. The French FAMAS is sent to the scrap. Steyr AUG except Austria and Australia plainly no one in the army use. Tavor - TAR 21 as far as I know, Israel has actually turned.
    1. Zeev Zeev 4 March 2020 12: 15 New
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      Turned the Tavor? The best-selling assault rifle on the U.S. civilian market in 2018? Armed with a dozen countries, four IDF infantry brigades and a bunch of special forces?
      1. Horst78 4 March 2020 12: 26 New
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        1. That's it, in the US civilian market.
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        four IDF infantry brigades and heaps of special forces
        nothing more to say.
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        one and a half dozen countries
        can a list please. ukroina with its license under the brand name "Fort" does not count http://www.fort.vn.ua/en/.
        1. Zeev Zeev 4 March 2020 12: 58 New
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          Angola, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Cameroon, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Turkey, Macedonia, Nigeria, Portugal, Peru, Costa Rica, Cote diVoire, Nepal, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, India, Honduras, Philippines, Vietnam, Ukraine. In all these countries, Tavor is used by army and police special forces, except for Vietnam, India and Colombia, where it is the weapon of paratroopers and marines.
          I completely forgot, several more American police special forces bought.
          1. Horst78 4 March 2020 13: 03 New
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            Quote: Zeev Zeev
            Army and police special forces are used, except for Vietnam, India and Colombia, where they are paratroopers and marines.
            I completely forgot, several more American police special forces bought.

            Well, where is the AK competition? Our "screw cutters" are also piece goods. The article is about what? Actual competitors of AK are M16 / M4, Heckler & Koch G3 and FN FAL. Everything else is "lyrics." For all kinds of "specialists" there.
            1. Zeev Zeev 4 March 2020 13: 34 New
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              Well, yes, AK they don’t take in special forces laughing
              The AK rival in the army is Galil ACE.
              1. Horst78 4 March 2020 14: 11 New
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                The AK rival in the army is Galil ACE.
                That's it. the Vietnam you listed is just in Israel and bought a factory with a license for Galil. F And India bought a plant with a license for AK.
                1. Zeev Zeev 4 March 2020 14: 23 New
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                  And what did I write about?
          2. ssergey1978 5 March 2020 07: 51 New
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            I strongly suspect that the volumes of purchases of all special forces and all cameroons are very small.
  • bunta 4 March 2020 15: 00 New
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    Galil ACE is a bolt group, the barrel and magazine interface in the receiver (i.e. AK base units) wrapped in Jewish whistle-blowers partially reducing reliability (such as an additional curtain).
  • Alexfly 9 March 2020 11: 39 New
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    The article is about nothing .......
    With all the positive M4 / M16, HK416 / 417 made it its reliability.
    a couple of tests below [media = https: //www.military.com/video/guns/rifles/hk416-assault-rifle-mud-sand-test/3728847300001]