Soviet AG 5.45mm Assault Carbine

  • The Vietnam War
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

With only several thousand production Models made, The Gavrilovich Assault Carbine was a variant of the popular AK Series of Soviet Infantry Assault Rifle. The AG Carbine version was first deployed in 1975, with some Models being used by North Vietnamese Regulars, during The Southeast Asian Conflict with The United States and Her Allies. Weighing only 4-pounds, The AG fired the 5.45mm round from a 30-round detachable clip. The weapon could fire effectively up to 700-yards, a feat considering it's overall size. The AG had an attached collapsible metal stock. The overall action was based, in part on The US XM-177 Assault Carbine, later better known as The Colt AR-15 5.56mm weapon. Popular for a period by both Soviet Special Forces and Special Air Operations (Airborne) Forces, it was replaced in the 1980s. None are known to be in active use.