Semi-automatic, AK Type, Full-automatic
The 5.56 mm Kalashikov is a highly effective automatic weapon designed for the antipersonnel role at a range of 1000 m in daylight and 600 m during the night. The system operates on propellant gases diverted through a vent in the barrel.
The 5.56 mm AKN-74 is a modernized version of the 5.45 mm AKN-74 to comply with NATO standard cartridges. A plastic butt and an attachment for the NSPU night sight are provided. The complete set also includes a knife and scabbard-cutter optionally assembled as a bayonet. A 40 mm barrel-mounted Kastyor grenade launcher of 400 m effective range can be fitted to the 5.56 mm AKN-74. Single and group targets can be destroyed firing bursts at a 550 m range (300 m during the night).
Skilled firers hit targets in the single-shot mode up to 700 m (600 m during the night). The bullet retains its killing effect over a range of 1500 m. The weapon fires 5.56 mm cartridges (5.56 x 45 mm).