The company behind the AK-47 just unveiled a brand new rifle

Kalashnikov Concern is back with a brand new invention

The company behind the AK-47 just unveiled a brand new rifle

Kalashnikov Concern is back with a brand new invention.

The legendary Russia state-owned weapons manufacturer unveiled a new variant of its AK-12 assault rifle on social media earlier this week, according to Jane's.

Dubbed the AK-19, the new lightweight rifle is chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO compared to its predecessor's 5.45×39mm rounds. 

While the rifle is still in development and details are scarce, but the AK-19's upgrades over the AK-12 reportedly include a redesigned polymer stock, a multi-slotted flash suppressor rather than the muzzle break, and new proprietary polymer magazines, according to Jane's.

Kalashnikov Concern plans on officially revealing the AK-19 at the Russian Ministry of Defense's ARMY-2020 International Military-Technical Forum in Moscow in late August, according to Russia Today.

Here's video of the AK-19 in action published to Kalashnikov Concern's official Instagram account:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CD_RGwbhRgd

Related: The Russian military wants to adopt this brand new Kalashnikov assault rifle

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