Kalashnikov unveils new AK that fires .308 rounds (...and we’re not sure why)

The Russian maker of the AK-47 unveiled a new rifle on August 20 called the AK-308, which it is expected to demonstrate at the Army-2018 Forum on Tuesday.

"The weapon is based on the AK103 submachine gun for the cartridge 7.62x51 mm with elements and components of the AK-12 automatic machine," Kalashnikov Concern said in a press statement on Monday.

"At the moment, preparations are under way for preliminary testing of weapons," Kalashnikov added.

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On the other hand, the AK-12 shoots a 5.45x39 mm caliber round, and the AK-15 shoots a 7.62x39 mm round, according to Kalashnikov. Each of those two weapons with an empty 30-round magazine weigh about 7.7 pounds.

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