AO-63 assault rifle

$1,499.00

AO-63
Type Assault Rifle
Place of origin  Soviet Union
Service history
Used by Soviet Armed Forces, Spetsnaz
Production history
Designer Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov, Peter Andreevich Tkachev
Designed 1986
Manufacturer TsNIITochMash
Specifications
Weight 3.68kg
Length 890mm
Cartridge 5.45x39mm
Caliber 5.45mm
Action Gas/Recoil
Rate of fire 850-6,000(theoretical)
Feed system 30 round AK-74 magazine
Sights Iron
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AO-63 assault rifle

The AO-63 is a Soviet two-barrel AK derived assault rifle chambered for the 5.45x39mm round. It was designed by S. G. Simonov and P. A. Tkachev, and manufactured by TsNIITochMash. It uses a side by side barrel configuration, and it can reach a maximum rate of fire of 6000 rounds/min when fired in two round burst mode with a 0.01 millisecond delay to increase ballistic performance, making it the fastest firing assault rifle known.

The gun feeds from a triple stack box magazine of 45 round capacity. As you can see in the image below, it seems that the magazine is not quite a triple stack one. It is more like a normal two stack magazine welded to a single stack one. You can see the two followers and a dividing wall between the two sections. Even if the cartridge stacks merge together inside the magazine, they are definitely presented separately for feeding.

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AO-63 was a logical continuation of another project of the experimental machine – AO-38, which was developed at the same TsNIItochmash in the 1960s. The main feature of the AO-38 was the increased accuracy of fire in automatic mode, which was significantly higher than all small arms known at that time. However, work on the creation of AO-38 was postponed until better times. In the early 1980s it seemed that these better times had come, and at the Central Research Institute of Machine and Machine Tools returned to the design of an experimental automaton.

Automatic machine AO-63 never entered mass production. But was it even to be expected that such weapons could be adopted by the Soviet Army? Its complex double-barreled design increased the duration of the assembly and disassembly of the machine by two to three times, also the adaptation of ammunition to a similar rate of fire was required. If for special units this could still be at least somehow an acceptable option, then for mass (“pan-army”) use – definitely not. There were too many problems, and the real positive effect of using the AO-63 assault rifle was not proven. But the very fact of the development of a double-barreled submachine gun in the USSR, let’s say, scared the West, and not even so much the professional military, but the media, who liked to tickle the nerves of the public with various stories about terrible Soviet weapons.

AO-63
Type Assault Rifle
Place of origin  Soviet Union
Service history
Used by Soviet Armed Forces, Spetsnaz
Production history
Designer Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov, Peter Andreevich Tkachev
Designed 1986
Manufacturer TsNIITochMash
Specifications
Weight 3.68kg
Length 890mm
Cartridge 5.45x39mm
Caliber 5.45mm
Action Gas/Recoil
Rate of fire 850-6,000(theoretical)
Feed system 30 round AK-74 magazine
Sights Iron

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