The AK platform has been used by standing armies worldwide for more than 60 years and has seen multiple revisions including the AK-74, which changed the caliber from 7.62×39 to the fast and deadly 5.45×39 cartridge. In need of an update since its last popular revision, Russia’s Kalashnikov rifle line has engineered a line of next-generation AK pattern rifles, the AK-400.
The video below shows some of the features of the AK-400 prototype as explained by Larry Vickers during a tour to the Kalashnikov factory in Russia. As you’ll note, the AK-400 receives some modern features including a multi-position retractable stock, Magpul-like storage grip, and quad rail hand guard.
Although this is still a prototype, it’s interesting to see the latest firearms coming from Russia. We’re still waiting on some of the other Russian firearms that have been released in the last 10 years, there’s still hope that Kalashnikov’s new US-based branch (located in Delray Beach, FL) will begin to import or build some of these desirable firearms for the US market soon.