AK-104: Preferred Carbine of Hardcore Henry and the Black Cobras

February 1, 2024  
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The typical Russian AK 104 is a carbine version of the third-generation AK103 with a folding stock, but there are other versions. These include a Short Barrel Rifle (SBR) variant. The AK-104 is chambered in 7.62×39 and has a popular U.S. variant in the form of the Palmetto State Armory AK 104.

Unlike the AKS-74U, which uses a skeletonized folding stock, the 104 is equipped with a solid (folding) stock and a polymer pistol grip. The barrel is shorter than the 103, but there are other differences — particularly the muzzle device (a combination flash hider-muzzle brake). As with its Western analogs, the muzzle brake is intended to reduce recoil and mitigate muzzle climb.

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AK-104 in use by Syrian opposition fighters in the Idlib region of Syria. This group is reportedly affiliated with Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham. They are a Turkish-backed rebel group associated with the National Liberation Front.  [IG @ streakingdelilah]

 The AK-104 uses a notched rear tangent sight calibrated in 100m increments up to half a klick (500m), though the generally accepted maximum effective range is 200m. Only the front sight (for elevation) is easily adjustable in the field. The rear sight is, at least in some doctrines) adjusted before being issued by an armorer. 104s commonly have a side dovetail mounting rail for optics.

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AK-104 Specifications

(c.1994 – Present)

  • Type: Carbine
  • Caliber: 7.62x39mm (find where it’s in stock & who has the lowest price)
  • Feed System: 30 round magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto
  • Receiver: Stamped steel with forged trunnion
  • Weight: 6 lbs (3 kg)
  • Length: 32.4 in (82.4 cm)
  • Barrel length: 12.4 in (31.4 cm)

AK-104 FAQs and Facts

FAQ: What is the difference between AK-103 and AK-104 rifles?
The two biggest differences between the AK103 and AK104 are the barrel length (the 104 is shorter) and the muzzle device.
Fact: In Hardcore Henry, the titular character picks up a rifle dropped by a mercenary. That rifle is an AK104, but there’s a continuity error. In the scene prior, that mercenary was carrying an AK103.

FAQ: Does Russia use the AK104?
Russian security forces use the AK104, particularly the FSB, although many units are replacing them with AK12 variants.

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As noted by Streaking Delilah, this particular weapon appears to have been fitted with an extended charging handle to improve manipulation.

Fact: The weapon is standard issue in a number of Counter-Terrorism units across the world, including Egypt’s “Black Cobra” unit and Syria’s Anti-Terrorism Police. Russia’s FSB has been a user for many years but is reportedly being replaced by the AK12.
FAQ: What caliber is the AK104?
Like the 103, the AK104 is chambered in 7.62x39mm. They utilize the same box-style magazine.

FAQ: Is the AK-104 a pistol?
There are AK-104 pistols, as defined by the use of a (folding) stabilizing pistol brace like the SBA4. There are also SBR versions.
Fact: AK104 is also an antibody used in combating cancer (or that’s what the American Society of Clinical Oncology tells us).

This magazine appears to be loaded with Barnaul 7.62x39mm Full Metal Jacket ammunition. AK104s are relatively rare in anti-Bashad forces because the Syrian armed forces (particularly the Republican Guard) imported fewer of them than they did the AK103. Thus, they are less available on black markets in the region.

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