K-3 (rifle)

The K-3 is an Armenian bullpup assault rifle chambered for 5.45×39mm ammunition with a selective fire system, selecting between semi-automatic mode, burst mode, and full automatic fire mode. Little is known about the production and variants of these firearms, as its production is veiled in secrecy, but it is evident they are being used by the Armenian Special Forces, as was displayed in a recent military parade.

Country Name Origin Year
Armenia 1990
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Armenia View

First unveiled in October 1996, the K-3 5.45 mm assault rifle is based on the Kalashnikov action, reconfigured into a bullpup layout. By October 1996, over 40 examples of the K-3 had been manufactured in Armenia, although series production had yet entered mass production.

Conceived by the Military Industrial Department of the Armenian Ministry of Defence, the K-3 has been produced in a basic iron-sight form, with the option of mounting a standard PSO-1 ×4 telescopic sight, also produced in Armenia.

K-3 is said to inherit all of the AK-74's advantages in terms of durability and firepower. Yet K-3 supersedes AK-74 in terms of minimisation of recoil, accuracy, ergonomics, balancing and mobility.

Due to the position of its ejection port, the K-3 can only be fired right-handed.

The muzzle of the barrel has an attachment that allows firing of rifle grenades. The new version of K-3 allows firing of grenades without the need for any separate attachments - the grenade can be fired by simply placing it on the barrel. Most of the furniture is nylon-based hard plastic, as is the 30-round curved box magazine, based on that of the AK-74 rifle series.

Type Bullpup assault rifle
Place of origin Armenia
Service history
Used by Armenia
Production history
Designed Early 1990s
Weight 3.4 kg
Length 700 mm
Barrel length 415 mm
Cartridge 5.45×39mm
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 600 rounds/min (automatic)
100 rounds/min (burst mode)
40 rounds/min (singular)
Effective firing range 400 m
Maximum firing range 1000 m
Feed system 30-round or 45-round AK-74detachable box magazine
Sights Iron sights

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