Particularly, battalion commanders of mechanized infantry, paratrooper and marine regiments took part in mentioned exercises. The purpose of that event was to upgrade the qualification of the officers by a number of tactical and strategic classes, defensive and offensive scenario studies, as well as familiarization with new weapon systems.
During these exercises, the officers were carrying AK-74 assault rifles, which had some interesting upgrades and mods on them. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.
The railed dust cover, handguard and gas tube cover are most likely made by Russian company Zenit. The dust cover is Zenit B-33 (Зенит Б-33), the handguard is a Zenit B-10M (Б-10М) and the railed gas tube cover is a Zenit B-19 (Б-19). Here is a picture of all three accessories:
The stock adapter is probably made by Israeli company FAB Defense. It is the model M4-AK P or a similar one. Some of these stock adapters differ only by the material, which is almost impossible to distinguish by only a visual reference. In any case, it is a conversion stock which allows mounting AR-15/ M-4 rifle stocks on the AK platform. It also has a built-in side folding mechanism. Here is the image of M4-AK P model:
The buttstock itself is also made by FAB Defense and it is their GLR-16 CP model with an adjustable cheek riser.
The angled foregrip mounted on the handguard has the distinct shape of another FAB Defense product – PTK.
The scope is unidentified, but it is presumably a Russian made one. It is a night vision or thermal scope judging from the looks. Possibly, it is a newer version of NSPU scope. We’ll update this post as soon as we find out the exact model of the scope.
Similar exercises of squad leaders were held too and it is interesting to note that squad leaders were equipped with AK-74 rifles in stock configuration. Judging from that, the upgrades for AK-74s are available for high ranking officers only. Here is a picture of squad leader sergeants firing their AK-74s:
FYI: here is the small arms’ list of Armed Forces of Kazakhstan (from Wikipedia):
- 9×18mm Makarov PM Standard issue pistol for armed forces.
- 9×18mm PP-90M1 Submachine gun, used by special forces.
- 5.45×39mm AK-74 Standard issue rifle of Kazakh military.
- 5.45×39mm RPK-74
- 7.62×39mm AKM Reserve units
- 7.62×54mmR SVD Dragunov sniper rifle
- 7.62×54mmR PKM machine gun
- 7.62×54mmR PKP Pecheneg machine gun, used by special forces.
- 7.62×39mm ARX-160 Assault rifle, used by special forces
- 12.7mm NSV machine gun