runaway wrote:I have used both AKM and H&K36, and the G36 is a very very nice weapon, forced to chose i would go for a new G36 then a 40 year old AK-74.
As for RPG, am a gunner on Carl Gustav, 84mm recoiles. Its in service in 40 countries and a truckload of different ammo is availeble. Still, i would go for a new RPG if a could, a RPG-29.
Heavy MG, often on vehicles, i dont think the M2HB is much inferior to the Kord.
Ordinary MG´s the PKM is as good as KSP-58.
Pistols, little differens.
Special weapons, iam not to good to judge on them.
Overall i think russian weapons have an edge the western dont have, but its time the AK-12 come out with better optics, aimpoint style, better ergonomics and better accuracy on 200-400m.
Western weapons are often made for the firing range, the russian ones are made for war.
So you haven't used an AK-74M, which is the weapon I specified, not the AKM, a rifle in 7.62x39 introduced in 1959, decomissioned for general use in the mid 1980s, when USA used M16A1 and germany G3. AK-74M is extremely controlable (much more than any 5.56 rifle), not so heavy, and modulable enough. G36 offers strictly nothing over it, whereas M4 does, it's lighter, and easily modded. In the second place I definitely put US M4 or better, Hk416, certainly not any other assault rifle, G36 would still be behind AK5 (FNC) in my book. AK-74M offers a level of ruggedness unachieved in any other assault rifle. Do you see many soldiers worldwide doing push ups on the magazine of their rifle on a regular basis
? Do you see them use the rifle as a ladder or platform with 80+ kg boys in gear walking on it on daily training, any rifle can survive a 4 story building fall on concrete even on the magazine? Hell no, but AK-74M does this, plus the regular job of a rifle. Have you ever seen the environement the AK-74M meets in harsh training courses of internal spetsnaz troops, and still shooting at the end?
Sure, the G36 with built in sight will be a better marksman rifle for the soldier vs a bare AK-74M, but RUS troops in operation use a wide range of optics of the AK-74M, from 1P29 to passive night sights, a wide variety of red dots and reflex sights. AK-74M takes 45rds magazines, G36 is issued only with 30 rounds ones. G36<AK-74M 99% of the time. What's best about it before all, is the emphasis on simplicity and durability, nothing beats an AK at this, nothing.
About RPG, the RPG-29 makes no sense whatsoever, it's a heavy recoilless AT rifle made "light" enough for shoulder use. RPG-7 uses the exact same warhead, PG-7VR, of course with less effective range. RPG-7 is lighter and much more compact than carl gustav, and the variety of grenades is as good or better. Accuracy for non expert shooter is better with CG though, but it's hell loud, ear damaging, and heavy weapon. Russian army uses RPG-7 as the main system (RPG-7V2 and RPG-7D3 with PGO-7), but it's 1 per section or platoon, the small disposable launchers are issued to almost all men, more like 3/4 of men in a platoon. It's usually RPG-26 and RSHG-2, 72mm ~3kg tubes. Bigger weapons like 105mm RSHG-1 and RPG-27, or derivatives like MRO, and other stuff, can be issued in specific circumstances. RPG-29 and 28 are dedicated AT systems, very rare, probably could be seen a lot in a real war, seldom used in training.
M2 is not even comparable to KORD. Already with NSV, russians achieved a fantastic HMG outclassing the M2 in "bare use", but while vehicule mounted, NSV / KORD / M2 makes no difference almost. M2 is a bitch to maintain and use compared to KORD, the latter is also much lighter, much more reliable and much more accurate, not even talking about rate of fire.
PKM > MAG58 or M240, mostly because it's much lighter, quite less long and bulky, and even more reliable. PKP pushes the PKM in yet another level, emphasis on LMG role with increased fire time ability. PKP accepts wide variety of sights (so does PKMN), so the "picatiny rail" is not an argument anymore. RPK-74M are seldom used, but it's a fine weapon, with no real equivalent, except the UK LSW86. Russians don't feel the need for light caliber belt fed like the minimi, they choose to give as much PKP or PKM as possible instead, and they have many. Machine gun wise, we can safely say that russia is quite confortable and will remain so. France for example is not.
Pistols, as I mentionned, russia has many of them, top notch. The good old PM (makarov) is not the only thing they have, far from that. new russian guns outperform existing leaders of the market by a small to large margin (small vs glock, large vs beretta for example), plus all new russian guns fire extremely powerful P+ ammo with AP core. PYA, GSH-18 and SR-1 are those pistols.
AK-12 is mostly irrelevant and useless for basic duty, but it will be a first choice for all spetsnaz units who currently operate heavily modded AK-74M. I still prefer AEK-971 for this task. AN-94 is in service, and was deployed in crimea when the russian special forces spreaded politeness. (you can find a video and screenshots, just type in russian AN-94 in crimea)
The special purpose calibers and weapons of russian army are superb, their sniper rifles are great.