Fictional weapon for Nationstates.
After finding out the stocks of AK-74M rifles were rapidly losing their edge against similar weapons in other nations and learning from firing practices that the bullpup AV-88 battle rifles were all but useless in sustained fire due to the very large round they fired, a brief design competition was established to choose a true successor for the Kalashnikova with the conditions that it share its reliability but fires a more effective round, 6.8mm, and integrates use of lightweight polymers to build its frame.
Amongst the various entries was Voskovorsmash GUP's VS13 rifle, taking some features from the AEK-971, an assault rifle that had found no use within Birkanian units outside of the Interior Ministry and even then only marginally, and updating them with a modern frame. From its predecessor it kept the balancing system of its firing mechanism, where a counterweight was moved forwards as the gun fired in full-automatic, preventing muzzle climb and loss of accuracy even in sustained fire. While it kept some part commonality with the AK, its major components were fabricated in polymer to reduce weight.
The plastic parts of the gun, that ended up being accepted in Birkanian service alongside were often printed in camouflage patterns, but given the Birkanian Army's history of desert warfare, the flat tan version of the gun became the most iconic. It was also the first weapon to make use of the GP45 underbarrel 40mm grenade launcher that was developped paralelly, and has largely supplanted older grenade launchers in service on all branches, given its higher variety of munitions.
Stock, fire selector, rear sight and some details by
Scale by Gunbucket
AK waffle magazine by Gollevainen.