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VS13 Assault Rifle by VoughtVindicator VS13 Assault Rifle by VoughtVindicator
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 :iconigorkutuzov:
Scale by Gunbucket
AK waffle magazine by Gollevainen.
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Titanattack Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like an AEK-971 mixed with a H&K XM8. Looks cool. :)
LeRevolutionnaire Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
much prefer the 6.8spc to the 5.45 of the AK74
JerryYeh712 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! Love this futuristic AK.
BuildMyPaperHeart Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Exactly what I was looking for! Great work!
VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looking for for what?
BuildMyPaperHeart Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A modernized/futuristic version of the AK. You'd be surprised how many there aren't on DA!
543Bs0Za Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
like it.
stock is long but i see it is extended
Supercactus777 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
How do you make these artworks?
VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I start up in MS Paint to do the basic lines, then move it to Photoshop to do everything else.
Chilli-Con-Dre Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ooooh, thats a nice design, a sweet aesthetic mix between an AK and an XM8. Sweet job!
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