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The AKS-74U bridges the tactical deployment gap between a submachine gun and an assault rifle. It is a short and lightweight version of the AK series of rifles. It fires the 5.45*39 Russian caliber.
Its barrel length is 206.5 mm (8.1 in) and fires at 700-735 rounds per minute. This is the carbine version of the AKS-74 rifle, the S standing for folding stock.
Compared to the AK74, its shorter length reduces its muzzle velocity but makes up with lower overall weight and high effectiveness in tight spaces such as buildings or vehicles.
The sights of the carbine have been redesigned to accommodate its shorter frame.