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The Avtomat Korobov TKB-517
Type Assault rifle
Place of origin Soviet Union
Eurasian Union
Service history
Used by Soviet Union
Eurasian Union[citation needed]
Production history
Designer German A. Korobov
Designed About 1952
Manufacturer Tula Arms Plant
Variants TKB-317
TKB-516 & TKB-523(Light machine gun)
Weight 3.8 kg (8 lb 6 oz) loaded with 30-round mag
3,5kg (7 lb 8 oz) unloaded

Cartridge 7.62×39mm
Caliber 7.62mm
Action Lever-delayed blowback
Rate of fire 600 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 700 m/s
Effective firing range 350-400 m
Maximum firing range 1500 m
Feed system 30-round detachable box Magazine
Belt (TKB-516 machine gun)
Sights Adjustable iron sights

The TKB-517 (Russian:ТКБ-517) assault rifle was designed by German A. Korobov. This rifle was similar externally to the AK-47 but based on the delayed blowback mechanism invented by John Pedersen (and refined by Pál Király). It turned out to be more reliable and accurate, and easier to produce and maintain.[1] Like the AK series, it was also manufactured with folding stocks, long heavier barrels with bipods forming light support weapons and even a belt-fed variant. Its rejection was because of a greater proficiency with the AK-47 among the Russian military.


The TKB-517 is externally similar to the AK-47 and field-strips similarly, but instead it uses Lever-Delayed Blowback for its operation, slightly reducing recoil and making it more controllable. The receiver is made from pressed steel with laminated wood stock, grip and handguards.

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
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  • Игорь Боечин, "Неизвестный Коробов", Оружие, 1998/5, pp. 2–10 (this gun on pp. 7–8)

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