The Swedish AK5C
The AK5 which means Automatic Carbine was adopted in the later 80’s, replacing the old AK4 (HK G3A3) the AK5 is a licensed built FN FNC by Bofors modified for the Swedish climate and specs. The two first versions Adam and Bertil was in service until somewhere in the 2006/7 where it was replaced by the now issued and modernized Cesar and David, the David being a shorter barreled version.
|AK5C left side fire selector, and bolt catch|
AK5: Old versus New
The main difference is that it of course has M1913 rail systems, ambidextrous safety and missing of a burst fire function (only semi and full auto), the sliding stock is also new and it’s still fold able as all other versions, also in the new C and D versions, a bolt-catch was installed.
All the new features and touch ups makes the system more modern in all ways, and in my humble opinion the FNC was a gun before it’s time.
AK5 Technical Data
Caliber: 5.56×45 Nato using STANAG Magazines.
Weight: 5 kg loaded and with red dot.
Barrel length: 350 mm (13.8 inches)
Combat effective range: 400 meters.
Rate of fire: 650 rounds per minutes.
Personal Experiences and Thoughts
|Only dust, nothing that will interfere with the gun. my rifle, also tape on steel mags, I prefer the steel ones.|
Summary: The AK5C is still a good carbine, rugged for harsh use and a reliable gun when used correctly, a skilled operator can go pretty far with it, and even though it’s been upgraded to modern standards , the renovated guns are still wearing out.
|Me, at the range 2012 I think, a borrowed Ak, with tape for marking that it’s just been maintained from the armory|
|Mates from the platoon, practicing CQB with BFA and blanks|
|Unloading procedure,thumb in magwell then dry firing|
|Medic going to take care of wounded during exercise|
|CQB Training, mount for aimpoint magnifier seen on top rail, it’s issued.|