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The AEK-918G is a Russian submachine gun, it differs many from the common AEK-918, that is a machine pistol.


Despite the identical identification and the same cartridges (9x19) used for fire, this submachine gun presents the independent type of weapon.


Russian soldier firing an AEK-918 submachine gun

The AEK-918G is developed according to the "conventional" configuration with arrangement of the magazine in front of the trigger guard. The submachine gun is the blowback operated weapon. The application of the balanced configuration and the use of the muzzle break-compensator permitted to enhance stability of the weapon and low dispersion shot pattern in automatic mode of fire.

The firing mechanism of the hammer type enables the firer to deliver single-shot and automatic fire as well as to fire a three-shot bursts. The need to cut off the bursts due to the extremely high rate of fire was necessary if only because the three-shot burst takes a little more than 1/10 of a second. When the safety device is placed in its "safety" position then the groove intended for passage of an operating handle arranged to the right is blocked.

The weapon is fed from the 30-round box arc-shaped magazine. The local 7N21 cartridge as well as the foreign made 9x19 Parabellum cartridge may be used for delivering fire. The iron sight is fitted with a tumbling backsight.

The cold stamping from cast materials following subsequent welding and high-strength cast plastics were extensively used in production of many parts of the weapon. The submachine gun features a skeleton-type folded to the right stock.


  • Cartridge: 9x19 Parabellum, 7N21
  • Weapon weight without cartridges: 2.65 kg
  • Weapon length:
    • With removed stock: 425 mm
    • With extended stock: 660 mm
  • Barrel length: 180 mm
  • Bullet muzzle velocity: 500 (7N21) m/sec
  • Rate of fire: 1,500 rds/min
  • Effective rate of fire with three shot bursts: 100 rds/min
  • Sighting range: up to 200 m
  • Magazine capacity: 30 rounds

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