Al Quds RKKS (AKM) Machine Rifle

Place Middle East: Iraq
Accession Number REL35772
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Physical description Metal, Steel, Wood
Maker State arsenal, Iraq
Place made Iraq
Date made 1988
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

The Al Quds machine rifle is a gas operated, select fire assault rifle based on the AKM action. The receiver is made from stamped sheet steel with machined steel inserts riveted in place where required. The receiver cover is a stamped sheet metal part. There is a combined safety and fire selector switch located on the right side of the receiver. The rifle has a detachable staggered row, 30 round, stamped steel magazine which locates to the bottom of the receiver. The rifle has a wooden butt stock and wooden fore stock and a composition plastic pistol grip. The wooden buttstock has a rubber buttplate. The rifle is fitted with a folding bipod. The sights of the rifle consist of a hooded front post and a U-notch open rear. Sights are graduated from 100 to 1000 meters with an additional fixed battle setting that can be used for all ranges up to 300 meters. The rifle has a parkerised finish.

Markings - AL QUDS; CAL 7.62 X 39 MM; ARABIC CYPHERS AND MOSQUE EMBLEM. Serial number 3029834 on both bolt and receiver cover. Evidence of a previously etched serial number is underneath the bolt serial number.

History / Summary

The Al Quds RKKS (AKM) machine rifle was an Iraqi developed weapon on issue to Iraqi forces. This rifle was confiscated in Iraq in 2006 by Australian forces.

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