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    Straight Out of Predator Movie: US Magazine Sheds Light on Most Outlandish Soviet Rifle Designs

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    The rifles recounted in the article were never made operational and remained prototypes and are currently on display in Russia at the Tula State Arms Museum.

    The US magazine The National Interest has named the most unusual, if not weird, designs of Soviet rifles that never became standard-issue.

    In an article published this week, the periodical questioned the design of the TKB-011 and TKB-022 bullpup assault rifles comparing them to a weapon "out of an alien/predator movie".

    TKB-011 rifle 1963 mod in Tula State Arms museum
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    TKB-011 rifle 1963 mod in Tula State Arms museum

    The publication points out that their unusual configuration makes the rifles cumbersome and poses problems for shooters with smaller hands.

    The author of the article also scratched his head over the TKB-0146 rifle, noting its puzzling rate of fire that results in excessive ammunition expenditure - which is exactly why the weapon was never made operational.

    The TKB-0146
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    The TKB-0146

    The article also recalled the TKB-059 firearm, notable for its three barrels.

     Triple barrel TKB-059 Korobov assault rifle
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    Triple barrel TKB-059 Korobov assault rifle

    The magazine concluded that these weapons, even though they never entered into service, helped the Soviet weapons industry expand its capabilities.

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