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The AKS-74u in real life.

The AKS-74u (Russian: Автомат Калашникова Складной образца 1974 года Укороченный Avtomat Kalashnikova Skladnoy obraztsa goda 1974 Ukorochenniy; English: Automatic Kalashnikov Folding model 1974 Shortened) is a Soviet carbine, developed in the late 1970s from the AKS-74 assault rifle (itself a folding-stock variant of the AK-74), firing the 5.45x39mm M74 cartridge. The AKS-74u straddles the line between assault rifle and submachine gun, firing assault rifle ammunition with a severely abbreviated barrel which allows for maneuverability in restricted spaces, yet noticeably decreases both its accuracy and muzzle velocity.

Battlefield 2Edit

BF2 AK-74U
Unlocked at Unlocked at start
Damage 29
Magazine size 30 rounds
Reload time 4.3 seconds
Rate of fire 600 rpm
Recoil *0.3-0.6 (hip)
  • 0.75 (zoomed)
Spread zoomed 0.1875
Spread unzoomed 0.25 (Min)
0.45 (Standing)
0.35 (Crouching)
Spread increase per bullet 2.5
Firemodes *Fully Automatic
  • Semi-Automatic
Faction MEC MEC
Flag of Russia Spetsnaz
Kit SF.Icon.BF2 Special Forces
"The AK-74u is a shortened version of the AK-74 and is intended as a personal defense weapon for tank and helicopter crews. It lacks accuracy at longer ranges but is easier to handle in confined spaces."
— In-game description

The AK-74U in Battlefield 2, is the standard primary weapon for the Special Forces on the MEC team. It comes with a Kobra Red Dot Sight and sports desert camouflage. It has the highest stopping power of all the standard Spec Ops Kit weapons; compared to its American counterpart, the M4A1 Carbine, it does more damage at the cost of lower accuracy and sight magnification.


Battlefield 2: Modern CombatEdit

Damage Medium-low
Magazine size 30 rounds
Reload time 4 seconds
Rate of fire 600 rpm
Firemodes Fully Automatic
Faction MEC MEC
Kit MC specops Special Ops

The AKS 74U appears in the hands of the MEC Special Ops Kit. Equipped with a Red Dot Sight and a suppressor, its high rate of fire, good power, high accuracy and little recoil make it an easy gun to use.

The PS2 version uses a different reload animation similar to the AK-101 while the Xbox 360 version uses the normal one.

Battlefield: Bad CompanyEdit

BC aks
Unlocked at RU Default
Damage Medium
Magazine size 60 rounds
Starting ammunition 240 rounds
Rate of fire 900
Accuracy 50
Range Short-mid
Firemodes Fully Automatic
Faction Flag of Russia Russian Army
Kit BC specialist Specialist
Source of statistics Battlefield: Bad Company Official Prima guide
"A shortened, modified version of the legendary AK-47. Popular among Russian special forces for its size, but suffering from limited range and accuracy. Despite this, it's a very powerful and reliable rifle. "
— In game description

The AKS74U is a compact assault rifle featured in Battlefield: Bad Company, equipped with a permanently attached suppressor.


In Battlefield: Bad Company's singleplayer mode, the AKS74u is fairly common and can be found on dead Russian commandos.


In multiplayer, it is the default compact assault rifle issued to the Russian Specialist Kit. The SCAR and the 9A91 are its American and MEC counterparts, respectively. It has a 60 round magazine (with 180 in reserve) and a good fire rate, and kills in around 10-15 shots, making it statistically equivalent to its in-game counterparts. Essentially a close quarters weapon, it is relatively accurate compared to the other compact assault rifles in the game and can be fired in an automatic mode effectively at medium ranges; it is not a good weapon to use at longer ranges.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit

AKS-74u Krinkov
BFBC2 AKS-74u Krinkov ICON
Unlocked at 16000 points
Damage 16.7-11.2
Damage multipliers 2.1x Head
Magazine size 30 rounds
Maximum ammunition 210+30 (SP)
90+30 (without Ammo Upgrade)
180+30 (with Ammo Upgrade)
Reload time 3.2 seconds
Rate of fire 700 rpm
Range BFBC2 XM8C Range
Recoil High
Firemodes Fully Automatic
Kit BFBC2 Engineer Icon Engineer
Source of statistics [1]
Sound(s) Firing sound
Inventory slot Primary Weapon
AK-74U Gameplay and Review (Bad Company 2)02:05

AK-74U Gameplay and Review (Bad Company 2)

"Adopted by the Red Army, this fully automatic carbine was designed primarily for use with special forces such as the airborne infantry and rear echelon support groups because of its considerable maneuverability. "
— In-game description


In Battlefield: Bad Company 2 singleplayer mode, the AKS-74u Krinkov can be acquired easily in the final mission, Airborne. The player is immediately forced to pick up and use the weapon and enemies use it either with iron or Red Dot Sights.


In multiplayer, the AKS-74u Krinkov is the 4th compact weapon issued to the Engineer Kit, requiring 16,000 points for to unlock; a player pre-ordering from GameStop or BartSmit can immediately unlock it by redeeming the pre-order code. It has a 30 round magazine and, like all other engineer-issued carbines, is equipped with suppressor.

Its moderate damage and rate of fire make it effective at close ranges. However, its now high recoil makes It is advised to burst fire at long range. A patch increased its recoil in an effort to make using it at longer ranges more difficult.

Battlefield Play4FreeEdit

AKS-74U Render BFP4F
Unlocked at Level 18
Unlock cost 300 PF4 Credits (one day)

45,000 PF4 Credits (forever)

69 P4F Funds (one day)
179 P4F Funds (seven days)
499 P4F Funds (thirty days)
1,249 P4F Funds (forever)

Damage 30-17
Damage multipliers x 2.1 (head)
Magazine size 15 rounds
Starting ammunition 60 + 15 rounds
Maximum ammunition 124 + 31 rounds with Casket Mags
Reload time 4.0 seconds
Rate of fire 400 rounds per minute
Velocity 500 m/s
Range AKS-74U Range BFP4F
Recoil Hip

1.05 Up
0.65 Left
0.65 Right

Spread zoomed 0.32 - 0.80
Spread unzoomed 0.66 - 3.30
Firemodes Fully automatic
Kit P4F Engineer Symbol Engineer Kit
Source of statistics Battlefield Play4Free Comparison Tools
Inventory slot Primary weapon

In Battlefield Play4Free, the AKS-74U is a purchasable submachine gun for the Engineer Kit. It is a close-range powerhouse with the highest damage at short distances out of any other weapon in its class. This comes at a great cost, however, as the AKS-74U has incredible recoil and a mere 20 rounds per magazine. The weapon's spread is also large, making it far better to use in close quarters where it excels.

Equipping the AKS-74U with Casket Mags will alleviate its low capacity issue and serves the best solution for those who want to maximize ammunition capacity with the weapon, unlike other SMGs that would need Extra Magazines to benefit from the most ammunition available. A Stabilized Stock can lower horizontal recoil and hip-fire inaccuracy, while a Thunderbolt Stock can lower vertical recoil to help the AKS-74U at range.

The weapon can be bought for 300 PF4 Credits for a day or 45,000 PF4 Credits to have forever by Credits, or 69 P4F Funds for a day, 179 P4F Funds for a week, 499 P4F Funds for a month, or 1,249 P4F Funds Play4Free Funds to have forever, putting the AKS-74U in a moderate price range for its damage output.

Battlefield 3Edit

Unlocked at • Default Russian Engineer weapon
• 145,000 Engineer score for US
Damage 25 - 14.3
Suppression 7.0%
Magazine size 30 + 1 rounds
Starting ammunition 124 + 31 rounds
Maximum ammunition 372 + 31 rounds (SP)
217 + 31 rounds (MP)
Reload time 1.9 seconds loaded
3.0 seconds empty
Rate of fire 650 RPM
Velocity 440m/s
Maximum range 660m
Recoil 0.28 up
0.2 left
0.3 right
First shot recoil multiplier 1.5x
Recoil descrease per second 18
Spread zoomed 0.4 (static) 3.0 (moving)
Spread unzoomed Standing:2.0 (static) 7.0 (moving)
Crouching: 1.5 (static) 2.0 (moving) Prone: 1.0 (static) 2.0 (moving)
Spread increase per bullet 0.1
Spread decrease per second 15.0
Firemodes Full-automatic
Faction Flag of Russia Russian Ground Forces (MP)
Flag of the United States United States Marine Corps (MP, 145,000 Engineer score)
Flag of Iran Islamic Republic of Iran Army (SP)
People's Liberation and Resistance (SP)
Kit BF3 Engineer Icon Engineer
Dogtag(s) Proficiency
Source of statistics Retrieved Sept. 17th
Inventory slot Main weapon
Unlocks Kobra (10 kills)
Laser Sight (20 kills)
Foregrip (30 kills)
PK-A (40 kills)
Tactical Light (50 kills)
PKA-S (60 kills)
Suppressor (70 kills)
PSO-1 (80 kills)
Heavy Barrel (90 kills)
PKS-07 (100 kills)
IRNV (125 kills)
Rifle Scope (150 kills)
M145 MGO (175 kills)
Flash Suppressor (200 kills)
Reflex (235 kills)
Holographic (270 kills)
ACOG (300 kills)
"Derived from the AKS-74, the AKS-74u is a shortened Carbine with the power of a rifle cartridge but the size of a submachine gun. Often called by its nickname “Krinkov” the shortened barrel makes the weapon inaccurate at medium ranges but extremely effective in close quarters. Due to its incredibly short length the AKS-74U cannot mount a bipod."
— Battlelog description


The AKS-74u in Battlefield 3 singleplayer and cooperative modes is one of the primary weapons of the PLR and Iranian military. It is first found in Semper Fidelis/The Great Destroyer, where the player takes one from a PLR soldier after the first quick time event of the level(s). It is also one of the player's starting weapons along with the AS VAL in Comrades. It is most heavily used in the missions taking place outside of Iran—where it is largely offset by the KH2002.


The AKS-74u is the default Russian carbine for the Engineer kit. It functions in a similar manner to its larger relative, the AK-74M, with a slower firerate than its USMC counterpart hte M4A1 Carbine, but is less effective at long range and more effective at close range compared to the AK-74M. As the final unlock for the Engineer, the player will unlock the ability to use the AKS-74u while playing as the US faction, as well as being able to use the M4A1 for the RU faction.

Due to its lower firerate, this gun is less effective at close ranges than the M4A1, but the more controlled firerate makes its recoil slightly more predictable at medium ranges. In terms of recoil and firerate, the AKS-74u is to the AK-74M as the M4A1 is to the M16A3.


Battlefield HardlineEdit

Unlock cost $21,000
Damage 28 - 14
Magazine size 30 Rounds

35 Rounds (with Extended Magazine)

Ammunition 5.45x39mm WP
Starting ammunition 124 + 31 rounds
Maximum ammunition 62 + 31 rounds (SP)
180 + 36 rounds (SP with Extended Magazine)
217 + 31 rounds (MP - Extra Magazines)
Rate of fire 735 RPM
Range BFHL AKS74u range
0.075 Recoil arrs 0.150
First shot recoil multiplier 1.8×
Firemodes Automatic


Faction Criminals Criminals
Kit Operator
Inventory slot Primary Weapon
"A variant of the AK-74, a short barrel and rifle caliber allow this rifle to bridge the gap between SMG and AR. Firing a lower-recoil 5.45x39 cartridge, this rifle is controllable in full-automatic fire."
— In-game description

The AKS-74U is a weapon featured in Battlefield Hardline.

It is a purchasable carbine for the Criminal Operator kit, and is equipped with a Laser Sight by default.

The carbine has a moderate rate of fire, similar to the SG553, and does not do as much damage as the larger AKM due to firing the smaller 5.45x39mm round. Because of this, the weapon is very accurate and has low recoil, making it easily controllable and useful in medium ranged engagements. It also has the best hipfire and mobility in its class.

Also, while it has the lowest damage at range, its close-range damage is the second highest in its class, only after the AKM. Combined with its high mobility, this makes it the best Operator weapon for close range, filling a role similar to a submachine gun.

Due to its low recoil, any sight attachment can be useful, but keep in mind that the AKS-74u is best suited to close to medium range combat. The Laser Sight is generally a good choice for this carbine, as it compliments its unaimed fire at close range. When it comes to grips, the choice depends on the desired role on the battlefield. The Vertical Grip further enhances the great close-range performance and hipfire accuracy of this weapon, while the Stubby Grip enhances its accuracy at mid-range. The Angled Grip is the least recommended of the three, as this weapon already has a very low kick. For barrel attachments, the Muzzle Brake will slightly improve recoil control, while the Compensator is largely unnecessary. The Heavy Barrel will largely improve accuracy, but will penalize mobility, so using the Vertical Grip is recommended to counteract this. The Suppressor will silence the weapon, but will reduce its effective range.

Overall, the AKS-74u is a great choice for a close-range weapon, and is much more affordable than the more versatile M416. It will beat out any other Operator weapon at close range, making it well-suited to Operators who are highly mobile.





Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit

  • The AKS-74u's in-game icon depicts it with black plastic furniture whereas the actual in-game model has wooden furniture. This is because the in-game image is reused from the original Bad Company, where it had plastic furniture.

Battlefield 3Edit

  • In Battlefield 3, the AKS-74u shares its charging handle animation with the AK-74M, M39 EMR, SVD, AS Val, PP-19, QBU-88, and SKS.
  • The AKS-74U, along with the G53, are the only two class-specific non-bullpup weapons that can't equip the bipod.


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