Russian AN-94 Assault Rifle Used To Assassinate Sidhu Moose Wala, Know Why It’s Deadlier Than AK-47

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Investigations into the murder of famous Punjabi singer and Punjab Congress leader Sidhu Moose Wala have revealed that the Russian AN-94 assault rifle, a 1994 Avtomat Nikonova model, was used to kill him. Earlier it was said that AK-47 was used in the murder. It also raises the question of how these advanced weapons were or are supplied to Punjab.

Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Jawaharke village of Mansa district on Sunday in broad daylight. Neighboring states, which have formed teams to assist Punjab police in the investigation, are also tracking down arms traffickers to find out how the sophisticated weapons were introduced.

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Less than 24 hours after the state government reduced its security coverage, 28-year-old Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead by gangsters near his home village in Mansa district. Earlier it was said that AK-47 rifles were used in the crime. But now investigative agencies say the Russian AN-94 assault rifle was used in the murder.

30 spent bullet cartridges were recovered from the crime scene. Goldie Brar and Lawrence Bishnoi, a Canadian mobster, have claimed responsibility for the murder of Sidhu Moose Wala.

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Russian AN-94 assault rifle deadlier than AK-47

The Russian AN-94 assault rifle is named after its chief designer, Gennadiy Nikonov. Gennadiy Nikonov had previously designed a machine gun of the same name. Work on the manufacture of this rifle began in 1980 and was completed in 1994.

Police said Sidhu Moose Wala and two of his associates were fired continuously for two minutes and 30 seconds. The AN-94 rifle fires 600 rounds per minute in two-round burst mode and 1800 rounds per minute in full-auto mode.

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The Russian AN-94 assault rifle fires at a speed of 900 meters or 3000 feet per second. At the same time, AK-47 fires at a speed of 715 meters, or about 2000 feet per second. The Russian AN-94 assault rifle can fire 30 to 45 rounds at a time, which is similar to the AK-74. Its weight is 3.85 kg, and its caliber is 5.45×39 mm.

Two modes have been given to operate the AN-94 assault rifle. In the first mode, the rifle fires 1800 rounds per minute, while in the second mode, this rifle fires 600 rounds per minute.

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