Weird But Beautiful Old Soviet Rifle

While browsing through the archives of Ian McCollum's marvelous Forgotten Weapons blog, I came across this unusual and curvaceous rifle design. It's Nikolai Afanasiev's TKB-011 2M automatic rifle from the mid 1960s. The bullpup design--meaning that the action is behind the trigger--permits a short overall length, thus making it useful for confined spaces. As far as I can tell, it was never put into production. Sometimes beauty is not accompanied by practicality.

Link | Photo: Maxim Popenker

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Its odd that there is no ejection port on the right side of the rifle. If you've ever sold guns click the link, the picture below this one is more impressive.
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