Compact version of AK74, with folding buttstock and short barrel. Chambered to use 545×39 round
The sights are arguably better at quick target acquisition than the full size AK-74, however this rifle is also far less accurate, mostly owed to the shortened barrel and much reduced sight radius. The dispersion of the AKS-74U is significantly higher than most other automatic weapons. Both stock and naked its dispersion is twice that of the AK74, and three times fully equipped – before a bipod. This does not make the AKS-74U a poor weapon, but unless used as a secondary weapon to a Mosin, SKS, et cetera it is recommended to switch to another assault rifle when possible.
The AKS-74U is one of only three automatic weapons without a replaceable hand guard, PM73 RAK, and Steyr AUG are the other two
The AKS-74U has many attachments with various purposes, these parts may commonly be found in military installations and buildings.