|Weapon Type||Primary Weapon|
|Weapon Class||Assault Rifle|
|Rank Prerequisites||Rank 10|
|Damage||32 -> 24|
|Range||50 max -> 120 min|
|Magazine Size||30, 31|
|Fire Modes||2× Burst & Auto|
|Rate of Fire||2× Burst: 1800 RPM|
Auto: 600 RPM
The AN-94 (Avtomat Nikonova (Nikonov's Automatic Rifle), Model of 1994) is an assault ifle designed by Gennadiy Nikonov. The AN-94 was chosen over many other competing firearms in an extensive trial period, including the AEK-971 design from Sergey Koksharov. It was designed and manufactured at the Izhmash state factories and was designed with the intention of replacing the AK-74 assault rifle. The rifle has a two-round burst mechanism that can fire up to 1800 RPM while it can only shoot at 600 RPM after the first two bullets in full-auto. Such a high rate of fire (RoF) plus a unique delayed-recoil system means that the second round exits before the shooter feels any recoil. This means that the shots are placed within the gun's mechanical accuracy, which makes the weapon very effective against body armor.
The AN-94 is not a typical assault rifle, given its unique two-round burst firemode which fires at an elevate rate of 1800 RPM - the fastest firerate in-class. The AN-94 is set on the two-round burst by default. This is its defining feature and allows the shooter to fire two bullets in quick succession with virtually perfect accuracy. However, bursts cannot be first consecutively due to the forced delay between bursts - there is a 500 RPM delay between bursts, equating to an overall effective rate-of-fire (RoF) around approximately 1000 RPM.
In fully-automatic mode, the AN-94 fires at 600 RPM - the slowest in-class. However, the first two shots are still fired at the elevated 1800 RPM, meaning theoretically, a user with extremely good trigger practice can reach a higher firerate than the 600 RPM in full-auto by bursting each two rounds when in full-auto mode. Reaching the full 1800 RPM is considered near humanly impossible and only achievable through external devices, however, this technique does result in the weapon firing much faster. It is somewhat difficult to perform but with time, a user can learn how to time their bursting in full-auto in order to achieve the higher RoF.
Its statistics are fairly average for an Assault Rifle, if not a little on the lower side. The statistics table of the rifle is based on the weapon's handling when used in fully-automatic mode, which can confuse some players. While the full-auto RoF is among the slowest of all the Assault rifles at 600 RPM, it makes up with its very tight spread.
It is still possible to break this fire-cap, through spamming the firing button, which may alter the burst delay just enough so that the player can reach a potential ~1200 RPM, rather than 1000. Do note that this is not a reliable way of increasing ROF. Instead, players should set the weapon on auto, and take advantage of the fact the weapon still fires its first 2 shots on 1800 RPM.
Usage & Tactics
See also Community Assault Rifle Strategy
While using AN-94 set to burst, the player can easily eliminate a target at medium-long ranges, as long as they know how to tap fire. In Close Quarters Combat (CQC), it performs poorly despite having an extremely high burst RoF of 1800 RPM. This is due to the 500 RPM delay between bursts which makes its effective RoF much slower. Also, its damage is average for its class. Fully-automatic mode isn't ideal either, only firing at 600 RPM, the lowest in the assault rifle category. However, when fired in full-auto, the first two shots are fired at 1800 RPM. Therefore, it can be possible to outgun a player in CQC as the initial 1800 RPM burst can give the player a short but effective advantage. If properly aimed, the AN-94 can kill full heath enemies in 2 to 3 bursts. This can turn it into a pseudo-DMR if the player lands all headshots at a certain range. If the player chooses to use the AN-94 like this, it is highly recommended to change the sights as soon as possible, as the default AN-94 sights are difficult to use and highly obstructive.
The full-auto, while having the lowest RoF for any assault rifle and higher recoil than burst, it is very accurate, making spraying at even longer ranges viable with the right attachments. It is good to use at medium to long ranges, and the low RoF of the AN-94 in full-auto allows for single shots by tapping on the fire button. A lesser-known fact, however, is that in this mode, if you were to use the AN-94 as if it were in burst-fire mode, the RoF can be jacked up to something reminiscent of 1800 RPM, except now with the added advantage of a full magazine being fired at that RPM. With the right attachments such as a Muzzle Brake, the recoil can be made manageable to the point that CQC is possible. Nonetheless, this will take some practice getting used to, and at longer distances, you are much better off using the normal burst-fire mode.
The AN-94 is a rifle that values accuracy over RoF. It is highly unconventional, due to its focus on the burst mode; the AK-12, SCAR-L, or most other Assault Rifles are better choices for newer players using an automatic weapon in close quarters. However, skilled players who master the burst mode can effectively outgun other players at most engagement ranges.
Pros & Cons
- Has the least kick and tightest recoil pattern of all Assault Rifles in full-auto.
- Very low recoil per burst.
- Burst mode is very accurate even at long range.
- Extremely high RoF with the unique 2 round burst.
- Assuming the user hits the two 1,800 RPM rounds in full auto, TTK will be reduced to 233 milliseconds (or 133, if the hits are headshots).
- On burst, with both bullets hitting, the AN-94 has a damage profile very similar to many DMR's, if not outright surpassing them in terms of raw damage.
- Fast reload time.
- High automatic RoF when burst-fired.
- Very low held-down automatic RoF.
- To effectively use the burst mode, the user has to limit their trigger finger.
- Tiny, very obstructing Iron Sights.
- Has a 0.1s delay between bursts ('cool-down' period between every burst in burst mode).
- Poor range drop-off for an Assault Rifle.
- Poor maximum range for an Assault Rifle.
- The AN-94 used the same sound effects as the FAMAS before the 4th of July 2017 update.
- The AN-94 used to have the highest RoF in the game before the ZIP 22 was introduced.
- This, the Kriss Vector and the AK12BR are the only weapons to have a two-round burst fire mode in Phantom Forces.
- The AN-94 and the M231 are the only two assault rifles in-game that don't have a semi-automatic mode.
- In real life, the AN-94 has a semi-automatic mode.
- There is a sign on the map Metro that features the old cropped version of AN-94, with text reading: "Use this gun or I will shoot you with it! - Kyle".
- The AN-94 reloads animation is generally similar to that of Battlefield 3, as well as all the other AK-series rifles in Phantom Forces.
- The barrel reciprocates backwards in game just like it does in real life. However, when equipped with any barrel attachment, the barrel does not reciprocate.
- The AN-94 used to be fired in bursts without a cooldown, but patch 0.10.6 introduced a 400 RPM cooldown between bursts. This was then increased to 500 RPM in patch 0.10.7/0.10.8.
- It is the only weapon in all of Phantom Forces that has this feature.
- Like the MP10, the Vertical Grip attachment will nearly fill the hip accuracy bar.
- In the game, when firing in the burst mode, the two shots will land pretty much exactly on top of each other.
- This was the intended purpose of the AN-94's two-round burst mode in real life, as it allows for better stopping power and armor-piercing capabilities.
- The AN-94's current firing sound sounds similar to the AK-47 and its variants firing sounds (excluding the AK-12) before the July 4, 2017 update.
- The AN-94's magazine is canted several degrees to the right of center (when viewed from a firing position). This is necessary to accommodate the unique ammunition feed mechanism.
- In basic terms, during firing, the gas system, barrel, bolt, and bolt carrier move backwards; all of them suspended and free moving in the housing. However, the bolt and bolt carrier move faster than the gas system and barrel, so the bolt is able to chamber and fire another found before the gas system and barrel reach the rear of the housing.
- The AN-94 is similar in its burst function to the Heckler & Koch G11K2, which had a three-round burst at 2100 RPM.
- With Hollow Points, the AN-94 can kill with a single burst to the head, making it have a minimum TTK of 0.033s.