|“||A complex Russian assault rifle featuring a unique pulley-driven burst system. Fires two shots in the exact same place before recoil is felt.|
|Weapon Type||Primary Weapon|
|Weapon Class||Assault Rifle|
|Rank Prerequisites||Rank 10|
|Damage||32 → 24|
|Range||50 max → 120 min|
|Hip Accuracy|| |
|Sight Accuracy|| |
|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 rifle 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 AK74 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 fully-automatic fire. 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, resulting in a higher output of rounds at a greater accuracy than a conventional semi-automatic gun. 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 not a typical assault rifle, given its unique two-round burst firemode which fires at an elevated rate of 1800 RPM—the second fastest firerate in its class, counting out the burst delay. 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 744 RPM.
With burst mode, with both bullets hitting, the AN-94 has a damage profile very similar to many designated marksman rifles, if not outright surpassing them in terms of raw damage. Assuming the user hits the two 1800 RPM rounds in full auto, TTK will be reduced to 233 milliseconds (or 133, if the hits are headshots). The burst mode fires two shots nearly perfect on top of each other even at long range. Compared to automatic, at 600 RPM—the lowest in its class, tied with the AK47 and AKM—the burst mode is much more accurate and powerful at range, but the automatic mode is useful for sustained fire.
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 1314 RPM, rather than 744 RPM. Do note that this is not a reliable way of increasing RoF. Instead, players should set the weapon on full-auto and take advantage of the fact the weapon still fires its first two 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 two to three bursts. This can turn it into a pseudo-DMR if the user can land 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 from about 60-150 studs, and the low RoF of the AN-94 in full-auto allows for single shots by tapping on the fire button. Nonetheless, the burst take some practice getting used to, and at longer distances, the user is 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 AS VAL, SCAR-L, or G36 are better choices for newer players using an automatic weapon in close quarters.
Pros & Cons
- Very low recoil.
- Burst mode is very accurate even at long range.
- Fast reload time.
- Slow 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, which almost divides the RoF.
- The AN-94 used the same sound effects as the FAMAS G2 before the 4th of July 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.
- 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! - Kule".
- 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.
- In real life, AN-94 can have 2 round in chamber, this is due to there is enough space for another bullet between the bolt and the chamber.
- This feature is also the reason why the AN-94 has the 2-round "hyper burst".
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