In keeping with the Yugoslavian manufacturing methods, the 16.3-inch-long Tabuk barrels are not chrome-lined. Selector settings are marked in Arabic: The top reads aman for “safe; the center position Sali means “continuous” (full-automatic); and the lower position reads mufrad, meaning “single” (semi-automatic). The overall length of the rifle is 35.43 inches, and the loaded weight is 10 pounds, 2 ounces.
There is an under-folding stock Tabuk variant in 7.62x39 mm that is the same as the full-stock arm except for its overall length of 35.03 inches with the stock extended and 25.19 inches with the stock folded. Loaded weight is 9 pounds, 6 ounces.
According to an Iraq factory brochure the Tabuk is also offered in 5.56x45 mm NATO. The published cyclic rate is 580 to 660 rounds per minute. Loaded weight is 9 pounds, 8 ounces for the fixed-stock model and 9 pounds, 4 ounces for the folding stock variant. Magazine capacity is listed as 30 rounds.
A compact Tabuk assault rifle was also made in Iraq. It has a Soviet-pattern under-folding metal buttstock and a short, 12.6-inch barrel fitted with a unique muzzle brake. The handguards are wood with two cooling vents. The gas block and front sight tower are one part. The rifle is available with a special 20-round magazine or a standard 30-round capacity steel magazine. The overall length is 31.5 inches with the stock extended; the folded length is 21.85 inches. Loaded weight with a 30-round magazine is 8 pounds, 15 ounces.