AK47 – Traditional military version

This Russian assault rifle is officially know as Avtomat Kalashnikova, also as Kalashnikov, AK, or in Russian slang, Kalash. It was officially accepted by the Soviet Army and used by the majority of the member states of the Warsaw Pact. Even after six decades the model and its variants remain the most widely used and popular assault rifles in the world. This is a true legendary weapon, known for its extreme ruggedness, simplicity of operation and maintenance, and unsurpassed reliability even in worst conditions possible. It is used not only as a military weapon, but also as a platform for numerous sporting civilian rifles and shotguns. The AK is an amalgam of previously known features and solutions, combined in the most effective way.

Specifications

Weapon type:assault rifle
Weight:3.47 kg (7.7 lb)
Calibre & cartridge:7.62×39mm M43/M67
Effective range:400 m (440 yd)
Rate of fire:Cyclic 600 rounds/min
Designed:1946–1948
Designer:Mikhail Kalashnikov
Manufacturer:Izhmash, Norinco
Number built:75 mil.
Action:Gas-operated, rotating bolt
In service:1949–present
Muzzle velocity:715 m/s (2,350 ft/s)