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Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Service history
In service 1949–present
Used by See Users
Production history
Designer Mikhail Kalashnikov
Designed 1944–1946
Manufacturer Izhmash
Variants See Variants
Weight 4.3 kg (9.5 lb) with empty magazine
Length 870 mm (34.3 in) fixed wooden stock
875 mm (34.4 in) folding stock extended
645 mm (25.4 in) stock folded
Barrel length 415 mm (16.3 in)
Cartridge 7.62x39mm M43
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 600 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 715 m/s (2,346 ft/s)
Effective range 100–800m sight adjustments
Feed system 30-round detachable box magazine, also compatible with 40-round box or 75-round drum magazines from the RPK
Sights Adjustable iron sights, 378 mm (14.9 in) sight radius
The AK (or AK-47, or Avtomat Kalashnikov) is a selective fire, gas operated 7.62mm assault rifle developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the 1940s. Six decades later, the AK-47 and its variants and derivatives remain in service throughout the world. It has been manufactured in many countries and has seen service with regular armed forces as well as irregular, revolutionary and terrorist organizations worldwide.

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