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The AK-47 is a selective-fire, gas-operated 7.62×39mm assault rifle, first developed in the USSR by Mikhail Kalashnikov. It is officially known as Avtomat Kalashnikova (Russian: Автомат Калашникова). It is also known as a Kalashnikov, an AK or in Russian slang, Kalash.

The AK-47 was designed to be a simple, reliable automatic rifle that could be manufactured quickly and cheaply, using mass production methods that were state of the art in the Soviet Union during the late 1940s. It was officially accepted by the Soviet Armed Forces in 1949. It was widely supplied or sold to nations allied with the USSR and the blueprints were shared with several friendly nations (the People's Republic of China standing out among these with the Type 56). More AK-type rifles have been produced than all other assault rifles combined.

The AK-47 is best described as a hybrid of previous rifle technology innovations: the trigger mechanism, double locking lugs and unlocking raceway of the M1 Garand/M1 carbine, the safety mechanism of the John Browning designed Remington Model 8 rifle, and the gas system of the Sturmgewehr 44. Kalashnikov's team had access to all of these weapons and had no need to "reinvent the wheel", though he denied that his design was based on the German Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle. Kalashnikov himself observed: "A lot of Russian Army soldiers ask me how one can become a constructor, and how new weaponry is designed. These are very difficult questions. Each designer seems to have his own paths, his own successes and failures. But one thing is clear: before attempting to create something new, it is vital to have a good appreciation of everything that already exists in this field. I myself have had many experiences confirming this to be so."

The AKM is a modernized variant adding a muzzle brake, replacing the milled receiver with a stamped receiver, the stock have been alined with the barrel, overall weight reduction and cheaper to manufacter. The AKM is the most popular variant and is usually misname for the original AK-47.

In Project Reality, the AK-47, AKS-47, AKM and AKMS are used by Hamas, Taliban, Insurgent, North Vietnamese Army, and Militia factions.

VariantsEdit

  • AK47 & AKM
    • 7.62x39mm
    • Wooden Handguards and Stock
  • AKS-47 & AKMS
    • 7.62x39mm
    • Wooden stock and folding stamped metal stock
    • Based off of the original AK-47 design, the AKS-47 is basically the same as the AK-47, but the rear-trunion is altered with a swiveling mechanism to allow for the under-folding stock.

TriviaEdit

  • Version 1.0 introduced the AKM and AKMS, a modernized version of the weapon, in game it just a cosmetic difference from the AK(S)-47.

Media Edit

AK-47 GP-25

Ak-47 with GP-25

See alsoEdit

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