The Avtomat Kalashnikova Modernizirovannyj Model 1947 (AK47 or AKM47) is the most widespread (although not most produced: That is the M16) weapon in the modern world. It fires the extremely powerful 7.62x39mm SOVIET ammunition at 600 RPM. The standard magazine is a curved, black, machine-grooved curved magazine that contains 30 rounds, although 40 round box, 75 & 100 round drum magazines are also avaliable. It is very famous for it's role in today's videogames. Battlefield Vietnam has it, Battlefield 2 has a newer version of it, America's army has it, Counter-Strike has it, a lot of Rainbow Six's terrorists have it, etc. The AK47 is most likely the second most influential gun of all time, the first being the german StG 44, which looks quite similar and has similar statistics to an AK. The AK47 is so widespread as it is extremely reliable and tough, you can beat people with it and almost completely ignore maintenance and it'll work fine, unlike the M16, which constantly jams and is very hard to clean. It has a fairly fast rate of fire at 600 rounds per minute (RPM) and fires an extremely powerful round with better baslistics than most other rounds. It is cheap and easy to make, unlike the M16 which isn't. The only real drawback is that it's very heavy, at over 4.3 kg for the AK, and 3.14 kg for the AKM.
The AK47 was made by Mikhail Kalashnikov. When Kalashnikov was in hospital from a wound during World War II, he started developing and making plans and designs for small arms. In 1944 he was assigned to the Izhevsk Machinebuilding Plant where he developed a gas-operated semi-automatic carbine. 45-46, he made an assault rifle using this design, and submitted the AK46 as it was then known, to Soviet army trials. 46-47 he redesigned it and submitted it again in 1947. It was officially adopted in 1949, and chrisened the AK47. In 1974, the Russian military adopted a new assault rifle, the AK74 or AKS74U as it was later known, which fired 5.45x39mm round. Although it was adopted by Russian infantry, the AK47 is still used by Special Forces, and many Warsaw pact countries and even terrorist groups. A video was published featuring Osama Bin Laden with an AK47. It is in many movies, games, and books. The Ak47 is most likely the best assault rifle of all time. It was also one of the first. It is reliable, powerful, with a good rate of fire. It has somewhat moderate recoil, but it fires with surgical accuracy on semi-auto and the first 2-3 shots of full-auto. It was used by the Vietcong in the Vietnam War. American soldiers, seeing the superior rifle, tossed away their M16s and picked up AK47s. The peace of mind brought by a more powerful round and bigger magazines and almost zero possibility of it jamming was quickly eliminated by the possibility of being shot by friendlies due to the distinct sound.
Gas operated, rotating bolt with 2 lugs
870 mm in length
Barrel 415 mm in length
AK 4,3 kg; AKM 3,14 kg in weight
Magazine capacity 30 rounds (40 rounds box magazines and 75-100 rounds drums are also used
Cyclic rate of fire 600 rounds per minute
About 300-400 meters maximum effectiveness
Inspired guns include
RPK Light MG
RPD Light MG
With many others
AK47 is also an expression for quality drugs, mainly marijuana.
The main terrorist rifle in counter-strike is the Ak47.
If you smoke too much AK47, you'll be able to fly! (Yeah right, bub.)