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1: AK-47 is an assault rifle designed in 1947 by Mikhail Kalashnikov.
2: Brought automatic rifle firepower to the masses.
3: Is highly reliable under all circumstances.
4: It is extremely CHEAP! You can get one for $275 in the US and $30 or less in others!
5: An old design that is still feared by the mighty US armed forces.
"Did you see that dude kill that man with an AK-47"?
by NK April 05, 2005
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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.

7.62x39 mm
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

Variants include
AKM-74U
AK-101/2/3/4/5/6/7/8

Inspired guns include
RPK Light MG
RPD Light MG
Saiga-12 shotgun
Type 97
Galil ARM
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.)
by Calibre666 March 05, 2006
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Of all the weapons in the vast Soviet arsenal, nothing is more profitable than the Avtomat Kalashnikova model of 1947...more commonly known as the AK-47, or Kalashnikov.

It's the world's most popular assault rifle. A weapon all fighters love.

An elegantly simple, 9 pound amalgamation of forged steel and plywood. It doesn't break, jam, or overheat. It'll shoot whether it's covered in mud or filled with sand.

It's so easy and simple, even a child can use it; and they do. The Soviets put the gun on a coin. Mozambique put it on their flag.

Since the end of the Cold War, the Kalashnikov has become the Russian people's greatest export. After that comes vodka, caviar, and suicidal novelists.
The AK-47 is undoubtedly the most influential and widespread firearm ever produced.

Mikhail Kalashnikov's legacy to the world, will not be forgotten for quite some time.
by Mr. Kalashnikov March 16, 2008
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A word originally referring to the world's most reliable assault rifle, but due to ignorance, is used to describe any firearm with a pistol grip and curved magazine.
A. Hey, check out my new SL8.

B. Is that an AK-47?
by Agent Appleblanket February 28, 2013
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AK-47 is the tool. Don't make me act a motherfuckin' fool. --Ice Cube
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One of the top 10 best weed in the world
"Man that AK47 was crazily good shit man!"
by chris March 14, 2005
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The AK-47 is a 7.62 x 39mm assault rifle designed by Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov in 1947, hence its name. It was an outstanding firearm for its time, although was let down to a certain extent by its stamped steel receiver. In 1959, the '47 evolved into the AKM, which is the most common Kalashnikov found today. Visible differences between the AK-47 and AKM are a slanted muzzle and recesses over the magazine housing.

Although frequently compared with the M16, because of their interaction in the Vietnam War, the AK-47 is more comparable to the M14, whereas the M16 is compared with the newer AK-74. The light-support weapon designed from the AK-47 is the RPK.
Quick, shoot that terrorist before he waxes you with his AK-47.
by muth January 22, 2006
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