Most retarded morons say the AK shoots the 7.62 and relate it to the 7.62x51mm NATO, which is used as a sniping round, hunting round and light or heavy machine gun round.

The AK-47 (Avtomat Kalashnikova, or "Automatic Kalashnikov") uses the 7.62x39mm Soviet round, first fielded in the Russian light machine gun, the RPD. The purpose of using "intermediate" rounds like the 7.62x39mm, the 5.56x45mm, and the 5.45x39.5mm is to reduce the weight that a soldier carries into battle or to increase the amount of ammunition the soldier can carry. A 7.62x39mm round weighs less than half the weight of the Russian standard power rifle round, the 7.62x54mmR. Thus, by switching to the smaller round, a soldier can carry more ammunition and thus produce more kills. The smaller round also has less recoil and makes less noise and flash when fired from shorter weapons.

The AK-47 was invented by Mikhail T. Kalashnikov, originally, in 1945. Kalashnikov was a Russian tank commander who was wounded in WWII. During his recovery, he studied automatic weapons such as the MP-40, the StGw-44, the PPSh, and basically any automatic weapon he could get his hands on. He submitted his design to the Russian high command in 1945. It underwent several improvements to make it cheaper and faster to produce, and was finally approved in 1947. Full scale mass production started in 1949.

The AK-47 uses a system of operation known as "Rotating bolt, long stroke recoil" system. It is called "long stroke" because the gas piston is attached to the bolt carrier, and moves all the way back with the bolt carrier and all the way foreward with it. For comparison, the SKS rifle uses the short-stroke style of operation, where the gas piston moves back only around a centimeter before hitting the op-rod (operating rod), which then hits the bolt carrier, unlocking it.

The "rotating bolt" part comes from how the bolt locks into the weapon. Some guns, like the SKS, have the bolt lock into the reciever. This is a decent form of operation, but the reciever must be made of a strong matereal to support the pressure against the bolt when firing. A stronger reciever is more expensive and takes longer to make. Thus, the AK-47 uses a rotating bolt system of operation, where the bolt locks around the barrel. Since the reciever is under much less strain during firing, it can be made of cheaper, thinner matereal and can be stamped instead of milled.

The AK-47 is extremely reliable because it has loose tolerances. Because of this, dirt and oversized rounds of ammunition will almost never stop it, and also, loose tolerances mean that replacement parts can be obtained from practically any source and work. However, loose tolerances also mean less accuracy.

The AK-47 is simple, reliable, and durable.

Weight: Fixed stock variant, 9 pounds.
Barrel length: 16.3 inches.
Ammunition type: 7.62x39mm Soviet
Firing rate: 700 rounds per minuite (fully automatic variants)
Magazine capacity: 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 45, 50, 55. Drums can be had in 75 and 100 round capacities.

Over time, the AK has advanced and become used in almost every role possible. An AK used in the Light Machine Gun role is the RPK-47 or RPK-74. An AK used in the sniping role (and chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO, 8mm, or 7.62x54mmR) is the Romanian PSL or Yugoslavian M-76. An AK used in the Personal Defense Weapon role is the AKS-74U, seen carried by Bin-Laden. An AK used in the pistol role is usually called an AKP, most models of which are made in America for the civilian market in semi-automatic mode.
Hey my AK-47 may be semi-automatic but I can bump-fire a 30 round magazine in 4 seconds.
by SuperFly7.62 February 26, 2006
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Avtomat Kalashnikov 1947

Invented by Mikhail Kalashnikov. Quite possibly the most popular assault rifle in existence, mostly because of mass proliferation.

7.62x39mm Soviet, 30-round clip. Has countless variants. Today it is black-marketted by terrorist cells (mostly because the AK is easy to make).
The AK-47 has been reported to have certain performances that surpass that of the Colt M16 series, and one reason is because the AK doesn't contain as many moving parts (therefore, maintenance is very easy). The AK-47 can also brave any type of harsh condition and environment.

There are ALL kinds of variants to the AK-47:
*AK-74 (5.45x39mm Soviet assault rifle)
*AKS-74u (5.45x39mm Soviet carbine)
*Saiga 12 (12g auto shotgun)
*Dragunov SVD (7.62x39mm Soviet sniper/infantry-backup rifle)
These 4 are just some.
"The AK-47 is cool. ^_^ I want one!"
-me
by Dave April 16, 2004
The very best there is.
If you absolutely have to kill every last motherfucker in the room, accept no substitute.
by Squambob January 27, 2004
Originally developed and finalized by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the year 1947, the AK47 was meant to be a rifle for tank crews, who could not fit a full sized rifle into their tank. It was so successful that it was adopted by the Russian army, and exported to all of Russia's allies. It's most recognizable feature is its superb reliability, it will function in environments that other weapons would malfunction in. It fires 7.62 x 39mm ammunition(by comparison, an M16 fires 5.56 x 45mm).
This is the AK47 assault rifle. It is the preferred weapon of your enemy, and it makes a very distinct sound when fired at you.
by MuzlFlash August 10, 2003
The AK-47 is the most widespread weapon in the world.
The weapon was developed for motorized infantry, adopted for service with the Soviet Army in 1949 and designated the AK-47. It was not provided with a bayonet.
Characteristics
Caliber, mm 7.62
Cartridge 7.62x39
Sighting radius, mm 378
Length, overal, mm 870
Barrel Length, mm 415
Magazine capacity, rds 30
Sighting range, m 800
Weight w/empty magazine, g 4300
Weight w/loaded magazine, g 4876
Rate of fire, rds/min 600
Muzzle velocity, m/s 700
Killing range, m 1500
Rifling Grooves 4
Rifled Bore, mm 378

AK-47 is the tool...
by VAKI5 August 15, 2003
Bomb ass Chronic that packs a powerful punch.
My boi has the hook up on that AK, no not the kalishnikov the damn weed man.
by Borat March 28, 2005
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
The world's absolute most proliferous assault rifle, with more than 90 million units currently existing. Commonly seen as a terrorist weapon, and for good reason, as it is relatively inexpensive, and very robust, able to brave extreme weather conditions. Chambered for the Russian 7.62 x 39 mm rifle cartridge.
by Anonymous August 09, 2003

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