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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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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