The AK-47 is best described as an amalgamation of several previous weapons designs. It has the Trigger, Double locking lugs, and unlocking raceway of the M1 Garand and M1 Carbine, the Safety mechanism of the John Browning designed Remington Model 8, and the layout and gas system of the StG-44.
Versions of the AK-47 include the following:
AK-47 Type 1/2(1948-1951) - Most rifles manufactured with a milled steel receiver.
AK-47 Type 3(1952) - All rifles manufactured with a milled steel receiver.
RPK - Handheld Automatic-Rifle variant with a longer barrel and a bipod.
AKM - Modernized variant with various improvements over the AK-47.
AK-74 series - Series of the AK-type rifle which replaced the AK-47 in 1978. Chambered in 5.45x39mm
AK-101/AK-102/AK-103/AK-104 series - modernizations of the AK-74
AK-107/AK-108 series - incorporates a balanced bolt group, reducing muzzle jump, vibrations, and felt recoil.
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 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.
Caliber, mm 7.62
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
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.