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The Avtomat Kalashnikova model of 1947 is a gas operated, selective fire assault rifle designed from 1945 to 1946 by Soviet tank commander Mikhail Kalashnikov to fill the need for a rifle-caliber automatic infantry weapon within the Soviet military, after experiences against the German StG-44 which deeply influenced Soviet doctrine in the post-war years. It has become the single most prolific weapon ever created, with models in use by military and police, or civilian consumers in nearly every country in the world. Chambered in the intermediate 7.62x39mm R.

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.
The Avtomat Kalashnikova model 1947, or AK-47, is the single most prolific assault rifle ever created, second to none, although the rifles quality is questionable.
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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
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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

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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.
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The famous Avtomat Klashnikova Model 1947 (AK47) is, along with it's scores of variants, the most widely used and manufacutured assault rifle in the world. Developed orginally for mobile units of the Russian Army, the AK rifles have found their way into the hands from hundreds of other militaries, as well as terrorist groups. Caliber of the orginal AK47/AKM was 7.62x39mm. The 7.62mm caliber has been phased out in Russia, which now favors the 5.45x39mm, chambered in the AK74.
In the days of the Cold War, the USSR made and distributed countless AK47 assault rifles.
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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.
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Of all the weapons in the vast Soviet arsenal, nothing is more profitable than 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, 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.
Got shot from an AK-47.
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