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AK-47Table data are for AK-47 with Type 3 receiver.

A Type 2 AK-47, the first machined receiver variation
Soviet Union+ Assault rifle+
yes
1949–present
See ''Users+''
Mikhail Kalashnikov+
1946–1948
Izhmash+ and various others including Norinco+
1949–1959
≈ 75 million AK-47s, 100 million Kalashnikov-family weapons
See ''Variants+''
Without magazine:
AK
AKMAKMS is ~ heavier.
Magazine, empty:
(early issue)
(steel)
(plastic) (light alloy)
Ammo weight:
16.3 g × 30 =


stock folded
total
rifled
7.62×39mm M43/M67+
Gas-operated+, rotating bolt+
Cyclic 600 rounds/min, practical
40 rounds/min semi-automatic
100 rounds/min fully automatic

there are also 10-, 20- and 40-round box and 75- and 100-round drum+ magazine+s
Adjustable iron sights+ with a sight radius:
100–800 m adjustments (AK)
100–1000 m adjustments (AKM)

The '''AK-47''' is a selective-fire+, gas-operated+ 7.62×39mm+ assault rifle+, first developed in the Soviet Union+ by Mikhail Kalashnikov+. It is officially known as ''Avtomat Kalashnikova'' (). It is also known as '''Kalashnikov''', '''AK''', or in Russian slang, '''Kalash'''.

Design work on the AK-47 began in the last year of World War II (1945). After the war in 1946, the AK-46 was presented for official military trials. In 1948 the fixed-stock version was introduced into active service with selected units of the Soviet Army+. An early development of the design was the '''AKS''' (S—''Skladnoy'' or "folding"), which was equipped with an underfolding metal shoulder stock+. In 1949, the AK-47 was officially accepted by the Soviet Armed Forces+ and used by the majority of the member states of the Warsaw Pact+. The weapon was supplied to Nicaraguan Sandinistas+, Viet Cong+ as well as Middle Eastern and Asian revolutionaries. More recently they have been seen in the hands of Islamic groups such as the Taliban+ and Al-Qaeda+ in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The original AK-47 was one of the first assault rifles of 2nd generation, after the German StG 44+.


In the field of firearms, the Russian word "avtomat" was introduced around 1919 to describe an automatic rifle+ designed in 1916 by Vladimir Fyodorov+ as an emergency adaptation of his semi-automatic rifle+ designs, with the intent of providing a firearm capable of automatic fire that was more portable than the light machine gun+s then in service. The Fedorov Avtomat+ saw very limited action in World War I+, but was used in larger numbers during the Russian Civil War+, with about 3,200 having been built, the vast majority of them after 1919. The Fedorov Avtomat was chambered in 6.5×50mmSR Arisaka+, one of the more common cartridges at the time. Some historians argue that in consequence, the Fedorov Avtomat was the first assault rifle+ to see combat; others have argued however that "this was more a case of accident than intention".

The Fedorov Avtomat was withdrawn from service between 1925 and 1928 owing to its use of foreign ammunition, which the Soviet Union could not easily procure, although the stockpiled Fedorov Avtomats would be rushed back into service during the 1939-1940 war with Finland+ because of the general penury of individual automatic weapons in the Red Army. During World War II, it was replaced in Soviet service mostly by sub-machine guns, like the ubiquitous PPSh-41+. Soviet attempts at creating a fully automatic rifle chambered in their powerful 7.62×54mmR+ rifle cartridge, like the AVS-36+ or AVT-40+
During World War II, the Germans introduced the StG 44+ (Sturmgewehr) in large numbers—about half a million were built. This gun, from which the English terminology "assault rifle" originates, was chambered in a new intermediate cartridge+, the 7.92×33mm Kurz+. The Soviets captured an early prototype of the StG 44, a Mkb 42(H)+, and they were also given samples of the U.S. M1 Carbine+, which was also developed for a less powerful round. Based on these developments, on July 15, 1943, the People's Commissariat for Armaments+ decided to introduce a Soviet intermediate cartridge. A team led by NM Elizarov (Н.М. Елизаров) was charged with the development of what eventually became the 7.62×39mm+ M43; the new cartridge went into mass production in March 1944. At the same meeting that adopted the new cartridge, the Soviet planners decided that a whole range of new small arms should use it, including a semi-automatic carbine, a fully automatic rifle, and a light machine gun. Design contests for these new weapons began in earnest in 1944.

Mikhail Kalashnikov+ began his career as a weapon designer while in a hospital after he was shot in the shoulder during the Battle of Bryansk+. In the 1944 competition for intermediate cartridge weapons, Kalashnikov submitted a semi-automatic, gas-operated carbine, strongly influenced by the American M1 Garand+, but that lost out to a Simonov design, which was adopted as the SKS-45+.

In the fully automatic weapon category, the specifications (тактико-технические требования - TTT) number 2456-43Руслан Чумак, ''КАЛАШНИКОВ. ОРУЖИЕ, БОЕПРИПАСЫ, СНАРЯЖЕНИЕ'' 2010/3, p. 15 passed down by the GAU+ in November 1943 were rather ambitious: the weapon was to have a 500–520 mm long barrel and had to weigh no more than 5 kg, including a folding bipod+. Despite this, many Soviet designers participated in this category, Tokarev, Korovin, Degtyarev, Shpagin, Simonov, and Prilutsky are some of the more prominent names who submitted designs; Kalashnikov did not submit an entry for this contest. A gun presented by Sudayev+, the AS-44 (weight: 5.6 kg, barrel length 505 mm), came up ahead in the mid-1944 trials.

However subsequent field trials conducted in 1945 found it to be too heavy for the average soldier and Sudayev was asked to lighten his gun; his lightened variant (5.35 kg, 485 mm barrel) turned out to be less reliable and less accurate. In October 1945, the GAU was convinced to dispense with the built-in bipod requirement; Sudayev's gun in this variant, called OAS (облегченный автомат Судаева - ОАС), weighed only 4.8 kg. Sudayev however fell ill and died in 1946, preventing further development.

The experience gained from the reliability issues of the lightened Sudayev design convinced the GAU that a brand new competition had to be held, and for this round the requirements were explicitly stated: a wholesale replacement of the PPSh-41 and PPS-43+ sub-machine guns was what they were after. The new competition was initiated in 1946 under GAU TTT number 3131-45. Ten designs had been submitted by August 1946.

Kalashnikov and his design team from factory number two in Kovrov+ submitted an entry. It was a gas-operated rifle which had a breech-block mechanism similar to his 1944 carbine, and a curved 30-round magazine. Kalashnikov's rifles (codenamed AK-1 and −2, the former with a milled receiver+ and the latter with a stamped one) proved to be reliable and the weapon was accepted to second round of competition along with designs by A. A. Dementyev (KB-P-520) and A. A. Bulkin (TKB-415). In late 1946, as the rifles were being tested, one of Kalashnikov's assistants, Aleksandr Zaitsev, suggested a major redesign of AK-1, particularly to improve reliability. At first, Kalashnikov was reluctant, given that their rifle had already fared better than its competitors. Eventually, however, Zaitsev managed to persuade Kalashnikov. The new rifle (factory name KB-P-580) proved to be simple and reliable under a wide range of conditions with convenient handling characteristics; prototypes with serial numbers one to three were completed in November 1947. Production of the first army trial series began in early 1948 at the Izhevsk+ factory number 524, and in 1949 it was adopted by the Soviet Army as "7.62 mm Kalashnikov assault rifle (AK)".

The AK-47 is best described as a hybrid of previous rifle technology innovations: of the M1 Garand+/M1 carbine+, the safety mechanism of the John Browning+ designed Remington Model 8+ rifle, and the gas system of the Sturmgewehr 44+.

Kalashnikov's team had access to all of these weapons and had no need to "reinvent the wheel", though he denied that his design was based on the German Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle. Kalashnikov himself observed: "A lot of Russian Army soldiers ask me how one can become a constructor, and how new weaponry is designed. These are very difficult questions. Each designer seems to have his own paths, his own successes and failures. But one thing is clear: before attempting to create something new, it is vital to have a good appreciation of everything that already exists in this field. I myself have had many experiences confirming this to be so."

There are claims about Kalashnikov copying other designs, like Bulkin's TKB-415 or Simonov's AVS-31.



There were many difficulties during the initial phase of production. The first production models had stamped sheet metal receivers+. Difficulties were encountered in welding the guide and ejector rails, causing high rejection rates. Instead of halting production, a heavy machined receiver was substituted for the sheet metal receiver. This was a more costly process, but the use of machined receivers accelerated production as tooling and labor for the earlier Mosin–Nagant+ rifle's machined receiver were easily adapted. Partly because of these problems, the Soviets were not able to distribute large numbers of the new rifle to soldiers until 1956. During this time, production of the interim SKS+ rifle continued.

Once manufacturing difficulties had been overcome, a redesigned version designated the AKM+ M for "modernized" or "upgraded" (in Russian: ''Автомат Калашникова Модернизированный [Avtomat Kalashnikova Modernizirovanniy])'' was introduced in 1959. This new model used a stamped sheet metal receiver and featured a slanted muzzle brake+ on the end of the barrel+ to compensate for muzzle rise+ under recoil. In addition, a hammer retarder was added to prevent the weapon from firing out of battery (without the bolt being fully closed), during rapid or automatic fire. This is also sometimes referred to as a "cyclic rate reducer", or simply "rate reducer", as it also has the effect of reducing the number of rounds fired per minute during automatic fire. It was also roughly one-third lighter than the previous model.

Both licensed and unlicensed production of the Kalashnikov weapons abroad were almost exclusively of the AKM variant, partially due to the much easier production of the stamped receiver. This model is the most commonly encountered, having been produced in much greater quantities. All rifles based on the Kalashnikov design are frequently referred to as AK-47s in the West, although this is only correct when applied to rifles based on the original three receiver types. In most former Eastern Bloc countries, the weapon is known simply as the "Kalashnikov" or "AK". The photo above at right illustrates the differences between the Type 2 milled receiver and the Type 4 stamped, including the use of rivets rather than welds on the stamped receiver, as well as the placement of a small dimple above the magazine well for stabilization of the magazine.


! Receiver type
! Description

! Type 1A/B
| Original stamped receiver for AK-47. -1B modified for underfolding stock. A large hole is present on each side to accommodate the hardware for the underfolding stock.
(this naming convention continues with all types)

! Type 2A/B
| Milled from steel forging.

! Type 3A/B
| "Final" version of the milled receiver, from steel bar stock. The most ubiquitous example of the milled-receiver AK-47.

! Type 4A/B
| Stamped AKM receiver. Overall, the most-used design in the construction of the AK-series rifles.
|

In 1974, the Soviets began replacing their AK-47 and AKM rifles with a newer design, the AK-74+, which uses 5.45×39mm+ ammunition. This new rifle and cartridge had only started to be manufactured in Eastern European nations when the Soviet Union collapsed+, drastically slowing production of the AK-74 and other weapons of the former Soviet bloc.

The main advantages of the Kalashnikov rifle are its simple design, fairly compact size, and adaptation to mass production+. It is inexpensive to manufacture and easy to clean and maintain. Its ruggedness and reliability are legendary. The AK-47 was initially designed for ease of operation and repair by glove-wearing Soviet soldiers in Arctic conditions. The large gas piston, generous clearances between moving parts, and tapered cartridge case design allow the gun to endure large amounts of foreign matter and fouling without failing to cycle. This reliability comes at a slight cost of accuracy, as the looser tolerances do not allow for precision and consistency.

The bore+ and chamber+, as well as the gas piston and the interior of the gas cylinder+, are generally chromium-plated. This plating dramatically increases the life of these parts by resisting corrosion and wear. This is particularly important, as most military-production ammunition (and virtually all ammunition produced by the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations) during the 20th century contained potassium chlorate+ in the primers+. On firing, this was converted to corrosive and hygroscopic potassium chloride+ which mandated frequent and thorough cleaning in order to prevent damage. Chrome plating+ of critical parts is now common on many modern military weapons.

In addition to the USSR, the AK-47 and its variants were/are made in dozens of countries, with "quality ranging from finely engineered weapons to pieces of questionable workmanship."


To fire, the operator inserts a loaded magazine+, pulls back and releases the charging handle, and then pulls the trigger+. In semi-automatic, the firearm fires only once, requiring the trigger to be released and depressed again for the next shot. In full-automatic, the rifle continues to fire automatically cycling fresh rounds into the chamber, until the magazine is exhausted or pressure is released from the trigger. As each bullet travels through the barrel, a portion of the gases expanding behind it is diverted into the gas tube above the barrel, where it impacts the gas piston+. The piston, in turn, is driven backward, pushing the bolt+ carrier, which causes the bolt to move backwards, ejecting the spent round, and chambering a new round when the recoil spring pushes it forward.Department of the Army. wikisource:en:AK-47 Operator's Manual+. 203d Military Intelligence Battalion.

The gas operation uses what is known as a ''long-stroke'', that is the piston moves back into the receiver a long way, pushing the bolt carrier along. This contrasts with most other gas operated rifles of the 20th century which used a short-stroke piston. Those designs have a piston that gives a single sharp blow to get the bolt group moving through transfer of momentum rather than pushing it all the way back. Rifles using that system are the commonly used FN FAL+ and AR-18+, along with others such as the SA-80+. The comparison is of importance because the FAL, and later the M16+ have been the rifles which faced the Kalashnikov in battle throughout the 2nd half of the 20th century. In contrast to the AK, the gas system of the M16 does not use a piston at all.

The prototype of the AK-47, the AK-46, had a separate fire selector and safety. These were later combined in the production version to simplify the design. The fire selector is a large lever located on the right side of the rifle, it acts as a dust-cover and prevents the charging handle from being pulled fully to the rear when it is on safe.Peter G. Kokalis, . arsenalinc.com It is operated by the shooter's right fore-fingers and it has 3 settings: safe (up), full-auto (center), and semi-auto (down). The reason for this is, under stress a soldier will push the selector lever down with considerable force bypassing the full-auto stage and setting the rifle to semi-auto. To set the AK-47 to full-auto requires the deliberate action of centering the selector lever.
Some AK-type rifles also have a small vertical selector lever on the left side of the receiver just above the pistol grip. This lever is operated by the shooter's right thumb and has three settings: safe (forward), full-auto (center), and semi-auto (backward).


The AK-47 has a sight radius. The AK-47 uses a notched rear tangent iron sight+, it is adjustable and is calibrated in hundreds from 100 to 800 metres (100 to 1000 metres for AKM models).. Scribd.com (2010-07-31). Retrieved on 9 February 2012. The front sight is a post adjustable for elevation in the field. Horizontal adjustment is done by the armory before issue. The "fixed" battle setting can be used for all ranges up to 300 metres. This "point-blank range+" setting marked "'''П'''", allows the shooter to fire at close range targets without adjusting the sights. These settings mirror the Mosin–Nagant+ and SKS+ rifles which the AK-47 replaced. Some AK-type rifles have a front sight with a flip-up luminous dot that is calibrated at 50 metres, for improved night fighting.

All current AK-47s (100 series), have a side rail for mounting a variety of scopes and sighting devices, such as the PSO-1 Optical Sniper Sight+.
One feature, the side rail, allows removal and remounting of optical accessories without interfering with the zeroing of the optic.

A drawback, however, is that their side folding stocks cannot be folded with the optics mounted.



The standard AK-47 or AKM fires the 7.62×39mm cartridge+ with a muzzle velocity of . The cartridge weight is , the projectile weight is . The cartridge produces significant wounding effects if the projectile tumbles in tissue; but it produces relatively minor wounds when the projectile exits the body before beginning to yaw+.

The AK-47's accuracy has always been considered to be "good enough".. The best shooters are able to hit a man-sized target at 800 metres with five shots (firing from prone position or a trench) or ten shots (standing).

A major but often overlooked factor in a firearm's reliability is the design of its magazine. The AK-47's magazine has a pronounced curve which allows it to smoothly feed ammunition into the chamber. Its heavy steel construction combined with "feed-lips" (the surfaces at the top of the magazine that control the angle at which the cartridge enters the chamber) machined from a single steel billet makes it highly resistant to damage. This makes the AK-47 magazine more reliable, although heavier than U.S. and NATO magazines. The standard magazine capacity is 30 rounds.

The steel AK-47 magazine weighs empty. There were also aluminum alloy magazines which appeared in 1961. They were too sensitive to damage and were soon replaced by plastic ones ( heavier). The plastic magazines were modernized in 1967 by the addition of steel magazine hooks and reinforcing plates to the feed lips – these improvements have increased the (plastic) magazine's life expectancy by four times. The current-issue plastic magazine weighs empty.

Most Yugoslavian and some East German AK magazines were made with cartridge followers that hold the bolt open when empty; however, most AK magazine followers allow the bolt to close when the magazine is empty.

The AK-47 magazines are interchangeable with the 40-round box and 75-round drum+ RPK+ magazines. There are also 10- and 20-round box and 100-round drum magazines.

All current model AK-47 rifles can mount under-barrel 40 mm grenade launchers such as the GP-25, GP-30 and GP-34+, which can fire up to 20 rounds per minute and have an effective range of up to 400 metres. The main grenade is the VOG-25 (VOG-25M) fragmentation grenade which has a 6 m (9 m) (20 ft (30 ft)) lethality radius. The VOG-25P/VOG-25PM ("jumping") variant explodes above the ground.

The Zastava M70+s (AK-type rifle) also have a grenade-launching sight and gas cut-off on the gas block, and are capable of launching rifle grenade+s. To launch them a 22 mm diameter grenade launching adapter is screwed on in place of the slant brake or other muzzle device. Other AK-47 variants tuned for launching rifle grenades are the Polish Kbkg wz. 1960+/72 and the Hungarian AMP-69.

The AK-47 can also mount a (rarely used) cup-type grenade launcher+ that fires standard RGD-5+ Soviet hand-grenades.http://www.ar15.com/content/manuals/AK47USArmyOperatorManual.pdf | Department of the Army, Operator's Manual for the AK-47 Assault Rifle


'''Early variants''' (7.62×39mm)
* Issue of 1948/49 – The very earliest models, with the Type 1 stamped sheet metal receiver, are now very rare.
* Issue of 1951 – Has a milled receiver. Barrel and chamber are chrome plated to resist corrosion.
* Issue of 1954 (1955) – Lightened milled receiver variant. Rifle weight is .
* AKS – Featured a downward-folding metal stock similar to that of the German MP40+, for use in the restricted space in the BMP+ infantry combat vehicle, as well as by paratroops.
* AKN (AKSN) – Night scope rail.

'''Modernized''' (7.62×39mm)
* '''AKM+''' – A simplified, lighter version of the AK-47; Type 4 receiver is made from stamped and riveted sheet metal. A slanted muzzle device was added to counter climb in automatic fire. Rifle weight is AKMS is ~ heavier. due to the lighter receiver. This is the most ubiquitous variant of the AK-47.
** AKMS – Under-folding stock version of the AKM intended for airborne+ troops.
** AKMN (AKMSN) – Night scope rail.
** AKML (AKMSL) – Slotted flash suppressor and night scope rail.
* '''RPK+''' – Hand-held machine gun version with longer barrel and bipod+. The variants – RPKS, RPKN (RPKSN), RPKL (RPKSL) – mirror AKM variants. The "S" variants have a side-folding wooden stock.

'''Low-impulse variants''' (5.45×39mm+)

* '''AK-74+''' – Assault rifle.
** AKS-74 – Side-folding stock.
** AK-74N (AKS-74N) – Night scope rail.
* '''AKS-74U+''' – Compact carbine.
** AKS-74UN – Night scope rail.
* '''RPK-74+''' – Light machine gun.
** RPKS-74 – Side-folding stock.
** RPK-74N (RPKS-74N) – Night scope rail.

'''The 100 Series'''

5.45×39mm / 5.56×45mm / 7.62×39mm
* '''AK-74M+'''/'''AK-101+'''/'''AK-103+''' – Modernized AK-74. Scope rail and side-folding stock.
* '''AK-107+'''/'''AK-108+''' – Balanced recoil models.
* '''AK-105+'''/'''AK-102+'''/'''AK-104+''' – Carbine.
* RPK-74M / RPK-201 / RPKM and RPK-203 – Light machine gun.

'''Other weapons'''
* '''Saiga-12+''' – 12-gauge shotgun. Built on AK receiver.
** Saiga-12S – Pistol grip and side-folding stock.
*** Saiga-12K – Shorter barrel.
** Saiga-20 (S/K) – 20-gauge.

** Saiga-410 (S/K) – .410 bore.
* '''Saiga semi-automatic rifle+'''
* '''KSK shotgun''' – 12-gauge combat shotgun (based on Saiga-12).
* '''Vepr-12 Molot''' – 12-gauge combat shotgun. Built on RPK receiver.
* '''PP-19 Bizon+''' – Submachine gun with helical+ magazine. Borrows 60% of details from AKS-74U. 9×18mm PM+, 9×19mm Luger+, .380 ACP+; 7.62×25mm TT+ (box magazine).
* '''PP-19-01 Vityaz''' – Submachine gun. 9×19mm Parabellum+.
* '''OTs-14 Groza+''' – Bullpup+ assault rifle. 9×39mm+, 7.62×39mm+.

'''AK-12 series'''
* '''AK-12+''' – A family of weapons in a variety of calibers. Currently undergoing trials.

Military variants only. Includes new designs substantially derived from the Kalashnikov.


! Country !! Variant(s)

! Albania
|

Automatiku Shqiptar model 56 '''(ASH-78 Tip-1)''' Albanian Automatic Assault Rifle Model 56 Type-1 [Made in Poliçan Arsenal] (Straight forward copy of Type 56+, which in turn is a clone of the Soviet AKM+ rifle)


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Automatiku Shqiptar Tipi 1982 '''(ASH-82)''' Albanian Automatic Assault Rifle Type 1982 [Made in Poliçan Arsenal] (Straight forward copy of AKMS+)
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Automatiku Shqiptar model 56 '''(ASH-78 Tip-2)''' Albanian Light Machine Gun [Made in Poliçan Arsenal] (Straight forward copy of RPK+)
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Automatiku Shqiptar model 56 '''(ASH-78 Tip-3)''' Albanian Automatic Hybrid Rifle Model 56 Type-3 [Made in Poliçan Arsenal] (Hybrid rifle for multi-purpose roles mainly Marksman rifle with secondary assault rifle and grenade launcher capability)
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'''Other unknown variants.'''
Several other unnamed and unidentified versions of the AKMS have been produce mainly with short barrels similar to the Soviet AKS-74U+ mainly for special forces, Tank and Armoured crew also for Helicopter pilots and police.
There have also been modifications and fresh production of heavily modified '''ASh-82''' (AKMS+) with '''SOPMOD+''' accessories, mainly for Albania's special forces RENEA+ and exports.

! Armenia
| K-3+ (bullpup, 5.45×39mm+)

! Azerbaijan
| Khazri (AK-74M)

! Bangladesh
| Chinese Type 56+

! Bulgaria
|

AKK/AKKS (Type 3 AK-47/w. side-folding buttstock)


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AKKMS (AKMS), AKKN-47 (fittings for NPSU night sights)
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AK-47M1 (Type 3 with black polymer furniture)
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AK-47MA1/AR-M1 (same as -M1, but in 5.56 mm NATO)
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AKS-47M1 (AKMS in 5.56×45mm NATO+)
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AKS-47S (AK-47M1, short version, with East German folding stock, laser aiming device)
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AKS-47UF (short version of -M1, Russian folding stock), AR-SF (same as −47UF, but 5.56 mm NATO)
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AKS-93SM6 (similar to −47M1, cannot use grenade launcher)
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RKKS (RPK), AKT-47 (.22 rimfire training rifle)

! Cambodia
| Chinese Type 56+, Soviet AK-47, and AKM+

! People's Republic of China
| Type 56+

! Colombia
| Galil ACE+

! Croatia
| APS-95+

! Cuba
| AKM

! East Germany+
|

MPi-K/MPi-KS (AK-47/AKS)


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MPi-KM (AKM; wooden and plastic stock), MPi-KMS-72 (side-folding stock), MPi-KMS-K (carbine)
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MPi-AK-74N (AK-74), MPi-AKS-74N (side-folding stock), MPi-AKS-74NK (carbine)
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KK-MPi Mod.69 (.22 LR+ select-fire trainer)

! Egypt
| AK-47, Misr assault rifle+ (AKM), Maadi

! Ethiopia
| AK-47, AK-103+ (manufactured locally at the State-run ''Gafat Armament Engineering Complex+'' as the '''Et-97/1''')

! Finland
|

Rk 62+, Valmet M76+ (other names Rk 62 76, M62/76), Valmet M78+ (light machine gun), Rk 95 Tp+

! Hungary
|

AK-55 (domestic manufacture of the 2nd Model AK-47)


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AKM-63 (also known as AMD-63 in the US; modernized AK-55), AMD-65+M (modernized AKM-63, shorter barrel and side-folding stock), AMP-69 (rifle grenade launcher)
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AK-63+F/D (other name AMM/AMMSz), AK-63MF (modernized)
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NGM-81+ (5.56×45mm NATO+; fixed and under-folding stock)

! India
|

INSAS+ (fixed and side-folding stock), KALANTAK+ (carbine), INSAS light machine gun+ (fixed and side-folding stock)


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'''Trichy Assault Rifle 7.62 mm''', manufactured by Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli+ of Ordnance Factories Board+

! Iran
| KLS/KLF (AK-47/AKS), KLT (AKMS)

! Iraq
| Tabuk Sniper Rifle+, Tabuk Assault Rifle (with fixed or underfolding stock, outright clones of Yugoslavian M70 rifles series), Tabuk Short Assault Rifle

! Israel
|

IMI Galil+: AR (assault/battle rifle), ARM (assault rifle/light machine gun), SAR (carbine), MAR (compact carbine), Sniper (sniper rifle), SR-99 (sniper rifle)


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Galil ACE+

! Italy
| Bernardelli VB-STD/VB-SR (Galil AR/SAR)

! Nigeria
| Produced by the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria as OBJ-006

! North Korea
| Type 58+A/B (Type 3 AK-47/w. stamped steel folding stock), Type 68A/B (AKM/AKMS), Type 88 (AKS-74)US Department of Defense, North Korea Country Handbook 1997, Appendix A: Equipment Recognition, PPSH 1943 SUBMACHINEGUN (TYPE-50 CHINA/MODEL-49 DPRK), p. A-79.

! Pakistan
| Reverse engineered+ by hand and machine in Pakistan's highland areas (see Khyber Pass Copy+) near the border of Afghanistan; more recently the Pakistan Ordnance Factories+ started the manufacture of an AK-47/AKM clone called '''PK-10'''

! Poland
|

pmK (kbk AK) / pmKS (kbk AKS) (name has changed from pmK – "pistolet maszynowy Kałasznikowa", Kalashnikov SMG to the kbk AK – "karabinek AK", Kalashnikov Carbine in mid-1960s) (AK-47/AKS)


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kbkg wz. 1960+ (rifle grenade launcher), kbkg wz. 1960/72 (modernized)
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kbk AKM / kbk AKMS (AKM/AKMS)
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kbk wz. 1988 Tantal+ (5.45×39mm+), skbk wz. 1989 Onyks+ (compact carbine)
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kbs wz. 1996 Beryl+ (5.56×45mm+), kbk wz. 1996 Mini-Beryl+ (compact carbine)

! Romania
|

PM md. 63/65+ (AKM/AKMS), PM md. 80+, PM md. 90+, collectively exported under the umbrella name AIM or AIMS


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PA md. 86+ (AK-74), exported as the AIMS-74
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PM md. 90 short barrel, PA md. 86 short barrel, exported as the AIMR
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PSL+ (designated marksman rifle; other names PSL-54C, Romak III, FPK and SSG-97)

! South Africa
| R4 assault rifle+, Truvelo Raptor+, Vektor CR-21+ (bullpup)

! Sudan
| MAZ (based on the Type 56+)

! Ukraine
| Vepr+ (bullpup, 5.45×39mm+), Malyuk (bullpup)

! Vietnam
| Chinese Type 56+, Soviet AK-47, AK-74+, AK-108+ and AKM+

! Venezuela
| License granted, factory under construction

! Yugoslavia+/Serbia+
| M-64, M-70+, M-72+, M-76+, M-77+, M-80+, M-82+, M-85+, M-90+, M-91+, M-92+, M-99+, M-21+
|

Certainly more have been produced elsewhere; but the above list represents known producers and is limited to only military variants. An updated AK-47 design – the AK-103+ – is still produced in Russia.


The basic design of the AK-47 has been used as the basis for other successful rifle designs such as the Finnish Rk 62/76+ and Rk 95 Tp+, the Israeli Galil+, the Indian INSAS+ and the Yugoslav Zastava M76+ and M77/82 rifles. Several bullpup+ designs have surfaced such as the Chinese Norinco Type 86S+, although none have been produced in quantity. Bullpup conversions are also available commercially.



OJSC IzhMash+ has repeatedly claimed that the majority of manufacturers produce AK-47s without a proper license+ from IZH. The Izhevsk+ Machine Tool Factory acquired a patent in 1999,

Throughout the world, the AK and its variants are among the most commonly smuggled small arms sold to governments, rebels, criminals, and civilians alike, with little international oversight. In some countries, prices for AKs are very low; in Somalia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Congo and Tanzania prices are between $30 and $125 per weapon , and prices have fallen in the last few decades due to mass counterfeiting. Moisés Naím+ observed that in a small town in Kenya in 1986, an AK-47 cost fifteen cows but that in 2005, the price was down to four cows indicating that supply was "immense". The weapon has appeared in a number of conflicts including clashes in the Balkans+, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia.. ControlArms Briefing Note (26 June 2006).

The Taliban+ and the Northern Alliance+ fought each other with Soviet AKs; some of these were exported to Pakistan. The gun is now also made in Pakistan's semi-autonomous areas (see Khyber Pass Copy+). "'The Distribution of Iranian Ammunition in Africa', by the private British arms-tracking group Conflict Armament Research (CAR), shows how Iran+ broke trade embargos and infiltrated African markets with massive amounts of illegal, unmarked 7.62 mm rounds for the Kalashnikov-style AK-47 rifles."

Estimated numbers of AK-type weapons vary. The Small Arms Survey suggest that "between 70 and 100 million of these weapons have been produced since 1947." The World Bank estimates that out of the 500 million total firearms available worldwide, 100 million are of the Kalashnikov family, and 75 million are AK-47s. Because AK-type weapons have been made in other countries, often illicitly, it is impossible to know how many really exist.

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Russia/Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China, as well as Western countries (especially the United States) supplied arms and technical knowledge to numerous countries and rebel forces in a global struggle between the Warsaw Pact+ nations and their allies against NATO+ and their allies called the Cold War+. While the NATO countries used rifles such as the relatively expensive M14+, FN FAL+, HK G3+ and M16+ assault rifle during this time, the low production and materials costs of the AK-47 meant that the Russia/USSR could produce and supply its allies at a very low cost. Because of its low cost, it was also duplicated or used as the basis for many other rifles (see List of weapons influenced by the Kalashnikov design+), such as the Israeli Galil+, Chinese Type 56+, and Swiss SIG SG 550+. As a result, the Cold War saw the mass export of AK-47s by the Soviet Union and the PRC to their allies, such as the Nicaraguan Sandinistas+, Viet Cong+ as well as Middle Eastern, Asian, and African revolutionaries. The United States also purchased the Type 56 from the PRC to give to the mujahideen+ guerrillas during the Soviet war in Afghanistan+.

The proliferation of this weapon is reflected by more than just numbers. The AK-47 is included in the flag of Mozambique+ and its emblem+, an acknowledgment that the country's leaders gained power in large part through the effective use of their AK-47s. It is also found in the coats of arms of East Timor+, the revolution era coat of arms of Burkina Faso+ and the flag of Hezbollah+.


In parts of the Western world, the AK-47 is associated with their enemies; both Cold War era and present-day. In the pro-communist states, the AK-47 became a symbol of third-world revolution. During the 1980s, the Soviet Union became the principal arms dealer to countries embargoed by Western nations, including Middle Eastern nations such as Syria, Libya and Iran, who welcomed Soviet Union backing against Israel. After the fall of the Soviet Union+, AK-47s were sold both openly and on the black market to any group with cash, including drug cartels and dictatorial states, and more recently they have been seen in the hands of Islamic groups such as the Taliban+ and Al-Qaeda+ in Afghanistan and Iraq, and FARC+, Ejército de Liberación Nacional+ guerrillas in Colombia. Western movies often portray criminals, gang members and terrorists using AK-47s. For these reasons, in the U.S. and Western Europe the AK-47 is stereotypically regarded as the weapon of choice of insurgents, gangsters and terrorists. Conversely, throughout the developing world+, the AK-47 can be positively attributed with revolutionaries+ against foreign occupation, imperialism+, or colonialism+. by Andrea Seabrook, ''NPR+ Weekend Edition Sunday'', 26 November 2006

In Mexico, the AK-47 is known as "Cuerno de Chivo" (literally "Ram's Horn") because of its curved magazine design and is one of the weapons of choice of Mexican drug cartels. It is sometimes mentioned in Mexican folk music lyrics.

In 2006, Colombian musician and peace activist César López+ devised the ''escopetarra+'', an AK converted into a guitar. One sold for US$17,000 in a fundraiser held to benefit the victims of anti-personnel mines+, while another was exhibited at the United Nations' Conference on Disarmament+.

The AK-47 made an appearance in U.S. popular culture as a recurring focus in the 2005 Nicolas Cage+ film ''Lord of War+''. There are numerous monologues in the movie focusing on the weapon and its effects on global conflict and the gun running+ market, such as:

''"Of all the weapons in the vast soviet arsenal, nothing was 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. One thing is for sure, no one was lining up to buy their cars."''

The Kalashnikov Museum (also called the AK-47 museum) opened on 4 November 2004, in Izhevsk+, Udmurt Republic. This city is in the Ural Region+ of Russia. The museum chronicles the biography of General Kalashnikov+, as well as documents the invention of the AK-47. The museum complex of small arms of M. T. Kalashnikov, a series of halls and multimedia exhibitions is devoted to the evolution of the AK-47 assault rifle and attracts 10,000 monthly visitors.

Nadezhda Vechtomova, the museum director stated in an interview that the purpose of the museum is to honor the ingenuity of the inventor and the hard work of the employees and to "separate the weapon as a weapon of murder from the people who are producing it and to tell its history in our country."



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* М.Т. Kalashnikov, "" (Who is the author of AK-47?) - an article rejecting some of the alternative theories as to the authorship of the AK-47, ''Kalashnikov'' magazine, 2002/2, pp. 4–7 (in Russian)
* М. Degtyaryov, "" - an article comparing the internals of the StG 44 and AK-47, ''Kalashnikov'' magazine, 2009/4, pp. 18–23 (in Russian)
* "" Transcription of the commission report on the testing round from the summer of 1947; no winner was selected at this point, but the commission held Kalashnikov's, Dementiev's and Bulkin's designs as most closely satisfying TTT number 3131. ''Kalashnikov'' magazine, 2009/8, pp. 18–22 (in Russian)
* "" Report/letter on the final round of testing, 27 Dec. 1947, declaring Kalashnikov's design the winner. ''Kalashnikov'' magazine, 2009/9, pp. 16–22 (in Russian)
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