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Everything You Want to Know About the AK-47

The AK-47 is one of the most reliable and widely used firearms of our generation.

The AK-47 was developed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1946 for use by the Soviet Armed Forces. A fixed stock version was released to selected units of the Soviet Union for field testing in 1948. By 1949, the AK-47 was the official service rifle of the Soviet Armed Forces and was in use by the Soviet Union's allies in the Warsaw Pact.

Russian Special Forces with the AK-47
Russian Special Forces with the AK-47

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The AK-47 is a gas operated weapon. A gas operated weapon uses gases from the blowback of a fired round to open the breech and eject the shell. AK-47s are capable of firing in both semi and fully automatic modes.

Civilian models that are sold within the United States are almost always semiautomatic. A fully automatic AK-47 requires a Class III permit to be obtained from Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) before an individual takes procession of the firearm. The sights of the AK-47 are adjustable iron sights but side mount scope mounts are available for some of the variants. AK-47 rifles are equipped with a 30 round detachable magazine.


If undaunting reliability is something that is important to you then the AK-47 would be right up your ally. The Soviet Union intentionally developed this weapon to function in all types of terrain and climates. The AK-47 is built using loose internal tolerances which allows the internal parts of the weapon to function even when fouled by massive amounts of debris. AK-47's are notoriously reliable in areas that often destroy other weapons. In areas that consist of sand, mud, humidity, or severe cold the AK-47 can outperform most modern weapons. These traits have made the AK-47 very popular with non-professional soldiers and paramilitary groups around the world.

AK-47 in an operators kit.
AK-47 in an operators kit.

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The AK-47 was designed around the 7.62 x 39 mm soviet round. 7.62 x 39mm is one of the most easily accessible rounds in the world. Billions or even trillions of rounds are produced by manufactures world-wide every year. The muzzle velocity of the 7.62 round is on average 2,350 ft/s , this velocity gives the AK superior penetration when shooting through walls, foliage, or vehicles. The 7.62 x 39mm round has also found hunting applications around the world as it tends to create a large wound channel and stay whole when it strikes bone.


Accuracy of AK-47 does often depend on the manufacture. Given the low internal tolerances the accuracy of the AK-47 can be described as mediocre. A nicely manufactured AK can be expected to shoot two to five inch groups at 100 yards. What the AK lacks in accuracy can be made up in it's overall firepower.

The AK-47 is one of the most prolific firearms of our generation. Over 75 million AK or AK variants have been produced in the last six decades. Variants vary by country of production but the basic functionality is the same.


Iraqi Air Force SFS Training on the AK-47
Iraqi Air Force SFS Training on the AK-47

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If you are looking for a weapon that will never fail you, packs a serious punch, and can put thirty rounds downrange in a matter of seconds I suggest you check out an AK-47 or one of the many variants.

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