Brief history of the AK-47
Exploded Parts Diagram
- Clear Weapon
- Receiver Cover
- Recoil Guide Spring
- Bolt Carrier & Assemblies
- Upper Forearm & Gas Tube
- Lower Forearm
- Firing Pin
- Hammer Spring TIP
- Hammer / Trigger Retainer
Excerpt from this Guide:
Brief history of the AK-47 Assault Rifle
has been estimated that the worldwide prodution of the AK-47 rifle and
its variants has exceed over 90 million. The AK has been licenced (and
copied) in dozens of countries. Even after nearly 60 years, it is still
the weapon of choice for soldiers, law enforcement, and the gun
T. Kalashnikov, a Soviet Engineer, designed the weapon in the late 40’s
and it was adopted by the Soviet Army in 1949 as the officially
designated “7.62mm Automat Kalashnikova, obraztsa 1947 goda” (7.62mm
Kalashnikov automatic rifle, model of 1947). The weapon went into
service in 1951.
AK-47 and AKM (AK Modified) fire a 7.62 x 39-mm (M1943) ammo which is a
heavy caliber small arms round capable of defeating most body armor.
The weapon is usually equipped with 30 round magazines and is available
in a fixed wooden or folding stock (AKS). The AKM has a stamped receiver
and entered into service in 1961. The AK-74 fires a 5.45 mm bullet and
has replaced many of the 7.62 weapons. All models are gas operated with a
rotating bolt feed system.
semiautomatic version has a “practical” rate of fire of 40 rounds per
minute. The AK has an “effective” range of about 300 meters. (328
yards). This is due to its bulky bullet traveling at only 2,300 feet per
second. Average weight: 9.5 Pounds. Overall length is 34.2 inches.
Folded length: 27.5 Inches.