AK-47 Assault Rifle
The AK-47 is probably one of the most reliable battle rifles ever produced, with about 30 million in service around the world. It is undeniably the most widely distributed battle rifle. Originally designed by Russian inventor Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov, the number of various Kalashnikov models, clones and copies is staggering. However, the rifle's function remains the same across all the variations.
The AK-47 evolved into what is called the AKM by virtue of improved production & design and was further enhanced to become the late production model, the AK-74 in 5.45 x 39mm.
Maj. Steven Ross, executive officer, HMLA-367, MAG-36, 1st MAW, USMC fires a Russian AK47, Camp Hansen, Okinawa, 20 December 2002.
Today in WW II: 24 Sep 1944 US releases Morgenthau Plan, a plan for occupation of post-war Germany and conversion of that country to an agrarian economy, with no industry that could be used to wage war.
Table of Kalashnikov AK-47 Information and Specifications
Kalashnikov AK-47 Assault Rifle.
||Avtomat Kalashnikov, USSR
||1947 - present
||7.62 x 39mm Soviet
|| 20, 30 or 100 rounds
|Cyclic Rate of Fire
||6 groove, right hand
An Iraqi Army recruit fires an AK-47 rifle at the Iraqi Army Basic Training Academy, November 2005.
NATO team inspects AK-47 Assault Rifle.
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