posted on Mar, 12 2005 @ 09:13 AM
Yes, the 100-Round "Banana Clip"
for the AK47 was an early design to figure out ways to carry more ammunition so the AK47 could be used as a
support weapon. It was scrapped for 50 and 100 round drum magazines now available for all weapons of AKM family but particularly used on the
RPK-47/74, the AKM Light Machine gun. You will notice that the Banana Clip has a ring which attaches to the bottom of barrel, so it stays relatively
still and does not become loose during movement and so the feed does not jam.
Also, the AK47 or it's predecessors were not used in WW2. Mikhail Kalishnakov made the first AK47 which was ready for production in 1947, thats
why it's called the AK47, DUHHHH!!! Learn some history about the weapon...
The first assault rifle ever made was the German StG.44/KP44/MP44, which saw limited action during the closing years of WW2. It is similar in
appearance to AK47, so it is easy to confuse the two.
Here are some pictures/sites of the AKM family of weapons: (awwww...
AK-74 made in 1974 to replace current AKM-47 as Russian Standard Assault Rifle:
AK-47 with shortened 50 Round "Banana Clip":
RPK-47 former Russian Standard Light Machine Gun, also designed in 1947:
RPK-74, designed in 1974 to replace RPK-47 as new standard Light Machine Gun:
Finally, the 50 and 100 Round Drum Ammunition Containers are the now preferred choice of carrying extra ammunition for the AKM family of weapons. They
are more compact, more managible, and easier to store and reload than the ageing "Banana Clips", and also have a much better and modern feeding
system to prevent jamming and associated problems. The 50 and 100 "Banana Clips" are not manufactured anymore and few if any can still be found in
service, mainly they are distributed in poorer, Third-World nations. They have become somewhat of the collectors item...
And if you think the 100 "Banana Clip" is weird, take a look at this Underwater AKM Rifle:
Anyway... back to topic