posted on Nov, 17 2003 @ 02:09 PM
Threw the last half century there were produced approximately 70 million of AK family assault rifles in all modifications.
Originally posted by sirCyco
Originally posted by Monk
did you know the AK47 kalashnikof is the most widely used weapon around the world? I would choose...hmmm AK!
that maybe because the people who make the m-16 are not allowed to sell their weapon to half of the countries that want it.. but yeah i think its
like 90 million ak's have been produced
[Edited on 11-17-2003 by sirCyco]
found this on
AK-47 assault rifle was developed in 1946 by Michail Kalashnikov - engineer of the Soviet Union. Kalashnikov's assault rifle is one of the best
example of the basic individual infantry weapon for last 55 years and it is unsurpassed till nowadays. AK-47, with all it's modifications is used by
more than 50 countries all over the world. It's construction became a base for a great number of copies, versions, and modifications, chambered for
various calibers. However all of them work on the same principle, developed by Michail Kalashnikov.
Kalashnikov's assault rifle was chambered for the totally new M1943 7.62 x 39 mm intermediate cartridge. During the Second World War, Soviet Armed
Forces faced requirement for an intermediate cartridge, that would be more powerful, than standard 7.62 x 25 mm pistol cartridge, used with all
submachine guns. Furthermore submachine gun's range of effective fire was less than 200 m, while M1943 intermediate cartridge had range of effective
fire in more than 400 m.
In 1949 assault rifle was adopted by Soviet Army and indexed as AK-47 (1947 year model Kalashnikov's assault rifle). It's construction was so
successful that shortly new weapon displaced every other firearms in Soviet Army except machine-guns, pistols and sniper rifles.
AK-47 Kalashnikov's rifle came in two main variants: AK-47 with a fixed wooden stock and AKS-47 with folding metal stock, intended for airborne
and armored troops. Both assault rifles had identicalinternal and external design, except the buttstock, and the lack of a toolkit with AKS-47.
First version of AK assault rifle was constantly modernized. It's first modification (known as type 1) had steel pistol handle, covered with
wooden cheeks, and welded with barrels box. Later modification (type 2) had all-wooden pistol handle screwed to the barrels box. Furthermore it had
more reliable magazines connection with the barrels box (in case of deepening barrel's box from the both sides), as well as improved buttstock
connection. Unfortunately rifle's weight increased from 4 085 to 4 112 g, and length - from 862 to 877 mm. The last modification (type 3) had
streamlined butt stock's connection, which allowed to lower rifle's length and weight.
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spec of the ak-47.