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Kalashnikov AK-47 Rifle

Automat Kalaschnikov (Type 47), Russian name of the standard Soviet automatic rifle supplied to friends and allies worldwide

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Specifications
aa.Weapon7.62-mm Assault Rifle, AK-47
abDescriptionThe Russian 7.62-mm Assault Rifles are the most produced and distributed series of small arms in history.
ac.TypeAssault Rifle
ad.Calibre7.62 mm Soviet M1943
ae.Overall Length880 mm (34.65 in)
af.Overall Width 
ag.OverallHeight 
ah.Crew1
ai.Country of OriginSoviet Union
aj.AmmunitionM1943 (57N231) 7.62x39-mm Ball; M1943 (T-45) 7.62x39-mm Tracer
ak.Effective Range (HE)400 m (1,312 ft)
al.Muzzle Velocity (HE)715 m/s (2,350 ft/s)
ba.Feed Mechanism30-round detachable box magazine
bbTraverse 
bc.Elevation 
bd.Rate of FireCyclic: 600 rpm; Practical: Automatic: 100 rpm; Semiautomatic: 40 rpm
be.Sights100-800 m adjustable iron sights; Fore, pillar; rear, U-notch;
bf.Muzzle Energy 
bg.Barrel Length415 mm (16.34 in), 4 grooves, rh
bh.Weight of Barrel 
bi.RiflingRifled bore length: 369 mm (14.5 in)
bj.OperationGas
bk.Recoil 
bl.Firing Support Base 
bm.Breech 
cj.DesignerMikhail Kalashnikov
ckDesigned1946-1948[
cl.ManufacturerKalashnikov Concern and various others including Norinco
cm.Produced1948-present
cn.VariantsNumerous. Many countries manufacture clones of the AK-47 or weapons using the basic AK action. Some of these are made in different calibers. AKS: Folding stock; AKM: Improved AK-47, sights, magazine, and stock. Easier to manufacture with stamped receiver; AKMS: Folding stock variant of AKM;
co.In Service1949-1974 (Soviet Union); 1949-present (other countries)
cp.ProliferationWidespread (over 50 million)
 
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