AK-47 Information

Ak47KalashnikovThe Kalashnikov Series of firearms is named after the head designer, Mikhail Kalashnikov

Mikhail Kalashnikov
10 November 1919 – 23 December 2013

AK47 Type IThe First AK47 issued was the AK47 (Type I)
with a stamped receiver and in two models,
one with a fixed wood stock, one with an underfolding metal stock

The next two AK47 models had a milled receiver

polymilled005The AK47 (Type II)
and the
AK47 (Type III)

The AK47 (Type 3) was the most common and most widely produced of the early AK47 (milled) models

After those very early models, almost all Kalashnikov rifles were built with stamped receivers


The Most widely produced of all AK models were the AKM
Modern AK47

There are still Kalashnikov rifles in use all over the world, by military, police, and civilians the AK47 is truly the most produced, most used and most recognized rifle of all time

Many countries were given Kalashnikov rifles by Russia, licensed their own models or just took the ideas and created similar rifles

Slide7The Evolution of the Kalashnikov rifle types:

There are some additional firearms often associated with the Kalashnikov Family

Other less similar, yet often associated firearms are;



Caliber 7.62×39 mm
Action: Gas operated, rotating bolt with 2 lugs
Overall length: 870 mm
Barrel length: 415 mm
Weight: 4,300 g with empty magazine, 4,876 g loaded
Magazine capacity 30 rds (40 rds box magazines and 75 rds drums)
Sighting range, m: 800
Cyclic rate of fire 600 rds/min
Practical rate of fire, single shots 90-100 rds/min; bursts 400 rds/min
Muzzle velocity: 780 m/s

The following extract comes from US Army Field Manual 100-2-3 – The Soviet Army; Troops Organization and Equipment published in June 1991. The publication was approved for public release with unlimited distribution (ie may be freely used). The entry provided covered the AK-47, AKS, AKM and the AKMS military assault rifles.