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The AK 47: All You Need To Know About The Russian Made Assault Rifle

The 7.6239mm cartridge is used by the gas-operated AK-47, usually referred to as the Kalashnikov or just the AK. The Avtomat Kalashnikova is how it is formally known.

It was developed by Russian small-arms inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov in the Soviet Union and is the first rifle of the Kalashnikov (or "AK") series. More than 70 years after its inception, the AK-47 type and its variants are still the most popular and frequently used rifles worldwide.

The number "47" denotes the weapon's completion year. The design process for the AK-47 began in 1945.

It was made available for formal military testing in 1947, and a few Soviet Army regiments began using the fixed-stock variant in 1948. Early in 1949, the Soviet Armed Forces gave the AK its formal approval, and the bulk of the Warsaw Pact countries started employing it.

Due to its reliability in difficult circumstances, cheap production costs (in compared to contemporary weapons), accessibility in practically every location, and ease of use, the model and its modifications have attracted a lot of attention.

The AK is a weapon that has been manufactured in a number of countries and is used by armed forces, irregular forces, and insurgencies all over the world. Of the estimated 500 million weapons in use worldwide as of 2004, around 100 million belonged to the Kalashnikov family, with the AK-47 accounting for 75% of those.


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