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Explore our wide selection of AK-47, AKM, and AK-74 rifles  at DEGuns. The AKM rifle is an upgrade of the AK-47 rifle as it literally translates to "modernized automatic Kalashnikov". The AK-74 was a redesign and response to the 5.56 NATO round firing the smaller 5.45x39mm cartridge. All of these rifles and variations of the AK-47 are available in our deep inventory of AK rifles.




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The AK-47: History, Variants, and Derivatives

The AK-47, short for Avtomat Kalashnikova 1947, is perhaps the most iconic assault rifle in the world. Its distinctive silhouette, characterized by its curved magazine, wooden stock, and gas-operated mechanism, has made it a symbol of both military might and revolutionary zeal. The history of the AK-47 is intertwined with the geopolitical events of the 20th century, and its influence extends well beyond its intended purpose as a simple, rugged, and reliable firearm.

History and Development

The story of the AK-47 starts in the midst of World War II, with the Soviet Union in dire need of a new infantry weapon to match the assault rifles being developed by the Germans. It was in this context that a young engineer named Mikhail Kalashnikov began working on his design.

In 1947, after a series of tests and revisions, the AK-47 was officially adopted by the Soviet Armed Forces. Its design was revolutionary in many ways:

AK47 Simplicity and Durability

The AK-47's components are easy to manufacture and assemble, which make it ideal for mass production.

AK47 Reliability

The gun is known for its ability to function effectively in the harshest conditions – from muddy swamps to sandy deserts.

AK47 Effective Range

While not as accurate as some of its counterparts, the AK-47 is effective up to 300 meters, making it versatile for various combat scenarios.

AK-47 Variants

The success of the AK-47 prompted the development of numerous variants and derivatives both within the USSR and in other countries:

1. AKM: Introduced in 1959, the AKM (Modernized Automatic Kalashnikov) was an updated version of the original AK-47. It was lighter due to the use of stamped (instead of milled) metal for the receiver, and had other improvements like a redesigned muzzle brake.

2. AK-74: Developed in the 1970s, this was a major revision designed to use the smaller, faster 5.45x39mm cartridge. This allowed soldiers to carry more ammunition and offered better control during automatic fire.

3. Foreign Variants: As the influence of the Soviet Union grew, so did the production of AK-47s and its variants in other countries. The Chinese Type 56, the Yugoslav Zastava M70, and the Egyptian Maadi are all examples of foreign-produced AK variants.

AK Pistols and Rifles

Over the years, the modularity and simplicity of the AK platform have resulted in a plethora of derivatives, including rifles and pistols:

1. AK Pistols: These are essentially shortened versions of the AK-47 or its derivatives. They have a much shorter barrel, and most lack a stock, which categorizes them as handguns in many jurisdictions. Examples include the Draco Pistol and the Zastava PAP series.

2. Specialized Rifles: Some derivatives are designed for specialized roles, such as the RPK, a light machine gun variant of the AK with a longer barrel and a bipod for sustained fire. Another example is the AK-104, a compact version designed for urban combat situations.

3. Caliber Variations: The AK platform has been adapted to fire various calibers, including the original 7.62x39mm, 5.45x39mm, .223 Remington, and even 12-gauge shotgun shells (in the case of the Saiga-12 shotgun).

AK-47 Legacy and Influence

The influence of the AK-47 cannot be understated. Over 100 million have been produced, making it one of the most prolific firearms in the world. Its influence is not limited to warfare; the AK-47 has become a symbol in popular culture, representing everything from resistance movements to criminal enterprises.

Moreover, the AK's design principles have influenced many subsequent firearm designs. Its gas-operated mechanism, rotating bolt, and general layout have been emulated and adapted by countless firearms designers.

The AK-47 and its myriad variants stand as a testament to the ingenuity of Mikhail Kalashnikov and the historical context in which it was developed. Simple, rugged, and reliable, the AK-47's design philosophy transformed not only the world of military firearms but also left an indelible mark on the cultural and geopolitical landscape of the 20th century and beyond.

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