AK-47 Kalashnikov

This Russian assault rifle is officially known as Avtomat Kalashnikova, also as Kalashnikov, AK, or in Russian slang, Kalash.

It was accepted by the Soviet Army in 1949 and later used by the majority of the member states of the Warsaw Pact.

Even after six decades the model and its variants remain the most widely used and popular assault rifles in the world.


Weapon type:Assault rifle
Weight:3.47 kg (7.7 lb)
Calibre & cartridge:7.62×39mm M43/M67
Effective range:400 m (440 yd)
Rate of fire:Cyclic 600 rounds/min
Designer:Mikhail Kalashnikov
Manufacturer:Izhmash, Norinco
Number produced:75 mil.
Action:Gas-operated, rotating bolt
In service:1949–present
Muzzle velocity:715 m/s (2,350 ft/s)