made AK47 Varieties
1948–51, 7.62 × 39 mm.
The very earliest models had a stamped sheet metal
receiver. Now rare.
1952, 7.62 × 39 mm
has a milled receiver and wooden buttstock and
hand-guard. Barrel and chamber are chrome-plated
to resist corrosion. Rifle weight 4.2 kg.
Featured an upward-folding metal stock as opposed
to the fixed wood stock of the AK-47.
7.62 × 39 mm
a revised, lower-cost version of the AK-47; receiver
is made from several pieces of stamped sheet-metal
riveted together and a revized muzzle flash suppressor.
Rifle weight 3.61 kg.
7.62 × 39 mm
folding stock version of the AKM intended for
5.45 × 39 mm (AK-74)
note the new, much smaller ammunition.
5.45 × 39 mm
folding stock (for motorised infantry)
5.45 × 39 mm
tanker's self-defense weapon, folding stock, short
barrel, altered sight and gas mechanism, odd-looking
flash suppressor device on the muzzle. Nicknamed
the "Krinkov" after its designer. Very
popular with Spetznaz (Russian Special Forces)
troops as well as Russian law enforcement in Russia's
5.56 × 45 mm round (NATO round)
short stock 101
7.62 × 39 mm round
short stock 103
5.45 × 39 mm round (short stock)
Dragunov 7.62 × 54 mm
10 shot sniper rifle. This is semiautomatic, with
a skeletal laminated "outline" stock.
The standard optical sight is the PSO-1.
Uses a unique, short-stroke piston system because
a standard piston for the larger cartridge was
so heavy that it upset the point of aim. The piston
moves a bolt-carrier. Has a very distinctive flash
suppressor device on the muzzle resembling that
mounted on the PKM general purpose machine gun.
Developed in 1958 by Yevgeniy Feodorovich Dragunov,
a gunsmith at the Izhevsk Machine Factory, where
he originally designed sporting rifles. Not as
accurate as Western military issue sniper rifles
but very rugged and reliable. Popular with the
troops, it is nicknamed the "veslo,"
which means "oar."
Sporting Rifle, 9 × 54 mm
Very similar to the SVD.
squad automatic weapon
identical to an AK-74 but featuring a thicker,
longer barrel and fixed bipod,
a bullpup rifle nearly identical to an AK-74 in
function that also shares many internal parts,
12K, a semi-automatic shotgun
"arrow in triangle mark" (Izhevsk
(arrow pointing upwards to the top point
seen on Russian red/orange and dark plum
(commonly referred to as black) synthetic
30 rnd AK74 (5.45x39) mags.
"arrow in shield mark" (Izhevsk factory)
(trade mark...former bow and arrow)
seen on Izhevsk products like pistol grips,
"arrow in circle mark"
seen on Russian Makarov pistols.
"star mark" (Tula arsenal)
(5 pointed, outlined star)
seen on Russian brown synthetic 30 rnd
AK74 (5.45x39) mags.
"star in triangle mark" (Tula arsenal)
"star in shield mark" (Polyany arsenal)
(5 pointed outlined star in shield)
seen on RPK drum mags and bakelite RPK 74 (5.45x39)
45 rnd synthetic mags.
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