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AK-47 Rifle in Sterling Heights

AK-47 Rifle in Sterling Heights

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There are few modern firearms as well known and immediately recognized as the AK-47 rifle, Soviet Russia’s iconic assault rifle. It has a long history spanning nations as well as years and has been the chosen rifle by many armies since it was first produced.

History of the AK-47

Built in 1947 by Russian designer Mikhail Kalashnikov, this rifle is capable of both automatic and semi-automatic fire. Known as the Avtomat Kalashnikova, or Automatic Kalashnikov, it is one of the simplest guns to operate and has a reputation for being a very rugged rifle. During its years of service, the AK has literally been dragged through the mud and has rarely been unable to fire.

The Soviet military adopted it as its primary weapon and assault rifle in 1949, and while it has a magazine that only holds 30 rounds, it is capable of cycling 600 in a minute. The AK-47 was manufactured with both a wooden and folding metal stock.

In 1959, the AK-47 was replaced with the AKM, a modern version make with cheaper parts and longer ranged sights. While there have been several more versions developed over the years, each one has been based on the original AK-47, which proved itself exceptionally durable.

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Features of an AK-47

The AK uses a long stroke gas system for its automation and has a reputation for reliability under pressure.

The ammunition used is 7.62x39mm which today, translates into the modern M67 round. The barrel had a chrome lined bore and four right-hand grooves for the rifling all contained in a 16.3-inch barrel. With an empty magazine, this rifle weighs nine and a half pounds, so it’s no lightweight.

The sights are adjustable, letting the shooter allow for both elevation and windage, though in the earliest versions windage needed to be calculated in the armory.

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