The AK 47 is a selective-fire, gas-operated 7.62×39mm assault rifle, first developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov. US Special Operations Command has the AK 47 in the inventory for a variety of missions. It is one of the most reliable weapons ever made and makes for a great choice when having to swim a weapon over the beach. Even after six decades the model and its variants remain the most popular and widely used assault rifles in the world because of their substantial reliability even under harsh conditions, low production costs compared to contemporary Western weapons, availability in virtually every geographic region and ease of use.
|Action||Gas-operated, rotating bolt|
|Rate of fire||Cyclic 600 rounds/min, practical
40 rounds/min semi-automatic
100 rounds/min fully automatic
|Muzzle velocity||715 m/s (2,350 ft/s)|
|Effective firing range||400 metres (440 yd) semi-auto
300 metres (330 yd) full auto
|Feed system||Standard magazine capacity is 30 rounds; there are also 5- 10-, 20- and 40-round box and 75- and 100-round drum magazines|
|Sights||Adjustable iron sights with a 378 mm (14.9 in) sight radius:
100–800 m adjustments (AK)
100–1000 m adjustments (AKM)
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