AK 47:Do people really know what rifle are they taking about???
I'm really getting tired of this.Some people call every rifle which is a member of the AK Family ''AK 47''.The majority of the AK family members are based on the AKM, not on the AK 47.The AK 47 has been produced since 1949 till 1959, then it was substituted by the AKM.
An original AK 47 has:
1)A different receiver
2)Longer and different handguards
3)A different gas piston
4)Slightly different sight.
5)A different top cover
7)It is a rifle produced in the period 1949-1959 by Izhmash in Izhevsk, Russia.
Any derivative/member of the AK family that has been built after 1959(all of them) should be not called ''AK 47''.
Calling your rifle ''AK 47'' for any reason is just like calling it M16 or Gatling Gun(Since the final result is a piece evidence of your ignorance concerning the weapon you're carrying)
Zastava M70 B1/AB2=Yugo AK 47=Serbian AK 47
Norico Type 56=Cinese AK 47
IMI Galil=Izraeli AK 47(so disturbing...it is Valmet Rk 62)
Tabuk=Iraqi M70 AK 47(Ok...one of the longest name in the world(have you ever seen one of them?It is a Zastava M70 converted assault rigle to marksman rifle)
And now...let compare some AK rifles:
ORIGINAL AK 47(Type A, the first type ever.Produced:1947-1949))
ORIGINAL AK 47(Type B, issued to the Russian troops in the period 1949-1959.During this period, the Red Army tested it and suggested some more improvements, next step:AKM.P.S.:Look closely at the receiver, butt sock, top cover, etc if still think you own an AK 47)
ZASTAVA M70 AB2
Did you figure what's the difference?
Cut back on the coffee....:cool:
As long as you know the difference.
Glad I got a SKS
My pre-ban Mitchell Arms that I've had since 1988 is stamped both AK47 and RPK47. This can be seriously confusing for someone my age when choosing the correct name. I'd hate to go against what the mfg stamped on it.
I've got an AKM Romanian 1967 WASR 10/63. It is commonly referred to as an AK 47 because it's easier for others to conceive mentally, and an AKM is an added modification to the original AK 47, which makes the rifle easier to handle. It is as if the same product went through a slight process commonly recognized as 'New & Improved.' It's still an AK 47 that shoots the same 7.62x39. To make the distinction between the two is 'shop talk;' to make the distinction otherwise in a pedantic manner is 'splitting hairs.'
In the US it has just become a matter of convenience to refer to guns in this class as "AK 47s" or "AK 47 clones" because of all the variations.
In early production there were different "Types" as well, since the earliest sheet metal receivers proved to be weak and they produced milled receivers for a while until they came out with the AKM with its improved stamped sheet metal receiver.
Since the majority if Avtomat Kalashnikova inspired rifles in the US are semi auto only I usually call them AK clones.
Thanks... Now I actually want a AK-47.. :( I like the one in the first pic....
Can you get a "real" Russian AK-47 thats converted to semi-auto?
I have a jeep...
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Yeah.... I drive a jeep.
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