Soviet AK 47 7.62mm Assault Rifle

  • The Vietnam War
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Iconic in appearance  (and sound!), The Soviet AK-47 Assault Rifle is often considered one of the finest Assault Rifles ever produced. Designs were first put forth in 1945 by Inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov for use against Germany, at the end of World War II. Actual production did not go into effect until 1946. It is estimated between 75 and 100 Million AK-47 Rifles were produced. Rugged and dependable in all Climates, The AK-47 weighs only 8-pounds and is 35-inches long. Originally designed as a fixed wooden stock, many variations would feature a collapsible metal gun stock. The Barrel of the weapon is only 16-inches. A gas operating, rotating bolt system, it fires a 7.62mm jacketed round. The maximum range for The AK-47 is between 300 and 450-yards (with 100 round bursts). The weapon is issued with a standard 30-round ammunition clip, a 75 to 100-drum magazine can also be deployed.


The AK-47 features a "folding" under Bayonet (12 and 14-inch version). The Rifle was widely exported to other Socialist Countries and Soviet Allies throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Without enforced Patents, Communist China produced many thousands for their use and their eventual use by The Peoples Republic of North Vietnam (PAVN), and the Guerilla Forces of The Viet Cong. Dreaded by many American Soldiers, they were nonetheless highly prized and sought after, especially by American Special Operation Forces  (Navy SEALS and Green Berets). Next to The M16 Family of Firearms, The AK-47 is the second most produced weapon of it's type in The World.