20 almost unknown AK-47 modifications.
AK-47 along with its numerous options is the most common army gun (automatic rifle) in the world.
45 countries have it and it’s participated in all military conflicts that have occurred since its creation in 1940-es.
Though its design hasn’t been significantly changed, many countries made some corrections according to their needs. This article, along with the most popular models, has also less prevailing items.
All these models are stored in a private Stuart MacDaniel’s collection, he’s the member of collectors Association of Kalashnikov's weapon.
1. Chinese AK-47S. Semi-automatic version, milled receiver Type 56, for 7.62x39mm cartridge. It’s the most exact replica of the Russian AK-47 Type 3, ever made in China. The production of Type 56 was established through the machinery equipment and technical support, provided by the USSR.
2. Chinese AKS. An extruded receiver for 7.62x39mm cartridge, sideway collapsible stock. The rarest Chinese weapon piece in the USA.
3. Chinese Type 56. After breaking the relations with the USSR, China starts manufacturing their own modification with the extruded receiver. Therefore, this model was developed through the reverse-engineering, without involving the technical support of the USSR. Type 56 has great features, such as enclosed sight and a bayonet. Since 1950-es, has been manufactured from 10 to 15 millions items of this model.
4. MPi-KMS72 from Western Germany. The model, with sideway collapsible stock and for 7.62x39mm cartridge, was manufacturing on the Ernst Thaelman factory in Western Germany. At first, this model, with a wire stock, a bakelite grip and an upper receiver rail, was meant to equip the paratroopers and the mechanized infantry.
5. Egyptian ARM. So-called Maadi had been massive imported into the USA by Steyr-Daimler-Puch company in early 80-es. A wire sideway collapsible stock, the extruded receiver for 7.62x39mm cartridge. The exact copy of Russian AKM.
6. Hungarian AKM-63. It was first made in 1963. AKM-63 is a full-sized automatic rifle with a wooden stock, metal forend and forward wooden grip which helps to handle the recoil during automatic fire. There is no upper receiver rail. This is the rarest AK option in the USA because there were imported only 1100 units.
7. Hungarian AMD-65. A 7.62x39mm cartridge, a short barrel - 12.6 inches, the same forward grip as the AKM-63. It has a wire sideway collapsible stock for making its usage more comfortable in limited space conditions, such as armored vehicles or tanks. The shorter aiming line and barrel make it less accurate than AKM-63 but the ease of handling make the lack of accuracy irrelevant. Take a look, the magazine has 20 cartridges.
8. Iraqi carbine Tabuk. This Iraqi version of Kalashnikov Automatic Rifle for 7.62x39mm cartridge was manufacturing in Al-Qadsia. It’s based on Yugoslavian M70B2, has an extruded receiver from RPK, wooden rails, a rubber buttstock, a sight for an under-barreled grenade-gun, mitered muzzle brake compensator. It could be mounted with the under-barreled grenade-gun. Most of this models were withdrawn by US army during the Iraq liberation operation and Operation Enduring Freedom.
9. Iraqi Tabuk DMR. A 7.62x39mm cartridge, semi-automatic Marksman carbine Tabuk version. A barrel length is 23.6 inches and for shooting the targets at medium distances an optical sight 4x24mm is being installed. Here is mounted the Russian PCO-1 sight, but you can come across with the Romanian LPS Type 2s and the Yugoslavian ZRAK as well. This model has been often confused with a more powerful sniper rifle with a 7.62x54R cartridge. In fact, this is the RRK with an optical sight.