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AK-47
220px-AKMS and AK-47 DD-ST-85-01270
AKMS on a Type 4B receiver (top), with a Type 2A
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The USSR AK-47 (AK officially known as Avtomat Kalashnikova or in Russia : Автомат Калашниковаis) is a selective-fire, gas operated assault rifle. It was originally manufactured by Izhmash and designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1947. Although estimated numbers of AK-type weapons vary, the Small Arms Survey suggest that "between 70 and 100 million of these weapons have been produced since 1947." Due to it's low cost and mass producibility the AK47 is common with Third World armies, guerrillas, terrorists, and freedom fighters.

The basic design of the AK-47 has been used as the basis for other successful rifle designs such as the Finnish Rk 62/76 and Rk 95 Tp, the Israeli Galil, the Indian INSAS and the Yugoslav Zastava M76 and M77/82 rifles. Several bullpup designs have surfaced such as the Chinese Norinco Type 86S, although none have been produced in quantity. Bullpup conversions are also available commercially.

It is renowned for its reliablity in adverse conditions however this reliability comes at the cost of accuracy, as the looser tolerances do not allow for precision and consistency.

In the anime the AK-47 and the AKMS are seen being used be the Five Republics Faction.

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