HISTORY AND BUYER’S GUIDE FOR THE AK-47
If you’re looking to pick up a new budget AK-47, you should at least learn a bit about one. It’s a gun full of rich history and uses.
WHAT IS AN AK-47?
The AK-47 is a select-fire, and was designed to be a very simple and reliable automatic rifle. It touts a 7.62×39mm round, air-cooled, long-stroke-piston gas-operated, magazine-fed rifle, with a rotating bolt…that is a mouth full and no I cannot say it 10x’s in a row fast!
The goal for this firearm was to be able to be mass produced for a very low cost. The Soviet Union adopted the AK-47 in the late 1940’s and over the years, it has developed and is the most widely recognized firearm in the world today. The barrel and bolt were milled out of steel and hardened chrome, with a sheet metal receiver . The furniture on the Ak-47 is wood which was specific and helped the Soviet Union achieve the type of weapon it was hoping for in mass production.
Now days the Ak-47 has had so many overhauls and updates, that it has changed quite a bit. However, the process and guts are fairly the same today as when it was created so many years ago. A Lot of the parts now days are metal casted with a number of synthetic and plastic pieces added. There is an estimated 100 million AK-47’s that have been manufactured to date around the world.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The AK-47 is the most widely used, and a favorite, of fighting forces around the world. A big reason is because of how easily the firearm operates. The AK-47 is made up of fairly simple and large pieces, which allow for it to cycle in many different conditions, like sand, mud, and even water.
The moment the operator pulls the trigger, it releases the firing hammer then striking the pin. This will then ignite the bullet primer which ignites the gunpowder to launch the bullet. The pressure and gas that pushes the bullet out also pushes back on the bolt carrier, ejecting the empty shell, and resets the hammer to fire again.
The bolt will then grab a new round from the magazine, and place it into the barrel. During that action, the bolt hammer does not move because of the sear that is holding it in place, that is until the carrier returns to its original position.
WHAT SHOULD A BUYER THINK ABOUT WHEN PURCHASING?
As much as I would like to say you can get a good AK-47 in the US, they’re just hard to find. The top things to be aware of when you’re looking for an AK-47 are the following:
- Canted Sights– If you find an AK-47 with these type of sights, it’s probably more headache than its worth. There are better options, so I recommend staying away from these.
- Safety and Trigger– make sure the safety moves easily and locks into its grooves on the frame. The trigger needs to be a clean pull and strongly resets.
- Magazine– This needs to fit “easily” into its slot, and if it does not, it is likely the gun is not cut to spec and you should walk away.
When compared to an AR-15, the AKM has a bit more recoil and a bit slower bullet velocity.
This is because the rifleshoots ammo with a much bigger bullet. This bigger bullet sacrifices some recoil control for many shooters and doesn’t have the same range as an AR-15, but the recoil and bullet velocity come with a positive that makes the AK platform popular: more energy on target (although the effective range is decreased, arguably the damage range is increased).