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Kalashnikov AKS (AK-S) Assault Rifle (1950)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 6/12/2014

The AKS system was based on the AK47, but featured a folding steel butt.

The AKS was derived from the base AK47 assault rifle though produced with a folding steel butt instead of the fixed wood stock found in the original. Despite this change, the AKS was a visual mirror of its predecessor. The folding butt made the AKS more compact and could be issued to airborne elements needing a portable infantry rifle. When folded, the butt would swing under the pistol trigger grip, under and in front of the 30-round detachable box magazine. Cartridge type was the traditional M1943 7.62x39mm type.

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Specifications for the
Kalashnikov AKS (AK-S)
Assault Rifle

Country of Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer: Various - Soviet Union
Initial Year of Service: 1950

Overall Length: 869 mm (34.21 in)
Barrel Length: 0.00 mm (0.00 in)
Weight (Empty): 9.48 lb (4.30 kg)

Caliber*: 7.62x39mm M1943
Action: Gas-Operated; Automatic
Feed: 30-Round Detachable Box
Rate-of-Fire: 775 rounds per minute

* Listed caliber(s) for firearms may be model dependent if more than one model type/chambering was produced. Always consult official manufacturer's information or a licensed dealer.

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