MANUFACTURER(S): Kalashnikov / State Factories - Soviet Union
ACTION: Gas-Operated; Selective Fire
CALIBER(S)*: 7.62x39mm M1943
SIGHTS: Iron Front and Rear
Detailing the development and operational history of the Kalashnikov AKS (AK-S) Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine.
Entry last updated on 1/12/2017.
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The Kalashnikov AKS was an assault rifle design derived from the classic AK-47 assault rifle series with the only major difference being a folding steel butt. This feature added a tactical flexbility to the design as the butt could be folded under the receiver as a space-savings measure. The quality was highly-valued for airborne and vehicle troopers (as well as general infantry on-the-march) where a more compact weapon was desired. The original AK-47 used a fixed wooden stock to go along with its wooden furniture at the forend.
The physical difference did not reduce the functionally and effectiveness of the weapon and the gun more or less retained its easy-to-use value and lethality. Feeding of the M1943 7.62x39mm cartridge was still by way of a 30-round curved detachable box magazine inserted ahead of the fixed pistol grip. The cocking mechanism remained set along the right side of the receiver.
The AKS appeared in 1950 and went on to be used by various services including SPETSNAZ operatives.