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Kalashnikov AKS (AK-S) Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine (Soviet Union)

The Kalashnikov AKS Assault Rifle followed the classic AK-47 series into service with its defining feature being a steel folding shoulder stock - the weapon otherwise retained its basic usefulness and lethality.

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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.

Kalashnikov AKS (AK-S)

Service Year: 1950
Type: Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine
National Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer(s): Kalashnikov / State Factories - Soviet Union

Design (Internal, Dimensions and Weights)

Firing Action: Gas-Operated; Selective Fire
Available Caliber(s): 7.62x39mm M1943
Ammunition Count / Feed: 30-Round Detachable Box Magazine
Overall Length: 869 mm (34.21 inches)
Weight (Empty): 9.48 lb (4.30 kg)
Sighting Assist: Iron Front and Rear


Rate-of-Fire (RoF): 775 rounds-per-minute (rpm)

Global Operators / Customers / Users

Soviet Union

Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

AK-47 - Base Model Series Designation
AK-M - "Modernized" AK47; reintroduction of steel stamping production process.
AKM-S - Folding Butt
AKS-47 - Folding Butt
Tabuk - Iraq Model of the AK47

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