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Kalashnikov AKMS (AKM-S)


Assault Rifle (1959)


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A solider fires his AKMS assault rifle
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Right side view of the AKMS assault rifle
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Close up detail view of the receiver on an AKMS assault rifle
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Right side view of an AKMS assault rifle
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A US soldier instructs in the use of the Soviet AKMS assault rifle; note folding buttstock
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Close up view of the AKMS assault rifle; note folded buttstock
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An AKMS rifle is compared with an original AK-47 series
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An American M16 above a Soviet AKMS assault rifle
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An M16 and AKMS assault rifle field stripped for comparison

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The AKMS is based on the Soviet AKM though produced with a folding butt for improved compactness and portability.



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The AKMS is a major variant of the AKM assault rifle line. The AKM itself is nothing more than the 1940's era AK-47 assault rifle modernized with mass-production techniques in mind. As such, the AKM featured stamped steel construction as opposed to the original's machined steel form. Additionally, the original steel bolt was "Parkerized" to make it more resistant to wear and tear. The resulting AKM was debuted in 1959 and went on to become the most quantitative version of the AK-47 assault rifle line. The AKMS is wholly based on the AKM model though differentiated by its use of a folding metal buttstock over that of the original's fixed solid wooden butt. The metal folding butt is hinged along both sides of the rear receiver and, when collapsed, makes for a more compact weapon.

The AKMS features an empty weight (sans magazine) of 7lbs, 13oz. Its running length is 35.24 inches (895mm) with the buttstock fully extended and 25.87 inches (657mm) with the buttstock folded over the receiver. The barrel is 16.34 inches (415mm) in length with 4-grooves and a right-hand twist. Like the AKM, the AKMS is chambered to fire the 7.62x39mm M1943 Soviet cartridge from a 30-round curved detachable box magazine. Rate-of-fire is listed at 775 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 2,330 feet per second. The AKMS retains the Kalashnikov quality of using wooden furniture at the pistol grip and forward hand grip.

Overall, however, the AKMS stays true to the AKM assault rifle - detailed elsewhere on this site. The AKMS designation may also appear in some nomenclature as "AKM-S".

Specifications



Service Year
1959

Origin
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Soviet Union

Classification


Assault Rifle


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Automatic Function
Features a mechanical function to automate the firing action.
Assault Rifle
Modern class of long gun featuring select-fire properties, automatic internal function, and magazine feeding.


Overall Length
895 mm
35.24 in
Barrel Length
415 mm
16.34 in
Empty Wgt
7.83 lb
3.55 kg
Sights


Iron Front and Rear.


Action


Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt

Rotating Bolt
System utilizes internal mechanism to lock the breech or rear barrel assembly prior to firing.
Gas-Operated
Gas-operated system is featured, typically involving a gas cylinder and rear-driven piston directing energy to the bolt component.
(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)


Caliber(s)*


7.62x39mm M1943

Sample Visuals**


Graphical image of a 7.62x39mm rifle cartridge
Rounds / Feed


30-Round Detachable Box Magazine
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Rate-of-Fire
775
rds/min
Muzzle Velocity
2,330 ft/sec
(710 m/sec)


AKM - "Modernized" AK-47; appearing in 1959; reintroduction of steel stamping production process.
AKMS - Double-Hinged Folding Metal Butt


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