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".
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Features a mechanical function to automate the firing action.
Modern class of long gun featuring select-fire properties, automatic internal function, and magazine feeding.
895 mm 35.24 in
415 mm 16.34 in
7.83 lb 3.55 kg
Iron Front and Rear.
Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt
System utilizes internal mechanism to lock the breech or rear barrel assembly prior to firing.
Gas-operated system is featured, typically involving a gas cylinder and rear-driven piston directing energy to the bolt component.
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Rounds / Feed
30-Round Detachable Box Magazine
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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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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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