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Kalashnikov AKS (AK-S)


Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine (1950)


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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.

Specifications



Service Year
1950

Origin
Soviet Union national flag graphic
Soviet Union

Classification


Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine


Kalashnikov / State Factories - Soviet Union
National flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
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
869 mm
34.21 in
Empty Wgt
9.48 lb
4.30 kg
Sights


Iron Front and Rear.


Action


Gas-Operated; Selective Fire

Gas-Operated
Gas-operated system is featured, typically involving a gas cylinder and rear-driven piston directing energy to the bolt component.
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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


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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