AK-47 7.62 x 39mm assault rifle

This item is HIRE ONLY for use by a recognised Film, TV, Commercials or Theatre production company.

 

 

Overview

The AK-47 (Avtomat Kalashnikova) 7.62 x 39mm assault rifle has an interesting history.

The Soviets were influenced by their WWII experience showing most combat happens within 400 metres and that their soldiers were consistently outgunned by heavily armed German troops, especially those armed with the Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles.

The Soviets were so impressed with the Sturmgewehr 44, that after World War II, they held a competition to develop an assault rifle of their own. The winner was the AK-47.

Chambered for the 7.62 x 39mm cartridge, design work on the AK-47 began in the last year of World War II (1945). After the war in 1946, the AK-47 was presented for official military trials. In 1947 the fixed-stock version was introduced into service with select units of the Soviet Army.

An early development of the design was the AKS (S—Skladnoy or “folding”), which was equipped with an underfolding metal folding stock. The AK-47 was officially accepted in 1949 by the Soviet Armed Forces and used by the majority of the Warsaw Pact states

Even after 60 years, the AK-47 and its variants remain the most widely used and popular assault rifles in the world due to their durability, low production cost, and ease of use. Manufactured in many countries it has has seen service with armed forces as well as irregular forces worldwide.

More AK-type rifles have been produced than all other assault rifles combined.

Helpful Info

Foxtrot has both fixed and folding stock AK’s. They are so widespread, they are ‘accurate’ in so many settings and theatres – from 1949 up to the present day.

Foxtrot examples shown here are top and 2nd pictures: The AK-47S Type 56 Chinese made, chambered for 7.62 x 39, fitted with folding metal stock, light wood furniture and metal parts in a blued finish.

3rd and bottom pictures: An AK-47 Type II, Russian made, chambered for 7.62 x 39mm, milled receiver, fitted with wood furniture and metal parts in a blued finish.

Film Set Notes

The AK-47 is an iconic silhouette, they are probably one of the most frequently booked items in a Film Armoury. They are simple and robust, with a very strong cartridge that can be difficult and sometimes too percussive to work with in confined spaces (small sets) so these are best suited to exterior scenes.  But… they work well, are ‘actor tolerant’ and look & sound impressive.