AK-74 5.45 x 39mm assault rifle

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The AKS-74 (Kalashnikov automatic rifle model 1974) is an assault rifle developed in the early 1970’s in the Soviet Union as a replacement for the AKM, (itself a refined version of the AK47). It’s immediate visual difference is the distinctive flash suppressor.

It uses a smaller intermediate cartridge, the 5.45 x 39mm, replacing the 7.62 x 39mm of earlier Kalashnikov weapons.

The AK-74 first saw service with Soviet forces engaged in the 1979 Afghanistan conflict. Currently the rifle continues to be used by the majority of countries of the former USSR. Unlicenced copies have been produced in Bulgaria, former E Germany and Rumania and the forces of Mongolia, N. Korean Special forces and Vietnamese Naval infantry use AK-74s

Helpful Info

Regarding dates, the AK-74 has been in service since 1979 and is still in use today.

Foxtrot example shown is an AK-74 assault rifle, chambered for 5.45 x 39mm, it has dark plum coloured synthetic furniture and all metal parts are in black paint / blued finish.

Film Set Notes

It shares its predecessors good points… it is 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… it works well, is ‘actor tolerant’ and looks & sounds impressive.