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AK GUIDE AROUND THE WORLD
Here is a huge post of different AK type rifles from around the world.
Russian AK47 TYPE III - this is the only true AK47 made with a milled receiver solid wood furniture, and a muzzle nut instead of a brake.
Russian AKM the original stamped receiver AK with a slant 45 degree muzzle brake. Russian Laminate wood furniture, sometimes seen with a wood grip or as pictured with the russian Bakelite grip.
RUSSIAN AKMS - The soviet AKM underfolder, stamped receiver and the underfolding stock design was based on the German Mp-40 submachine gun. The key to identifying this as russian is the wood pistol grip, and the mustard sling.
Polish PKMK - these are really hard to tell apart from Russian AKM’s except note the shitty polish laminate, the marbled looking bakelite pistol grip, also has the correct green sling.
Polish PMKMS again really similar to the Russian AKMS except the laminate wood has a more marbled grain, and a bakelite pistol grip
Polish TANTAL WZ88 this gun is in 5.45x39 not the bakelite handguards, and elongated muzzle device/grenade launcher. TANTALS also have a unique selector switch on the left side of the receiver. it should have a mottled bakelite pistol grip but this one probably has a US made grip for 922(r) compliance.
ROMANIAN PM MD. 63 - almost identical to the russian AKM, except they usually have an AK47 style muzzle nut instead of a slant brake, and the bolt is chrome plated.
ROMANIAN PM MD. 65 The romanian underfolder. note the muzzle nut instead of the brake, and the distinctive romanian “reverse dong” handguard. Also Romanian bakelite pistol grips which look just like the Russian except they molded the checkering the wrong way so it is non-functional. Russian checkering is very sharp, Romanian feels rounded.
Romanian AIM-G these are semi-auto only rifles of the Romanian Patriotic Guard. Identifiable by the black stripe painted on the buttstock, also they usually have an Orange G carved into the side of the trunnion on the left side. Signature Romanian “dong” handguard, and note the 45 degree slant brake. Same deal again with the bakelite “reverse” checkering pistol grip.
Romanian AIMS 74 this is the 5.45x39 rifle from romania. Note it still has a 45 degree gas block, although it does have the elongated AK74 type muzzlebrake. Romy Dong handguard, and reverse checkered bakelite pistol grip.
Hungarian AMD-65 12.6” barreled rifle with the same pistol grip twice. Unique wire folding stock, and a unique muzzle brake. Usually these have 20 round magazines with them, but this picture has a 30 rounder.
Yugoslavian M70-B1 This has the thicker 1.5mm RPK receiver, solid wood furniture with a rubber butt pad. Also a longer forend with 3 cooling slots instead of 2, and a gas shut off valve/grenade launching sight leaf on the gas block. These also have a blued finish. Typically these have a black plastic pistol grip, this particular gun in the picture has a TAPCO SAW style grip for 922(r) compliance purposes.
Yugoslavian M70AB2 like the B1 this also has the 1.5mm thick receiver, it also has a different safety lever with a tab on the top so it can be manipulated while the stock is folded. All Yugo guns have a Blued steel finish.
Hungarian AMD-63 full size 16.5” barrel signature hungarian backwards pistol grip on the forend. These are super rare only 1,100 were imported to the US.
East German MPI-KMS72 - These were built at the Ernst Thaelman factory, wire folding stock, unique pebbled bakelite pistol grip and handguards.
Chinese Type 56 - The Chinese reverse engineered this stamped-receiver model after they split from the soviet union. Two unique features are the fully enclosed front sight, and the underfolding “spiker” bayonet. They also have a unique rivet pattern on the front trunnion.
Chinese AK47S - The Russians provided equipment and technical assistance for this almost direct copy of the Type 3 AK47. note the milled receiver.
Chinese AKS - super RARE side folding with phenolic furniture.
Russian AKM Khyber Pass Clone - These are built in the area between Afghanistan and Pakistan by gunsmiths in the markets using which ever parts and tools they can find. An AKM in 7.62x39 was married to the triangle folding stock of an AKS-74. This style of AK was made notorious by being featured in many videos of Osama Bin Laden.
Iraqi Tabuk Carbine - these are based on the yugoslavian M70-B1 and are nearly identical except for the engravings. Many of the Tabuks captured by Coalition forces in Iraq had colorful unit marking painted on the buttstocks.
Egyptian ARM - commonly referred to as the Maadi, these are very similar to Russian AKM’S because the Russians provided the tooling and technical assistance to the Egyptians. One key difference is the laminate handguard almost always does not match (the gastube cover is usually dark) and the laminate is of very poor quality. This model has the egyptian “shovel” folding stock, models also come with a laminate fixed stock. The egyptians also finish their guns with a very cheap shiny spray paint.
Iraqi Tabuk DMR this is a semi-auto only sniper variant. It is essentially an accurized, scoped, rpk. Unique long tabuk flash hider, and hollowed out stock. Can be seen with Rusian PSO-1, Romanian LPS type 2, or Yugoslavian ZRAK type scopes.
Russian AK74 - chambered in 5.56x39, note the 90 degree gas block, extended smooth collar ak74 brake, lightening cut in the buttstock, bakelite pistol grip.
Bulgarian AK74 -This is the 5.45x39 rifle with “plum” polymer furniture. Note the 90 degree gasblock and the elongated muzzle brake. It also has the lightening cuts in the stock.
Russian AK74M - polymer has changed from “plum” to black, and has a folding stock mechanism.