Weight: 7.3 lbs (3.7 kg)
Length: 37.1 in (94.3 cm)
Barrel Length: 16.3 in (41.5 cm)
Cartridge: 5.45x39 mm 'Tumbling Rounds'
Action: Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of Fire: 600 rounds/min
Muzzle Veloctiy: 2,953 ft/s (900 m/s)
Effective Range: 600 m
Feed System: 30 or 45-round detachable box magazine
Sights: Adjustable iron sights
The AK-74 was developed in the early 1970s in the Soviet Union to replace the earlier AKM (itself a refined version of the AK-47). The rifle used lighter bullets than the 47 model to reduce recoil, but these bullets 'tumble' when they hit a target, making the bullet tear instead of making a clean hole, making these smaller rounds just as lethal. The rifle first saw service with Soviet forces engaged in the Afghanistan conflict. Presently, the rifle continues to be used by the majority of countries of the former USSR. Additionally, unlicensed copies were produced in Bulgaria, China, the former East Germany and Romania.
In 2018: the AK-74 has been officially replaced in Russia by the AK-12: which uses the same 5.45 x 39-millimeter ammunition the AK-74 uses. The Russian military is currently investing in the mass production of this rifle in response to The Second Cold War.
In Green Beret vs SpetsnazEdit
The AK74 and M4 were determined to be equal as the users shot all the targets, ending this test as a tie.
The footage of season one was reviewed for the AR-15 ArmaLite and AK-74 Carbine. It was agreed that the Armalite was the more accurate weapon, but the AK-74 was the more durable weapon; hence, the result was a draw.
- Tumbling ammunition was not introduced in the AK 74. The Nazi StG 44 was one of the first Assault Rifles to implement this concept.