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The AK-47 is a high powered assault rifle purchasable in the store. Its damage is second only to the Shotgun.
The 'Avtomat Kalashnikova', or 'Kalashnikov Automatic Rifle, Model 1947' is an assault rifle.
It dates to post World War Two Soviet Russia, where the introduction of the first true assault rifle, the Sturmgewehr of Nazi Germany, had proven to be a deadly balance of firepower and manageability.
Upon the STG's introduction to the battlefield in late 1943, the Soviets were quick to emulate captured examples; Design on the AK-47 began in 1944, with eponymous design lead Mikhail Kalashnikov's team eventually besting other proposed designs in trials and testing.
The AK-47 brought with it a new intermediate cartridge heavily influenced by the Sturmgewehr's 'Kurz' intermediate round.
The Model 43 7.62 by 39 millimetre cartridge was to be the platform the AK-47 was designed for, and was essentially a smaller version of the Soviet rifle cartridge, the 7.62 by 54 millimetre rimmed, as used in the Mosin Nagant.
The tapered walls of the M43 cartridge also lent the AK one of its most distinguishing features - the pronounced curve on the magazine.
It's no coincidence that both the Soviet intermediate and rifle cartridges are of the same calibre - it's a testament to industrial efficiency, as the same tools and gauges could be used to produce barrels and parts, for both classes of weapon.
It's this utilitarian approach that has led to one of the most enduring and ubiquitous weapons ever made; Its durability, low cost and ease of use have secured its place in history over countless wars over the last six decades; And it will persist for many more conflicts yet to come.
- The AK-47 looks similar to the AK-74, as it is its predecessor.