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AK-74
Country of origin

Soviet Union
Russia

Manufacturer(s)

IZhMASh
Kalashnikov Concern

Designer(s)

Mikhail Kalashnikov
А. D. Kryakushin

Year(s) designed

1970s

Production began

1974

Weapon type

Assault rifle

Caliber

5.45×39mm

Action

Long-stroke gas piston operated, Rotating bolt

Overall length

943 millimeters

Barrel length

415 millimeters (16 inches)

Weight

3.07 kilograms (6.8 pounds)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30 rounds

Cyclic rate

600-650 rounds per minute

Maximum effective range

500 meters

The AK-74 (Автомат Калашникова образца 1974 года, Avtomat Kalashnikova obraztsa 1974 goda, English: Kalashnikov assault rifle, model 1974), is a Russian assault rifle. Essentially an upgraded and refined version of the AKM, the AK-74 was designed in the early 1970s to replace the AKM in service, which it eventually did. Russia uses the improved AK-74M after Russia had its independence from the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.