The AMD-65 (or Automata Módosított Deszant 1965, meaning "Automatic Modified Paratrooper [weapon] 1965") is a Hungarian assault rifle and a licensed version of the AKM.
The AMD-65 is compact because of its 12.6 inch barrel. It is intended for use by Hungary's armed infantry and paratroopers, and has a vertical foregrip to help improve accuracy. The action does not require a gas expansion at the muzzle to function like the AKS-74U does, though the AMD-65 uses a specialized muzzle brake. This muzzle brake reduces muzzle flash but made the weapon louder.
Ammunition is fed from a 30-round banana magazine, but a special 20-round variant (previously known as the "officer's magazine") is also available, along with a 40-round variant. The weapon is more effective with a 20-round magazine, as it can be locked into the receiver without interfering with the foregrip and it is easier to handle the weapon in tight areas.
In theory, the stiffer and shorter barrel is more accurate, but the short sight radius and poor quality ammunition negates this.
The AMD-65 has been exported to the Palestinian territories including Gaza Strip and West Bank, as well as to Afghanistan. The AMD-65 is mostly seen used by the hands of paramilitary and terrorist groups. An increasing number of western security forces use modified AMD-65s, as the larger caliber, combined with the weapon's shorter size, proved more effective in short range combat than anything that uses 5.56×45mm NATO ammunition.
Production began in 1965, and ceased in 1980.
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