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Type58assaultrifle
Type 58 assault rifle
Country of origin

North Korea

Designer(s)

Mikhail Kalashnikov

Year(s) designed

1958

Production began

1958

Weapon type

Assault rifle

Caliber

7.62×39mm

Action

Gas operated, rotating bolt

Overall length

34.3 in (87 cm)

Barrel length

16.4 in (41.6 cm)

Weight

11.5 lbs (5.2 kg)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30 round curved magazine

Used by

See Users below


The Type 58 is a assault rifle designed in North Korea in 1958 and is a copy of the Soviet AK-47 assault rifle.

History Edit

After the Korean War, North Korea allied the Soviet Union and used their guns. President Kim Il-sung ordered the fabrication of the Type 58.

The Type 58 was used in the Vietnam War, along with the Soviet AK-47, Chinese Type 56 and the Soviet AKM by the North Vietnamese army and the Viet Cong.

During the Iran-Iraq War, the Iranian army used Type 58s against the Iraqi army.

In Nicaragua, the Sandinista Popular Army used Type 58s against the Contras during the Nicaraguan Revolution.

Users Edit

  • Cambodia
  • Iran
  • Laos
  • Nicaragua
  • North Korea
  • Vietnam

See also Edit

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