Type 58 assault rifle
Country of origin

North Korea


Mikhail Kalashnikov

Year(s) designed


Production began


Weapon type

Assault rifle




Gas operated, rotating bolt

Overall length

34.3 inches (87 cm)

Barrel length

16.4 inches (41.6 cm)


11.5 lbs (5.2 kg)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30 round curved magazine

Used by

Cambodia, Iran, Laos, Nicaragua, North Korea and Vietnam

The Type 58 is a North Korean assault rifle that uses 7.62×39mm and is a copy of the AK-47.

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.

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