Shoot an AK-47 at Mister Guns Range in Plano, Texas

Various weapons known throughout history can have their design traced back to this famous firearm. The AK-47, also called Kalashnikov Model 1947 or Soviet assault rifle, is one of the world’s most widely used machine guns of all time. Initially developed in the USSR by Mikhail Kalashnikov, it was introduced to the public and adopted by the Soviet Army in 1947 and by the Soviet Air Forces in 1951. It remained in service in several countries until the early 21st century. This machine gun was designed with simple construction, cheap to mass-produce, and easy to maintain, making it an excellent fighting weapon durable enough for rough environments and battlefield roles. It excelled at close-quarters combat and body armor penetration due to its heavy bullet weight and has been carried by both American enemies and allies as the standard infantry weapon in over 100 countries. An estimated 100 million AK-47s have been produced since its introduction in 1947, making it one of the oldest, most widespread firearms ever used.


Caliber: 7.62mm
Empty Weight: 7.1 lbs
Muzzle Velocity: 2,329 fps (710 m/s)
Effective Range: 500 m (547 yds)
Maximum Range: 1350 m (1,480 yds)
Rate of Fire: 600RPM

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