The Difference Between AK-47 and AK-74

The main difference between the two assault rifles is the type of ammunition. The AK-74 uses a 5.45mm cartridge, which is much more reliable than the 7.62x39mm of the AK-47. The AK-74 is a bit less common than the AK-47, but it is still in widespread use in the US. You might wonder, “Does this make it better?”

AK-47 is a real assault rifle

The AK-47 is a real assault weapon that is often used for self-defense. Its design and development history have been studied and preserved. There are several varieties of the AK-47. The most popular model is the AK-47-M, which was produced by the Izhmash armaments company in Izhevsk, Russia. The AK-47 can be found in military use around the world.

Originally developed by the Soviets after the Second World War, the AK-47 is an effective weapon for fighting in a variety of environments. Its large gas piston and wide clearances between moving parts prevent jamming. The AK-47 has been used by many groups throughout history, from insurgents and terrorists to child soldiers. Because of its durability, the AK-47 is one of the most widely smuggled firearms in the world.

AK-74 is a modification of the AKM assault rifle

The AK-74 is a Soviet-designed assault rifle with an improved rate of fire over the earlier version. The gun retains the advantages and disadvantages of the Kalashnikov design. Its reliability is unquestionable, and it doesn’t jam under the worst conditions. Its extraction from dirty chambers is equally reliable. It is also field-stripped in about a minute without the use of any tools. However, it does suffer from poor ergonomics, a heavy weight, and inferior fire-power to most Western weapons.

The AK-74 shares many similarities with the AKM. The two rifles share the same assembly line and parts, and 70 percent of their operations are identical. The AK-74 has a redesigned gas block with a 90-degree gas channel. Its front sight base has a threaded collar that allows the attachment of a muzzle-device or a blank-firing adaptor.

AK-74 is still used in the US

The AK-74 is an assault rifle that is a favorite among law enforcement officers and other military personnel. It is similar to the AK-47 in size and features, and can fire up to three rounds every two seconds. This rapid-fire capability means that it is illegal for civilians to own one in the US. While it has been banned in some countries, it is still used in some U.S. military units and is still widely used in Afghanistan.

The AK-74 weighs about 3.3 kilograms and measures 37 inches. Its rotating bolt action allows it to reach a firing range of 1,000 meters and has a 40mm Under Barrel Grenade Launcher. The AK-74 was also notable for having a solid wood buttstock. The AK-74 is used by many law enforcement agencies and armed civilians alike.

What is the Civilian Version of the AK-74?

What is the civilian version of the AK 74? The answer to that question depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re thinking of getting an AK, you’ll have a choice between the WASR 10 GP and the AIMS-74. But, if you’re interested in a sniper rifle, you’ll have even more choices. The AIMS-74 is a newer, lightweight version of the AK-74, with an impressive list of features.


The WASR 10 GP is the civilian version (and legal import) of the Soviet AK-74. It is made with six U.S.-made parts and has a double-stack high-capacity magazine. The gun is popular among law enforcement officials, military personnel, and private citizens. The gun sells for $400 in U.S. gun stores and can fetch two or three thousand pesos in Mexico. But is it worth the price tag? The Obama administration says the process is legal.

While the WASR-10’s price tag may make it an attractive buy for a gun enthusiast, it is not as effective as an actual AK-74. The WASR-10’s failure to feed and jamming problems are common among commercial WASRs. Some WASRs are also unreliable feeds because of low-quality magazines. Many surplus magazines aren’t reliable for feeding the 5.56/.223 cartridge. Others use Weiger magazines with good success. Some Romanian copies of Weiger magazines are now included with WASR-3 magazines. Other people change out the follower for a Robinson arms one.


The AK-74 is the most common rifle used by the U.S. military, but there are also civilian versions. The AIMS-74 is a semi-auto variant of the AK-74, and it features low recoil and rock solid reliability. It can be field stripped in about one minute, but it is still far behind most Western assault rifles. Both weapons use 30-round magazines, and they have different magazines, with the AIMS-74 using steel and the AK-74 using polymer.

The AK-74 is available in a wide range of ammunition, and many manufacturers make their own rifles. The 7.62x39mm round is a widely used cartridge that delivers good stopping power, is abundant and is nearly universal. The AK-74 also accepts the 5.45x39mm round, which is the Soviet answer to the 5.56 NATO round. While supplies of 5.45 ammo are dwindling, new production ammunition is available in abundance.


The civilian N-PAP version of the AK-74 features the same core system as the military-grade AK-47, and has the same characteristics. Like the AK-47, it saw its baptism in the Afghan War, and was later modified to fire a smaller caliber, 5.45 x 39 mm. The 5.62mm round became the dominant weapon, and the AK-74 was born.

The AK-74 was developed by the Soviet Union around new ammunition, and it began trials in the late 1960s. The AK-74 was produced in East Germany, Poland, and Romania. After the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, most AK74 designs were converted to 5.56mm NATO ammunition. The AK-74’s newest civilian version is the N-PAP.

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I'm Rodney Heaton and I love hunting in the wild. In the past, I was in the military for over 5 years. After that I became a licensed hunter and a mountain guide.