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In this period, the year of manufacture was used as part of the serial number for record keeping purposes.
Due to this rather confusing and convoluted method of accounting, there are many pre-'80 rifles with serial numbers higher than those made at a later date. This has caused quite a bit of confusion among collectors who are not familiar with the system. Also note that fixed and folding stock AK rifles were built within the same serial number range, so it is impossible to separate the two to determine what percentage of each type made up the total number of units produced.
The following document is just a general guide, and although we have tried to provide important but verified details, a great deal of missing information may need to be added as more examples of complete firearm are discovered and examined. A few of the features listed may be hard for the novice to decipher without detailed images or hands-on inspection, so we have tried to include photographs whenever possible. Many other features are known to all who have looked at photos of the many versions, but we include them here for the sake of continuity.
Although we feel very confident the current version has been reviewed and revised adequately to ensure it's accuracy, there is certainly always room for improvement.
Any question among ourselves as to the validity of the information, or to the dates of introduction, is noted in the text.
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Most of the included features and modifications have been cross-referenced from several sources if available, including hands-on examples, factory manuals, personal accounts of inspected weapons, military journals, interviews, printed and video media. Our primary goal is to present the most accurate document of this type anywhere available, and one that the reader could feel reasonably confortable relying on.
We welcome any interested parties to contact us with corrections, additons, or other improvements. Our current project involves the compilation of an accurate peer-reviewed database of serial number and date code information that will elaborate on principal design refinements in the series, and help preserve the rich design history of these firearms.
Therefore, we invite all visitors to e-mail us with any comments, further details, images or information that would elaborate, rebuke, or affirm this document in any way. Prototypical PX-prefix coded Production totals: Rifles modified to test the new round were rechambered AKM's.
At that time, the cartridge involved was a new 5.
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In outward appearance, these early prototypes were almost identical to a standard AKM or AKMS rifle, except for a less severely curved magazine which was still conventionally fabricated from stamped steel.
By the team perfected a much more advanced, lethal and AK-friendly cartridge, measuring 5,45x39mm, and a suitable magazine to feed it. Once the specifications of this promising new experimental round were ironed out, a greater effort was aparently put forth at Izhmash towards developing and building a series of more and more thought-provoking and refined prototypes.
Inthe advanced A prototype was built. This rather advanced protoype was chambered in the new high velocity 5,45x39mm cartridge and to the author's knowledge and opinion appears to be the first bonefide "AK" to have ever been produced.
The A had quite a few very identifiable AK pattern parts, to include a grooved laminated buttstock, deeply scalloped laminated handguards, and a new investment cast degree gas block which it eventually shared with later production AKM rifles. Amminition was fed from a newly created horizontally-ribbed aluminum round box magazine.
The overall results of both the ammunition and the rifle were apparently encouraging and growing military interest and pressure resulted in the creation of the A-3 family of prototypical rifles, most of which are dated Models of this series included options of either traditional wood or new experimental bakelite handguards, as well as four different types of buttstocks.
These included a fixed plywood, a new fixed bakelite, a standard underfolder or a promising new sheet metal side-folding design. For the first time the ubiquitous muzzle brake which identifies the AK74 rifle model for so many was fitted to a integrally threaded front sight base.
A new degree investment cast gas block was also developed, which was for the first time strictly specific to 5,45mm rifles. Several slightly more advanced variants based on the A-3 series were built during for official military acceptance field trials, which wer ehled against competing designs from other bureaus.
Whether or not the brown and green-colored bakelite furniture of the A-3 experimentals passed strict field trials is a matter of conjecture today, but in any case it apparently did not get approval for use on the new rifles and was thus relagated to only a few batches of test samples, some of which was used on dated AKM rifles presented as gifts to decorated Russian border guards. A few months after field trials were completed, the psttern rifles were officially adopted by the Soviet armed forces and type-classified as the Avtomat Kalashnikova model of As is customary when any new Russian rifle design is adopted to replace another one, it would take Izhmash roughly months to fully retool.
In fact, work on 7,62mm AK rifles would be conducted for at least another two or three years. For the most part, these exist today only as museum exhibits. Illustrations of these early models appear in the first editions of the official Soviet army AK operators manual, and it is quite likely that the basic format was entered into initial service testing more or less as shown. Although they share many features with the prototypical dated rifles, the initial production models most likely did not include some of the elements of the prototypes, or they were very rapidly changed.
For instance, the early muzzle brake seen on the acceptance models see image below was standardized with a slightly shorter threaded collar by and the straight-angled early pistol grip appears to have never gotten past the initial test batch. These early rifles also had no accessory lug bayonet lug on the gas block, but sometime during it were added to the standard production models.
Other unique features remained to distinguish these early type-classified rifles. The prototypical angled trigger guard possibly survived for a year or so, and the muzzle brake seems to have had an extra gas vent hole no. For instance, some buttstocks were outfitted with a unique tensioning spring between the stock and the receiver this item was quickly abandoned.
The buttplate was a very thick and oversized ribbed rubber design, but was replaced with a slightly thinner version within a year. The muzzle brake was serialized to the rifle on the first issued production batches. The Type A cast rear trunnion was a crossover part from the AKM series, and was of the 3-rivet "forked" variety with a square-shaped center lightening cut creating short extended forward rivet supports. The rifle in the images shown here is one of the original dated pre-production field test models, which can be found today on display at the Artillery Museum in St.
It is quite similar to the first rifles that were issued to the Soviet military. Features you see here that were not in the initial series production batches include the long collar muzzle brake, the straight-angle pistol grip, and the gas block having no accessory lug. Note that the early pre-production AK magazines appear to be made from a different bakelite composition with a speckled appearance. Type A Cleaning Rod: Type A Gas Block: Type A with accessory lug on production models Lower Handguard Retainer: Type A Rear Sight Base: Type A Receiver Top Cover: Type A Trigger Guard: Type A, extra thick rubber coating Magazine Well Dimple: Revolving with year of production Production totals: In late or earlyefforts to kick-start production of the new AK were greatly multiplied in order to facilitate accelerated field issue as a direct replacement for the AKM.
AKM production was already starting to slow down and was in fact slated to be shuttered just a year later. Re-allocations of tooling equipment and floorspace greatly increased the Izhmash factory's capacity to produce more AK's, although the new rifles were assembled alongside AKM's until at least until the middle part of OK Tantal, I cry uncle on this one.
Fig 5 and 5B: The close up of the left side clearly shows the round mold mark mentioned earlier in the text in reference to Fig 3. Also shown is the heavy bevel on the front of the grenade launcher lug, the same as found on the front of the bayonet lug on the front sight base. This gas block was introduced in about and features a degree gas port, and is still in production. One of the few parts that was not changed every few years.
In this detail of the left side of the receiver we can see the lightly colored parkerized fire control group pins. The grip is shiny and was replaced by a matte grip in later years. The trigger is the solid back cast type, and this would have been one of the first years of production for this component. The left side of the trigger has raised molded in numbers.
Also note the lack of a trigger bump on this side.
The left side trigger bump was added to the receiver later in production. In this close up of the rear trunnion the earlier butt stock catch is detailed, it was more hollowed out then the current catch. The butt stock hinge is solid rather then partially exposed as found on modern examples. With this change the hinge pin diameter was increased. Note that the butt stock does not have rolled edges. Detail showing the smooth butt plate and field dressing. Ribbed butt plates are found on AKSU rifles.
During the Afghanistan conflict it was not uncommon for soldiers to affix their field dressing to their butt stocks as in this example. Good detail showing the early gas tube take down lever, and the cast rear sight base.
The cast rear sight base replaced the earlier milled base in It is easily identified in that the cast base has heavily slopped shoulders. The take down lever is a carry over AKM part, and was replaced with the current production type in about Detail of receiver, right side Fig Right side receiver detail reveals an AKM type selector lever. The selector was replaced with the current production type a few years later.
The last three of the serial number are engraved on the selector.2018 Region 1 4A Boys 4x400 Relay
Placement of the serial number on the selector has varied in location. Note the ribs on top of the cover that extend over the top from left to right; they do not extend as far down as they did on earlier covers. This particular cover was in production from until about The mag well dimple has a larger flat in the center then the current type.
Nice detail clearly showing the slopped shoulders of the cast rear sight base. In this shot the rolled edges of the hand guard retainer can be seen. This rolled edge helps retain the lower hand guard in more secure fashion then on the AKM.