Gun of the Week #20: Bulgarian Ak-47

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My Ak-74 on a bench at my gun club.

Every week I feature a gun from my collection. This week it is a Bulgarian Ak-74 that was assembled by Tennessee Guns Incorporated( TGI). I think have changed their name to Waffen Works since I bought this gun.  I bought his gun 18 months ago from Classic Arms for the bargain price of $500 including shipping.  This was before Sandy Hook and the dramatic increases in gun prices..  It is my favorite AK out of the 3 AK’s that I own.   I own a Romanian WASR, and a Bulgarian SAR3( In .223) . The picture above shows it with a Russian Surplus Bakelite 45 round magazine that i got from AimSurplus. With the .545x.39 round this is very little kickback when firing a round. Unlike my AK-47.You can see all the previous gun of the week posts here.

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My AK collection. Top AK-47, Middle Ak-74, Bottom Sar-3

History
The AK-74 (Russian: Автомат Калашникова образца 1974 года or “Kalashnikov automatic rifle model 1974”) is an assault rifle developed in the early 1970s in the Soviet Union as the replacement for the earlier AKM (itself a refined version of the AK-47). It uses a smaller intermediate cartridge, the 5.45×39mm, replacing the 7.62×39mm chambering of earlier Kalashnikov-pattern weapons.

The rifle first saw service with Soviet forces engaged in the 1979 Afghanistan conflict.[Presently, the rifle continues to be used by the majority of countries of the former USSR. Additionally, licensed copies were produced in Bulgaria (AK-74 and AKS-74U), the former East Germany (MPi-AK-74N, MPi-AKS-74N, MPi-AKS-74NK) and Romania (PA md. 86) besides former Soviet republics and eastern European countries, Mongolia, North Korean Special Forces, and Vietnamese People’s Naval infantry use AK-74s.The rifle was originally developed, in 1974, by Russian designer Mikhail Kalashnikov.

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Ak-74 and the now banned russian surplus 5.45

The AK-74 is an adaptation of the 7.62×39mm AKM assault rifle and features several important design improvements.These modifications were primarily the result of converting the rifle to the intermediate-caliber 5.45×39mm cartridge, in fact, some early models are reported to have been converted AKMs, re-barreled to 5.45×39mm.[ The result is a more accurate and reliable rifle than the AKM.The AK-74 and AKM share an approximate 50% parts commonality (interchangeable most often are pins, springs and screws).

 

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