The AK-74 (Russian: Автомат Калашникова образца 1974 года or "Kalashnikov automatic rifle model 1974") is an assault rifle developed in the early 1970s by Russian designer Mikhail Kalashnikov as the replacement for the earlier AKM (itself a refined version of the AK-47). It uses a smaller 5.45×39mm cartridge, 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. The head of the Afghan bureau of the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence claimed that the CIA paid $5,000 for the first AK-74 captured by the Mujahideen during the Soviet–Afghan War.
Currently, the rifle continues to be used by the majority of countries of the former Soviet Union. Additionally, licensed copies were produced in Bulgaria (AK-74, AKS-74 and AKS-74U), and the former East Germany (MPi-AK-74N, MPi-AKS-74N, MPi-AKS-74NK). Besides former Soviet republics and eastern European countries, Mongolia, North Korean special forces, and Vietnamese marines use AK-74s.
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Origin: Real Life
Classification: Selective-fire assault rifle
Wielders: Several Central Asian countries, terrorists, Soviet Union, North Korean military, Russian military (Will eventually be phased out by the AK-12)
Range: 300-400 meters for the AKS-74U. 500 meters in the case of point-target shots for the AK-74, AKS-74 and AK-74M, with 800 meters worth of range in case area shots are chosen, however, the maximum attainable range with proper accuracy is 3,150 meters.
Weaknesses: Not really good at piercing armor, which is why it will eventually be phased out by the more-superior AK-12.