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First off... Great place, and I'm fast learning that there are some great people here!

First there's the AK-47 made in various countries.
Then an AK-74 ??
Then there's the AMD-63 , AMD-65's ???

Ok.. to me, they all look about the same. Slight nuances / differences, but nothing major.


OK.. My Questions:
What is the difference between an AK-47 / AK-74 / AMD-65
(I ask because I'd like to build a kit from the ground up to learn more, but not sure what I should be getting).

Also there's the 7.62 x 39 and then the 7.62 x 54.... any major difference?



Well, thanks for all the help! I pulled my gun out of the gun cabinet and finally learned that it was a "Maadi Misr", not sure if that's considered a low end gun, but I enjoy shooting targets with it.


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The short of the long....
The AK-47 is the original, designed in 1947, the Automat Kalishnokov, hance, AK-47. These rifles and thier variants shoot the 7.62X39 Russian cartridge.There are several types or variants from different bloc countries.

The AK-74 is essentially the AK-47, but redesigned for a different caliber. This was done in an effort to keep up with the newer military standard, or trend, of shooting a lighter (they could physically carry more ammo), and flatter shooting cartridge. These weapons in large part, shoot the 5.45X39, which is essentially the 7.62 round necked down to a 5.45 milimeter projectile. Automat Kalishnokov, 1974 design. (some of the newer types are chambered for the 5.6X45, which is a .223 NATO)

As for what you SHOULD be getting... get whatever you think is best for you... The ammo for a 7.62 is more plentiful and cheaper, the 5.45 is a little more expensive, but sometimes a little more accurate. I would hunt deer with the 7.62, not with the 5.45. It all boils down to what you like, and it is YOUR gun. Build it. Love it. RUN IT!:ak47:

The Amd-65 is basically a chopped-down version of the AK-47, which was intended for use by the Hungarian military. Being shorter in length, and having a side-folding stock, they were favored by tank crews and paratroopers.

Feel free to correct me, anybody...
 

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Painthappy said:
Also there's the 7.62 x 39 and then the 7.62 x 54.... any major difference?
Painthappy

SKS_Hunter covered everything else nicely.

The 7.62x39 and 7.62x54 (R) are totally different ammo, in no way interchangeable.

The AK's and SKS's use the 7.62x39, which as the name implies is a 7.62mm diameter bullet (same as .30 cal) in a 39mm long round.

The 7.62x54R is 54mm long (essentially the same as our .308, which is 51mm long)

This caliber is generally used in heavy MG's and sniper rifles, like the dragunov, romak lll, Mosin-Nagants etc.
 

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I love my Romak111. Maby not recomended as a first build , but then again why not!!! buy one before they are gone. as mentioned above it is 7.62x54 and that is bigger and cost's more but I still love it.

best recomendation for a first build would be a kit with all matching numbers, a kit that is designed for use with a stamped reciever [cost], NOT milled reciever, I see german ones , romanian ones , polish ones "few left" , hungarian ones, russian ones.

you first should decide if you want a folding stock or fixed , pistol grip in front or treditional forend , muzzel brake or not .. so many options with diffearant variants, decide what you want then go find it and buy it. guys here will help you find places selling what you are looking for if you cant find it yourself.
 

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:thumbup1: :hdbng: hotbarrel... I LOVE YOUR ROMAK, TOO!!!:sniper2: :sniper:
The thing does shoot sweet...
 

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Thanks for all the responses!!

They really answer a lot of questions I had stuck in my head. I'll keep everyone informed of my build process once I get going!


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Paintfumes... hmmmm... After painting my daughters room.... just possibly.

Actually, it's a old nickname regarding my paintball playing hobby.

I collect old / rare paintball guns. Started with one, and well.... Here's my "pic" page:
http://www.mcarterbrown.com/collection3.0/collection.cgi?action=list

Warning.. should be on a fast connection.

And the scarry part is, that's not all of them. Well, it's high time I started acting my age, and pay attention to the ones in my gun cabinet. I even have this great indoor range just down the road.

So, that's my story and I'm sticking to it, as Jimmy Buffet would say.


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