AK-47 / AKM

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AK-47 / AKM
Category Assault Rifles
Operating System Gas operated, rotating bolt with 2 lugs
Cartridge
Length 870 mm
Feeding Box magazine

The AK 47 is best described as a hybrid of previous rifle technology innovations: the trigger, double locking lugs and unlocking raceway of the M1 Garand/M1 carbine, the safety mechanism of the John Browning designed Remington Model 8 rifle, and the gas system and layout of the Sturmgewehr 44. There are many variations.

The weapons are used by all former Warsaw Pact countries, and they are in service with numerous armed forces, both regular and irregular. They can be found in many countries in Asia and Africa.

Global distribution map

Weapon prevalence origin Country of origin licensed Licensed production unauthorized Production without a license
X
Scale dependend aggregation of production sites

The AK-47 / AKM is found in 122 countries

This map is a reflection of data on global distribution and production provided primarily by the BwVC. It is not exhaustive. If you would like to add to or amend the data, please click here.


Global distribution list

The data on global distribution and production is provided primarily by the BwVC, but also from national and regional focal points on SALW control; data published by think tanks, international organizations and experts; and/or data provided by individual researchers on SALW. It is not exhaustive. If you would like to add to or amend the data, please click here.

Origin Country of origin
Production Licensed production
Non-Licensed Production Production without a licence
G Government: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is held by Governmental agencies.
N Non-Government: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is held by non-Governmental armed groups.
U Unspecified: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is found in the country, but do not specify whether it is held by Governmental agencies or non-Governmental armed groups.

It is entirely possible to have a combination of tags beside each country. For example, if country X is tagged with a G and a N, it means that at least one source of data identifies Governmental agencies as holders of weapon type Y, and at least one other source confirms the presence of the weapon in country X with non-Governmental armed groups.

Afghanistan (AFG)
G
Albania (ALB)
O
G
Algeria (DZA)
G
Angola (AGO)
G
Armenia (ARM)
G
Austria (AUT)
G
Azerbaijan (AZE)
G
Bangladesh (BGD)
G
Belarus (BLR)
G
Benin (BEN)
G
G
Botswana (BWA)
G
Bulgaria (BGR)
O
G
Burkina Faso (BFA)
G
Burundi (BDI)
G
Cambodia (KHM)
G
Cameroon (CMR)
G
Cape Verde (CPV)
G
G
N
Chad (TCD)
G
Chile (CHL)
G
China (CHN)
O
G
Colombia (COL)
U
Comoros (COM)
G
Congo (COG)
G
N
G
N
Croatia (HRV)
U
Cuba (CUB)
G
G
G
N
Djibouti (DJI)
G
Egypt (EGY)
O
G
El Salvador (SLV)
G
G
Eritrea (ERI)
G
Estonia (EST)
G
Ethiopia (ETH)
O
G
Finland (FIN)
O
G
G
Gabon (GAB)
G
Georgia (GEO)
G
Germany (DEU)
U
Ghana (GHA)
G
Greece (GRC)
G
Guinea (GIN)
G
G
Guyana (GUY)
G
Hungary (HUN)
O
G
India (IND)
O
G
Indonesia (IDN)
G
Iran (IRN)
O
G
Iraq (IRQ)
O
G
Israel (ISR)
O
G
Italy (ITA)
U
Kazakhstan (KAZ)
O
G
Kenya (KEN)
G
N
Kuwait (KWT)
G
Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)
U
Laos (LAO)
G
Lebanon (LBN)
G
Lesotho (LSO)
G
Liberia (LBR)
G
Libya (LBY)
G
N
Lithuania (LTU)
G
Madagascar (MDG)
G
Malawi (MWI)
N
Mali (MLI)
G
N
Malta (MLT)
G
Mauritania (MRT)
G
N
Moldova (MDA)
G
Mongolia (MNG)
G
Montenegro (MNE)
U
Morocco (MAR)
G
Mozambique (MOZ)
G
N
G
Namibia (NAM)
G
Nepal (NPL)
G
N
Niger (NER)
G
N
Nigeria (NGA)
O
G
North Korea (PRK)
O
G
Oman (OMN)
G
Pakistan (PAK)
O
G
Palestine (PSE)
G
Peru (PER)
G
Philippines (PHL)
G
Poland (POL)
O
G
Qatar (QAT)
G
Romania (ROU)
O
G
Russia (RUS)
O
G
Rwanda (RWA)
G
N
G
Senegal (SEN)
G
Serbia (SRB)
G
Seychelles (SYC)
G
Sierra Leone (SLE)
G
Slovakia (SVK)
G
Slovenia (SVN)
G
Somalia (SOM)
G
N
South Africa (ZAF)
G
South Sudan (SSD)
N
Sri Lanka (LKA)
G
Sudan (SDN)
O
G
N
Suriname (SUR)
G
Sweden (SWE)
G
Syria (SYR)
G
N
Tajikistan (TJK)
G
Tanzania (TZA)
G
N
The Gambia (GMB)
G
Togo (TGO)
G
Turkey (TUR)
G
Turkmenistan (TKM)
G
Uganda (UGA)
G
Ukraine (UKR)
G
G
G
G
Uzbekistan (UZB)
G
Venezuela (VEN)
G
Vietnam (VNM)
O
G
Yemen (YEM)
G
Zambia (ZMB)
G
Zimbabwe (ZWE)
G

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