Calibur-5.45 x 39mm
Weight-3.3kg unloaded 3.9 loaded
Rate of Fire-600-650 rds/min
Rifling-4 grooves rh, 1 turn in 196mm
Effective range-500m (50 short of M-16a2)
The M-16A2 has more range and piercing power, but the AK-74 is more durable.
Rate of fire: 600 rounds per minute
Fire modes: safe-semi auto-full auto
Action: long stroke gas piston
The 5.45x39 is much faster and more accurate then the ak-47 7.62x39. The ak-74 also has a muzzle brake which allows it to have the lease amount of recoil of any assualt rifle.
The ak-74 is more reliable then the ak-47 because it has a bigger shell extractor.
A little know fact about the 5.45x39 is that it still has quite a bit of stopping power. When the 5.45x39 hits anything it immidiatly flips around, leaving a nasty wide hole in the target. This is quite unlike the m-16's 5.56x45 and the ak-47's 7.62x39 rounds as they just pencil right thru flesh leaving a small hole.
The ak-74 has been used by the russians since 1990 in the form of the ak-74m.
U=shortened S=folding stock
aks-74: folding stock varient
aks-74u Krinkov: folding stock and short barrel
ak-74m: current issue russian rifle, polymer furniture instead of wood and has a folding stock
ak-74u- a varient that is only found in video games, if this gun did exist then it would have a short barrel but no folding stock.
The ak-74 is a rifle not a submachine gun
A way to tell the ak-74 and the ak-47 apart is that the ak-74 has an almost straight magazine and the ak-47 mag is shaped like a bannana
AK-47, substantially more accurate, lighter, and the ammunition doesn't weigh anywhere near as much. As far as cold war assault rifles go, this is about as close to god's own anti-son-of-a-bitch machine that you can get.
First saw service with Soviet forces engaged in the Afghanistan conflict and continues to be used by the majority of countries of the former USSR.