The AK74 is a gas-operated automatic rifle chambered in 5.45x39. The rifle has the distinctive look of the AK series with a curved detachable magazine, tall front sight and a pistol grip. The 74 stands for 1974, the year the rifle was officially accepted into service by the Soviet Army. Mass-production began in 1976. The AK74 is an updated version of the AKM, which was the modernized version of the original AK. The major change was the caliber switch from 7.62 to 5.45 along with some other minor tweaks for ease of manufacture and improved accuracy.
AK74 served as the basis for variants, such as the AK74S (folding stock), AKSU (short barrel), and many others. The newest iteration of the design is the AK-100 series. Despite it being accepted as the main service rifle for the Russian Federation armed forces the AK74 remains in service with many units.
Besides the Soviet Union and its successor states, the AK-74 was widely adopted by many Soviet client states and other nations, in particular users of the AK and the AKM, although not nearly as extensively as those rifles. Like the AK and the AKM, the AK-74 was copied both illicitly and under license.
Yugoslavia license built the weapon as the M80, and it was featured prominently among many of the armed forces operating in the country during the 1990s. It remains the service weapon for many of the former Yugoslav republics.
Semi-automatic variants of the AK-74 have gained in popularity with gun owners in the United States due to laws there restricting manufacture of machineguns for civilian use. Civilian rifles (and pistols) based on the Kalashnikov include a hodgepodge of features from various countries, even being available in 5.56 x 45 mm. Captured AK-74s and several variants thereof have also been used by the Mujahideen, Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, and by Osama bin Laden and his subordinates in videos and interviews.
Value is around $300 to $500 depending on the buyer and what other assessories the weapons has to offer and how many times its been fired. A brand new one could be valued at close to a thousand dollars.
No. The AK47/AKM use the 7.62x39 M1943 cartridge. The ammo used by the AK74 is 5.45x39.5.
yes the ak74 fires a 5.56x45 round the ak47 fires a 7.62x39 round
no its a fast gun
$300 to $500 depending on condition and accessories.
2-3 MOA at 100 meters
M4 is more accurate and has better firer ergonomics. AK74 is more forgiving of abuse and thus is better suited for irregular troops and conscripts. So it really depends on who the operator is.
it is 300-400 yards. AK74 is 500 yards
The AK74 assault rifle is made in the Izhmash weapons plant in Izhevsk, Russia.
Personally I think the M4A1 Crystal or the AK74 are the best guns on crossfire
It is SLIGHTLY slighter. Same thing applies to the Golden Ak in contrast to the ak74 you can purchase; the Golden AK is simply a bit lighter (checked fact) than ak74, same power, same recoil, same accuracy, same everything.