General Information[edit | edit source]
The AK-74 is a gas-operated and rotated belt assault rifle. It is designed by renown Russian designer Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1974 to replace the outdated AKM of the Soviet Army. The AK-74 was adopted as the standard assault rifle of the Soviet Army in 1974, replacing the AKM. The AK-74, like the AK-47 and AKM, is used by many nations in the world, from Asia to Eastern Europe to Africa. Seven variants of the AK-74 were created: AKS-74, AKS-74U, AK-74N, AKS-74N, AKS-74UN, AKS-74UB, and the AK-74M. The AK-74M would be later adopted into the Russian Ground Forces (RGF) in 1991 after the Soviet Army dissolved.
The AK-74 is known for using the newer, smaller, and deadly 5.45x39mm cartridges instead of the 7.62x39mm cartridges of previous Kalashnikov rifles. The AK-74's firing mechanism is that of a standard AKM as well as its iron sights but however, the firearm incorporates a new barrel with chrome-lined bore and 4 right-hand grooves at a 200 mm (1:7.87 in) rifling twist rate, a new laminated wooden buttstock, handguard, gas cylinder, and a spring washer. The AK-74 is compatible with an underbarrel grenade launcher such as the GP-25, but only certain modifications to the rifle that is designated with an "N" (such as AK-74N, AKS-74N, and AKS-74UN) has a side-rail for installation of a collimator and optic sights.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
- The AK-74 magazine holds 30 rounds.
- Can be fired on automatic and semi-automatic.
- The AK-74 is used by the Irregular Militia and Insurgents. It is issued to the Grenadier class, Rifleman class, and the Squad Leader class of the irregular Militia and to the Rifleman class of the Insurgents.
- Available with 1P29 optical sight. Formerly with the 1P28 optical sight until it was replaced in Alpha v11 by the 1P29.
- Sight includes an older-styled trilux sight with an upside down obelisk reticle, zeroing capability out to 400m and also a built-in stadiametric rangefinder.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The abbreviation AK from AK-74 stands for Avtomat Kalashnikova (Автомат Калашникова) which means in English from Russian, "Kalashnikov automatic rifle". 74 stands for the year the AK-74 was designed, which was 1974.
- There are currently more than five million AK-74s in the world. This is the less produced of the Soviet-era Kalashnikov rifle series. The number of AKMs is two times of the AK-74 while the number of AK-47s is fifteen times of the AK-74.
- After the Soviet Army dissolved in 1991, millions of AKM and AK-74 rifles in the Russian Federation were stored for homeland defense by the Russian Ground Forces (RGF) while the new main service rifle is the AK-74M.