- Not to be confused with the AK-47.
The AK-74 (Russian: Автомат Калашникова образца 1974 года, Avtomat Kalashnikova obraztsa 1974 goda, lit. "Kalashnikov assault rifle model 1974") is a Russian assault rifle. Essentially a rechambered AKM, it was designed to take the then-new 5.45x39 cartridge. The AK-74 was designed in the early 1970s to replace the AKM in service, which it eventually did. Production stopped in 1991.
Standard variant with a wooden stock.
Variant with a side-folder wire stock.
AKS-74U (aka Krinkov)
Also colloquially known as the Krinkov. Was introduced in 1979, carbine version of the AKS-74, featuring a triangular folding stock, shortened barrel and handguard, a new gas block with a new conical flash hider combined with a cylindrical muzzle booster, and new iron sights.
Sound-suppressed variant of the AKS-74U adapted for use with the PBS-4 suppressor (used in combination with subsonic 5.45×39mm Russian ammunition).
This is the version with the left dovetail rail for adding optics, widely use by Special Forces.
Introduced in 1991, modernized version of the AK-74, featuring polymer furniture, cold hammer forged barrel, new flash hider, folding stock, and a side scope mount. It is the current service rifle of the Russian military.
East German version of the AK-74. Was only ever issued to two divisions (Mot.Schuetzen divisions 8 and 11) in 1986.
East German version of the AKS-74, it features a wired side folding stock. Was issued to FJs in the mid to late 80s.
Carbine version of the MPi-AKS-74N.