Object Title

Centrefire automatic rifle - Kalashnikov AK

Centrefire automatic rifle - Kalashnikov AK

Date

1953

Object Number

PR.5428

Provenance

Made Russia, 1953. Captured by US Army, 1966 Acquired by the MoD Pattern Room, 1971 Gifted with MoD Pattern Room collection, 2005.

Physical Description

With replacement later laminate wood furniture including pistol grip, plus usual flat muzzle nut, smooth top cover and distinctively 'Type 2' metal 'shoe' butt-stock attachment. Complete with cleaning rod and cleaning kit inside butt-trap. Sling swivel moved from traditional location to left side of butt-stock. Bolt, bolt carrier and top cover are not original to the weapon but are believed to have been fitted when transferred to the Pattern Room, if not earlier (AK pattern components having a high degree of interchangeability. Marked to Colonel Gregory P. Dillon, 1/7 Air Cavalry, US Army, Vietnam War (see 'Inscriptions').

Techniques

Filing, Machining, Bluing, Forging, Stamping

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength15.6 in.
BarrelLength397 mm
OverallLength34.6 in.
OverallLength878 mm
OverallWeight3.98 kg
OverallWeight8.77 lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number GL4027

Calibre

7.62 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Owner's mark
"G.P. Dillon" 1/7
Right side butt-stock
Burning
Inspection mark
'8' inside a circle
Left side receiver
Stamping
Selector markings
'A Be' (Cyrillic letters for 'Avtomat' or 'Automatic') & 'O De' (Cyrillic letters for 'Odin' or 'One')
Right side receiver
Stamping
Inspection mark
'A' (Cyrillic letter) inside a circle
Left side receiver
Stamping
Inspection mark
'A' (Cyrillic letter) inside a circle
Right side receiver
Stamping
Inspection mark
'Be' (Cyrillic letter) inside a square
Right side receiver
Stamping
Inspection mark
'De' (Cyrillic letter) inside a circle
Left side receiver
Stamping
Inspection mark
'Em' (Cyrillic letter) inside a circle
Left side receiver
Stamping
Inspection mark
'Er' (Cyrillic letter)
Bolt carrier
Stamping
Inspection mark
'Es' (Cyrillic letter) inside a circle
Left side receiver
Stamping
Inspection mark
'Es' (Cyrillic letter) inside a circle
Right side trunnion
Stamping
Serial number suffix
'Ge' (Cyrillic character)
Receiver left side
Stamping
Inspection mark
'Ka' (Cyrillic letter) inside a circle
Right side trunnion
Stamping
Inspection mark
'Ka' (Cyrillic letter)
Left side receiver
Stamping
Unknown
'Ka43' (Cyrillic letter with numerals, i.e. K43)
Upper left trunnion
Stamping
Inspection mark
'O' or '0' inside a circle
Right side trunnion
Stamping
Inspection mark
'Pe' (Cyrillic letter) inside a square
Right side trunnion
Stamping
Inspection mark
'Te' (Cyrillic letter) inside a square
Right side trunnion
Stamping
Serial number
3K5273 (mismatched to gun)
Bolt carrier
Stamping
Serial number
4774 (mismatched to gun)
Top cover rear
Stamping
Serial number
83394 (mismatched to gun)
Bolt
Stamping
Maker's mark
Arrow in triangle Izhmash factory mark
Left side trunnion
Stamping
Unknown
Circular segments
Right side trunnion
Stamping
Inspection mark
Possible '8' (numeral)
Left side receiver
Stamping
Unknown
Several indistinct stamps
Bolt carrier
Stamping
Inspection mark
[Indistinct]
Right side receiver
Stamping