Depending on the magazine type, an AK-47 holds anywhere from 10 to 75 rounds. It is considered the most popular assault rifle in the world.
The AK-47 is a rugged piece that functions well after being immersed in mud, sand or water. The rifle is gas-operated and adjustable between semi-automatic and full automatic. The trigger guard is large enough to accommodate gloved hands, and the rifle can be disassembled into manageable parts.
The gun's maker, Mikhail Kalashnikov, was a Russian gunsmith who was tasked with creating a gun with the mechanics of a submachine gun and the power of a rifle. He debuted the AK-47 rifle in 1947, and it was subsequently adopted by the Soviet army in 1949. The gun has since become popular among armies, militias and guerrilla fighters around the world.