From the color of the magazine, isn’t that an AK-74?
Awful big hole in the end of that barrel to be the 74?
“Isn’t that an AK-74?”
No, it’s definitely an AKMS in 7.62 x 39. Orange bakelite magazines are common as dirt in 5.45mm for the AK-74, but scarce as hens’ teeth in 7.62mm like the one in the photo. Had one, sold it, been kicking myself every time I think about it.
That’s a neat looking AK. And yes, there are good reasons to prefer the Kalashnikov to the Armalite. Loose tolerances keep functioning when tight tolerances jam up, but it may be symbolic as well, Iraqis now carrying M-16s.
Just wonder what Iraqis whose lives depend on rifle reliability think about the switch.
Bulgaria, China, Germany and Russia made bakelite magazines for the AK-47. From the muzzle this appears to be an AK-47.