a Soviet-designed, gas-operated, clip-fed assault rifle with a caliber of 7.62 millimeters, used for automatic or semiautomatic fire.
Contemporary Examples

With literal fidelity, the band members perform with an AK-47 and a bazooka strapped onto their shoulders.
Are Narcocorrido Mexican Drug Ballads Really That Bad? Jimmy So November 23, 2013

They stuck an AK-47 against Dr. Ramzi Lawami’s neck and demanded that six of their wounded comrades be treated.
Libyan Rebels Return to Ajdabiya Babak Dehghanpisheh March 25, 2011

I think there are those who would like everyone with an AK-47 to be here.
The Idea of Public Land Means Nothing to Utah County Commissioner Doug Peacock May 5, 2014

They came up behind a soldier with an AK-47 and a pistol who was shooting members of his unit as they formed for a morning run.
Don’t Arm America: A Soldier’s Reply to Connecticut Shooting Tony Schwalm December 17, 2012

When the commandos reached the top floor, they came up on bin Laden, who had an AK-47 and a Makarov pistol within reach.
Day 4: Breaking News on Osama bin Laden’s Death The Daily Beast May 4, 2011

By then the S-75 had earned a reputation similar to that of the ubiquitous AK-47 automatic rifle, designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov.
Russia’s Missiles Stung the World Long Before MH17 Clive Irving July 19, 2014

A search team after the shooting found two pipe bombs and an AK-47 that Frein had apparently abandoned, along with a journal.
Killer Eric Frein Held in Murdered Cop’s Cuffs Michael Daly October 30, 2014

He backpedaled up the steep stairs, so he could face the enemy while emptying his AK-47 into the pursuing assailants.
The First American: Excerpt from Henry Crumpton’s ‘The Art of Intelligence’ Henry A. Crumpton May 13, 2012

I’d rather confront someone trying to impress me with a Latin phrase than someone trying to intimidate me with an AK-47 any day.
The New Republican War Room Lee Siegel March 26, 2010

Historical Examples

AK-47 manufacturing is already sadly in great profusion across our inner cities, anyway.
Makers Cory Doctorow

a type of Kalashnikov assault rifle
Russian avtomat Kalashnikova 1947 (Kalashnikoff automatic [rifle] 1947)


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