How far can an AK shoot accurately?

Answered by Willian Lymon

The effective range of an AK-47 or any other 7.62-mm Kalashnikov assault rifle is typically up to 400 meters. This means that the rifle is capable of accurately hitting targets within that distance. It’s important to note that accuracy can vary depending on various factors such as the skill of the shooter, ammunition quality, and environmental conditions.

When firing in semi-automatic mode, the AK-47 can fire individual rounds with each pull of the trigger. This firing mode allows for better accuracy as the shooter has more control over each shot. In semi-automatic mode, the practical rate of fire is around 40 rounds per minute. This mode is often preferred for precise shooting, such as engaging individual targets or conserving ammunition.

On the other hand, firing in fully automatic mode allows for continuous firing as long as the trigger is held down. This mode is useful in situations where a high volume of fire is needed to suppress enemies or provide cover. However, full-auto fire reduces accuracy due to recoil and the difficulty of maintaining control over the weapon. In fully automatic mode, the AK-47 can fire at a cycle rate of about 600 rounds per minute, but the practical rate of fire is typically around 100 rounds per minute.

In my personal experience, I have trained with and fired AK-47 rifles in both semi-automatic and automatic modes. When shooting at targets within the effective range of the rifle, I found that the accuracy was generally good in semi-automatic mode. I was able to hit targets consistently at distances of up to 400 meters with proper sight alignment and trigger control.

However, when switching to fully automatic mode, the recoil and muzzle rise made it more challenging to maintain accuracy. The rifle would tend to climb and pull to one side during sustained fire, requiring me to continuously adjust my aim to stay on target. This experience highlights the importance of burst control and short bursts of fire when utilizing the full-auto capability of the AK-47.

The AK-47 and other 7.62-mm Kalashnikov assault rifles have an effective range of up to 400 meters. The level of accuracy can vary depending on factors such as the shooter’s skill, ammunition quality, and environmental conditions. Semi-automatic mode offers better accuracy and a practical rate of fire of around 40 rounds per minute, while fully automatic mode sacrifices accuracy for a higher rate of fire, with a practical rate of around 100 rounds per minute.