Weekly update time!
This time, the AK-63 or AMM:
“But that’s an AK-47!” you might say. Well, yes, it is. Inside the world of Avtomat Kalashnikova derived small arms are a diverse and varied set of rifles, subguns, automatic rifles, and machine guns. The original Avtomat Kalashnikova (“Kalashnikov’s Automatic Rifle” – or literally “Automatic Kalashnikov”) was accepted into service in 1947. The “47” is typically dropped in Russian/Soviet nomenclature. From the outset, the rifle had been designed to use stamped sheet metal where possible, in order to make production quicker. However, due to issues with the early stamped receiver as well as production of it, a milled receiver was substituted until the AKM was introduced in 1959 (Avtomat Kalashnikova Modernizirovanniy, “Kalashnikov’s Automatic Rifle Modernized”). The vast majority of the “AK-47s” in the world are actually derivatives of the AKM, not the original AK.
The AMM is the Hungarian version of the AKM. Hungary did produce copies of the original milled receiver Type 2 AK under the designation AK-55, which was augmented by the AMD-65 in the 1960s. The AMM was introduced because the AMD-65 was too expensive to produce and a more direct copy of the AKM was requested. The AMM does have some minor changes in comparison to the AKM: the barrel is of a heavier profile under the handguards; the pistol grip is a unique “I” shape; the wood is solid, not laminate; the handguard wood is thicker and heavier, without the distinctive palm swells; the bolt and bolt carrier are heavier, lacking the same lightening cuts introduced on the AKM; and other minor distinctive changes.
Two variants of the AMM were made: the base AMM (AK-63) with fixed stock and the AMMS (AK-63D) with the underfolder stock. Currently, the Hungarian military operates modernized versions of the AMM.