Weapons Database: Kalashnikov AKM
The Kalashnikov AKM was developed from the AK-47. The rifle entered service in 1959. It differs from the AK-47 in having a pressed, rather than forged, receiver. This feature is visible in the number of rivets on the sides of the receiver. The weapon is also distinguishable from the AK-47 because it usually features a slanted ‘cutaway’ compensator fitted to the muzzle.