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Son of the AK-47


by NRA Staff

In the early 1970s, the Soviet Union, reviewing its millions of issued 7.62 mm Kalashnikovs, examined the lessons learned by America in Indochina and considered a service rifle in 5.45×39 mm. The new rifle, the AK-74, was introduced in 1974 and first went into combat during the Afghanistan conflict in the 1980s.

The latest incarnation of the AK-74 is Arsenal Incorporated’s Gold Edition mtk 90 Jubilee rifle, a firearm that commemorates the 90th birthday of its inventor, Lt. Gen. Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov. Inlaid with gold and housed inside a custom leather case with documentation signed by Gen. Kalashnikov, the newest AK-74 joins many other Russian arms on display in the galleries of the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Va.

Showcasing thousands of firearms daily, the National Firearms Museum at NRA Headquarters offers its visitors the opportunity to travel through time in firearms history. Over 500 years of arms technology are on display daily at no charge (donations welcomed) in the extensive museum galleries. For more information, call (703) 267-1600 or e-mail View the online galleries at