How an AK-47 Works, in 3D [VIDEO]

AK vs. AR: Why the 7.62x39's Time Has Come


The whole concept behind how a firearm operates can be a little confusing. Gigantic visual aids have been a staple of basic firearms training in the military since at least the Second World War. These days, thanks to computer graphics and 3D modeling we can see the whole process without ever leaving the comfort of our couch. Someone recently posted this video on Reddit and I figured y’all might enjoy it as much as I did.


  1. avatar CalGunsMD says:

    “How an AK-47 Works”


    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      *Fist-Bump* 😉

    2. avatar Seans says:

      Guess you have never worked with a lot of AKs have you?

  2. avatar TruthTellers says:

    Doesn’t take much to turn an AK into a full auto machine gun. Not practical for the 7.62×39, but the 5.45 and it’s low recoil… maybe.

  3. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    The firing pin does NOT puncture the “bullet primer”..
    I quit watching after that fail.

    1. avatar RV6 Driver says:

      Nice catch!

    2. avatar DrDKW says:

      The video does not show the firing pin puncture the primer, and the spent case shows a dimple in the primer – not a hole.

      Happy Motoring, Mark

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        Read the graphics that accompany the video.

        1. avatar Really? says:

          This video was posted on Reddit by the animators/creators roommate. I believe it was for a animation project for college class. Chill out Francis.

    3. avatar DaveR says:

      It’s just poor English, probalby an automated translation. Cut em a little slack maybe. I see daily examples of poor English here on TTAG–you gonna stop reading this site?

  4. avatar Momma1913 says:

    Is it legal to watch in CA?

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Is it legal to watch in CA?”

      Yes, since it qualifies as pornography out there…

      *Snicker* 😉

  5. avatar BLAMMO says:

    Nice graphics.

    But I still hate sheet metal. I prefer recycled Schlitz cans and melted Pringles lids.

    1. avatar MDH says:

      The imaginary AK is a milled receiver model. Just sayin’.

  6. avatar Joe R. says:

    Where ya been Nick?
    Thank you.

    I wanna see a video of the overhead hammer and firing goup functioning in a Colt Scamp, in F/A mode.

  7. avatar ironicatbest says:

    That was a good video. Thumbs up.. all that does is make me wish I would have forgot about my Hillary Swimsuit Edition® calenders and saved my guns instead, when the boat sank

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