AK-47 Accidental Discharge Possible (Full Auto Safety Overtravel)

Not being an AK guy, I was surprised to see that it is possible to have a real accidental discharge with an AK-47 (or any number of its variants). The root cause is the possible overtravel of the “full-auto” AK safety/selector when the cover is off, worn, or somehow folded in. MattV2099 breaks it down on his channel. 

Does this make the weapon inherently unsafe? Hardly. Its just a quirk of an older system and weapons being forced into semi-auto function to comply with firearms laws. Bottom line: make sure you have the right safety/selector or don’t over-rotate it.

And, as always, follow the safety rules.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Isaac Newton

    Can’t hear too much about safety…Thanks.

  • Sianmink

    No surprise, when the safety lever is in that position the action of the rifle is essentially partially disassembled. There’s no accounting for what might happen in that state.

  • Riot

    So don’t start the disassembly process with a round loaded.

  • Esh325

    I can’t really take a fool seriously who stuffs his gun with food.

    • Cal S.

      Anything for the views, man.

    • iksnilol

      Well, it made him money.

      • Vitsaus

        Just because some one makes money from idiot behavior does not mean they deserve respect. That is the major problem with our society. We worship fame and money regardless of how it is acquired.

        • iksnilol

          Well, if it is stupid and works then it isn’t stupid.

          But I totally get your point. I mean, just look at Kim Kardashian. She is just famous because she slept with a famous guy who filmed them.

    • Mat Jay

      I prove time and time again how durable and reliable my Glocks and AK’s are. Some people find it funny and entertaining. Most of what I do does not affect or damage the firearms used. it’s just a funny demonstration.

      • Esh325

        I knew Glock’s and AK’s were reliable without having to stuff food in them. To me, it shows a lack of maturity and the right mindset to handle a potentially dangerous object in such a manner. In some countries they could take away your firearms for such behavior.

        • ant1248

          I found the nanny

        • MR

          Well, if they do that in “some countries”, it must be the right thing to do, huh?

  • Cal S.

    Of course. An AK-47 is just a mechanical device that can and will fail. To pretend otherwise is foolish, and can be fatal.

  • Joe

    Ive seen this happen in a class. Guy somehow had the lever get caught and almost shot his foot. You need to modify your selector lever on any of your rifles that have this. The manufactures are idiots who send rifles out to market this way.

  • Zebra Dun

    Good to know is Good to Go.

  • BrandonAKsALot

    This is one of those things that doesn’t get shared enough when people start building AK’s. It’s a very simple process to modify the safety. A file or dremel will fix it in just a minute or two.

  • This happened to me last year at my local range with a rental on a Century AK. I was putting the gun on safe to unload it and when the safety went too high, I ND’ed into the concrete floor and wall of the indoor range. Scared me pretty bad as it was my first ND. Ever since, I’ve avoided Century stuff.

  • MR

    Every new design has a few bugs to be worked out. Just give Mikky a bit of time, I’m sure he’ll get an update released.

    Oh, wait…