Gross Anatomy: AK47 Cutaway

AK47 Cutaway @TFB

What, no cross section of the cleaning kit? Fail. I’m kidding of course – this bisection of an AK47 is completely awesome. I especially like the split 7.62×39 round seated in the chamber.

Any guesses on the variant based on this “angle”? I’m going to go ahead and guess a Chicom variant.

AK47 Cutaway @TFB

AK47 Cutaway @TFB

Exhibition grade wood.

AK47 Cutaway @TFB

AK47 Cutaway @TFB

I never realized how big the gas port is on the AK.

AK47 Cutaway @TFB

AK47 Cutaway @TFB

Full auto or semiauto fire control group?

I borrowed this AK47 parts list from Atlantic Firearms. How many can you spot in the cutaway? How many are missing?

  • Kit Brush
  • Kit Combo Tool
  • Kit Jag
  • Kit Tube
  • Kit Tube Cap
  • Bolt
  • Bolt Carrier
  • Buttplate
  • Buttplate Gate
  • Buttplate Gate Base
  • Buttplate Spring
  • Buttplate screws (2)
  • Buttstock
  • Cleaning Rod
  • Elevation-Bar Plunger
  • Elevation – Bar Spring
  • Extractor
  • Extractor Retaining Pin
  • Extractor Spring
  • Firing Pin
  • Firing Pin Retainer Pin
  • Front Sight Base
  • Front Sight Base Retaining Pins (2)
  • Front Sight Elevation Pin
  • Front Sight Windage Drum
  • Gas-Piston Rod
  • Gas Piston Rod Pin
  • Gas Port Tube
  • Gas Port Tube Retaining Pin
  • Hammer
  • Hammer Pin
  • Hammer Spring
  • Lower Handguard
  • Lower Handguard Front Retainer
  • Lower Handguard Insert
  • Lower Handguard Front Retainer Lever
  • Lower Handguard Rear Retainer
  • Lower Tang
  • Lower Tang Screws (2)
  • Magazine
  • Magazine Latch
  • Magazine Latch Pin
  • Magazine Lower Latch Spring
  • Muzzle-Brake
  • Muzzle-Brake Plunger
  • Muzzle-Brake Spring
  • Pistol Grip
  • Pistol Grip Escutcheon
  • Piston Grip Screw
  • Pistol Grip Receiver Stud & Rivets
  • Pistol Grip Yoke
  • Primary Sear
  • Primary Sear Pin
  • Primary Sear Spring
  • Rear Sight Housing Base
  • Rear Sight Housing Elevator Bar
  • Rear Sight Housing Pin
  • Rear Sight Tang
  • Rear Sight Tang Spring
  • Receiver
  • Receiver Cover
  • Recoil Guide Rod
  • Recoil Guide Rod Housing
  • Recoil Spring Retainer
  • Recoil Spring
  • Safety/Selector
  • Secondary Sear
  • Secondary Sear Spring


Yup. Chicom. Apparently this AK was deactivated in Vietnam and later cross sectioned as a display piece.


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  • Quest

    Great cutaway pictures!
    posted 3minutes ago wow haha

  • Just say’n

    Iz Century Variant- two for ze price of one.

  • Black Dots

    Dude, imagine this on the wall behind glass? It would look rad.

    • Russ Kell

      I’d buy one.

    • ??

      It will never work.

      • Black Dots

        All things are possible through the Lord and a competent framing company.

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    And it still shots!

    • mbrd


  • Martin Grønsdal

    provided that the barrel/catridge was intact, and the firing pin could strike the primer, this thing would shoot – at least once 😉

    • ostiariusalpha

      I don’t think the hammer spring will function well enough to get a good pin strike without its other half, and that is assuming that you can get the sear to hold the hammer cocked in the first place.

  • BrandonAKsALot

    Hooded front sight is a dead giveaway for Chinese.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Well done.

  • 3==>~Sharia

    Cool, now it weighs as much as an AR-15!

  • Sianmink

    Points deducted for no spring or follower in the mag.

  • charlest

    You think they could have cross sectioned the recoil spring? Just kidding.
    You are right about this AK being Chinese. Type 56 M22 made for export only.
    Frank Iannomico’s book AK 47: The Grim Reaper 2nd Ed. page 406.

    • mbrd

      should’ve split a bayonet too…

      • charlest

        🙂 Could have been done – in theory.