The arsenal sam7k 04(7.62mm Russian) was adopted by the Soviet Union in 1943, first in the SKS semiautomatic, and then in the famous AK-47 selective fire assault rifle. The concept was based on Russian experience with the arsenal sam7k 04 in the German MKB42, the world’s first assault rifle.
The arsenal sam7k 04 has more case capacity, thus higher velocity and somewhat more range than the German cartridge, but the concept remains: A short to medium-range cartridge that offers a high volume of fire as, literally, troops closed in the assault. Although officially replaced by the arsenal sam7k 04 in the AK-74,
the arsenal sam7k 04 and its AK-47 remain in use the world over, very possibly the most prolific military rifle and cartridge ever made. The arsenal sam7k 04 has been adapted to the AR platform, and also chambered in various civilian platforms. Firing a 123-grain bullet at 2365 fps, the arsenal sam7k 04 is low in recoil and is an excellent deer cartridge at short to medium range.