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AMD-63

Assault rifle

AMD-63

The AMD-63 was a standard Hungarian military service rifle

 
 
Caliber 7.62 x 39 mm
Weight (empty) 3.13 kg
Length 880 mm
Length (with folded stock) -
Barrel length 415 mm
Muzzle velocity 710 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 600 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 100 rpm
Magazine capacity 30 rounds
Sighting range 1 000 m
Range of effective fire 350 - 400 m

 

   The AMD-63 assault rifle is a Hungarian version of the Soviet AKM, but has some minor  modification. It was designed in the early 1960s. The AMD-63 was a standard Hungarian service rifle, before it was replaced by AK-63. This weapon was exported to some countries.

   The AMD-63 is a gas operated, selective fire assault rifle, chambered for the Soviet 7.62 x 39 mm ammunition.

   It is worth mentioning that the AMD-63 assault rifle has inferior accuracy to most Western designs. However it inherited unsurpassed reliability, ruggedness, simplicity of operation and maintenance of the AKM. This weapon do not jams or misfires in worst conditions possible. Also it has reliable extraction even with dirty chamber and cases. This weapon can be field stripped in one minute without using any tools. Unfortunately the Hungarian AMD-63 has poor ergonomics and is badly balanced.

   A unique feature of the AMD-63 is a lack of the wooden foregrip. Most of these weapons are fitted with wooden or plastic vertical grip, instead of the foregrip. This vertical grip is similar to the pistol grip. It makes weapon more controllable during fully automatic firing.

   The safety / fire mode selector lever has single fire and full-auto modes. In "safe" position it locks the bolt group and the trigger and also serves as a dust cover.

   This assault rifle is fed from the standard AK 30-round magazines. However it is also compatible with Hungarian 20-round magazines.

   This weapon has a sighting range o 1 000 m, however its effective range is limited to 350 - 400 meters.

   This assault rifle has a wooden stock. Some AMD-63s were refitted with collapsible wire stock, which folds to the right side.

 

Variants

 

   AMD-65 assault rifle with a shorter barrel and a side-folding wire stock. This version was intended for airborne troops, special forces and combat vehicle crews. It comes with 20-round magazines. However it also accepts standard 30-round magazines. It entered Hungarian army service in 1967;

   AMR-69 it is a further development of the AMD-65. It has a polymer foregrip. This version was also intended for airborne troops and special forces. It can launch riffle grenades.

 

 
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