"'Ryder: I got a 'K, here.
Carl Johnson: This fucking antique? ."- Ryder and CJ in Reuniting the Families.
The AK-47 is an assault rifle in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto Advance, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, and Grand Theft Auto V.
The AK-47 fires powerful rounds and is the most powerful assault rifle available in the GTA III Era games. The AK-47, however, has a low rate of fire, and suffers from tremendous recoil and accuracy problems with long range. It is a common sight in the hands of many gangs on the later missions throughout the games. The AK-47 does not appear in GTA Vice City, being replaced by the Ruger. However its model and texture are still in the game files.
In GTA IV, the AK-47 is referenced in-game as the Assault Rifle. It can be purchased from the back-alley gun shops for $3,500 and each additional magazine costs $80. It can also be purchased from Little Jacob for $2,450 with each additional magazine costing $55. Like almost all other guns, this a 1 headshot kill in single player and in multiplayer, a 2 headshot kill. It is the starting weapon when the weapons are set to assault rifles. This cannot be fired from a car; however, it can be fired by a passenger in either a helicopter or boat. While the AK-47 is good, the M4 is better. While the AK-47 has better power, the M4 has better accuracy, and its rate of fire is slightly better; the AK-47 is in "poor weapons" range while the M4 is in the "advanced" range. The extra firepower is not a large amount in comparison to the M4 and is not needed much as a single headshot from any weapon will kill any enemy in GTA IV; since the M4 is more accurate, it is better if the player aims for the head.
Strangely, starting with GTA San Andreas, this weapon shares ammunition with the M16 as walking up to one gives the player ammunition for the AK-47. The M16 fires the 5.56x45mm round while the AK47 fires the bigger 7.62x39mm round; despite the inaccuracy it is probably to even out gameplay. In real life, a 5.56x45mm-compatible AK rifle exists; however, it has plastic furniture rather than wooden furniture and is not compatible with STANAG magazines.
- GTA III (2001): The GTA III version of the weapon is a Romanian made WASR-2 and is mostly accurate, but appears smaller than it should be. It's magazine also resembles that of an AK-74, Rather than an AK-47.
- GTA San Andreas (1992): The GTA San Andreas version of the weapon is a Chinese made Norinco Type 56, identified by its oval front sight. It also appears to have the three-vented handguard of the Serbian made Zastava M70, and an early slab sided magazine, lacking the grooves on either side. It is often used in gang warfare. The model is of very low detail and, strangely enough, is significantly larger than it should be, being two-thirds as long as Carl Johnson is tall.
- GTA Liberty City Stories (1998): The GTA Liberty City Stories rendition is accurate both by size and look.
- GTA Vice City Stories (1984): Exactly the same as the GTA Liberty City Stories rendition with no actual differences.
- GTA IV (2008): The version in-game is the Type III AK-47 with what appears to be a Polytech AK-47-style pistol grip. Its size is accurate, as is the magazine size and overall performance. The AK-47 is quite powerful, yet it is not as accurate as the M4 Carbine.
- GTA Chinatown Wars (2009): The GTA Chinatown Wars variant appears to be the same AK-47 seen in Grand Theft Auto IV. The HUD icon shows this.
- GTA V: Resembles a Norinco Type 56-2. Weapon mods include an extended clip, increasing its ammunition capacity to 60 rounds, a grip that gives an added stability and a slight increase for accuracy, a flashlight, a scope, a suppressor that silences the weapon but slightly reduces the weapon's damage and range, and color tints (in Black, Army, and LSPD).
The AK-47 from GTA Vice City's game files.
GTA Liberty City Stories & Vice City Stories.
The AK-47 in a GTA V pre-release screenshot. Contrary to belief, the laser is not coming from the weapon, but from the weapon of the helicopter's side-gunner.
GTA Liberty City Stories & GTA Vice City Stories
Real life models
- GTA III
- Saint Mark's, Portland - In a secluded area behind Momma's Restaurante. From Momma's Restaurante , use the sidewalk on the south side of the block and head east. Proceed up the hill until you reach a driveway that cuts across the block. Go onto the driveway then turn west. Go to either the north or south of this building and continue west along the ledge. Go around the corner and proceed to the middle of the block. You should see a ramp leading down into the secluded area. The weapon icon is in the corner near the ramp and next to a body armor icon.
- Trenton, Portland - On top of Liberty Pharmaceuticals (behind the large sign) near an adrenaline icon, a health icon, and a body armor icon. Jump from the elevated tracks near the northeast side of the large complex to access.
- Fort Staunton, Staunton Island - Tucked beside a construction trailer underneath some ruins north of the sharp angled turn in the northeast part of the construction zone.
- Newport, Staunton Island - Available to buy from Ammu-Nation after completion of Last Requests ($3,000).
- Bedford Point, Staunton Island - At the southeast side of the building southeast of Liberty Cathedral (and next to a body armor icon).
- Pike Creek, Shoreside Vale - In the parking area on the west side of Punk Noodles.
- GTA San Andreas
- Ganton, Los Santos - At the Johnson House after spraying over all 100 Gang Tags
- Mulholland, Los Santos - Behind Roboi's Food Mart.
- Vinewood, Los Santos - At the movie studios, behind a studio
- Ocean Docks, Los Santos - In the warehouse which you have to enter in the mission Gray Imports for C.R.A.S.H.
- Blueberry, Red County - Around the premises of the FleischBerg factory
- Foster Valley, San Fierro - Behind a big rock
- Bone County - Behind a trailer park near Valle Ocultado and Las Payasadas
- The Four Dragons Casino, Las Venturas - On the roof of the casino
- Redsands West, Las Venturas - In a block east of the Redsands West Safehouse, surrounded by bushes
- Available to buy from Ammu-Nation after completion of Pier 69
- GTA Liberty City Stories
- GTA Vice City Stories
- GTA IV
- Castle Gardens - Can be found on the roof of the large brick structure near the fountain, where you meet Francis McReary for the mission Lure.
- Colony Island - Can be found within one of the far rooms of the old hospital on the south side of the island. The hospital is the same from the mission The Snow Storm.
- GTA V
Los Santos and Blaine County
- Richman - Inside a Gazebo.
- Fort Zancudo
- Vinewood Hills
- Grand Senora Desert - SCW Stoner Cement Works
- Ranton Canyon
- Paleto Bay - Beach Viewpoint