Failure to heed the warnings in this booklet may result in serious injury to you or others, as well as damage to the firearm or other property. Take note of the following warnings on gun handling before attempting to use your rifle:
1. Don’t rely on your gun’s safety. Treat every gun as if it were loaded and ready to fire.
2. Never cross a fence, climb a tree or jump a ditch with a loaded gun.
3. Never load or carry a loaded gun until you are ready to use it.
4. Watch your muzzle so the other person doesn’t have to.
5. Keep guns and ammunition separately and in locked storage.
6. Don’t shoot unless absolutely sure of your target and what is beyond it.
7. Know the range of your gun.
8. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
9. Always be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions . . . and only carry ammunition specifically intended for the gun you are using.
10. Never handle a gun without first opening it yourself to check to see If it’s loaded.
Use only original, high quality, commercially manufactured ammunition which is in good condition. Only use ammunition of the caliber for which your gun is chambered. You will find the correct caliber engraved on the receiver. Never use ammunition of any other caliber. You should always use ammunition that complies with performance standards established by The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc.
The use of handloaded, reloaded or other non-standard ammunition will void all warranties.
The manual safety lever is located on the right side of the receiver.
It is “ON” (safe) when the lever is in the top position (Fig.2).
It is “OFF” (fire) when the level is in the lower position (Fig.3).
When in the “ON” (safe) position, the safety blocks the trigger from being pulled back far enough to release the hammer and discharge the rifle. At the same time, it obstructs the rearward travel of the bolt earner so that it cannot chamber a cartridge.
Never carry this rifle with a cartridge in the chamber without having the safety “ON” (safe).
When turning the safety “ON” (safe) or “OFF” (fire), always keep your finger off the trigger and the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
Never totally depend on a mechanical safety. Always practice cautious gun handling. Always point the muizle in a safe direction.
Always clean all grease and oil from the chamber and the bore before loading. Be sure there is no obstruction in the barrel.
Any foreign object in the barrel could cause a burst barrel or other damage to the firearm as well as serious injury to the shooter or to others.
The safety design of the AKM incorporates a positive “click” sound whenever the safety lever is fully engaged in either the “ON’* (safe) or “OFF” (fire) position. Be certain that you hear the “click” regardless of which position you intend to select and insure that the safety lever is not in between the “ON” (safe) and “OFF” (fire) positions.
Unlike most safeties, the safety on the AKM is placed in a position where it cannot be easily operated by right-handed shooters without first removing the index finger from the trigger.
All shooters, regardless if left or right-handed, must remove their hand from the trigger guard when operating the safety in order to avoid the possibility of accidental discharge.
It is highly recommended that the safety be “ON” (safe) whenever the rifle is being transported or otherwise not in use. The safety lever doubles as a dust cover by preventing foreign objects from entering and possibly damaging the rifle’s mechanism.
1. To load the magazine, place a round between the magazine lips and press down firmly so that the cartridge snaps into place beneath the retaining lips (Fig. 4). Check to make certain that the bullet tip does not protrude beyond the front portion of the magazine when it is seated into the magazine well. Repeat this procedure until the magazine is full. Maximum capacity of the magazine is thirty (30) rounds. Do not attempt to load more than thirty (30) cartridges as this may damage the magazine spring.
Damaged or bent magazine shell guides will cause malfunctioning. DO NOT FORCE CARTRIDGES.
2. To load the rifle, insert the magazine into the magazine well by hooking the from portion of the magazine into its proper notch located at the front of the magazine well. Push the magazine up and rearward at the same time until the magazine locks into place (Fig. 5).
Always remember to unload the chamber after removing the magazine.
Never point a firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction. Keep your fingers off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
Never leave a firearm cocked and ready to fire. It could be discharged accidentally.
Never fire any rifle with any part of your body over or next to the ejection port or in any position where you could possibly be hit by the movement of the action.
Never allow others to stand beside you where they may be hit by an ejected cartridge case. Make certain there is an unobstructed path for safe ejection of the fired case.