Outwardly, it is easy to appreciate the AK-47 as a highly
modified StG44 but it invariably takes on its own form thanks to the
recognizable Kalashnikov styling. The AK-47 is, in fact, a very clean design
and superbly functional for its unceremonious battlefield role. The original
form sported much wooden furniture that made the series instantly recognizable
to any observer. The weapon was fitted with a solid wooden buttstock as well as
a wood-covered pistol grip and forend.