Keeping track of the weapons from the AK family in DayZ can be a bit of a task. Figuring out which one takes what ammunition, or what particular gun is compatible with the 75 Round Drum Magazine will have players Alt-Tabbing for days. Not exactly a wise move while prone in the back room of a barracks trying to assemble a firearm.

To help survivors keep track of the ins and outs of finding, equipping and using  AK weapons, we're going to break down each one, explaining how they can be configured.

AKM

Ammunition Type

  • 7.62x39mm Round

Compatible Buttstocks

  • AK Polymer Buttstock
  • AK Wooden Buttstock
  • AK Folding Buttstock
  • AK-74 Wooden Buttstock
  • AKS-74U Buttstock

Compatible Handguards

  • AK Handguard Plastic
  • AK Wooden Handguard
  • AK Handguard Rail
  • AK-74 Wooden Handguard

Magazine Information

  • Chamber (1 Round)
  • 30 Round Magazine
  • 75 Round Drum Magazine

Other Attachments

  • PSO1 Scope
  • Improvised Suppressor
  • Weapon Flashlight
  • ATLAS Bipod
  • Ghillie Gun Wrap

AK101

An AK101 in DayZ

Ammunition Type

  • 5.56mm Round

Compatible Buttstocks

  • AK Wooden Buttstock
  • AK Polymer Buttstock
  • AKS-74U Buttstock
  • AK Folding Buttstock
  • AK-74 Wooden Buttstock

Compatible Handguards

  • AK Handguard Plastic
  • AK-74 Wooden Handguard
  • AK Wooden Handguard
  • AK Handguard Rail

Magazine Information

  • Chamber (1 Round)
  • 30 Round Magazine

Other Attachments

  • PS01 Scope
  • ATLAS Bipod
  • Weapon Flashlight
  • Ghillie Gun Wrap
  • Suppressor East
  • Improvised Suppressor

AKS-74U

An AKS-74U in DayZ

Ammunition Type

  • 5.45mm Round

Compatible Buttstocks

  • AKS-74U Buttstock
  • AK Folding Buttstock
  • AK-74 Wooden Buttstock
  • AK Polymer Buttstock
  • AK Wooden Buttstock

Compatible Handguards

  • None

Magazine Information

  • Chamber (1 Round)
  • 30 Round Magazine

Other Attachments

  • Ghillie Gun Wrap
  • Suppressor East
  • Improvised Suppressor

AK74

Ammunition Type

  • 5.45mm Round

Compatible Buttstocks

  • AKS-74U Buttstock
  • AK Folding Buttstock
  • AK Wooden Buttstock
  • AK-74 Wooden Buttstock
  • AK Polymer Buttstock

Compatible Handguards

  • AK Handguard Rail
  • AK-74 Wooden Handguard
  • AK Handguard Plastic
  • AK Wooden Handguard

Magazine Information

  • Chamber (1 Round)
  • 30 Round Magazine

Other Attachments

  • ATLAS Bipod
  • Ghillie Gun Wrap
  • Weapon Flashlight
  • Improvised Suppressor
  • Suppressor East

Notes and Items of interest

The clear winner here is the AKM due to its compatibility with the 75 Round Drum Magazine and larger ammunition type in the 7.62x39mm round. In fact, aside from the very rare M4A1, it might be the most sought after weapon in the game. It can commonly be looted from the barracks found at the Northwest Airfield, Vybor Military Base, as well as several other locations around Chernarus.

Another important point to keep in mind is that the AKS-74U fits into most large backpacks, making it a great alternative to carrying a pistol. Many players believe the Mosin 9130/AKS-74U combination is one of the best in the game, but really, it comes down to player preference.