The AK-74 (Russian: Автомат Калашникова образца 1974 года, lit. Kalashnikov's Automatic Rifle Model 1974) is an assault rifle developed in the early 1970s by Russian designer Mikhail Kalashnikov as the replacement for the earlier AKM (itself a refined version of the AK-47). It uses a smaller 5.45×39mm cartridge, replacing the 7.62×39mm chambering of earlier Kalashnikov-pattern weapons.
The AK-74 is a weapon featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear. The weapon is unusable to the player though but is seen as the most common enemy weapon. It is used by the Russian mercenaries.
The AK-74 is a weapon featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield.
- "This more recent variant of the most manufactured gun fires a lighter caliber than its predecessor. Provides adequate range rate of fire."
— In-game description
- The AK-74M uses accessories from Magpul Industries of an MOE AK Stock, MOE AK+ Pistol Grip, and a MOE AK Handguard including a Railed AK rear sight from Strike Industries. The magazine used to be a 7.62×39 Waffle-Patterned magazine during Operation Wind Bastion, but was switched to a Bakelite 5.45×39 magazine in Operation Burnt Horizon. In reality, these magazines would only hold a maximum of 30 rounds instead of the game's 40.
- The weapon was originally erroneously listed on the game's website as an AK-47.