In the early sixties the Romanian State Arms Factories (RomArm) started to build their own “version” of the Russian AKM Assault Rifle. An AKM is essentially a modernized version of the AK-47 (hence AKM). The original AK-47 which was developed in Russia by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the years after the second world war. The biggest difference between the AK-47 and the later AKM is the stamped receiver. Original AK-47’s had a milled receiver which is heavier, harder to produce and therefore more expensive to manufacture.