Type 58 assault rifle
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|Place of origin||North Korea|
|Used by|| North Korea
Laotian Civil War
Cambodian Civil War
|Number built||+ 50,000|
|Weight||3.8 kg (8.4 lb)|
|Length||890 mm (35 in)|
|Barrel length||415 mm (16.3 in)|
|Rate of fire||600 rounds/min|
|Muzzle velocity||715 m/s|
|Effective firing range||400 m|
|Feed system||30-round AK magazines|
The Type 58 is an assault rifle made in North Korea. It uses a 1958 cartridge 7.62×39 mm. It is a North Korean version derived from the Soviet AK-47 designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov. It is the longest version of the rifle at 890 mm, while the AK-47 is 870 mm.
The gun was used in the Vietnam War, along with AK-47, AKM and the China's Type 56 by Vietcong and North Vietnam Army (NVA) of North Vietnam forces between 1964 and 1975. It was used by the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (AGIR) and the militia Basij of Iran against the Army and the Republican Guard of Iraq in the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988). In Nicaragua the Sandinista Popular Army (SPA in English language and EPS in Spanish language) used Type 58 weapons against the Contras in Sandinista Revolution (1980-1990).