The AKM is my second favorite weapon in PUBG. If I land on an AKM, I’ll probably keep it for the rest of the match. A lot of players avoid this bad boy for its seemingly high recoil. Well, I’m here to tell you that this death dealin’ duke of destruction is not to be avoided. From my last sentence, you can probably tell I’m fond of the AKM. But why?
The AKM is the highest damage full auto world drop. There is a subset of the community that does not use the AKM despite this. Well, I smell your fear, and i’m here to rid you of it. The AKM takes 1 to 2 less hits to kill over 5.56 rifles, and is more forgiving in its hit radius. Getting hit in the thigh with an AKM is like being shot in the chest with an M416. Fewer hits on a larger area make for a dominant weapon at close range. Take a look at the graphics below:
(Hits to kill values above for Level 2 Armor)
High Recoil (Seemingly)
Other than the damage, the AKM’s defining characteristic has always been its high recoil. Do you harness the potential of the black stallion, or let it roam free? If you’re reading this, chances are you’re wanting to get in the saddle. In skilled hands, the AKM can be used effectively out to 100 meters with some effort.
So if you’ve read this far as a non AKM user, you have gained my respect. I’ll share my super secret attachment setup with you. Compensator, Extended Quickdraw Magazine, and Red Dot. If that seems simple, its because it is. The AKM only has 4 attachment slots, so there isn’t much to customize. But I did promise a secret, so here’s one. The Flash Hider attachment reduces recoil. If you can’t find a compensator, all is not lost. The Flash Hider has your back! Don’t believe me? Next time you’re in game, take a look at the stats on it.
I feel like this one should be a no brainer. But when considering the most impactful attachment, it gets its own segment in the guide. If you’re planning on maining the AKM, a compensator is a must. Like I said above, the flash hider is a good replacement if you can’t find one. (I never can.) The compensators effects are bolstered if you crouch before you shoot. All of the compensators in the world won’t keep you alive if you don’t know how to handle the weapon. Just like the black stallion, the AKM will leave you on the dirt if you don’t handle it properly.
Even though the AKM has a reputation for high recoil, its consistency makes for a deceivingly accurate weapon. The AKM can 2 shot kill an unvested enemy up to 84 meters away before damage falloff. If you familiarize yourself with the AKM, you will be able to confidently engage enemies at those distances. An AKM in the hands of a skilled player is much deadlier than an M416 or Scar.
Vertical Spray Pattern
The first 10-15 bullets out of the AKM are almost entirely vertical. When shooting from a crouched position the recoil pattern is very predictable. Even when only a small portion of the enemies body can be seen, it is possible to land multiple shots on target. If you start shooting slightly below your intended target, the natural vertical recoil on the weapon will bring you to where you want to be. It feels good to pull off, and really makes your opponent think twice, like in this example.
Practice Is Required
If you’re not good with the AKM, you may not be able to improve on in game experience alone. Let’s face it, we’ve all picked it up only to potato our first fight and die. Every time I login to play I practice with the AKM. I head to the range, crouch at 50 meters, and fire in 10 round bursts to reacquaint myself with the vertical recoil pattern. With time, you’ll even be able to use the AKM without a Compensator. I shoot from the house to the hill in Lakawi on Sanhok in this example!
Conclusion (If you’re here to lead, not to read)
The AKM is a hard hitting purveyor of punishment that is worth the effort. It is more forgiving than most realize, and has the lowest shots to kill on the largest radius. It shoots in an almost entirely vertical pattern, and can be tamed with practice. Will you ride the black stallion, or cower in fear?