Sunday, November 15, 2009
History of the development of AK-47 rifle
Just about everyone on planet earth knows about or has at least heard of the AK-47 (Avtomat Kalashnikova) or one of its descendants. It's a selective fire, gas operated 7.62mm assault rifle developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the 1940s. Now Kalashnikov claims that the AK-47 was not influenced by the German STG-44, but I just can't see how that's possible. In fact, here are some pics to illustrate that point.
According to the Wikipedia entry, "Design work on the AK began in 1944. In 1946 a version of the rifle, the AK-46, was presented for official military trials, and a year later the fixed stock version was introduced into service with select units of the Red Army. The AK-47 was officially accepted by the Soviet Armed Forces in 1949."
The Wikipedia entry contains some very interesting information on the development of the AK-47, which is worth the read. While reading up on the development of this truly amazing rifle, I came across a really interesting photo history of the design work that lead up to what we now know as the AK-47. Here's the link from world.guns.ru (http://world.guns.ru/assault/as01-e.htm)and a couple of pics to show some of the various stages of development of the AK-47. I've also posted the clip from Lord of War, where Nicolas Cage's character Yuri Orlov, talks about the history of the AK-47 rifle. Enjoy!