6 Facts About The AK-47: The Most Iconic Rifle in the World
6 Facts About The AK-47: The Most Iconic Rifle in the World.
6. Mikhail Kalashnikov
The AK-47 was developed by Mikhail Kalashnikov — a Russian weapons designer.
Now, this guy is the real deal! Why? Because not only did he invent the AK-47, but he also invented the AK-74, PK and RPK machine gun. What a legend!
Fun Fact: Eugene Stoner (designer of the AR-10, AR-15, and M16) actually met in-person with Mikhail Kalashnikov. Pretty cool to see the two men that armed the world’s two greatest super powers hanging out.
(If you want to learn more about Eugene Stoner’s AR-10, read this article about the AR-10’s history).
5. It’s reliable, durable and dirt cheap
The AK-47 won’t break. In fact:
The rifle has a malfunction rate of 1 per 1000 rounds fired. It’s THAT reliable. You can even drench the rifle in water or smash it against the floor and it’ll still work.
And to top it all off, the AK-47 is super cheap to produce. During its heydey, the rifle was produced for under $30 a pop! No wonder the AK-47 is the…
4. Most widely spread weapon in the world
According to Michael Hodge’s book, the AK47: The Story of The People’s Gun, he estimates there are approximately 100 – 200 million AK-47’s in circulation worldwide!
(And that is just the legal figure).
That makes the AK-47 the most widely used assault rifle in the world!
3. AK? 47?
Did you know that the AK in AK-47 actually stands for “Automatic Kalashnikov”? Pretty cool how Mikhail Kalashnikov named the gun after himself.
And what’s even more clever is the number 47 stands for 1947 — the year when the first AK-47 rifle was produced.
2. Free AK-47 if you purchase a car?
I couldn’t believe it when I read it…
…but a car dealership in Missouri once offered a free AK-47 with a purchase of a vehicle. Now that’s what you call next-level marketing!
Don’t believe me? Watch this video:
1. Mikhail Kalashnikov regretted creating the AK-47
Kalashnikov expressed remorse about the impact of his invention by writing a letter to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Here’s an excerpt of the letter (sourced from ABC):
“I keep having the same unsolved question: if my rifle claimed people’s lives, then can it be that I… a Christian and an Orthodox believer, was to blame for their deaths?” he asked.
“The longer I live,” he continued, “the more this question drills itself into my brain and the more I wonder why the Lord allowed man to have the devilish desires of envy, greed and aggression.”
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