Ode to the AK
Two years ago, the world lost one of the most legendary firearm designers in the world—Mikhail Kalashnikov. Today, November 10, 2015, he would have turned 96 years old. He is what the Shooter’s Log has deemed one of the Father’s of the Firearms World. Today, we honor his legacy and his rifle—the AK-47.
Though we now know the final version of the AK-47 was due in part to a much larger team than just General Kalashnikov, it is still widely believed—as Gen. Kalashnikov never denied the claim—that he began developing the design of the AK while convalescing at a hospital after being injured in the 1941 Battle of Bryansk. Much of the AK’s real development is shrouded in Communist secrecy; however, firearm historians tell us that Mikhail Kalashnikov’s fame was part of a much larger propaganda machine. But in the end, the ‘true story’ doesn’t matter much. The AK-47 is still the “most widespread weapon in the world”—as held by the Guinness World Record. Estimates put between 100 to 500 million AK-47s in use today.
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Though some firearm owners refuse to use an AK due to its Russian heritage (read Communist), others swear by its reliability and loyally favor Team AK. Perhaps those who refuse to give the AK the respect it deserves will have a change of attitude once more American firearm companies step up since Obama imposed sanctions on the Russian AK manufacturer Kalashnikov Concern.
Regardless of what side of the fence you sit on, the AK-47 is undeniably one of the world’s most prolific and recognizable firearms. It’s always included on any top ten lists of rifles—doesn’t really matter what the subject of the list is…and it is also one of all The Shooter’s Log contributors favorite rifles. So, of course we have written plenty about it.
Here are The Shooter’s Log editors’ picks of the top 10 best posts about the AK-47:
Written for the shooter who is considering an AK for the first time, this article describes in depth the AK’s history, functionality,upgrades and accessories, and the difference between a stamped and milled receiver. You won’t be bewildered any longer after reading this explanation about the AK-47 and all its variations. We feel confident there is enough information in this post to help you decide which AK is best for you.
Don’t worry; you didn’t miss out on being able to own an AK-47 after the imposed sanctions on Izhmash or Saiga rifles. Many—and I mean many—other countries make the AK-47—including the U.S.A. Here are tips from gun bloggers, as well as readers on how to build or buy an AK-47.
Speaking of made in America, this article highlights Century Arms’ C39v2 AK-47 that is 100 percent made in American with zero imported parts. No worrying about being 922r compliant with this AK. Built on a 4140 ordnance steel milled receiver with an enhanced trigger group, this particular AK is worth your consideration.
So, due to some really stupid laws, imported AKs must meet what is called 922(r) compliance. For your non-American made AK-47 to be legal, it must have at least six U.S.-made parts on it. This is not as confusing as it sounds. This article is a step-by-step guide on how to make sure your post-ban AK-47 is 922(r) exempt.
There are many different variations on the AK-47. Two newer models are the AK-74 and the AK-12. If you want something a little bit more modern than the original AK, read this post detailing the similarities and differences between the AK-47, AK-74 and the AK-12. If you are interested in more variations, click here.
These top FAQs about the AK-47 are a good introduction to those who know nothing about the AK platform. Have questions? We answer them in this basic guide to the AK-47.
You might like the way the AK-47 operates, but not a huge fan of the traditional fixed wooden stock and furniture. Have no fear. If tradition isn’t your thing and you like the looks of a black rifle better, than you are in luck. There are plenty of options when it comes to modernizing and upgrading your AK-47. And sometimes, it’s not just about looks. There are stocks, grips, handguards and rails that make your AK a better and more comfortable shooter. Check out Robert Sadowski’s top picks for upgrading your AK.
If you doubt the AK’s usefulness, this post will have you reconsidering. Long-time gun writer Bob Campbell discusses the AK-47’s ability to be used successfully on your next hunting trip.
No discussion about the AK is complete without knowing the round behind it. Here you get the history of the 7.62x39mm cartridge.
Compiled from Shooter’s Log writers and editors, as well as Cheaper Than Dirt! product specialists and other team members, this article lists our top 10 favorite affordable accessories and upgrades for your AK.
For more articles written about the AK-47, click here.
What do you love (or hate) about the AK-47? Tell us in the comment section. Have more questions about buying and owning an AK? Contact us!
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