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May Battle Rifle of the Month - AK47
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 Posted: Wed May 3rd, 2006 06:20 PM
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The AK47 is undoubtedly one of the most recognized firearms in the world.   Developed by Mikhail Kalashnikov, the AK47 was Russia's answer to the need for a modern assault rifle.   Kalashnikov had worked on his design during the late stages of WWII and the final design was placed in military weapons trials in 1947.  The Soviets adopted the Avtomat Kalashnikova - 47 as their army's newest rifle in 1949.
 
The AK47 is a gas-operated, selective-fire weapon.  It uses the 7.62x39 cartridge, which has a muzzle velocity of 2,330fps.  Cartridges are generally held in a 30 round magazine and the AK's full-auto rate of fire is 600 rounds per minute.  The first models of the AK used a stamped sheet metal receiver, but production problems led to using machined receivers.   (Later, using more advanced production methods, the Soviets went back to stamped receivers and the rifle's designation became AKM.)   While most AK's have a solid wood buttstock there is also an under-folding metal buttstock for airborne units.   The rear sight is a leaf unit adjustable to 800 meters while the front is a protected post.  Windage adjustments are made by drifting the front sight left or right.  The selector lever is on the right side of the receiver.  Top position is safe, middle is full-auto and bottom is semi-auto.  The selector is somewhat awkward to operate and makes a distinct 'clak' when moved from one position to another.  In general, a soldier can learn the basic operation of the AK47 very quickly.
 
While the AK47 and it's offspring have received not so favorable reviews regarding accuracy the same cannot be said of it's reliability.  Having generous clearances between moving parts an AK can take an incredible amount of abuse in the field and not skip a beat.  Sand, mud, dirt, and crud might get into an AK, but the AK will still fire.  This became evident in it's usage in the jungles of Vietnam and later in the sands of Iraq.
 
Due to the AK47's ease of use and low maintenance requirements it has been the most widely used military rifle in most non-Western countries.  Russia may have been the birthplace of the AK, but it has also been manufactured in China, East Germany, Poland, Egypt, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, Iraq and Bulgaria, as well as other countries.   A few other military rifles use the AK47 as the basis of their design, such as the Finnish Valmet and Israeli Galil.  The RPK is the squad automatic rifle version of the AK47, having a longer barrel and a bipod, as well as using a 40 round box magazine or a 75 round drum magazine.
 
59 years after the initial offering the AK is still one of the military arms at the forefront of battles around the world.  Whether in the form of AK47, AKM, RPK or similar variant, it seems that Mr Kalashnikov designed a rifle that not only stands up in battle, it's stood the test of time.  Well done Mikhail.


 
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Folding stock AK47

 



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 Posted: Wed May 3rd, 2006 06:28 PM
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I've had one of the Yugoslavian AK's (made by Zastava) for a number of years now, and all I have to say about it is.............It's fun!




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 Posted: Sat May 6th, 2006 02:32 PM
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Have a WASR 10 AKM clone - works like a charm.



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 Posted: Mon May 8th, 2006 06:28 AM
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  Heres mine.  It was built by Magnus at the Survival monkey and was a gift from the folks there.

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 Posted: Mon May 8th, 2006 06:35 AM
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  Here it is with the side folder and red dot scope that I added on but made sure they were non smithed add ons so can put it back to original for authenticity and just have it like this when want to be able to hunt with it and take it along a little easier.

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Monkeyman,  I like how you can change stocks on your AK.   The sidefolder looks comfortable on the shoulder and probably gives a better cheek weld than the underfolding stock mine has. 

Looks good......:thumbs:



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  I love it.  I know its kind of cool, take out 2 screws and can pull off the one stock and put the other on.  I like the looks better with the wood as it is absolutely gorgeous (pictures dont do it justice) but for some of my applications the alterations just work better.:thumbs:



 Posted: Fri May 12th, 2006 09:26 PM
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The AK may be a good battle rifle but my choice would be the M-14.



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Bea,  first off.....I'm with you on rather having an M-14 over an AK.   Actually, I'd rather have an M-16A3 with scope and full-auto capability.

Second.....the AK isn't a 'battle rifle'.....it's an 'assault rifle'.  The first long-term successful assault rifle to boot.  The Germans had developed some assault rifles in WWII but the AK was the one that worked the best, for the most part.  Look how many nations still use it.   (My fault for not posting the thread as 'Military' rifle of month.)

I had my AK out the other day at the range.  First time in almost a year.   105 rounds can go pretty quick when you don't care how much copper the bore collects.  The metal gongs at the 100 yard berm never had a chance.   The AK can be shot and shot and shot, and will keep on shooting. 

I'd still rather have a good M16 in my hands.  Much lighter to carry and easier to manipulate the operating levers.  If lots of dirt and mud and crud are placed into the equasion maybe I'd go with the AK.  After all, it's the Timex of guns. 

 



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I think the AK47 is unmatched in a close and personal situation with the 30rd mag its hard to beat.  We can own a brand new Russian Izhmash Saiga in 7,62x39, in .223 and in 308win too in the sporter models.  It has the same AK receiver and its manufactured by the same people at Izhmash in Russia who manufacture the AK47 too.  It has the world famous Russian quality with its chromelined bore and chamber. Plus the price of the saiga's are hard to beat too right now the 308 saiga is around $359(-) and the saiga in 223 is around $289 + or -.  Its one of the most reliable, dependable, battle proven designed rifles on the planet.

I just found out the saiga synthetic stock sporter in 308win is not on the import list anymore so whats in your local gun shop is it.  The wood stock 308 saiga is still available but who knows for how long(same receiver).  If you want a synthetic stock 308 sporter now is the time to get one. The saiga sporter w/16" barrel w/synthetic stock is one of my favorite guns.



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