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The AK-47: Kalashnikov-series assault rifles

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The Kalashnikov AK-47 is the most ubiquitous assault rifle in the world, with more AK-47s and its variants in use than any other individual small arm. Created by Senior Sergeant Mikhail Kalashnikov, and first adopted by the USSR soon after World War II (1939-1945), its production continues to this day, with an estimated 75 million produced worldwide. It is the longest serving post-World War II military weapon and its ease of use, durability and low production costs ensure that ...

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Overview

The Kalashnikov AK-47 is the most ubiquitous assault rifle in the world, with more AK-47s and its variants in use than any other individual small arm. Created by Senior Sergeant Mikhail Kalashnikov, and first adopted by the USSR soon after World War II (1939-1945), its production continues to this day, with an estimated 75 million produced worldwide. It is the longest serving post-World War II military weapon and its ease of use, durability and low production costs ensure that its use will continue for generations to come.

This book takes a look at the complete history of the weapon, discussing its design, development, and usage, taking its story from the great armies of the Soviet Union to the insurgents and criminal gangs that often employ the weapon today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849084611
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Series: Weapon Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 351,303
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Development: A new breed of rifle 7

Use: The Cold War turns hot 40

Impact: The people's assault rifle 71

Appendix 78

Bibliography 79

Index 80

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    A good read

    Basically a review of the entire history of the AK family.Mostly well known facts and figures concerning the AK.Overall,a good read, especially for the novice gunner or AK fan.

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    Posted April 15, 2012

    Ej

    U r super wierd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Ak-47

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