Skip to comments.An Inside look of an AK-47
Posted on 01/02/2018 11:20:53 AM PST by w1n1
From its very beginning what lacked in precision and power it has made up for in ease of use, cost, reliability, and readily available parts and ammunition. During the Cold War, the Russians sent these rifles to guerilla forces around the world and set up factories in dozens of countries. Decades later, these rifles are still found in use on battlefields everywhere. The Ak-47 is the most widely used military rifle in history because they are plentiful and cheap. Run it in the dirt, oil, snow or sand an AK will still fire. Let us see inside the AK-47 and why this prolific rifle runs so well.
Today, the AK is almost everywhere, and it has fundamentally rewritten the rules of modern warfare, giving bands of moderately skilled fighters with few other resources the power to take on, and defeat, some of the best-resourced armies in the world.
Let us see inside the AK-47 and why this prolific rifle runs so well. Click here to see the how ak-47 works video here.
short sight radius
selector switch manipulation makes unmistakable “clack” noise
triggers are often gritty, slack
Frequently no last round bolt hold open
“Sloppy tolerances, short sight radius, selector switch manipulation makes unmistakable clack noise,triggers are often gritty, slack. Frequently no last round bolt hold open”
Works in sand, works in mud, works in tropical ooze. Puts rounds downrange when other weapons are failing in similar environments. can be field-stripped in seconds and wiped clean with a dirty shirt.
I am not a fan either. But dang. Even the Galiel designers took note.
Kinda like the Hi-Point .45 of automatic weapons.
But like a Hi-Point .45, if a round hits you it will seriously f* you up. And that is all that really matters.
I own a Golani (semiauto Galil) as my fun gun. When the IDF adopted it in....1974 (?) they stated the Kalashnikov was more reliable than the Armalite, but they bought their ammo from us, hence 5.56mm caliber.
IDF now carries M4’s. I don’t get it, what was wrong with the Galil?
The U.S. has “seeded” so much explosive ammunition for this rifle around the world during and since the Vietnam War, I will not to this day fire an AK-47.
I read a book a while back about an Army or Marine Major who was doing solo duty in Mongolia, and was discussing the AK-47 versus the M-16.
He said that a telling difference (besides the fact that an untrained person can pick up the weapon with nearly no maintenance on it, in a wide variety of conditions, point it, and fire) is embodied in the magazines.
He said the M-16 can eject the magazine with a push of a button, often to be caught as it drops and be reused by a well trained soldier.
The AK-47 requires the user to grasp the magazine and pull it out. It was designed for a poorly trained and educated army, where the condition and life of the magazine meant more than the life of the individual soldier shooting it. It was meant to save the magazine not the soldier.
I thought it was an interesting way to frame it.
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