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First Kalashnikov Avtomat

Kalashnikov assault rifle - the most recognizable weapon in the world. It is in service in dozens of countries, and even depicted on the flags of some of them.

The development of the legendary automaton began during World War II in 1943. Then the Soviet military leadership decided that the army urgently needed new weapons that could provide effective fire at a distance of about 500 meters. Already in 1949, the Red Army adopted two Kalashnikov assault rifles at once - a classic AK and AK with a folding butt.

The simplicity of the design and phenomenal simplicity provided the Kalashnikov assault rifle with high popularity throughout the world. Starting from the 1953 year to the present, there has not been a single armed conflict in the world where AKs would not have been used.

On the basis of the machine was created a whole line of various modifications.

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  1. Basil50
    Basil50 14 March 2018 11: 41
    It is not surprising that they try to cling to such legendary weapons. It is a pity that in RUSSIA there are all sorts of different villains. They enjoy impunity and therefore are so arrogant in their mischief.
  2. Firework
    Firework 14 March 2018 11: 43
    an ordinary soldier about 100 meters from the AK will be able to shoot accurately and it’s not bad
  3. Romka47
    Romka47 14 March 2018 11: 45
    What is he still cool !!!!! good
    1. Lex.
      Lex. April 7 2018 10: 52
      Some Israeli weapons designer talked about the AK-47 that he was a Mono Lisa in the world in the world of small arms
  4. svp67
    svp67 14 March 2018 11: 55
    Judging by the scuffs, this Ak was clearly not in a box all his life ...
  5. Starik72
    Starik72 14 March 2018 14: 33
    Great weapon! When he served in the army at the beginning of the 60s, he always performed training firing perfectly. Although the pasta sometimes took my machine gun, shoot the test exercises, always shot at a satisfactory or bad. We had AK with a folding butt - AKMS.
    1. Sargas
      Sargas 15 March 2018 20: 23
      You can immediately see the man who first heard the words "AK-47" in the early 90s, from American militants.
  6. beeper
    beeper 14 March 2018 23: 23
    This is one of those first samples about which Mikhail Timofeevich later (when he, so far “secret”, in the 70s of the last century, was already allowed to give an interview), told how he, often coming to the troops, asked ordinary soldiers about their comments on the design and the exploitation of AK ... and one warrior complained to the Designer that the foreman of the company constantly punishes him with additional outfits for dirt and rust in the deep hole of the turned handle of the bolt frame, which is difficult to remove from there.
    And then Mikhail Timofeevich insisted (to simplify the operation and daily maintenance of the machine gun in the army) to change the design of the shutter frame (and, therefore, to complicate the workpiece, the manufacturing technology of the workpiece-finished part), making the handle without a dirt collector hole and that convenient the hooked shape we're all used to smile .
  7. Victor_B
    Victor_B 15 March 2018 08: 54
    The machine is cool!
    This has already been proven by history itself.
    History of operation.
    1. Lex.
      Lex. April 7 2018 10: 54
      It will be used for 50 years or more.
  8. Catfish
    Catfish 21 March 2018 23: 43
    He served with AKMS for three years. Crew machine, one in four in our Half-Four. In addition to kind words about him as a personal weapon, I can not say anything else. The only minus he had, in my opinion, was a translator fuse. It was hard to switch, you’ll tear off all your nails, especially in the cold. Our part was new, created from scratch, and the weapons were brand new, right from the factory. Only the tanks were old, but all from kapitalki.
  9. pepel79
    pepel79 22 March 2018 23: 46
    The prototype AK - 47 ... arr. 1948, under the name of the video "The first Kalashnikov assault rifle" ... and then what kind of account is this, of the 1946-47 sample ...

    probably "Kalashnikov Zero" ...
    1. Sharikov Polygraph Poligrafovich
      Sharikov Polygraph Poligrafovich April 7 2018 11: 52
      And this is the very, very first surviving, still carpet sample of 1947, declared the winner of the competition.
      So he looked even before the subsequent “finishing” to the mind in Kovrov after the competition.
      Only 2 of them have survived: in the IzhMasha Museum in Izhevsk and in the Artillery Museum in St. Petersburg.
      And in the fall of 1949. in Izhevsk to start the series this one, familiar to us, like in this video, got into the series.
      And only the pindocs are still NOT aware that the AK-47 at that time was officially named only these few prototypes in the time interval from the beginning of the 1947 competition. and until late autumn 1949. :-)))
      But already with the start of a full-fledged serial production in Izhevsk, the digital index "47" was removed from the official name.
      Which is quite logical, because by that time, too much externally and internally, the carpet model, who won the competition in 1947, was too different. (from your photo) from the first Izhevsk production model of the end of 1949.
      Although the sample of 1946 was also preserved, it participated in the previous competition in 1946, which ended without a winner.
      And that AK-46 resembled the Pindocovsky Garand arr. 1936, which was simply outwardly fitted to the layout of the Schmeisser Sturmgever-44, according to the preliminary technical task of that failed competition.
      And here are the samples of Kalashkov, directly provided to the commission at the beginning of the 1947 competition. for some reason NOT a single one has survived.
      By the way, the Kalashnikov sample of 1944 was also preserved, so in general the purest Garand of 1936, only naturally, already under the newest then Soviet intermediate cartridge arr. 1943 7,62x41 mm with an early sleeve 41 mm in length.
      And all lovers of barking about the works of the prisoner Hugo Schmeisser would need to poke a scoop into that Kalashnikov model of 1944, like a naughty kitten in his own puddle :-)))