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Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Soviet Union's Most Famous Export

Read this interesting article on the ubiquitous AK-47; h/t to Insty.

Consider how long that iconic rifle will be found wherever men and women are fighting for their lives.

Sure beats the Zaporozhets.


Blogger Taylor H said...

Over 60 years and still going strong!

October 14, 2010 at 4:51 AM  
Anonymous Witchwood said...

About two years ago I had my Come to Jesus moment regarding what would be my primary self-defense weapon. All my meditation came down to one question: what would I be willing to trust my life to?

I decided that all the positive aspects of the AR system did not make up for its negative ones, and I went with the AK. And breathed a big sigh of relief.

October 14, 2010 at 5:05 AM  
Anonymous Defender said...

I saw a documentary about one of those "conflicts" the gun haters say would be impossible without civilians having access to small arms. (They prefer tyranny and genocide, I guess.) I think it was in Africa.
A man in street clothes, no web gear or camo or anything, was gunsmithing the bent receiver of his AK in the middle of the street using a large rock as an anvil and a smaller rock as the hammer. The gun expert I was watching with said that would work, that the AK was designed for exactly those conditions. Wow.

October 14, 2010 at 6:32 AM  
Anonymous The Trainer said...

Too bad they can't hit reliably past 300 meters (service grade which is what most people own...at best).

I'll stick with my tried 'n true M-14 type rifle. It'll outshoot and outlast me, and that's good enough. Oh, and did I mention the 600 meter working range?


October 14, 2010 at 12:32 PM  
Anonymous GardenSERF said...

The AK47 will be barfed from the stone head of Zardoz until the next millennium.

October 14, 2010 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Shy Wolf said...

Dang, wish I could afford an M-14 or AR... OR an AK. Had to settle for an SKS, and I'm betting it'll last long enough.

October 14, 2010 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger Pat H. said...

AK's are what you buy when you can't afford better. It's the closest thing to a disposable rifle currently in production.

Cheap rifle and cheap ammo.

AR's can be built for less than $700.00, even with modern calibers such as the 6.8 SPC or the 6.5 Grendel, they can be put together for less than $800.00.

October 15, 2010 at 4:39 AM  
Anonymous Defender said...

"The [U.S.] Government Accountability Office reported in 2007 that the military had simply lost nearly 200,000 AK-47s and pistols it intended for Iraqi soldiers and police.... Many of those guns are believed to have made their way to the black market and to insurgents."

Read More http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/10/superbombs-and-secret-jails-what-to-look-for-in-wikileaks-iraq-docs/#ixzz12fxEJDMN

October 18, 2010 at 4:05 AM  

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