Rust, sand, mud and freezing are factors that can cause many guns around the world to jam, but not this gun.
In the 2005 movie Lord of War, arms dealer Yuri Orlov, played by Nicolas Cage, had a trailer for the AK-47 as follows:
“Of all the weapons in the huge arsenal of the Soviet Union, nothing is more profitable than the 1947 Avtomat Kalashnikova, commonly referred to as the AK-47, or Kalashnikov.
It is the world’s most popular assault rifle, a weapon every soldier loves. AK is a simple combination of forged steel and plywood, it does not break, jam or overheat. AK will fire even if it is covered with mud or sand.
The AK is so easy to use that even a child can use it, and in many countries children are forced to know how to use it. The Soviet Union put this gun on the coin. Mozambique put it on their flag. Since the end of the Cold War, Kalashnikov has become the largest export commodity for the Russian people. Then there are vodka, caviar and suicidal novels. One thing is for sure, no one is lining up to buy Russian cars. “
The story of this gun begins in the Soviet Union, near the end of World War II. In a period of continuous technological development in parallel with stories of courage, a hero appeared.
Mikhail Kalashnikov is a former Red Army tank veteran, and was wounded in battle in 1941. While he was wounded, he learned of the difficulties his comrades faced when using rifles. present and determined to find a way to solve these problems from the perspective of a soldier.
His goal was to create a practical rifle, with a simple and reliable design. Kalashnikov’s early designs caught the attention of officials, and he was then included in the weapons development team for the Red Army.
The Soviets were not afraid to take the idea of gun models that other forces were using at the time. Weapons from the Nazis and the Allies were used as a research platform to create the AK-47.
The German StG-44 is the gun that influenced the formation of the AK the most. This design is suitable for the medium-range ammunition that AK will use. Furthermore, StG also supplies gas propulsion systems for Kalashnikov’s design.
The size of the AK47 is 7.62x39mm, also known as the M43 bullet. The design of the smaller ammunition at the head gave the AK-47 the characteristic curved magazine that many people call the “banana magazine”.
The 1947 prototype beat out its competitors and was ready for use by the Soviet army, but a few problems with the production of the gun slowed its deployment.
Those difficulties disappeared in 1959, when a more modern version was introduced – the AKM.
The method of production has been changed from monolithic chisels to metal thin canopy to guns that are light, easy to manufacture and cheaper. The muzzle brake also adds a muzzle brake, which reduces recoil, increasing the accuracy of the machine-gun shot.
Gun body is produced by chiseling metal monolith (left) and thin metal canopy (right).
Thanks to its large gas plunger, chrome-lined barrel and ammunition compartment and generous part spacing, AK has an almost legendary reputation for reliability. Mud, soil, sand will be difficult to jam this gun and if it does, just remove the gun and wash it with water to be able to operate again. Even if it rusted or froze, the AK was able to fire bullets like normal.
In 1974, a new ammunition version called the AK74 was released, but this will be the subject of another article.
AK has been produced in many countries and used by countless forces, and is also the basis for many other guns. The most typical are the shotgun Saiga-12, the RPK machine gun, the PSL sniper rifle, the RK 62 from Finland, the Galil of Israel and the AMD-65 from Hungary.
Low production cost and high reliability are the reasons why this gun has become popular with guerrilla, resistance and insurgent armies. The number of AKs and its variants is so great that it is estimated that one in every 5 guns in the world is AK.
As a weapon of great influence, most shooting games set after World War II will feature the appearance of the AK-47. However, one thing to note is that some of the “AK47” appearing in the game is not really AK-47, but maybe AK74, Type 56 or AK-100 series.
The example of the above case must include the game Spec Ops: The Line, in this game the “AK-47” is actually AK-103-2. The reason can be distinguished because in the game this gun has the ability to shoot three-round bursts (three-round burst) in addition to the ability to fire the machine (full auto). Moreover, those who are observant can also realize that the gun body in the game is produced by thinning metal, another evidence that this is not an AK-47.
The AK-103-2 in the hands of Captain Walker, game Spec Ops: The Line.
In the game Rising Storm 2: Vietnam, the NVA faction has 3 AK options, AKM, Type 56 and Type 56 – 1. All 3 have the same way of operating, but also have their own advantages and disadvantages, making people Players must consider choosing which weapon best suits the quest needs.
From the top: AKM, Type 56 and Type 56 – 1
For many Vietnamese gamers, Counter Strike may be the first game in which we can use the AK-47. In this game, AK is the terrorist’s exclusive gun selection. This is a decision that reflects the fact that AK has become a regular weapon owned by bad guys because of its cheap price, high reliability and powerful ammo.
One thing worth noting is that the AK-47 of the game releases the shell to the left, while the real AK-47 has the magazine release slot on the right. This happens because one of the animators in the game is left-handed, so the player simulates the weapon when held in the left hand first, then turns it over to the right hand and then enters the game.
Today, though old-fashioned, the AK-47 is still able to perform its job well. With more than 100 million AK guns in the world, this model is still not considered obsolete. When people were still fighting each other with guns, the AK-47 still had a place in the world.