ak 103

Preferred weapon of drug cartels, revolutionaries and child soldiers, the brain child of a wounded Soviet tanker and embroidered on the flags of Mozambique, terrorist forces across the world and former Brooklyn Nets player Andrei Kirilinko, the AK-47, Kalashnikov. Kalash or simply the AK is an icon of both Russia and the 3rd World. It’s the most iconic gun in existence and it’s one of simple design and simple construction.

To save on space, I will begin the talk of the AK with the 7.63 AK’s, so the AK series from the original AK to the AKM as well as most Combloc versions. The AK was a blend of different designs, comprising ideas from the German STG, Lend Lease M1 Carbines and many older rifles, like the Federov. This was compiled together by a Russian tanker wounded in battle in 1941.

Mikhail Kalashnikov.

A Russian Tanker hospitalized following the Battle of Bryansk in 1941, during his time, he heard his fellow troops complain about their weapons and began working on more soldier-centric designs. The first was a submachine gun design that went nowhere, but got him attention and had him sent to the absurdly long  Central Scientific-developmental Firing Range for Rifle Firearms of the Chief Artillery Directorate of the Red Army. There he worked on a carbine design that failed against the the Simonov SKS in 1946, but the carbine’s basic design led to the AK-47, which won a Russian weapon trial in 1949.

The AK-47 was very popular with the Communist Bloc, and became standard for most of the 2nd World during the Cold War. Many copies were made by the Communist Countries. The East German MPi series, the Yugoslavian M70, the Romanian AIM, the Hungarian AMD and the very common Chinese Type 56, the AK has a long history of mass production.

75-100 million AK rifles have been made in general, if one was to tally together every rifle in the world, one in 5 would be an AK model. And with a number of variants, Russian and other wise, it’s not hard to see why. The Russians had other models, including the paratrooper/tanker AKS-47 with under folding stock, modern versions like the AK-103 and the 1960′s era AKM, with compensator, palm swell handguard and other modernization features.

With this, the AK series became the USSR’s hottest commodity next to Lada cars. It’s appeared across the globe, in the arsenals of world powers and illegal cartels. It was reliable, reasonably accurate and very powerful, something everyone liked. It became a common weapon in the arsenal of revolutionary armies, as the 2nd World helped bolster them as much as the 1st World. It’s a rifle that appears today as much as any other rifle of it’s type.

Whether worn and grey or plated in gold, the AK series is a common sight in the media, both in the real world and in the consumer media. Ever since Vietnam, the US has always had a fascination with the AK. For almost every conflict we’ve been in since Korea, it’s been in the arsenal of the opposing force. With the rise of movies based on real events or the crazed action of blockbuster action movies, AK’s are forever present.

Almost every variety of AK has been pictured in film, from the 1980′s onward. From the Polytech AK’s and Chinese Type 56 rifles to the oddball varieties, it’s as common in a films armory as it is in real life. It fits any situation, from the jungle combat of Vietnam to the urban crime world. It’s made infamous by the news and music and the movies, and you know how this segways.

With video games taking cues from the media, movies and real life, the AK’s as common as the M16 in games. It’s use has ranged from the arsenal of USSR soldiers in everything from Metal Gear Solid 3 to Wargame:Red Dragon, the standard assault rifle for the nameless terrorist forces of most modern combat games, realistic or not. It’s always a common sight if criminal forces, such as in the Far Cry series as well as the action movie styled Max Payne series.

These extends to a number of AK variants, from the Russian series to other countries’s AK’s, like the AMD and Type 56′s. It’s first appearance dates all the way back to Goldeneye 007 on the N64 and as long as AK’s appear in the media, AK’s will appear in video games.

And that is the stories of the AK-47 rifle, the most common assault rifle in the world. It’s not the best rifle out there, but it has no need to be. It just works. It’s worked for over 70 years and shows no sign of stopping now. From the deserts of the Middle East to the Jungles of Central Africa to the streets of the US, it’s as common as ever. It’s the icon of rebellion, and whether it’s black or gold plated, it’s good enough for any situation. It’s simple, it’s reliable, it’s an AK.

And with a gun as iconic as this, we must end on a quote by a great man.

“Of all the weapons in the vast soviet arsenal, nothing was more profitable than Avtomat Kalashnikova model of 1947. More commonly known as the AK-47, or Kalashnikov. It’s the world’s most popular assault rifle. A weapon all fighters love. An elegantly simple 9 pound amalgamation of forged steel and plywood. It doesn’t break, jam, or overheat. It’ll shoot whether it’s covered in mud or filled with sand. It’s so easy, even a child can use it; and they do. The Soviets put the gun on a coin. Mozambique put it on their flag. Since the end of the Cold War, the Kalashnikov has become the Russian people’s greatest export. After that comes vodka, caviar, and suicidal novelists. One thing is for sure, no one was lining up to buy their cars.”



“7,62x39mm weapons are still an important component of the Russian military arsenal. The Russian Navy (and naval marines) also tend to have more of the older weapons left in their inventory.I’m pretty sure the Naval Infantry has yet to begin serious procurement of the AK-103, and therefore you see quite a few older AKMS’s in these images. If these were standard Russian army units, you would certainly not see very many AKMS’s being carried by regular ground forces. 

In the Russian military as a whole, the AKMS continues to faithfully serve in a limited, specialized role, at least until enough AK-103’s are procured. They are getting old, but are considered a valuable asset to the units that are lucky to have them. Not only are they quite utilitarian and welcomed members of a fire team, they are also considered popular souvenirs of a bygone era, and no one is in any hurry to hand them over to the choppers.. 

As you might already know, the AKMS’s survived through the Afghan Era and through the rearming to 5,45mm, specifically to fill a specialized need for a powerful silenced weapon after the silenced 5,45mm program was an epic fail. Then later, in urban Chechnya, the Russian’s figured out that 7,62mm was still needed, even after feiling an all new plethora of silenced "compact assault rifles”, for combat in heavily damaged urban environments, for cracking engine blocks, for going through debris, walls, light obstructions or heavy foliage without flying off in some other direction or stopping in it’s tracks. Of course 5,45mm penetrator rounds have been developed to improve the standard issue rifle round and counter these disadvantages, but like every military force on earth has found out, no matter how many ‘miracle rounds’ are designed, there’s no one cartridge that can do it all. That’s why the US Army still keeps hopped-up M14’s around. 

The AKMS (or AK-103) is not going to replace the 5,45mm rifle as the standard service rifle, for several good reasons, but it does have certain innate advantages that gives it a designated place of honor in today’s modern Russian inventory. " 



First picture: In the late 1950s, Soviet weapons designers were given the task of modernizing the AK (Type-III) assault rifle. Kalashnikov’s new design won out, and the AKM (Modernizirovanniy, Modernized) was adopted. It featured a new stamped receiver, a thinned receiver cover with reinforcement ribs for strength and lock-up security, palm-swelled handguards, an inline buttstock (stock comb/“top” was level with the receiver, helping reduce felt recoil and muzzle rise), relocated gas ports (now on the gas block rather than tube), improved accuracy, a lighter bolt-carrier, a hammer/sear retarder for a more consistent full-auto fire rate, and a new slant-cut muzzle brake among other things. It retained the use of standard steel AK magazines, but is seen here with an AK-103 magazine in place. In the late 1960s, “Bakelite” magazines were also introduced to the weapon shortly before the adoption of the AK-74. It should be noted that these magazines only appear to be Bakelite: their actual construction is a fiberglass-reinforced, cellulose resign covered with several layers of a paint-on acrylic (plum AKM “waffle” magazines also existed, but are extremely rare). These magazines also had metal reinforcements in the main stress points of the magazine inserted into the synthetic material during molding. This produced a high-quality, yet lightweight magazine for the AK series of rifle (their popularity excelled later with the AK-74 due to its lighter 5.45x39mm round). That said, the AKM became the most widely used AK variant in history, with over 40 different variants being produced worldwide. Due to their stamped receivers, and relatively easy-to-produce parts, the AKM can be seen anywhere from Spetsnaz units today to Somalian pirates.

Second picture: As you may have guessed, the AKMS is the “Automatic [Rifle]; Kalashnikov; Modernized; Folding” variant. Retaining the underfolding stock, the AKMS was again intended for vehicle-bound troops and other units that needed a more compact package. The issue of lack of cheekweld (how well the stock rests against the cheek of the shooter: the better it is, the more “naturally” a rifle aims for the user) and user comfort had still been left on the back-burner at this point, but it still achieved their goal of a shorter firearm.

anonymous asked:

How can a person enjoy the idea of an ak-47 (although you're drawing what looks like a modified ak-103) but reblog anti-gun ownership without being seen as hypocritical? Also Anita only demonstrated that she doesn't understand how state law, law enforcement, and the constitution work. It's a common feature among demagogues. Perhaps she should try the Nazi Party (socialists) or the KKK (democrats). They also felt that due process of law just got in the way of their rallies too.

Hello Anon. 

It’s an AK-nothing. It’s the sci-fi AK-M from Elysium though I swapped out the wooden stock.

I think it’s perfectly possible to feel that gun laws are a joke yet still have an interest in the symbolic/historic nature of guns. Hell I like guns for the simple fact that they are fun to shoot, and I have owned several firearms at different points in my life. I don’t want to debate the 2nd amendment, but if it actually is every citizen’s right to bear arms I think it is a right that should be earned -through rigorous background checks and repeated mandatory training. And if laws were enacted that prevented me from every owning a firearm again but also prevented a future massacre in a movie theater or elementary school, I would be perfectly okay with that.  

The second part of your comment is so batshit insane/off target that I won’t even bother responding to it.

But it does remind me why I used to have the option for Anons to ask questions turned off. Thanks for that.