This is another gun that I owned during the late 1980’s, I had two of them and they were both made by the same company, Norinco, which is a Chinese company and in 1988 I paid $300.00 for a stansraed AK. The other one I had, had a folding stock that was made of a polymer material. Both weapons’ were well made and extremely reliable and I wish I had never gotten rid of them.
After five years of engineering, the former agricultural engineer made his famous weapon. It was based on a number of other designs floating around at the time, mostly Germany’s Sturmgewehr-44. Called StG-44 for short, the Sturmgewehr was the first real mid-range infantry rifle. It didn’t shoot a heavy round but could still lay down heavy fire. The AK-47 was designed to do the same.
But the true brilliance of Kalashnikov’s invention was in its simplicity. It was designed for all-around ease of use: easy to repair, easy to unjam (if it ever does), easy to maintain. If a round is chambered in an AK-47, chances are good that weapon is going to fire.
His creation was so simple and dependable that the Soviet Union began exporting the weapon en masse. The country made so much money from exporting the weapon that Kalashnikov received special treatment in the USSR and later Russia for the rest of his life.
The AK-47 is the deadliest weapon ever built, on the whole. Its kill count even tops nuclear weapons in sheer numbers. But the first AK-47s were very heavy and weren’t really built for aiming. Kalashnikov wanted to develop a compact weapon that still delivered firepower within 300 meters that could bring a blaze of bullets (with ammunition light enough that soldiers could carry a lot of it).
The bottom line is, these weapons are still very affordable even right now and like any firearm, if used correctly, they are very deadly. I realize that there are two types of gun owners, those who wouldn’t own anything but an AR-15 and all of the rest of us. As far as I’m concerned and this is just my humble opinion…if I had to choose, I’d take the AK any day of the week.
H/T – Military.com