"The World's Finest Assault Weapon"

"The Designer Of The Ak47"
Mikhail Kalashnikov
Mikhail Kalashnikov

Heres some info on the AK47 background. Kalashnikov goal was to design a cheaply manufactured, automatic weapon that fired the new Soviet 7.62x39mm intermediate power round. This round was intended to be a compromise between the pistols rounds fired from submachine gun, which were controllable but lacked power, and the rifle cartridges fired from heavier machine guns, which were either too heavy to fire while on the move or, if lightened, uncontrollable during automatic fire. The conventional wisdom is that the Nazi's originated the concept of an assault rifle with their MP44 machine-pistol design, (which fired the 7.92x33 "8mm Kurz" round) and the Soviets copied them, but this is disputed by Ezell -- both sides may have developed such weapons concurrently. Furthermore, Kalashnikov was hardly the only _Soviet_ designer working toward this end at this time. Other designers looking at the 7.62x39 cartridge included Simonov (designer of the SKS) and Tokarev (designer of the weapons that bear his name). Kalashnikov's weapon was designed from the outset to be: * light * select-fire * simple to operate, clean, and repair * reliable * made from as much stamped metal and as little milled metal as possible to reduce the cost to manufacture The original model was built in 1947, (hence the designation AK-47, for Avtomat Kalashnikova 1947). I own a AK47 under folder the firearm is compact and lightweight its also a fun gun to shoot. The Russian ammo is one of the most affordable around, a 1000 rounds for a $100 U.S Dollars witch is extremely cheap. The firearm is very easy to take down and clean not like some other rifles. I will be placing a lot more info on this page so check back.
FireAk47 CharacteristicsFire Takedown and Cleaning 1. Remove the magazine and set it aside. 2. Move the safety lever to "fire" 3. Pull back the bolt carrier lever and eject any round from the chamber. 4. While holding back bolt carrier lever, visually inspect the chamber to make sure it is empty. 5. Push the bolt carrier forward. 6. Press in the button on the rear of the reciever cover. 7. lift the rear of the receiver cover, disengage the front of the receiver cover from the slot in the rear sight housing. Pull the reciever cover free and set it aside. 8. Notice that the button you pressed in step 6 is the rear of a rod with a long spring around it that goes into the rear of the bolt carrier. Push the rear of that rod forward until it disengages from the rear of the receiver. 9. Lift the rod up and backward to remove it and its spring from the bolt carrier. Set the rod aside. 10.Push the bolt carrier lever to the rear and lift the bolt carrier upward to remove it and the bolt from the receiver. 11.Remove the bolt from the bolt carrier by moving the bolt foward and rotating it until comes free from the bolt carrier. Set the bolt and bolt carrier aside. 12.With a punch or your hand, rotate the lever on the right side of the r ear sight upward about 90 degrees. 13.Remove the gas tube and handguard by lifting the the rear of the tube and disengaging the front of the tube from the barrel attachment it slides into. Set the gas tube aside. As they say, "Assembly is the reversal of dissasembly." You should be able to disassemble and re-assemble this rifle blindfolded in under 1 minute. Remember "THE AK47 IS THE TOOL"....JOHN The AK Site

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