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The Kalashnikov AK-47 is the most ubiquitous assault rifle in the world, with more AK-47s and its variants in use than any other individual small arm. Created by Senior Sergeant Mikhail Kalashnikov, and first adopted by the USSR soon after World War II (1939-1945), its production continues to this day, with an estimated 75 million produced worldwide. It is the longest serving post-World War II military weapon and its ease of use, durability and low production costs ensure that its use will continue for generations to come.

This book takes a look at the complete history of the weapon, discussing its design, development, and usage, taking its story from the great armies of the Soviet Union to the insurgents and criminal gangs that often employ the weapon today.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Development
Use
Impact
Conclusion
Further Reading

Product details

Published Apr 19 2011
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781849084611
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Fully illustrated with photographs and artwork.
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Weapon
Short code WPN 8
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Gordon L. Rottman

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, v…

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Johnny Shumate

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Alan Gilliland

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