No two creations have shaped the modern world in such a way as the Kalashnikov AK-47 & the Armalite AR-15 have. These two simple yet incredible tools, have shaped international borders, exchanges of power, and even fueled uprisings. These two firearms have been competing neck a neck since they were created.
“No two creations have shaped the modern world in such a way as the Kalashnikov AK-47 & the Armalite AR-15 have.”
The AK-47 was designed by from 1946-1948 by Mikhail Kalashnikov. It entered service in the Soviet Armed Forces in the year 1949. AK stands for Avtomat Kalashnikova (Автомат Калашников) it means the automatic weapon of Kalashnikov.
The Ak-47 fires a 7.62x39mm round. It weighs an approximate 3.47 kg (7.7 Ibs) without a magazine. It is gas-operated with a rate of fire of 600 rounds per minute. The AK-47 is also considered accurate up to 350 meters.
The AK-47 retired from service in the Soviet Army in 1978. But it and its variants continue to see action around the world. It is estimated that an approximate 100 million Kalashnikov family firearms have been produced. The AK-47 has seen about 67 years of action and its reliability and ruggedness is why this firearm has survived so long.