Assault rifles

Friday Firepower – The AK47 and why it became popular

Previous posts about the AK47 are here, here and here.

The Economist examines why the AK47 became so incredibly popular.

MIKHAIL KALASHNIKOV died on December 23rd, aged 94. But his 66-year-old invention, the Avtomat Kalashnikova, has plenty more shots left to fire. Developed in 1947 and first used by Soviet forces in 1949, the AK-47 assault rifle and its many derivatives are now used by the armed forces of more than 80 countries, and by freelancers in many more. No-one knows quite how many are in circulation: 100m is a reasonable guess. As a proportion of all the guns in the world—another number no-one can be quite sure about—Kalashnikovs probably make up more than one in ten of all firearms. Why does an ageing Soviet invention still dominate modern warfare?

The cultural impact of the AK is felt all over the world. Quentin Tarantino’s villains celebrate its appropriateness for “when you’ve absolutely, positively got to kill every [enemy combatant] in the room”. Mexican outlaws boast about their cuernos de chivo, or “goat horns”, the nickname given to the rifle because of its curved magazine. In some parts of Africa, where the gun is seen as a symbol of the ousting of colonial rulers, Kalash is a popular name for boys. Mozambique displays the gun on its flag. In Lebanon, a model nicknamed the “Bin Laden” sells for twice the price of the standard AK-47, because it is the type that al-Qaeda’s former boss was seen toting in some of his videos.  Read more »

Mikhail Kalashnikov dies aged 94

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Mikhail Kalashnikov has died.

Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the world’s most famous gun, has died.

While Kalashnikov designed a weapon that became synonymous with killing on a sometimes indiscriminate scale. He was seen in the Soviet Union as a national hero and symbol of Moscow’s proud military past.

A former soldier, inspired by the drawbacks of Russian weaponry in the Second World War he decided to invent a new assault rifle.

This process culminated in 1947 with the design of the AK-47.   Read more »

Friday Firepower – jumpstarting a car with an AK-47

via The Firearm Blog

Who knew AKs could do amazing stuff like this.

The AK47 and all its variants are among the most iconic rifles in history and have been the workhorse for many countries around the world for decades. They’re cheap, simple, reliable and can jump start your car in a fix. No really, check out the video below. Don’t try this at home though, I’d suggest keeping a set of jumper cables in the trunk and joining [AA].

Learn your weapons before writing about them Jack Tame

Jack Tame has an article about how cool it is to fire an AK-47. They are cool, but nowhere as near as cool as the M249 light machine gun he is actually holding.

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The article goes further and rambles on about assault rifles. Even his caption mentions assault rifles.

The problem is if you are going to write about assault rifles then get some facts straight.   Read more »

FBI: More deaths from hammers and clubs than assault rifles

People have been calling for assault rifle bans..because apparently deaths caused by them are out of control. However the official crime stats don’t support their contention.

It is official and from no less a source than the FBI official crime stats. More people are killed each year in the US from attacks with hammers and clubs than with assault rifles.

According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with an assault rifle.

This is an interesting fact, particularly amid the Democrats’ feverish push to ban many different rifles, ostensibly to keep us safe of course.

However, it appears the zeal of Sens. like Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) is misdirected. For in looking at the FBI numbers from 2005 to 2011, the number of murders by hammers and clubs consistently exceeds the number of murders committed with a rifle.

Think about it: In 2005, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618.

And so the list goes, with the actual numbers changing somewhat from year to year, yet the fact that more people are killed with blunt objects each year remains constant.

For example, in 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs.

There you are, the facts speak for themselves.

While we are talking about banning things that kill people… Read more »

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New Aussie Rifle

via The Firearm Blog

I cannot help posting more photos of the Thales EF88 rifle. The olive green stock with flat dark earth barrel, rail and accessories looks great in my opinion. Nic Jenzen-Jones took these photos …

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Friday Firepower – AK47

The ubiquitous Ak47 is the most famous combat arm in the world. The Brigade has a gallery of the AK in many different hands – Who Hasn’t Fired an AK?

Here are a couple of photos that two of my favourites that capture the essence of the AK. ;)

Hot chick with AK

Hot chick with AK