Yesterday was the AK47′s 65th birthday (66th if you start with its first design). First – happy belated birthday, AK47! Second, get well Mikhail Kalashnikov, we hope you feel better soon.

The AK has a justly earned reputation for rugged durability and the ability to withstand all manner of abuse. Corrosion, damp, poor maintenance. Stories of the AK’s have been told by shooters for over half a century, from Vietnam to Afghanistan now. Veterans of recent USMC FID operation in Africa tell stories of AKs kept running by virtue of pouring motor oil on it and in it, a maintenance TTP that results in huge clouds of blue-grey smoke above sustained firing or a contact — exactly as veterans of the Rhodesian Bush War describe it 30 years ago.

There’s probably a good chance some of those are the same individual rifles.

In any case, here’s a Sunday Funny for you — this poor fellow did not get one of the better AKs…or perhaps he’s just even harder on his than most.

 

 

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Lance July 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Love the AK-74 most. But a good "Operation Elder son" will put a unbreakable AK line out of use LOL.

PS hope they import more AK-74s.

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JCitizen July 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I think Allah was trying to tell him something! HA!

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BD Cooper July 7, 2013 at 11:17 pm

One of my ROTC instructors told us the first Viet Cong he actually saw was a dead one with and AK spring stuck in his forehead from when his AK exploded. Anyone that gets hit by someone shooting an AKM (AK-47s haven't been made since 1953) is either very unlucky or there is a lot of lead flying around. The un-chromed barrels are smoothbores by the 200th round.

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Pat July 9, 2013 at 10:09 am

Russian AKs but not Chinese and old eastern block countries.

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Mike July 8, 2013 at 3:20 am

During the Vietnam war, one of the favorite dirty tricks to pull on the VC or NVA started with finding a hidden ammunition cache…then, rather than destroy the ammo, its carefully resealed and hidden again…with the little addition of one round in every 50 containing not smokeless propellant, but composition C-4. Really messed with their minds, as I'm sure you would agree.

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DB Cooper July 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Mike,
As many VC used M-16's and were resupplied by picking up all of the ammo soldiers threw away a few guys I used to work with told me they did the same with 5.56. Made Charlie very hesitant to use found ammo.

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Sgt. D July 8, 2013 at 8:37 am

IMO, that looked and acted exactly like 'Spiked Ammo' should. Except he didn't get hurt.

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Mike July 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Naw…The bolt carrier wasn't sticking in his eye socket,

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moondawg July 8, 2013 at 9:03 am

Motor oil makes a most excellent firearms lubricant. It works as well as those way over priced lubes named after amphibians, or the boutique lubes.

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REB July 9, 2013 at 11:52 am

I use Mobile 1, works great and a quart last like forever.

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mark July 8, 2013 at 9:47 am

Looks like Mohamed got a hot load courtesy of spec.ops.
Motor oil especially the synthetic light grades 0-20,etc,make excellent lubes.If you have your high dollar space age lubes
tested,that is probably what your buying ;except you are paying 200.$ a quart for it.

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Walter July 8, 2013 at 9:50 am

A design stolen from John Moses Browning. The AK. Invented by an American. Look at the receiver for a Remington Model 8 or Model 81.

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X97B July 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm

It was mostly stolen from the MP-43/44/STG44 if anything…

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Spc. H. July 9, 2013 at 3:53 am

The design is an amalgam of several designs of the time. The StG44 did inspire and the AKs gas system (the long stroke piston that is fixed to the bolt carrier) is a simplified copy. The rest comes from the Remington Model 8, M1 Garand, and M1 Carbine.

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Spc. H. July 9, 2013 at 3:59 am

The design is not stolen. That is like saying the Glock action is stolen from the Browning Hi-power. In fact, the way the designers worked, they borrowed from their competitors and other designs. That is how their system worked. All designs were property of the people and were free to use.

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DB Cooper July 8, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Lost of backwater ME countries will coat large weapons systems like artillery with motor oil to catch all of the sand that would have gon into all those small places. The oil sand coating actually protected it during those long periods of disuse.

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Type 56S July 8, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Most of the information out on the Internet about the Ak series of rifles is nothing more than re-hashed mythology. That business about the AK being some indestructible icon of durability and reliability has some truth to it, but not as much as the legends indicate. Like any machine, the Ak requires care and maintenance to fucntion as designed, and while you might be able to "throw it in a mudhole, bury it in a sand dune and then fire off a clip" with one, I'd never voluntarily do any of that with a weapon I planned to trust my life to.

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majr0d July 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Thanks. Loved the video.

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moondawg July 8, 2013 at 7:49 pm

The AK was designed for use by conscript third world armies, in which the soldiers do not quite grasp the concept of daily cleaning and lubing ones rifle. Based upon comments on many gun and military related forums, we have a whole lot of people with a third world attitude regarding firearm cleanliness, and the need to clean/lube their firearm.

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Quentin July 20, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Another way of saying that is that it was designed with ruggedness and reliability in mind from experiences in world war II and it exported well as a result.

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Steve D July 9, 2013 at 2:17 am

The above video was the result of sabotaged ammo, not a fault in the rifle. That round appeared to have at least 10x the regular pressure – not possible to cram that amount of “normal” powder (for that round) into the case and seat the bullet.

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Pat July 9, 2013 at 10:11 am

Could have had a round stuck in the chamber before the last shot. I doubt he would have noticed.

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andrew July 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Def an explosive round that is intended to destroy the weapon and harm the user.

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Mr. Brah July 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

This video is actually the product of a pretty cool piece of espionage.
Random rounds had their powder charges replaced with explosive and random bullets dispersed throughout batches of ammo. This ammo was then disbursed to insurgent group caches for their use. Every so often a ne'er-do-well loads a round, and goes to fire it, and bang. The advantages of this should be obvious.
http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/07/dirty-t

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jay July 8, 2013 at 1:31 am

no doubt

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DB Cooper July 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Afraid not Orange. Use to work with them. The the poor quality steel unchromed barrel being shot fully auto as per sovet doctrine wore them out fast. But as doctrine said they would be fighting at short distances the chances of getting a hit was high. The AK's sold in the US have different barrels than what is sold elsewhere. Its called quantity over quality. A left over from WW2.

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