14 November 2006

Kalashnikov (AK-47)

Another myth about Russia is probably the AK-47 (shortened from Russian: Автомат Калашникова образца 1947 года, Avtomat Kalashnikova 1947).

It is an assault rifle designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov, and produced by Russian manufacturer Izhevsk Mechanical Works and used in many Eastern Bloc nations (our former enemies) during the Cold War.

Compared with the auto-loading rifles used in World War II, the AK-47 was generally more compact, with a shorter range, a smaller 7.62 × 39 mm cartridge, and was capable of selective fire. It was one of the first true assault rifles and remains the most widely used and known. The AK-47 and its numerous variants and descendants have been produced in greater numbers than any other assault rifle and are in production to this day. It is known as "Kelesh" in Turkey and a symbol for the terrorists in the Eastern Turkey.

During our invasion assault to St.Petersburg, we had a chance to test this infamous gun in The Museum of Artillery and were amazed by a small boy who could dismantle the gun in a few seconds in front of a shocked audience. I must add that the guard was hesitant to let this weapon in hands of three Turkish tourists :)

Field Commander with his weapon-of-choice

Mr.Refig and His Majesty Cagri Gogus near the guns

His Majesty Cagri Gogus posing with AK-47

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