Kalashnikov AK-47 Assault Rifle

Kalashnikov AK-47 Assault Rifle

By (author) Gordon L. Rottman


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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, its production continues to this day, with an estimated 75 million produced worldwide. 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.

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 180 x 244 x 10mm | 258.55g
  • 19 Apr 2011
  • Osprey Publishing
  • Osprey
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 1849084610
  • 9781849084611
  • 218,443

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Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas.

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