Shooters’ Full-Service Guide to AK Rifles!
“I wanted to invent an engine that could run forever. I could have developed a new train, had I stayed in the railway. It would have looked like the AK-47 though.”
– Mikhail Kalashnikov AK-47 Designer
The AK-47 rose from the ashes of post-war Russia to become one of the modern era’s most reliable, potent and intriguing firearms. Gun Digest Shooter’s Guide to AKs arms enthusiasts and collectors with the knowledge to realize the full potential of these iconic rifles.
The practical guide covers the major points of the many variants of the AK-47 and AK-74, detailing their development and impact on history. But author Marco Vorobiev does much more than tell the backstory of these incredible firearms. The former Soviet Spectsnaz (Special Forces) member also details the key areas modern shooters need to understand to buy, operate, maintain, train with and customize the Kalashnikov.
Vorobiev leaves no stone unturned in loading shooters up with the vital information they require to deftly maneuver the marketplace, as well as perform when behind the trigger. The author’s extensive first-hand knowledge of nearly every iteration of AK will let shooters know everything from the best ammo to feed the semiautomatic rifle to its top aftermarket upgrades.
How this guide will make you an AK expert:
- Expert training, customization and operation advice for the family of rifles
- Detailed market insight on where to buy an AK and how much to pay
- Enlightening historical data on the Kalashnikov and its development
Bonus! Hundreds of detailed photographs of new and old AKs, making identification a snap.
About the Author A veteran of the elite Soviet Spetsnaz, now a U.S. citizen, Marco Vorobiev conducts firearms training classes using the methods he learned during his service. As a writer-consultant, Marco has handled and tested even the rarest AK variants. He is a prolific writer and contributor for firearms media, and has written hundreds of articles on AK history, training, practical application, modification and improvement. His articles have appeared in numerous firearms publications, including Guns & Ammo and Shotgun News.
Chapter One — The AK: Rifle for the Motherland
Chapter Two — AK Evolution
Chapter Three — Simpler is Better: The AK’s Design
Chapter Four — AK Operation and Maintenance
Chapter Five — Magazines
Chapter Six — AK Bayonets
Chapter Seven — Ammunition
Chapter Eight — AK Basic Handling, Loading, and Reloading
Chapter Nine — AK Load-bearing Gear and Slings
Chapter Ten — Reflex, Collimator, and Optical Sights
Chapter Eleven — AK Accessories
Chapter Twelve — My Perfect AK
Chapter Thirteen — Russia’s AK Modernization Program
Chapter Fourteen — The AK in the USA
Chapter Fifteen — Other AKs