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Sadurian Mike
991727.  Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:11 am Reply with quote

I thought that this topic had been covered on these forums before, but it may have been elsewhere.

I sure that everyone knows what an AK47 is, and possibly that the later version is the AK74. Mikhail Kalashnikov himself was a mechanic, but not a trained weapon designer, and was very much an amateur weaponsmith.

However, his AK47 design is the most successful assault rifle of all time.

Although the first assault rifle to be generally issued to the Soviet Army, it was neither the first operational assault rifle, nor the first ever assault rifle, nor the first to be issued in numbers. It was not even the first Russian assault rifle.

The first assault rifle to be issued in any quantity was the German Sturmgewehr 44 (StG 44). This was, of course, made famous by its appearance, with Krummlauf, in the Hodge Podge episode of QI ....

The first assault rifle was also the first Russian assault rifle. The Fedorov Avtomat was produced and issued in small numbers in 1916. It was successful but the Russian Revolutions and subsequent Civil War so disrupted production and distribution that it did not gain the recognition it may have deserved, and it is not at all well known today.

 

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