Kalashnikov-series assault rifles
Written by Gordon L. Rottman
Illustrator by Johnny Shumate and Alan Gilliland
This book is number 8 in Osprey’s ‘Weapon’ series and is 78 pages in length.
Senior Sergeant Mikhail Kalashnikov created the ‘Automatic Kalashnikov’ Model in 1947. The AK-47 adopted by the USSR would become the ideal assault rifle that set the standard for other variants of assault rifles. Although not perfect, it continues to be the most produced assault rifle worldwide. This book examines in detail the design, development, use and impact of this incredible weapon and some of its variants. He discusses the history of the AK-47 from its conceptional purpose to its usage over the years. He compares it to the second most popular assault rifle, the M16; plus he includes charts that compare the characteristics of other assault rifles.
Finally, he includes a list of all the countries that have employed its use.
The photographs and illustrations are amazing, showing every feature of the weapon. By including his own experience of being at both ends of the AK-47, the author brings the human factor even closer to the reader. The author does a fantastic job describing the many details of the progression of the assault rifle. Much information is provided in an interesting fashion.