It would be safe to say that the "AK-47" rifle and its many variants have been indirectly responsible for incalculable military and civilian casualties; perhaps more than any military small arm ever made. The responsibilty is indirect because a firearm is an inanimate object; it cannot make decisions...the person who has their finger on the trigger is the true Grim Reaper. Ultimately, irresponsible and indiscriminate worldwide distribution of this rifle is largely responsible for the sins mistakenly applied to the firearm itself. There have been many books published about the Kalashnikov assault rifles, but this publication differs from most previous works. Covered in detailed text and photographs are the many military AK rifle variants from around the world. However, in place of the previously well-documented early evolution history of Russian military weapons published elsewhere, this book includes an in-depth study of the many variations of the civilian semiautomatic-only AK style rifles that have become very popular in the United States since they were first imported in the early 1980s up to the present time.
About the Author:
Author Frank lannamico's lifelong interest in small arms began when he received a .22 caliber rifle for his 12th birthday. Interest in military small arms was set in motion while training on the US M16 rifle in the US Air Force, where he served as an aircraft weapons system specialist from 1966 to 1970. Mr. lannamico has written hundreds of articles on small arms, as well as several books to include: The Machine Gun Buyers Guide, The Sten Submachine Gun, The Reising Submachine Gun Story, The M3 and M3A1 Grease Gun, American Thunder and American Thunder I: the Military Thompson Submachine Guns, Blitzkrieg: The MP40 Maschinenpistole, Hard Rain the Browning Machine Guns, Submachine Guns of the USA. Last Steel Warrior; the US M14 rifle, The Browning Machine Gun Shop Manual and The Browning Machine Gun, Volume IV, Semper Fi Fifty with friend and fellow author Dolf Goldsmith.