View Full Version : Washington Post AK History Article

11-27-2006, 1:58 PM
Seems pretty informative:



11-27-2006, 2:33 PM
Wow I just read the whole thing...a first for me as I always skim through things. Shows where my interests lie eh? Might be because I plan on building one soon. :D

As far as Iraq goes, I think IEDs are probably a bigger threat than small arms fire though...

M. Sage
11-28-2006, 5:03 AM
Bah, this article is a bit sensationalized:

It combined the best characteristics of a submachine gun (light weight and durability) and a machine gun (killing power).

Nope, it combined the best of the SMG (rate of fire, low recoil) with the best of a RIFLE (power, accuracy - compared to a SMG, anyway.) The thing the Soviets loved most about subguns was that they didn't have to bother with as much training. You have to learn how to hit things with a rifle, with a SMG, their instructions were "get close; point; pull trigger."

And "Weapon of Mass Destruction?" Please.

The AK is beloved because it's simple to teach someone how to use it as a bullet hose, and mostly because it's cheap.