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Posted: 3/14/2005 12:25:18 PM EST
Having read a fairly glowing review of the book "The AK-47" by McNab on another like-minded forum, I purchased a copy at my local Borders Books.  The overall review I read gave it 4 stars and was very positive.  My take is that it has very little useful information if what you want is an insightful Operator's Handbook.

First major gripe, which was identified in the other review but is wayyy worse than expected, is the wildly inflated hype about the spread of AKs and their destabilizing effect on third world countries.  It is really quite breathless, you would think we were talking about thermonuclear devices or something, not small arms.  It is especially overwrought considering that the spread of AKs is not particularly destabilizing, ie any more so than the wide circulation of M-16s, etc.  

Second is the complete lack of useful information about operation.  Some passages, like for instance the convoluted description of the lack of a bolt hold-open feature, led me to wonder if the author ever really fired an AK, or whether he just relied upon published material.  

Just my opinion, no commercial interest one way or the other, best regards to the group,

Tim
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 1:03:26 PM EST
I dunno about destabilizing, but I think the AK has had a remarkable impact on history.  I've heard it said that "God created man, Sam Colt made them equal".  I'd say more accurately it was M. Kalashnikov.  
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 4:16:06 PM EST
Gotta agree with winston on that one.

If the AK hadn't been introduced into so many third world countries, a lot of them would still be fighting with Lee-Enfields or nagants or some such single shot, low mag capacity some such.

The AK definately leveled the playing field in a lot of respects.

The proliferation of the M16 is really not comparable IMHO.

Link Posted: 3/14/2005 4:19:21 PM EST
What's the definitive AK book?  I need some reading material..more interested in obscure variants and history than any kinda 'operators manual'.

take care,
Tec
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 5:11:28 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 8:20:14 PM EST

Quoted:

Quoted:
What's the definitive AK book?  I need some reading material..more interested in obscure variants and history than any kinda 'operators manual'.

take care,
Tec



Kalashnikov, the Arms and the Man by Edward Ezell and Blake Stevens, from Collector Grade Books.

It's THE AK source book, and has excellent background info on Russian small arms design.




In my sometimes not so humble opinion, there is not currently out there a book on AKs that I would call "THE" book, but Templar mentions one of the best. Get that one and the Masami Tokoi color picture book AK-47 & Kalashnikov Variation, and you will be ahead of the game.

-C
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 5:34:24 AM EST

Quoted:

The proliferation of the M16 is really not comparable IMHO.




Rolls Royce vs Model T.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 6:50:20 AM EST
I was rather impressed by the level of detail found in "The AK-47 and AK-74 Kalashnikov Rifles and Their Variations" by Joe Poyer.  

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