THE SECOND EDITION In November 2015 the second edition of Kalashnikov Encyclopaedia comes out. The second edition is difficult to compare with the first edition referring to the number of improvements and extra content that has been included. The second edition comprises three books, the books have a larger size but still are readily-portable and all content has been printed in full color about 3.800 pages of content. More details about the books are stated hereafter.
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Kalashnikov AK47 Series: The 7.62 x 39mm Assault Rifle in Detail Martin Brayley [Hardcover, 128 pages] 350 color photographs The Crowood Press Ltd, June 1, 2013 (22/04/2013) ISBN-10: 184797483X ISBN: 9781847974839
Kalashnikov AK47 Series The 7.62 x 39MM Assault Rifle in Detail by Martin Brayley (ISBN978 1 84797 483 9)
The book measures 12 x 9 inches and is 128 pages. reference book Photos are primarily in color, of good quality reasonably decent coverage on both the weapons and accessories
Kalashnikov AK47 Series covers only the AK47 as produced in 7.62 x 39mm by the former East Bloc, and foreign nations
The 7.62 x 39MM Assault Rifle in Detail ? possibly other volumes to be released
штыки к автоматам калашникова Kalashnikov Bayonets Volume 132 page Russian-language edition Voronezh, 2012 ISBN 978-5-93737-051-8 Stimost book
220 * 300 mm glossy, full color Only 500 copies made 1990 Russian Ruble $59.64 US 80 different bayonets, classified by country The compilers of the book are the recognized experts in the field of antique weapons in general, and in particular bayonets Eugene Boldyrev (certified Rosokhrankultura Russian expert on antique weapons, the owner of an online store www.zemlyanka-v.ru) Iliev (the world’s largest collector of bayonets to AK) Cyril Baryshnikov (the creator and owner of the portal www.bayonet.lv) original photo taken by a professional photographer A. Kulakov Today it is the most complete Russian-language edition by bayonets to the AK and its clones, and the most high quality picture book in the world.
BAGNETY DO KARABINKOW SYSTEMU KALASZNIKOWA BAYONETS FOR KALASHNIKOV FAMILY OF WEAPONS Gwozdz, Leszek Text in Polish Hardbound, 178pp. 1st Edition 2012 Richly illustrated. Massive reference.
PART I: Russian bayonets: 56-H-212 bayonet, 6H3 bayonet, 6H4 bayonet, 6H5 bayonet, collector’s bayonets. PART II: Bayonets for AK family of weapons: Bulgarian bayonets, Chinese bayonet for AK Type 56, Chinese commercial copy of 56-H-12 bayonet, Chinese NMD 65 bayonet, M75 bayonet, Egyptian bayonets, Iraqi bayonet, Yugoslav M-70 bayonet, Korean bayonet, Lithuanian bayonets, German bayonets, trainer fencing rifle, KM-87 knife bayonet, Polish bayonets: 6H3, 6H4, Wz. 1985 trainer bayonet, export bayonets, decorative bayonets, prototype bayonet, rubber trainer replicas, Romanian bayonets, Hungarian M1963 bayonet, Vietnamese bayonet. PART III: unlicensed variants of bayonets for AK family of weapons: Chinese M81 bayonet, Czech bayonet for “LADA” system rifle Finnish bayonet for Valmet M-62 rifle Indian bayonet for INSAS 5,56 rifle Bayonets for Israeli Galil rifle. PART IV: derivatives: KCB universal bayonets, US M9 bayonet, L3A1 bayonet for S.A.80 rifle, combat knifes bayonets of the 21st century manufacturer’s marks bibliography.
Arms Magazine November 2012 Softcover; 244 pages Hobby Japan released September 27, 2012
ARMS Magazine (Nov 2012)
Wield public influence in the real gun market in the world now, inscription gun Russia gave birth “Kalashnikov”. Including Japan, toy gun manufacturers in each country is also promoting the model of this gun up. Quickly to introduce toy gun manufacturers in Japan, will be launched from KSC and “AK-74M” and “AKS-74U” this time. Others, real gun overseas reports from overseas writers offshoot of Gun Professionals such as, approach from the front to the charm of Kalashnikov!
KALASHNIKOV IN COMBAT: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War) Anthony Tucker-Jones [Paperback, 160 pages] October 2012 ISBN-10: 1848845790 ISBN-13: 978-1848845794
The Kalashnikov assault rifle, generically known as the AK-47, is the most famous small arm ever made. This weapon has transcended its Soviet designer and country of origin to become the most prolifically produced and iconic weapon in the world – and it has become a brand that has been used to sell everything from T-shirts to vodka. Although it first appeared in the late 1940s, it did not make its decisive presence felt on the battlefield until the Vietnam War when China supplied it to the Vietnamese communists. The weapon’s durability became a legend. Since then it has been employed in practically every conflict around the globe, and it is seen as the symbol of the wars of national liberation. Probably its most celebrated moment came in the hands of the mujahideen fighting to oust the Soviets from Afghanistan. In Kalashnikov in Combat Anthony Tucker-Jones gives the reader a brief history of the weapon and he offers a visual record of the impact of the AK-47 on the battlefield up to the present day. His account is illustrated with a wealth of archive photographs ranging from Vietnam to the American-led invasion of Iraq and beyond.
AK Handbook AK47/AKM/AK74: An Operational Guide to the AK Series Rifles Erik Lawrence, Mike Pannone [Spiral-Bound, 41 pages] Blackheart Publishing; 1st edition (2011) ISBN-10: 0981514995 ISBN-13: 978-0981514994
AK47 Assault Rifle: The Real Weapon of Mass Destruction
[Paperback, 158 pages]
The History Press (June 1, 2010)
Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 9.6 inches ISBN-10: 0752453890 ISBN-13: 978-0752453897
Kalashnikov Encyclopaedia 1st Edition A set of two books Cor Roodhorst Hardbound, 1,521 pages part 1 (page 1 – page 740) / part 2 (page 741 -1,521) approximately 3,042 photos Roodhorst Publications; 2009
THE FIRST EDITION In June 2011 the first edition of Kalashnikov Encyclopaedia came out. This first edition was sold in limited numbers and introduced as a special interest publication. The first edition comprised two books. A major part of the books was sold to government authorities or representatives. The books were also sold private customers mainly in the Netherlands and Belgium and a few in France. Later on a website was started to get the books under further international attention but the first edition appeared to be sold out earlier than the orignal planning was.
The author of the Kalashnikov Encyclopaedia Cor Roodhorst was born in the Netherlands. He was already interested in military science at an early age. The end of the Cold War regrettably made that the Dutch conscription was suspended but he kept his interest in the Dutch army. He likes to listen to the men who served for the Netherlands in several conflict regions including the Dutch defense during the Second World War, one theme always comes back in every story namely, training and reliability of the weapon system. During his studies business economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam he learned that winning strategies are not only about the quality of the strategy itself but also about the power to operationalize the strategy. During his studies he got college of the Russian economist Stanislav Menshikov with who he liked to discuss international matters. His paper was about a presumable standardization / innovation trade off concerning the small arms industry during the Second World War. During research he learned the suffering of the Russians but also the tremendous performance of Russia to boost the industrial power of the country to turn the course of the war in favor of Russia. This all together made that he became interested in the Russian approach how to translate strategy into operations, at first only during the Cold War period later on also during the current post Cold War period. It appeared that that was the first step in realizing the Kalashnikov Encyclopaedia.
– A set of two books covering: part 1 Albania – The Netherlands part 2 North Korea – Vietnam – Hardbound, 1,521 pages: part 1 (page 1 – page 740) / part 2 (page 741 -1,521) – Language: English (sometimes local languages short translations of weapon markings) – Dimensions: 205x145x34mm (standard A5 letter size), set weight 2.3kg – Printed on premium quality, bright white paper – Number of photos: approximately 3,042 – 41 countries included namely: Albania Armenia Bangladesh Belgium Bulgaria Chile China Croatia Cuba Czech Republic East-Germany / DDR Egypt Finland France Germany (unified) Hungary India Indonesia Iraq Iran Israel Italy Myanmar the Netherlands North Korea Pakistan the Philippine Islands Poland Romania Russia Serbia Singapore South Africa South Korea Sudan Sweden Switzerland Thailand Ukraine United States Vietnam – All kinds of derivates included also indirect Kalashnikov variants – Many cross reference between descriptions to get insight in the Kalashnikov evolution – Kalashnikov based sportings arms are included – Kalashnikov based hunting weapons are included – Practically every weapon description comes with a photo – Several reference tables – Four appendices about markings, parts kits, legislations & latest AK producing countries
Beyond the Firearm AK 47/74 in CQB by Saulius “Sonny” Puzikas Russian AK Combat Training Techniques
Beyond the AK47 in CQB (Close Quarters Battle) is the first of it’s kind instructional DVD on the subject of methods and tactics used by elite Soviet / Russian Spetsnaz professionals, armed with an AK family of weapons. Made by Saullus ‘Sonny’ Puzlkas This clip shows some of the highlights of this martial art and it’s methods of three dimential movement and rapid deployment for combat
We made this video in June, 2006 when we used to sell this video for ‘Sonny’ Puzlkas We do NOT have anymore copies for sale
Mikhail Kalashnikov: Михаил Калашников
Hardcover: 448 pages
January 1, 2009
by A.E Uzhanov
Publisher: Molodaia gvardiia
Автор: Александр Ужанов
Издательство: Молодая гвардия
Серия: Жизнь замечательных людей: биография продолжается
ISBN 978-5-235-03293-4; 2009 г.
Probably there is no such man who would not hold in his hands an AK machine gun, recognized as the best small arms in the world.
This book is dedicated to the wonderful Russian nugget, who showed his talent from the very midst of the people, an outstanding designer Mikhail Kalashnikov.
Getting acquainted with the biography of the Master, the reader will plunge into the fascinating world of domestic and foreign gunsmiths, who has long remained closed from prying eyes.
Наверное, нет такого мужчины, который бы не держал в своих руках автомат АК, признанный лучшим стрелковым оружием в мире. Эта книга посвящена замечательному российскому самородку, явившему свой талант из самой гущи народной, выдающемуся конструктору Михаилу Калашникову. Знакомясь с биографией Мастера, читатель погрузится в увлекательный мир отечественных и зарубежных оружейников, долгое время остававшийся закрытым от посторонних глаз.
Kalashnikov Rifle Gunfighting By Gabriel Suarez Spiral Bound Paperback: 100 pages Publisher: Infidel Media Group; 1st edition (December 1, 2007) ISBN-10: 0980203600 ISBN-13: 978-0980203608
This book was born of the results of our research and studies in preparing for the class by the same name. It is not a picture book showing photo essays of technique upon technique. Rather it is a book of concepts and simplicity…just like the Kalashnikov rifle. Many of these concepts have been posted at our forum Warrior Talk, and many others discussed at the various AK-based training courses. If you select the Kalashnikov as your primary “go-to” rifle, this book will give you some serious short cuts in how to make it work.
The Gun that Changed the World Mikhail Kalashnikov (Author), Andrew Brown (Translator) Elena Joly (Contributor) [Paperback, 224 pages] Polity; 1 edition (October 27, 2006) ISBN-10: 0745636926 ISBN-13: 978-0745636924 Kalashnikov’s own opinions and history.
AK-47:The Weapon that Changed the Face of War Larry Kahaner Hardcover: 272 pages Wiley, October 20, 2006 Paperback edition: 258 pages Wiley; 1 (October 1, 2007) ISBN-10: 0470168803 ISBN-13: 978-0470168806
“from a historical aspect, the book is great, but the author blames the gun – an inanimate object for all the problems of the world ”
“seems a lib/elitist wrote it “
” this book is the overall anti-gun tone, Kahaner is not a friend of the gun owner…the book is basically a “look at how this horrible weapon has killed all these innocent people” rant “
” a few nuggets to be mined in Kahaner’s book, but don’t pay full price “
” Certainly not Technical or informative about the AK47″
” One chapter details the marketing of Kalashnikov vodka “
Kalashnikov Калашников: 2004 Igor Krasnovski (Mikhail Kalashnikov’s grandson) Made as gifts for family, friends, vendors, and business associates Softcover; bound with 3 double-head screws, with an over sleeve 11 1/4″ x 8 1/4 “ 65 Pages, All photos A very personal look at the life of Mikhail Kalashnikov All pictures of MTK relaxing at his dacha (cabin), fishing, meeting with high military figures, world leaders and the KCA (Kalashnikov Collectors Association), a few pics with him shooting, and more.
The AK-47 and AK74 Kalashnikov Rifles and Their Variations Joe Poyer Paperback: 186 pages North Cape Publications, 2004 2nd edition (September 15, 2006) ISBN-10: 1882391411 ISBN-13: 978-1882391417
The AK-47 and AK-74 Kalashnikov Rifles and Their Variations provides a detailed, profusely illustrated examination on a part-by-part basis of the famed AK-47/AKM rifles, the AK-74/AK-74M series and the new Century series of rifles, the AK-101 through AK-108.It is another in North Cape Publications, Inc., Shooter’s and Collector’s Guide series. Every AK/AKM-type rifle manufactured in the Warsaw Pact countries plus the People’s Republic of China, Finland, Iraq, North Korea and Yugoslavia are described in detail, with a short history on the reason for, and the process of their development and use. This new, 4th edition is expanded to include he latest developments in the AK47/AK74 platform including the Century series and the AK12. Also included is new information regarding the scope and use the Kalashnikov series of rifles plus information gleaned from the use of the AK-47 in Iraq and Afghanistan by insurgents. Mikhail Kalashnikov is one of the foremost small arms designer’s in the world. His Kalashnikov action has been widely imitated. This book also includes detailed descriptions of rifles based on his design such as the Belgian FNC, the Israeli Galil, the Indonesian SS1 series, the Indian INAS, the Swedish Ak-5, the Swiss SG-550 series, Singapore’s SAR series and many others. The book also includes separate chapters that describe the accessaries issued to each soldier, the entire range of Kalashnikov bayonets, telescopic sights (both military and commercial, the sniper rifle variants and their telescopic sights produced by the old Soviet Union as well as other nations. An exploded view, serial numbers and markings, an assembly/disassembly guide with photos, instructions on cleaning, maintenance and repair, and shooting the Kalashnikov rifles and a guide to legislation affecting these rifles and finally, sources for accessories and parts complete the book.
Kalashnikov Bayonets The Collectors’ Guide to Bayonets for the AK and Its Variations Martin D. Ivie Hardcover: 218 pages Texas Diamond Eye Publications, 2002 ISBN-10: 0972120939 ISBN-13: 978-0972120937
There are four basic knife types found for AK bayonets plus some variations, which do not fall in these categories. There are also three basic scabbard types. Combinations of these types are what allow for identification of the country of origin for these bayonets and the type of AK they were originally used with.
In this book the bayonets have been classified into four basic knife types as follows:
AK47 Type – characterized by ears on the pommel, which go around the barrel of the rifle to aid in mounting; a handle with a scale on each side; and a long, straight spear point type blade with fullers on each side. (See figure 1 .A.)
AKM Type I – characterized by a large bulbous handle of plastic material, which has a slot for a bayonet lug for attachment to the rifle and a hole for a wrist strap and a Bowie type blade with a clip point and sharpened only on one side and without any fullers. (See figure 1.B.)
AKM Type Il/Early AK74 – bayonet lug and a hole for a wrist strap; a solid plastic handLe; and, again, a Bowie type blade with a clip point and sharpened only on one side and without any fullers. (See figure l.C.)
AK74 Type – characterized by a return to a solid plastic handle without a steel pommel but with ridges which substitute for finger grooves; and a return to a spear point blade with a very unique sharpening pattern and again no fullers. (See figure 1 .D.)
The other knife type variations include the East German KM87 bayonet for their AK74 variant, the MpiKM(S)74, the distinctive knives North Koreans used for their late AK47 and AKM type rifles, the bayonets used by the Finns for the Valmet series of rifles, the bayonet used by India for the INSAS Rifle, the Czech CZ58 bayonets and the Chinese Folding Spike and Type 81 bayonets. These will be shown and discussed in the relevant chapters.
The three scabbard variations have been classified as follows:
AK47 Type – straight steel scabbard with webbing belt loop permanently attached via metal loops welded to the scabbard. (See figure 2.A.)
AKM/AK74 Steel Type — steel scabbard with a wire-cutter attachment riveted to the
lower end, a rubber insulator installed around it at the throat and a belt loop attached to a welded ring via a snap hook or a frog type belt loop. (See figure 2.B.)
AKM / AK74 Plastic Type — plastic scabbard usually with wire-cutter attachment molded in to the lower end; and usually, a belt loop attached to a molded in bar via a snap hook. (See figure 2.C.)
As with the knives, the Valmet, CZ58 and Type 81 types will be discussed in the appropriate chapters.
Another type-classification term used in this book is AKM Type I transitional bayonet.
This is used to refer to the combination of an AKM Type I knife and an AKM/AK74
Plastic Type scabbard.
This chapter covers the bayonets used on the AK47 type milled receiver rifles. Presented are representative bayonets from Russia, Bulgaria, East Germany, Poland, North Korea and China. Also shown is a bayonet currently marketed in the U.S. as being of Romanian origin.
It is the author’s opinion that this last bayonet is actually of Bulgarian origin. This is supported by the comparison to a bayonet of known Bulgarian origin. It is also supported by the fact the Romanians did not produce a domestic version of the milled receiver AK but instead imported them from other East Bloc countries. Therefore, it is likely that any bayonets used with these rifles were also imported and not of domestic origin.
It is also noticeable that there is no Hungarian AK47 bayonet represented. Even though the Hungarians actually made a milled receiver AK47, the author has not been able to find any evidence that they produced an AK47 type bayonet. Here again, it is likely that the Hungarians switched to the stamped receiver AKM production before they began producing bayonets, therefore, any bayonets used by the Hungarians for their AK47s were likely to have been imported.
it is very difficult to tell the difference between Russian and Bulgarian AK47 bayonets. Basically, the only absolute method is to be sure the knife of the bayonet has a Russian factory mark as illustrated in Figure 3. This particular factory mark is for the Izhevsk Machine Works Factory. The factory mark on all examples observed by the author has been in this same location. This bayonet is illustrated in Figure 4. The Russians designate these bayonets the model “56-X-212”.
Figure 3. lzhevsk Arrow in I riangle Factory Mark on AK47 Bayonet
The Bulgarians produced an AK47 type bayonet almost identical to the Russian version. Figure 7 shows an original Bulgarian bayonet as issued. The knife is essentially identical to the early Russian version except it does not have a factory code mark and the serial number runs perpendicular to the axis line of the bayonet and is machine engraved approximately centered in the pommel (see Figure 8). The scales also appear to be redder in color than those on the Russian knife and have less of a mottled appearance.
The scabbard shows more differences from the Russian version than the knife does. It uses the same early pattern wide metal band split in the back to accommodate the hanger and is blued. The scabbard shows a distinct sanding pattern different from the Russian version with approximately the top one-third being sanded in a horizontal pattern and the bottom two-thirds being sanded in a vertical pattern. The drain hole at the tip of the scabbard is also located on the backside whereas the Russian version is on the front side of the scabbard.
Figure 7. Early Bulgarian AK47 Bayonet, Front and Back
The East German variation of the AK47 type bayonet is unique in that the scales on the handle of the knife are black plastic rather than some variation of red, reddish brown or brown plastic as found on those from other countries. When serial numbers are present they are pen engraved on the left side of the crosspiece. The East Germans designated this bayonet the “Modell 47”.
The bayonet in Figure 12 is a typical East German AK47 bayonet. The hanger is different than those found on the Russian bayonets in that it is made entirely of web material including the keeper. The hanger color and material vary from white to gray to gray-green to olive green cotton web and has also been observed in light gray nylon web. The belt loop of the hanger is sewn closed rather than riveted. Also, the keeper is sewn to the belt loop and it is closed with a snap rather than a thorn and slot.
Perhaps the most unique part of the East German AK47 type bayonet is the scabbard. The scabbard comes in three distinct variations. All of the variations are blued steel.
Figure 12. Typical East German AK47 Bayonet, Front and Back
The unique scabbard most easily identifies the Polish AK47 bayonet shown in Figure 16. The scabbard has none of the flat stamps and welds near the point like the other AK47 bayonet scabbards shown thus far. There are no hanger attachment bands as seen on the previous scabbards. Instead, there is a small flat piece of metal welded to the back of the scabbard, which holds two very narrow (10 mm wide) thin wire loops in place.
All pieces of the hanger are leather. The belt loop is folded over and held by four rivets. There are two slots in the portion of the belt loop that lies next to the scabbard which two wire loops attached to the back of the scabbard pass through. A narrow tongue is cut between the rivets on the portion of the leather loop on the outside, and this is passed through the wire loops to hold everything in place. The keeper strap is leather and held in place to the belt loop by two rivets. A brass thorn located on the right tab and a slot in the left tab close the keeper. The scabbard appears to be painted black.
The North Korean AK47 bayonets (see Figure 18) are the most crudely made of the AK47 bayonets, especially from the swhitedpoint of the scabbard. The knife itself is very typical of the other AK47 bayonets described earlier in this chapter. Like many of them the metal parts that compose the hilt are blued. The scales are bright red plastic material. The knife has a stamped seriaL number on the left side of the pommel, which runs at a 45° similar to that on the Russian bayonets, but does not follow the curve of the pommel like those on the Russian bayonets. There is the remnant of a North Korean star in a circle factory code mark on the lower right hand corner of the left side of the crosspiece (see Figure 19).
Figure 18. North Korean AK47 Bayonet, Front and Back
The examples of Chinese AK47 bayonets shown in Figures 23 and 24 were both made and sold as U.S. import items. Both knives feature blued steel metal for the parts of the hilts. The scales on both are Chinese Chu wood with those on the knife in Figure 23 being stained dark brown to match the furniture on the Polytech Legend AK47 that the bayonet came with and those on the knife in Figure 24 stained orange brown. The bayonet in Figure 24 is a separate import item made for the U.S. collectors market.
The scabbards on both bayonets are blued metal and are similar to the Early Russian AK47 scabbard. They are slightly narrower than the Russian version (25 mm vs. 26 mm). This is accomplished by eliminating the tensioning spring found in other AK47 bayonet scabbards. Due to this, the rivet for holding the tensioning spring in is noticeably absent. The bands, which attach the hangers, are also made of thinner metal on the Chinese bayonets than on the other AK47 bayonets.
Figure 23. Chinese AK47 Bayonet Sold With Polytech Legend, Front and Back
Kalashnikov: The Arms and the Man Hardcover, 284 pages Collector Grade Publications (December 1, 2001) Edward Clinton Ezell, R. Blake Stevens ISBN-10: 0889352674 ISBN-13: 978-0889352674 Revised & Expanded Edition of The AK47 Story by Edward Clinton Ezell, (1988)
Deluxe First Edition, 2001 312 pages, 356 illustrations
Ezell was the curator of the Smithsonian’s firearms museum
The original edition of The AK47 Story was published in 1986 an introduction by Dr. Kalashnikov himself
Ezell’s section on the South African Galil (R-4/5/6) is far more accurate than Iannamico Much technical and developmental information
A Revised and Expanded Edition of The AK47 Storyby Edward Clinton Ezell Written after the Soviet collapse and Ezell met Mr. K
Includes: the development of the AK (originally designed in caliber 7.62x41mm) and all the offshoots and clones which make up the Kalashnikov “family” of small arms, including an important new summary of technical information on the numerous loadings of “intermediate” ammunition, right up to the “AK for the 21st Century” – the AK100 series
The AK-47 Chris McNab Zenith Press [Hardcover, 96 pages] November 26, 2001 ISBN-10: 0760310254 ISBN-13: 978-0760310250
Originally conceived as a replacement for the Red Army’s submachine guns, the AK-47’s simplicity, reliability and cheapness made it one of the most widely distributed and most-manufactured rifles ever. This illustrated history examines the design and development of the AK-47, its internal mechanisms, its use in combat and all variants produced since its introduction in 1947. An authoritative text is complemented by detailed full-color cutaway drawings and appendices, providing detailed specifications and comparisons to contemporary guns. In addition, both color and black-and-white photographs depict the AK-47 in use on battlefields from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Legends And Reality Of The AK: A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The History, Design, And Impact Of The Kalashnikov Family Of Weapons By Charlie Cutshaw, Valery Shilin Paperback: 192 pages Paladin Press, 03-01-2000 ISBN-10: 1581600690 ISBN-13: 978-1581600698 worthwhile informative
Legends and Reality of the AK by Val Shilin and Charlie Cutshaw
Has been reviewed as ” informative and worthwhile “
Kalashnikov: Machine Pistols, Assault Rifles and Machine Guns, 1945 to the Present John Walter Hardcover: 144 pages Greenhill Military Manuals / Greenhill Books, (September 4, 1999) ISBN-10: 1853673641 ISBN-13: 978-1853673641
The New World of Russian Small Arms and Ammo
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Paladin Press (September 1998) ISBN-10: 0873649931 ISBN-13: 978-0873649933
Under Soviet rule, Russian small arms designers developed some of the most innovative small arms and ammo in history: underwater weapons; weapons that used silent ammo; whole families of rifles, pistols, shotguns and grenade launchers of truly advanced design favored by SPETsNAZ and the revolutionary new AN-94 assault rifle that is destined to replace the AK-74. This book contains detailed descriptions, specs and illustrations of the AN-94, PSS silent pistol, Bizon SMG, Saiga-12 tactical shotgun, GP-25 grenade launcher and more.
The Official Soviet AKM Manual James F. Gebhardt, Paperback: 106 pages Paladin Press (January 1, 1998) ISBN-10: 1581600100 ISBN-13: 978-1581600100
This official military manual, available in English for the first time, was originally published by the Soviet Ministry of Defence. The 7.62mm AKM assault rifle and its folding-stock twin, the AKMS, were based on the popular AK-47 design. This illustrated manual covers the history, function, maintenance, assembly and disassembly, confirmation of zero, penetration characteristics of various cartridges, trajectory and dispersion patterns, accessories and more.
Mikhail Kalashnikov: From a Strangers Doorstep to the Kremlin Gates Hardcover Publisher: Military Parade Publ House (1997) ISBN-10: 577340009X ISBN-13: 978-5773400097 456 pages with 20 pages of photographs
Prices can range from $225 to $289
I bought this one in April 2014 From a guy who purchased this copy in 1999 from a seller in Ukraine
Written By Mikhail Kalashnikov. Hardcover, 456 pages with 24 photos and illustrations. The original First Edition published in 1997 by Military Parade Publishing House in Moscow.
a story posted online following Kalashnikov ‘s death in December, 2013, where an author who personally knew him commented that:
“Yet Mikhail Kalashnikov had obviously thought much about his role in the world – and about death – and he wanted, I thought, some kind of absolution. “It is not my fault that the Kalashnikov became very well known in the world,” he said, “that it was used in many troubled places. I think the policies of these countries are to blame, not the weapons designers. Man is born to protect his family, his children, his wife. But I want you to know that apart from armaments, I have written three books in which I try to educate our youth to show respect for their families, for old people, for history…”` The old boy produced an English-language edition of his book – ‘From a Stranger’s Doorstep to the Kremlin Gates’, quite a good read, with plenty of self-deprecating patriotism… “I lived at a time when we all wanted to be of benefit to our (Soviet) state,” he said. “To some extent, the state took care of its heroes and designers….In the village where I was born, according to a special decree, a monument was erected to me, twice my height.. In the city of Izhevsk where I live, there is now a Kalashnikov museum with a section dedicated to my life – and this was erected in my lifetime!“
Soviet Small Arms and Ammunition By David Naumovich Bolotin Hardcover; 304 pages First printing in Russian 1995 English translation Out of print Publisher: Finish Arms Museum Foundation, Finland ISBN-10: 9519718419 ISBN-13: 978-9519718415
Table of contents translated into English: Foreword, Author’s Preface, Introduction, I. Fedorov’s Automatic Weaponry and the Unification of Small Arms, II. Bolt-Action Rifles and Carbines. III. Automatic Rifles and Carbines. IV. Automatic Pistols. V. Sub-Machine Guns and Assault Rifles. VI. Light Machine Guns. VII. Medium Machine Guns. VIII. Heavy Machine Guns. IX. Aerial Machine Guns. X. Tank Machine Guns. XI. Anti-Tank Weapons. XII. Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun Mounts. Conclusion, Bibliography, Index.
Packed full of great color photographs. Most (but not all) variants .. this is where you can really see the differences in the AK variants Written in Japanese, so you’ll also want a copy of the english translation Been out of print for a long time, but there are still copies available from time to time. A must have for the true AK collector
AK-47 and Kalashnikov Variation by Masami Tokoi, 1993 ISBN 4-499-20582-4 Softcover $54.50 Published by: Dai-Nippon Kaiga Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
Japan is the source of some of the most remarkable AK47 books published. These books, rarely seen outside of Japan, are virtual firearms museums, lavishly illustrated with full color photos taken with a level of care usually reserved for antiques and artworks.
AK47 and Kalashnikov Variation. This book is a photo encyclopedia of the world’s Kalashnikov models, listed alphabetically by nation of origin. Each Kalashnikov model is shown in large full color photos with close ups
Many unique model features and markings. Being built by more nations and in greater numbers than any other military rifle in history, AK-47 and Kalashnikov Variation truly exposes us to this fascinating subject in greater detail than any previous work.
section of book is devoted to accessories, bayonets, grenade launchers, night vision sights, and silencers.
A Soviet AK-47 manual is reprinted in its entirety,still in Russian.
Text and photo captions are in Japanese,
All model names and nations of origin are listed in English, which will sufficiently guide one through the pictures.
An English language translation supplement published by an importer can be occasionally found
AK47: The Complete Kalashnikov Family Of Assault Rifles Duncan Long Paperback: 192 pages Paladin Press, (September 1, 1988) ISBN-10: 0873644778 ISBN-13: 978-0873644778 A medium quality book for it’s time Some drawings and photographs (all black & white) Covers a lot of topics, but doesn’t offer a lot of information on them OK to pass on this one unless it’s quite cheap
The Ak47 Story
Edward Clinton Ezel
Paperback: 256 pages
Stackpole Books (January 1, 1988) ISBN-10: 0811722473 ISBN-13: 978-0811722476
Good for its time
before the Soviet collapse
before Ezell met M. Kalashnikov
Edward Clinton Ezell, was Curator of the Division of Armed Forces History at the National Museum of American History
Heavy on history and information about the evolution and development of the AK series (up through 1985)
Photos and drawings are all black & white and are fairy dark, but still informational
German Language Cover Automat Kalaschnikow, AK47 Geschichte und Entwicklung by Edward Clinton Ezell Published by Verlag-Stocker-Schmid AG, Motorbuch-Verlag, Stuttgart, 1988 Hardcover w/Jacket, 196 pages Black and white photos, line drawings.
Soldier of Fortune Magazine April 1987 SOF Inspects the Sharp End of the AKM
AKM bayonets are both fascinating and varied. Left to right: Hungarian, Yugoslav, East German, Romanian, Egyptian, Soviet (attached to rifle in the wire-cutting position), PRC black and red) and Polish. In the foreground are Hungarian and Yugoslav fighting knives and another Russian AKM bayonet.
The AK47 Assault Rifle Wyant Lamont Paperback: 150 pages US Combat Bookshelf Desert Publications, (1st printing 1969) – 1991? ASIN: B007Q69SZO Adapted from a translation of a Russian handbook Usually pretty cheap at gun shows, worth buying to see some of the first information available about the Kalashnikov rifles Few drawings, all crude copies from the original (field?) manual but effective. (all black & white) A lot of good technical information and operational instructions
Life Magazine: North Vietnam Soldiers Vol. 64, No. 7 February 16 1968;
A TENSE INTERLUDE IN HUE: A woman photographer falls into North Vietnamese hands in the midst of battle and brings back pictures and a story. By Catherine Leroy. COVER: Remarkable day in HUE. The Enemy lets me take his picture, by Catherine Leroy. North Vietnamese soldiers with Chinese AK-47 automatic rifles guard captured strongpoint in HUE.
The World’s Assault Rifles & Automatic Carbines (The World’s Weapons Series, Vol. 2) Gary Paul Johnston, Thomas B. Nelson Hardcover; 1228 pages Publisher: T. B. N. Enterprises 1967 Ironside Intl Pub; Revised Second Edition edition (April 19, 2010) ISBN-10: 0935554009 ISBN-13: 978-0935554007