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
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 “