Vickers Guide: KALASHNIKOV Volume 1


  • 360 pages
  • 13″ wide by 11″ tall (approx.)
  • Commercial quality, section sewn style binding which allows the book to lay open flat
  • Full color prints on premium quality photo paper stock
  • Foil stamped, red linen hardcover
  • Full color protective dust jacket
  • Ribbon page marker

AK-47 Survival and Evolution of the World’s Most Prolific Gun

  • Paperback
  • July 10, 2018
  • 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gun Digest Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1946267104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1946267108
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.5 inches

Written by former Soviet Spetsnaz soldier and avid AK historian Marco Vorobiev, and appealing from both an historic and practical point of view, this authoritative guide will catch the attention of gun collectors and enthusiasts everywhere, especially those who collect and/or shoot AKs and other military rifles.

Kalashnikov Encyclopedia; 2nd Edition

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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. 

The AK47 catalog

The AK47 catalog
Volume 1
by Rob Stott
80 pages
full color photographs, most never before published or posted.

The AK47 catalog covers:
Soviet AKM/AKMS 1960-77
Polish AKM/AKMS post 1990
Polish AK47 grenade launcher variants
Romanian/Yugoslavian full power sniper rifles.

штыки к автоматам калашникова, 2012

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
Iliev (the world’s largest collector of bayonets to AK)
Cyril Baryshnikov (the creator and owner of the portal
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.


Gwozdz, Leszek
Text in Polish
Hardbound, 178pp.
1st Edition 2012
Richly illustrated.
Massive reference.

Russian bayonets:
56-H-212 bayonet,
6H3 bayonet,
6H4 bayonet,
6H5 bayonet,
collector’s bayonets.
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.
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.
KCB universal bayonets,
US M9 bayonet,
L3A1 bayonet for S.A.80 rifle,
combat knifes
bayonets of the 21st century
manufacturer’s marks

Everything Necessary Is Not Complex: 2011

Author M.T. Kalashnikov

Everything Necessary Is Not Complex – Moscow, Association

“The Defence Enterprise Assistance League” (DEAL), 2011
342 pages
– with illustrations.

only 1000 pieces of this books

Book in English

Author M.T. Kalashnikov

Everything Necessary Is Not Complex – Moscow, Association

ISBN 978-5-904540-05-0

“Everything Complex Is Not Necessary, Everything Necessary Is Not Complex” this quote became the motto of Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov.

Part I of the book covers the difficulties and ordeals, victories and defeats experienced by him.

Part II is dedicated to the description of the weapons developed by the outstanding armourer.

Part III is focused on the museum collections and shows of the guns developed by M.T. Kalashnikov

The book includes photo documents from the personal archives of M.T. Kalashnikov and photographs of his weapons provided by museum.

Kalashnikov Encyclopaedia; 1st Edition

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

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:
        Czech Republic
        East-Germany / DDR
        Germany (unified)
        the Netherlands
        North Korea
        the Philippine Islands
        South Africa
        South Korea
        United States
– 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

Михаил Калашников; 2009

Mikhail Kalashnikov: Михаил Калашников
Hardcover: 448 pages
January 1, 2009
by A.E Uzhanov
Publisher: Molodaia gvardiia
Language: Russian
ISBN-10: 5235032934
ISBN-13: 978-5235032934

Автор: Александр Ужанов
Языки: Русский
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.

Charlie Wilson’s War

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press; First Edition edition (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871138549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871138545
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds

From an award-winning 60 Minutes reporter

 a good book on the Soviet-Afghanistan War

Soviet Small Arms and Ammunition; 1995

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.