Gun Photos: 25 Tough AK-47s


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This Photo Gallery is excerpted from The Gun Digest Book of the AK & SKS.

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  1. I have the older Arsenal milled SLR 101 with no cleaning rod/no bayonet lug/permanent “shark gill” comp….had this rifle for over 10 years and it has been flawless.
    Very accurate with its hammerforged barrel…a little heavy but that helps with recoil (which is nil)

    Mine has the green NATO length furnature/butt stock…I’m only 5 foot 8 but the length helps.
    I had a SAR1 with Warsaw pact length and it was too short.

    • The safety is just fine, especially when your fingers are nearly frozen or covered with thick over mittens. Besides, we Americans play around with mechanical safeties too much. In a real fight, how often are you going to take your weapon off safe?

    • While the M-16 to M-4 are precision rifles, the locking bolt mechanism is too complicated for the sand, mud, ice, water, and grit that can be found on the battlefield. This leads to problems that a design with more clearance can overcome, like the AK or FN.


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