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  • The AK-47: One of the most iconic weapons of all time, but what was its origin, and

  • how has it remained the same for so many years?

  • Bolt action rifles were beginning to go out of style for the Soviet Union, and inventor

  • Mikhail Kalashnikov was eager to find a solution.

  • His first breakthrough came in 1944 when he designed the ammunition for the AK-47, the

  • 7.62x39mm cartridge.

  • But Kalashnikov got his real break when a competition was held to make a better version

  • of the AS-44 submachine gun in 1947.

  • Kalashnikov entered the competition, and was able to breeze past his fellow gunsmiths with

  • his AK-47 prototype, which combined speed, stopping power, and rugged reliability.

  • There was one problem: People told him the rifle was too heavy.

  • To fix this, he shortened the barrel significantly and also made his most significant design

  • change to date.

  • He combined the bolt carrier and the gas piston into one unit.

  • By doing so, he eliminated the number of parts needed which made manufacturing, repairing,

  • and cleaning much easier.

The AK-47: One of the most iconic weapons of all time, but what was its origin, and

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