Available on August 25th is the 2016 edition of the Book of the AK47 special all-AK issue. It will be the first time this publication coming out under Firearms News (formerly the Shotgun News). I have written on and off in the Book of the AK47 since the very first issue from a number of years back. In my opinion, the Book of the AK47 has been running down for the last couple years with lackluster reviews, a lot of reprints, and few historical/informative articles with folks that have minimal understanding of Kalashnikov or ComBloc type weapons. I’m happy that the Book of the AK47 is now handed back to an editorial that knows AKs.
For this issue I have contributed three articles, but first lets talk about some of the other articles in this issue of Book of the AK47 that I have found it to be interesting and informative:
Richard Venola’s Kraut engineers in Russia article. Many have the common notion that the AK has some German influence in it. How much so? That’s debatable! One thing for sure, Hugo Schmeisser and Werner Gruner (the MG42 designer) was in Izhevsk from shortly after the end of WWII to the early 1950s. Venola also has another piece on the history of bayonet use in this issue.
— “Our Germans are better than their Germans.” Well, at least we named NASA buildings after ours anyways.
Richard King’s modern night vision and the AK article gives you the NV gear choices, and the how to properly set them up on your AK.
Another great informative article is by Mikhai E. Dragunov, the son of Evgeniy F. Dragunov, the frame designer of the Russian SVD sniper rifle. In it, he talks about the life of his father and goes in to great detail about the designing and testing process of the SVD rifle.
Then, there are four articles on AK ammo and their ballistics. David Fortier’s AK ammo for SBR and the secretive Russian 7.62x54R dedicated sniper rounds. Jim Tarr’s ballistic gel block tests of the common 7.62x39mm AK rounds. Col. Chris Pappas (retired US. Army) talks about custom hand loading the 7.62x54R cartridge for precision shooting.
Gus Norcross, the resident gunsmithing writer of Firearms News, tested four aftermarket triggers for AK. I learned from that having an adjustable trigger on an AK may not be a good thing.
My article on Rifle Dynamics‘ suppressed .300 Blackout caliber AK prototype and their 7.62x39mm DMR project. It was a great day hanging out at the range with Jim Fuller (above), the founder and owner of Rifle Dynamics.
My second article is on upgrading the AK handguard featuring the Magpul MOE AK, MOE AKM and Zhukov models. Plus the uniques Israeli AK handguard by CAA, and and Manticore Arms‘ new slim modular aluminum handguard.
The 2016 issue of the Book of the AK47 special all-AK publication is available now at your local Walmart, Barns & Noble, or you could order it online from the Outdoor Sportsman Group’s online store.
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