The AK-47 and AK74 Kalashnikov Rifles and Their Variations Perfect Paperback
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Joe Poyer is the author of more than 400 magazine articles on firearms, the modern military, military history and personal security. He has written fourteen books on antique and modern collectible military firearms plus twelve novels with worldwide sales exceeding 5 million copies. He has also written or co-written nine nonfiction books on the modern military.
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- Perfect Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: North Cape Publications, Inc.; 4th Expanded edition (August 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1882391411
- ISBN-13: 978-1882391417
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
I read reviews of this book on Amazon before buying this book. One reviewer stated that the author used photos of semiauto as stand-ins for photos of the original full-auto weapons. My first impression was that the reviewer was being unduly picky, and I didn't pay much attention to that statement.
That reviewer knew what he was talking about.
If you buy this book, do NOT buy it expecting any reasonable accuracy when it comes to photographed weapons.
For instance, on the side of page 11 you will see a semiauto build of a Bulgarian AK-74. It's easily identifiable by its light-colored wood furniture, its East German pistol grip (Identified as such in Fig. 2-49 on p. 39), and by the fact that it was built using screws (?) instead of rivets. It's referred to as a Soviet AK-74 in the color page, a Bulgarian (correctly) on page 91, and as a Romanian AKM-86 on page 101. It is also the same rifle used in the assembly/disassembly section in Appendix C.
Also, on the color page you will see an obviously Romanian AK identified as a Soviet AKM.
There are technical errors in his parts descriptions. In Fig. 2-11 on p. 23, he seems to think that the rear flange on the gas tube (2) and the spring clip (3) are one piece. If that were true it'd be impossible to remove the handguard from the gas tube. In Fig. 2-27 on p. 29, he refers to a "Trigger/Sear Pin". That pin doesn't hold a sear.... But it DOES hold the trigger and DISCONNECTOR. As it turns out, what he refers to as a `sear' is actually the vestigial tab on the back of the disconnector in a semiauto AK (Fig. 2-23 on p. 32) Another small error is that he lists the position of the full-auto pin (which actually holds a sear) on p. 30.
There are some incorrect `facts' in his text.
As a collector, I honestly didn't think this was all that good of a book. While some of the information is useful, much of it is either half-right, generalized, or outdated.
The pictures are very poor in general - on page 4 and 5 for example all of the weapons are semi-auto variants, most with US-made receivers (including a screw build). Some of them are obviously the same rifle with different furniture put on to make them look like various countries' rifles. The same sort of thing happens pretty often (for detail pictures of the AK-74 for example, he only uses pictures of a Bulgarian example instead of a Russian example, even though he is talking about features that the Russians designed and used first).
These might be OK to get a general idea of what a rifle from a country looks like, but it is of no help to a collector who wants to look at mold markings or something. One problem I found was that he does not include close-ups of design and stamping differences between different countries, or variations in production in each country as time went on.
He over-simplifies too many things for a collector. He mentions the wire folding stock used by Romania and E. Germany but makes no mention of the differences between the two (push-button versus lever style, etc). He mentions the AK-74 muzzle brake, but only mentions 2 of the 5 variations that the Russians have, and then uses a picture of a Bulgarian example. Couldn't he at least have gotten a picture of an actual soviet brake, since they are pretty widely available even in the US? He makes no mention of the design and production differences between Bulgarian, Russian, and DDR brakes, or even Romanian 22mm and Russian 24mm which are not interchangeable, etc.
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