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Product Details

  • Series: Weapon (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849084610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849084611
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas.

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I would highly recommend this book to anybody with a interest in AK47s.
Dave Kirsebom
Sorry but for someone who wished to know any and every bit about the AK's not the wars and tribulations of the world.
dray
The book has some good information, and seems to have a decent amount of cool pictures.
AF

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By cpt matt VINE VOICE on April 19, 2011
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Author Gordon Rottman spent a lot of years in the in the US Special Forces, much of that during Vietnam, so he has been on the receiving end of the AK-47. He's also written over a hundred different books about the military. I mention that because this guy has credibility.

For those who have never heard of the AK-47, it's the ubiquitous assault rifle used in the third world countries. Original design began in WW2, selected in 1947 by the Soviets to become the new weapon of choice for their Army. Kalashnikov's design was influenced to a degree by German assault weapons, but the AK-47 was more rugged, reliable and cheaper to produce. These traits would become the hallmarks of this rifle from 1947 to the present.

Rottman explains how the bullet size and diameter are important considerations, the pro's and con's of each AK design and builds up to the inevitable comparison between the M-16. The first few pages are very technical, describing the ammo sizes, calibers of weapons and the like, but it does pick up later.

Things I liked - data tables - You can see how the AK-47 differs from the AK-47's or StG44. The 3-D color cutaway was nice; there are some very dramatic color photos of the weapon or kids using them. The author addresses how the proliferations of so many of these AK-47 and AK-74 have influenced the third world creating a "Kalashinkov Culture".

One thing I wish was different - I have fired AK-47's, but would have liked to see one field stripped here. There is one small photo showing a disassembled AK, but its not very helpful Would have preferred one less photo of an insurgent with an AK in exchange for an additional color plate showing step by step how to load the weapon (Yes, it's in the text, but I would have liked to have seen it as well).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CG Veach on March 17, 2013
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Good book, informative and factual. Explains a lot about the AK47 and it's history up to today. I would buy it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave Kirsebom on January 24, 2013
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I would highly recommend this book to anybody with a interest in AK47s. The weapon has quite a history and after reading it I new I had to have one, so I went out and bought one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Long Nguyen on June 8, 2012
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Another well written book by Gordon Rottman. Overall good history and developments of AK-47 over it long service life.

One little complaint. These is a illustration of three Russian soldiers engaging in what look like a firefight, but all three weapons are on safe! The one with the RPK shouldn't be ever to fired his weapon, but there spent shells ejecting out of it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig on July 23, 2013
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Great little book with a lot of interesting history.
If you love the avtomat kalashnikova, you should have this book!
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