Arsenal SAM7SF lead AK evergreen
Arsenal's SAM7SF

Running Red: The Top 20 AK-47s & Soviet Weapons

The classic Russian design represents a near perfect balance of affordability, reliability, simplicity and durability.

The Avtomat Kalashnikova (better known to the world as the AK-47), the brainchild of Mikhail Kalashnikov, has the distinction of being the most prolifically produced firearm on the face of the planet. Why is this? Because the classic Russian design represents a near perfect balance of affordability, reliability, simplicity and durability. While criticized by many for its supposed “crudeness,” the AK ironically represents its own approach to engineering refinement — namely the beauty of form following function.

Here in the United States in its semi-automatic form, the AK and its derivatives have proven to be extremely popular with American shooters. However, the availability of Russian-made AKs here in the United States has recently been altered. Executive Order 1366, Ukraine-Related Sanctions, has restricted Concern Kalashnikov’s line of products from importation. Unless reversed, this action prevents any future importation of the company’s products. As a result, the demand for and value of Russian-made, semi-automatic Kalashnikov variants has increased dramatically here on the domestic market.

Load Comments