AK-47: The Icon of Insurgency gets a Facelift

Justin King (The Anti-Media)
September 6, 2014

Ethopian Soldier with AK-47
Ethopian Soldier with AK-47

Moscow, Russia – In July, the United States introduced sanctions that barred further importation of the famous Avtomat Kalishnikov from Russia, which triggered a buying spree of the weapons already inside the United States.

In the midst of US sanctions that appear to be futile, Kalishnikov Concern is ramping up production and will achieve around a 40% increase in units manufactured. The company is setting its sights on producing 300,000 units the following year. The weapon will also get a facelift that will incorporate modern ergonomics, modular design, and take advantage of new protective coatings.

The weapon was designed in 1945 by Mikhail Kalashnikov and is known worldwide as one of the most reliable and easy to use firearms in the world. It is found on almost every battlefield in the world from Iraq to Ireland, Gaza to Sudan, Vietnam to Ukraine, and Panama to Libya. The weapon’s simple design will not be altered by the facelift. It will still remain, as African warlords are known for saying,

“So simple a child could use it.”

The sanctions against Russian exports have only bothered US consumers who purchase civilian versions of the weapon. US consumers are still able to purchase variants of the weapon manufactured in Poland, the Czech Republic, the former Yugoslavia, or even Nevada. The advancements in design made by US-based Arsenal, Inc. are likely to be similar to the new Russian design. Consumers can also still buy “parts kits” and make their own rifle with a little bit of machining knowledge.

Even though the weapon has been in production for around six decades, it is still one of the most cost-effective and reliable weapons on the international arms market. Although the grips may change from wood to polymer, the weapon is likely to remain a symbol of revolutionaries around the world.

This article is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to the author and TheAntiMedia.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive our latest articles.