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03 September 13

History of the AK-47 Assault Rifle

This paper discusses the historical background and development of the Kalashnikov assault rifle. The principal variants are identified and their method of operation briefly described. Details appertaining to the manufacturer markings are illustrated and they provide useful data that could assist in the identification of a particular weapon. Consequently the information in this paper is of use to Firearms investigators in the anti-terrorism and human right fields, as well as in war and post conflict environments.

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