Egyptian AK47 Bayonets

Egyptian AK47 Bayonets

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AK Bayonet Types

AK Bayonet Types

AK47
AKM Type I
AKM Type II / Early AK74
AK74

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AK47 Krink Overview

We take a look at the short AK rifles, called Krinkov, “Krink” or “Ksyukha” (Suchka) – Little Bitch

AK47 Krink Overview
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0:38 History
2:54 Nomenclature
5:18 Identification
5:26 • Folding Stock
5:38 • Hinged Dust Cover
6:03 • Muzzle Device
6:14 • 2 Position Rear Sight
6:33 • Front Sight on Gas Block
6:50 Articles / Photo

AK47 Reviews, Pictures, Information and More
Abtomat Kalashnikova Model 1947 (AK47)
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Bayonets on the way

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looks like we will be taking another look at some AK (Kalashnikov) bayonets soon

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Ready for Krinks?

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We have a few ideas for articles about the Krinkov short AK

stay tuned for lots more about the Krink

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AK47 Pistols Compared / Reviewed

AK47 Pistols Compared / Reviewed

AK47 Pistols .pdf
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Wise Lite Arms
0:45 AK Nightwatch III
1:07 Gen 2 AK47 Pistol

Special Interest Arms
1:29 Micro Galil AK47 Pistol
1:49 AK47 Pistol

Century International Arms
2:13 Draco AK47 Pistol

Ewbank Manufacturing
2:25 Micro AK47 Pistol
2:35 Mini AK47 Pistol
2:43 AK47 Pistols

B-West
2:52 Mars Pistol

Horn’s Custom Rifles
3:06 AK47 Pistol
3:18 AK Pistol Videos

3:30 AK Pistol Videos

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AK rifle ammo identification

From the J.A.Freeman AK47 / AK74 Website
AK rifle ammo identification

7.62x39mm

The 7.62x39mm cartridge was invented by the Russians and adopted as the M-43 cartridge in 1943. The cartridge was developed in response to getting there ass's kicked by the Germans with their new Mkb-42 assault rifle that fired the 7.92x33mm cartridge from it's 30rd mag. Latter in 1944 the German developed the Stg-44 which used stamped sheet metal receiver and 30rd mag. The Stg stands for Sturmgewher which translates to Assault Rifle. The first rifle the Russians designed to fire the new cartridge was the SKS-45 adopted in 1945. The 10 shot fixed mag of the SKS just didn't cut it and the AK-47 that used a 30rd mag was adopted in 1947.

The 7.62x39mm cartridge was invented by the Russians and adopted as the M-43 cartridge in 1943. The cartridge was developed in response to getting there ass’s kicked by the Germans with their new Mkb-42 assault rifle that fired the 7.92x33mm cartridge from it’s 30rd mag. Latter in 1944 the German developed the Stg-44 which used stamped sheet metal receiver and 30rd mag. The Stg stands for Sturmgewher which translates to Assault Rifle. The first rifle the Russians designed to fire the new cartridge was the SKS-45 adopted in 1945. The 10 shot fixed mag of the SKS just didn’t cut it and the AK-47 that used a 30rd mag was adopted in 1947.

Chinese 7.62x39mm

Ammo

The Chinese leader Chairman Mao Tse-dong formed very close ties to the Russians in the early 1950′s. This resulted in lots of aid from the Russians. Some of the aid was the boxing up of the machinery of whole factories to produce the SKS and AK-47 rifles. The Russians supplied the machinery and technicians to set the factories up. The SKS,AK-47,and the 7.62x39mm cartridge were adopted by the Chinese in 1956. This resulted in both rifles and the cartridge being called the type-56 for year of adoption. Chinese steel core ammo was banned by the BATF in a letter to FFL dealers and importers in Febuary,1994. All Chinese ammo was imported till May of 1994 when Pres. Clinton sent a letter to the BATF outlawing imports of Chinese ammo and guns.

 

The first 7.62x39mm ammo imported to the USA was military surplus. It was packed in 2 sealed metal tins per wooden case. The ammo for the SKS rifle was packed in 550 rounds per tin,1100 rounds per wooden case. It was on 10rd stripper clips with 2 or 3 stripper clips per 20rd or 30rd paper wrapped bundle. Some were tied with string and some not.
The first 7.62x39mm ammo imported to the USA was military surplus. It was packed in 2 sealed metal tins per wooden case. The ammo for the SKS rifle was packed in 550 rounds per tin,1100 rounds per wooden case. It was on 10rd stripper clips with 2 or 3 stripper clips per 20rd or 30rd paper wrapped bundle. Some were tied with string and some not.

All ammo packed in the paper wrapped bundles has steel core bullets.

The first 7.62x39mm ammo imported to the USA was military surplus. It was packed in 2 sealed metal tins per wooden case. The ammo for the SKS rifle was packed in 550 rounds per tin,1100 rounds per wooden case. It was on 10rd stripper clips with 2 or 3 stripper clips per 20rd or 30rd paper wrapped bundle. Some were tied with string and some not. The Chinese surplus ammo was also packed in 20 round paper wrapped bundles tied with string in tins of 700 or 720. Wooden cases of 1400 or 1440.

The Chinese surplus ammo was also packed in 20 round paper wrapped bundles tied with string in tins of 700 or 720. Wooden cases of 1400 or 1440.

The Chinese surplus ammo was also packed in 20 round paper wrapped bundles tied with string in tins of 700 or 720. Wooden cases of 1400 or 1440.

Here is a pic of the headstamps of Chinese ammo. The top number is the number of the factory that produced the ammo. The bottom number is the year of production.

Here is a pic of the headstamps of Chinese ammo. The top number is the number of the factory that produced the ammo. The bottom number is the year of production.

Here is a pic of the earliest and latest dated Chinese ammo imported to the US.

Here is a pic of the earliest and latest dated Chinese ammo imported to the US.

How to tell if your ammo has steel core bullets

The cartridge in the center has a steel core bullet. The others on either side have lead core bullets except the one on the right that is a experimental round that has plastic beads in the nose and a lead core.
The cartridge in the center has a steel core bullet. The others on either side have lead core bullets except the one on the right that is a experimental round that has plastic beads in the nose and a lead core.

You can’t use a magnet to check if your ammo has steel core bullets!

All Chinese ammo uses bullets made with copper plated steel jackets, So using a magnet is useless because it will be sticking to the steel bullet jacket and not the steel core. The only way to tell if your ammo is steel core is to pull a bullet. Steel core bullets are over 1
All Chinese ammo uses bullets made with copper plated steel jackets, So using a magnet is useless because it will be sticking to the steel bullet jacket and not the steel core. The only way to tell if your ammo is steel core is to pull a bullet. Steel core bullets are over 1″ long, have a boat tail, and have black sealer on them. In the pic the steel core bullet is on the left and the lead core on the right.

Only Chinese factories 31, 71, 311 and 351 made lead core ball. (maybe 61 also, but not sure)
Any other Chinese factory code will be steel core.
Lead core ball from 31 ALWAYS has a green case mouth seal.
Lead core ball from 71 ALWAYS has a knurled crimping groove on the projectile.
Lead core ball from 311 and 351 is harder to tell, but generally the rounds have NO case mouth seal or primer seal and date from 1991-1994
The earliest known lead core from 31 is 1990 dated.
The earliest known lead core from 71 is 1988 dated.

Commercial Packaged Ammo


All the commercial ammo was packed in the same style wooden crates as the surplus ammo. The first commercial ammo I saw was the green box Norinco that was packed 20rds per box,600rds per tin, and 2 tins per wooden case of 1200rds. Afterwards all the ammo was packed 60-20rd boxes per wooden case and all the boxes were wrapped in one large clear plastic bag.


All the commercial ammo was packed in the same style wooden crates as the surplus ammo. The first commercial ammo I saw was the green box Norinco that was packed 20rds per box,600rds per tin, and 2 tins per wooden case of 1200rds. Afterwards all the ammo was packed 60-20rd boxes per wooden case and all the boxes were wrapped in one large clear plastic bag.

All the commercial ammo was packed in the same style wooden crates as the surplus ammo. The first commercial ammo I saw was the green box Norinco that was packed 20rds per box,600rds per tin, and 2 tins per wooden case of 1200rds. Afterwards all the ammo was packed 60-20rd boxes per wooden case and all the boxes were wrapped in one large clear plastic bag.
All the commercial ammo was packed in the same style wooden crates as the surplus ammo. The first commercial ammo I saw was the green box Norinco that was packed 20rds per box,600rds per tin, and 2 tins per wooden case of 1200rds. Afterwards all the ammo was packed 60-20rd boxes per wooden case and all the boxes were wrapped in one large clear plastic bag.

5.56x45mm

Chinese 223 Remington ammo mfg. by Norinco was imported in 20 rd yellow boxes with a Styrofoam insert. It was brass cased, boxer primed, with a 55 grain fmj bullet. The headstamp is a C at 10 o’clock, a J at 2 o’clock, and a single digit for year of mfg. at 6 o’clock.

This ammo came packed 60- 20 round boxes per 1200 round wooden case. Having shot and reloaded the cases several times I can say that it is pretty good ammo.

Chinese military surplus ammo was imported in 7.62x25mm,9x18mm Makarov, 7.62x39mm, and 7.62x54R mm. Commercial packaged ammo was imported in 7.62x25mm, 9x18mm Makarov, 9x19mm, 45acp, 5.56x45mm / 223 Remington, 30 Carbine, 7.62x39mm, 7.62x51mm / 308 Winchester, and 7.62x54R. The Chinese 30 Carbine ammo was pretty interesting as it had the same headstamp as US military ammunition made at the Lake City Ammunition Plant in 1952. That is
Chinese military surplus ammo was imported in 7.62x25mm,9x18mm Makarov, 7.62x39mm, and 7.62x54R mm. Commercial packaged ammo was imported in 7.62x25mm, 9x18mm Makarov, 9x19mm, 45acp, 5.56x45mm / 223 Remington, 30 Carbine, 7.62x39mm, 7.62x51mm / 308 Winchester, and 7.62x54R. The Chinese 30 Carbine ammo was pretty interesting as it had the same headstamp as US military ammunition made at the Lake City Ammunition Plant in 1952. That is “L C 52″.

Russian Ammo

Small quantities of Russian ammo was imported from other countries but was in small amounts intended for the cartridge collector market or mislabeled as to country of mfg. Until the fall of the Soviet Union all arms and ammo were banned from import to the US by law. A large amount of Russian steel core 7.62x39mm ammo was imported in late 1993/early 1994 but due to the BATF re-classifying 7.62x39mm steel core ammo as armor piercing ammo in February 1994. The import or sale of 7.62x39mm ammo with steel core bullets by FFL holders was banned to anyone one but military, law enforcement, or other govt. agencies. So very little of it made it into the hands of shooters or collectors. As you can see in the picture below it came in unmarked 20rd boxes.
Small quantities of Russian ammo was imported from other countries but was in small amounts intended for the cartridge collector market or mislabeled as to country of mfg. Until the fall of the Soviet Union all arms and ammo were banned from import to the US by law. A large amount of Russian steel core 7.62x39mm ammo was imported in late 1993/early 1994 but due to the BATF re-classifying 7.62x39mm steel core ammo as armor piercing ammo in February 1994. The import or sale of 7.62x39mm ammo with steel core bullets by FFL holders was banned to anyone one but military, law enforcement, or other govt. agencies. So very little of it made it into the hands of shooters or collectors. As you can see in the picture below it came in unmarked 20rd boxes.
The re-classifying of steel core ammo put a stop to the import of Russian 7.62x39mm ammo till 1995 when a large amount of ammo was imported from Germany. In Germany stocks of former East German steel core ammo from Russia, Romania, and East Germany had the bullets pulled and lead core bullets seated in the cases so it could be imported to the USA. This ammo even though new bullets were used the cases still had the corrosive primers in them. So make sure to clean your rifle thoroughly. The banning of steel core ammo in February 1994 and the banning of all Chinese ammo imports in April 1994 resulted in the price of a case of 7.62x39mm going up to over 3 times the price it was before the 1994 ammo import bans. The import of the large quantity of the re-bulleted German ammo resulted in the price dropping from over $300 per case to a little under $200 a couple months after it was first imported. In 1997 imports of new production Russian 7.62x39mm ammo with lead core bullets started coming into the US and case prices started dropping. The first was packed in plain white boxes with black printing. In this pic the box is unfolded so all the printing can be seen but it is the standard style 20rd box that all 7.62x39mm Russian ammo comes in.
The re-classifying of steel core ammo put a stop to the import of Russian 7.62x39mm ammo till 1995 when a large amount of ammo was imported from Germany. In Germany stocks of former East German steel core ammo from Russia, Romania, and East Germany had the bullets pulled and lead core bullets seated in the cases so it could be imported to the USA. This ammo even though new bullets were used the cases still had the corrosive primers in them. So make sure to clean your rifle thoroughly. The banning of steel core ammo in February 1994 and the banning of all Chinese ammo imports in April 1994 resulted in the price of a case of 7.62x39mm going up to over 3 times the price it was before the 1994 ammo import bans. The import of the large quantity of the re-bulleted German ammo resulted in the price dropping from over $300 per case to a little under $200 a couple months after it was first imported. In 1997 imports of new production Russian 7.62x39mm ammo with lead core bullets started coming into the US and case prices started dropping. The first was packed in plain white boxes with black printing. In this pic the box is unfolded so all the printing can be seen but it is the standard style 20rd box that all 7.62x39mm Russian ammo comes in.

The first Russian ammo for AK rifles imported in shooting quantities was imported by Intrac Arms International LLC and was 5.45x39mm. It was imported in 1997 along with the first AK rifles imported chambered for the 5.45x39mm cartridge the Romanian CUR-2. This ammo had lacquered steel cases loaded with a 70 grain lead core fmj bullet. The headstamp is a 3 over 96 denoting mfg. by Ulyanovsk in 1996. It was packed in 30rd paper wrapped bundles with paper separators in each bundle and the bundle was stapled on both ends. There were 36-30 round bundles per sealed tin of 1080 rounds. Two tins per wooden case of 2160 rounds. Each case came with a tool to open the tins in a cut out in the inside of one side of the wooden case’s wall.

The first Russian ammo for AK rifles imported in shooting quantities was imported by Intrac Arms International LLC and was 5.45x39mm. It was imported in 1997 along with the first AK rifles imported chambered for the 5.45x39mm cartridge the Romanian CUR-2. This ammo had lacquered steel cases loaded with a 70 grain lead core fmj bullet. The headstamp is a 3 over 96 denoting mfg. by Ulyanovsk in 1996. It was packed in 30rd paper wrapped bundles with paper separators in each bundle and the bundle was stapled on both ends. There were 36-30 round bundles per sealed tin of 1080 rounds. Two tins per wooden case of 2160 rounds. Each case came with a tool to open the tins in a cut out in the inside of one side of the wooden case's wall. The first Russian ammo for AK rifles imported in shooting quantities was imported by Intrac Arms International LLC and was 5.45x39mm. It was imported in 1997 along with the first AK rifles imported chambered for the 5.45x39mm cartridge the Romanian CUR-2. This ammo had lacquered steel cases loaded with a 70 grain lead core fmj bullet. The headstamp is a 3 over 96 denoting mfg. by Ulyanovsk in 1996. It was packed in 30rd paper wrapped bundles with paper separators in each bundle and the bundle was stapled on both ends. There were 36-30 round bundles per sealed tin of 1080 rounds. Two tins per wooden case of 2160 rounds. Each case came with a tool to open the tins in a cut out in the inside of one side of the wooden case's wall.

This ammo has corrosive primers which can be noted by the color of the primer. Notice they are gunmetal grey and not the gold color of non corrosive primers in current imported Russian ammo.

Headstamps

USSR / Russia Mfg. codes 5.45×39, 7.62×39 and 7.62x54r

3 = Ulyanovsk
7 = Amursk (Vympel)
17 = Barnaul
60 = Frunze
270 = Voroshilovgrad
539 = Tula
711 = Klimovsk
188 = Novosibirsk

Along with the numbers there are also letters and symbols used on Russian commercial ammo. The pic below the headstamps of Ulyanovsk ammo has the two arrows in the circle like on the box. The Barnaul uses the square with the letters in it like on the box. The unmarked box on the right is Klimovsk and the top symbol is used on the headstamps of cartridges mfg. by them.

Tula Cartridge Works produced ammo at first with a TCW headstamp which later became the WOLF brand of ammo. Early imports of Tula ammo came in white boxes with black printing. Early imports of Wolf ammo had TCW headstamps even though they were packed in Wolf brand boxes. Now all the Wolf brand ammo has a WOLF headstamp.

Tula Cartridge Works produced ammo at first with a TCW headstamp which later became the WOLF brand of ammo. Early imports of Tula ammo came in white boxes with black printing. Early imports of Wolf ammo had TCW headstamps even though they were packed in Wolf brand boxes. Now all the Wolf brand ammo has a WOLF headstamp.

As you can see from the pic below the Russians have remained with the same design 20rd box but the graphics have improved over the years. A plain unprinted box imported in 1997,1998 printed box,1999 graphics,1999 colored box,2001,and 2004 boxes on the right with photo quality graphics.

As you can see from the pic below the Russians have remained with the same design 20rd box but the graphics have improved over the years. A plain unprinted box imported in 1997,1998 printed box,1999 graphics,1999 colored box,2001,and 2004 boxes on the right with photo quality graphics.

Currently there is rifle ammo being imported from 4 Russian ammo factories Ulyanovsk, Vympel, Barnaul, and Tula. The Klimovsk factory stopped producing ammo as the last imported was in 2002. Some factories produce ammo under their brand and other brands. Ulyanovsk produces ammo in the blue and white boxes under their name and also the Sapsan brand of ammo.

.Currently there is rifle ammo being imported from 4 Russian ammo factories Ulyanovsk, Vympel, Barnaul, and Tula. The Klimovsk factory stopped producing ammo as the last imported was in 2002. Some factories produce ammo under their brand and other brands. Ulyanovsk produces ammo in the blue and white boxes under their name and also the Sapsan brand of ammo.

Barnaul produces ammo under the Barnaul, Monarch, and RAM brands. The RAM stands for Russian Ammunition Manufacturing.

Barnaul produces ammo under the Barnaul, Monarch, and RAM brands. The RAM stands for Russian Ammunition Manufacturing.

Tula produces only the Wolf brand of ammo and Vympel only produces Golden Tiger brand ammo.

Currently there are 3 types of

The Bear brands of Russian Ammo

Currently there are 3 types of “Bear” rifle ammo imported the Silver Bear, Brown Bear, and Golden Bear. The different colors in the name of the “Bear” ammo denote the type of finish applied to the steel cases.

Silver = zinc plated

Brown = brown lacquer

Golden = brass plated

The Bear ammo is imported with soft point, hollow point, or full metal jacket bullets. The Silver Bear ammo was imported with two types of fmj bullets. The first type of Bear ammo imported was the Silver Bear in 2000 that was made by Klimovsk with a standard fmj bullet. Later the
The Bear ammo is imported with soft point, hollow point, or full metal jacket bullets. The Silver Bear ammo was imported with two types of fmj bullets. The first type of Bear ammo imported was the Silver Bear in 2000 that was made by Klimovsk with a standard fmj bullet. Later the “match” Silver Bear ammo was imported made by Ulyanovsk with a fmj bullet with a nipple on the tip.

The next type ammo imported was the Brown Bear in 2001 and the Golden Bear in 2004. The Silver Bear and Brown Bear ammo imported before 2004 could be mfg. by Barnaul, Ulyanovsk, or Klimovsk. Ordering a case of Bear ammo was a toss up as to which company made the ammo You had to look on the box once you got it to see which company made it except the Match Silver Bear which has only been made by Ulyanovsk. For details on what cartridges and bullet types are available go to the importers website at

Bear ammo website

The Russian ammunition manufacturers websites:

East Germany

After the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 the country was separated into two Germanys. The eastern half was controlled by Russia and the western half by the USA, Britain, and France. The eastern half was called the Soviet zone of occupation till 1949 a government organized by the Soviets named the country Deutschland Democratic Republic. The DDR was controlled by the Soviets so the DDR army adopted Soviet military arms and tactics. Due to political and economic forces the Soviet govt. collapsed in 1989 as did the governments of most of the eastern European countries controlled by the Soviets. East and West Germany were reunited into one government in 1991. With West Germany having been a North Atlantic Treaty Origination=NATO member since 1955 all DDR military equipment was incompatible with NATO equipment so was sold off as military surplus.

The First 7.62x39 ammo imported.

In 1992 Century Arms imported 15 million rounds of DDR 7.62x39mm M43 ammo which has steel core bullets. This ammo was not in boxes but sold loose in 1000 rd lots. It had headstamps of DDR ammo factory codes of 04 and 05. The two digit dates of the headstamps were in the 1960's to 1980's. This ammo had a grey lacquer finish on the cases and was corrosive primed.
In 1992 Century Arms imported 15 million rounds of DDR 7.62x39mm M43 ammo which has steel core bullets. This ammo was not in boxes but sold loose in 1000 rd lots. It had headstamps of DDR ammo factory codes of 04 and 05. The two digit dates of the headstamps were in the 1960′s to 1980′s. This ammo had a grey lacquer finish on the cases and was corrosive primed.

Later Century Arms imported some DDR ammo in boxes.

Besides the M43 ammo blanks and practice ammo was imported. The practice ammo was sold by Century Arms in 1000 rd lots that came packed loose, in 20rd boxes, or in 10rd blister packs. The bullet was a copper plated steel jacket that had a plastic core that weighted 63 grains. It works well in AK rifles but is iffy functioning in SKS rifles. In the pic blanks, plastic core in the blister pack and box.

Besides the M43 ammo blanks and practice ammo was imported. The practice ammo was sold by Century Arms in 1000 rd lots that came packed loose, in 20rd boxes, or in 10rd blister packs. The bullet was a copper plated steel jacket that had a plastic core that weighted 63 grains. It works well in AK rifles but is iffy functioning in SKS rifles. In the pic blanks, plastic core in the blister pack and box.
Besides the M43 ammo blanks and practice ammo was imported. The practice ammo was sold by Century Arms in 1000 rd lots that came packed loose, in 20rd boxes, or in 10rd blister packs. The bullet was a copper plated steel jacket that had a plastic core that weighted 63 grains. It works well in AK rifles but is iffy functioning in SKS rifles. In the pic blanks, plastic core in the blister pack and box.
After the 1994 reclassification of steel core 7.62x39mm by the BATF as armor piercing ammo millions of rounds of M43 ammo was remanufactured in the former DDR. This ammo was of DDR and Hungarian mfg. denoted by the 04,05,and 22 factory codes of the headstamps. The M43 bullets were pulled a new mfg. lead core bullets were seated in the cases. It was imported in late 1994 and 1995. While legal to import with the lead core bullets all this ammo still had the corrosive primers in it. It was packed in white 20rd boxes with black printing and sold in 1000 rd cases. It was the first ammo to come in after the ban on Chinese guns and ammo that made the price of 7.62x39mm ammo rise to over $300 per case. All ammo from East Germany is corrosive primed. So make sure to clean your rifle as soon as possible after firing it.
After the 1994 reclassification of steel core 7.62x39mm by the BATF as armor piercing ammo millions of rounds of M43 ammo was remanufactured in the former DDR. This ammo was of DDR and Hungarian mfg. denoted by the 04,05,and 22 factory codes of the headstamps. The M43 bullets were pulled a new mfg. lead core bullets were seated in the cases. It was imported in late 1994 and 1995. While legal to import with the lead core bullets all this ammo still had the corrosive primers in it. It was packed in white 20rd boxes with black printing and sold in 1000 rd cases. It was the first ammo to come in after the ban on Chinese guns and ammo that made the price of 7.62x39mm ammo rise to over $300 per case. All ammo from East Germany is corrosive primed. So make sure to clean your rifle as soon as possible after firing it.

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Semi automatic rifles of AK-47 and AK-74 design were/are imported from Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Yugoslavia. They were/are imported in 5.45x39mm, 5.56x45mm / .223 Remington, 7.62x39mm, 7.62x51mm / .308 Win

Here is a pic of the headstamps of Chinese ammo. The top number is the number of the factory that produced the ammo. The bottom number is the year of production.From the J.A.Freeman AK47 / AK74 Website

The 7.62x39mm cartridge was invented by the Russians and adopted as the M-43 cartridge in 1943. The cartridge was developed in response to getting there ass's kicked by the Germans with their new Mkb-42 assault rifle that fired the 7.92x33mm cartridg

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AK47 Flare Launcher ??

We take a look at a CZ BRNO RV85 26.5mm Flare Launcher which looks like their Vz.58 rifle (AK47) but a flare rifle.. at Big Sandy Spring 2011

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Red Dawn – Movie Review

For many the movie Red Dawn holds a special place. It was not a groundbreaking movie at the time it was made. It had a few claims to fame, but at the time it was no award winner.

Looking back on it however many AK47 enthusiasts feel this was their introduction to the AK47. The movie is about the Russians and Cubans attacking the United States and in particular, a group of kids in Colorado who are thrown into the fight unexpectedly one day at school. They escape the initial attacks and eventually learn to fight back at the invaders using their own weapons against them in true insurgent fashion.

This means they use the AK47, PKM, RPG and lots of other Soviet weaponry which was really new to the big screen at the time the movie was made.

In our time, no foreign army has ever occupied American soil… Until now.

For many the movie Red Dawn holds a special place. It was not a groundbreaking movie at the time it was made. It had a few claims to fame, but at the time it was no award winner. Looking back on it however many AK47 enthusiasts feel this was their introduction to the AK47. The movie is about the Russians and Cubans attacking the United States and in particular, a group of kids in Colorado who are thrown into the fight unexpectedly one day at school. They escape the initial attacks and eventually learn to fight back at the invaders using their own weapons against them in true insurgent fashion. This means they use the AK47, PKM, RPG and lots of other Soviet weaponry which was really new to the big screen at the time the movie was made.
Red Dawn from the movie poster

Soviet Union suffers worst wheat harvest in 55 years… Labor and food riots in Poland. Soviet troops invade… Cuba and Nicaragua reach troop strength goals of 500,000. El Salvador and Honduras fall… Greens Party gains control of West German Parliament.

Soviet Union suffers worst wheat harvest in 55 years… Labor and food riots in Poland. Soviet troops invade… Cuba and Nicaragua reach troop strength goals of 500,000. El Salvador and Honduras fall… Greens Party gains control of West German Parliament.

Soviet Union suffers worst wheat harvest in 55 years…

Labor and food riots in Poland. Soviet troops invade…

Cuba and Nicaragua reach troop strength goals of 500,000.
El Salvador and Honduras fall…

Greens Party gains control of West German Parliament.
Demands withdrawal of nuclear weapons from European soil…

Mexico plunged into revolution…

NATO dissolves.
United States stands alone.

Soviet Union suffers worst wheat harvest in 55 years… Labor and food riots in Poland. Soviet troops invade… Cuba and Nicaragua reach troop strength goals of 500,000. El Salvador and Honduras fall… Greens Party gains control of West German Parliament.
Red Dawn was the first movie to be released with a Motion Picture Association of America PG-13 rating

Red Dawn was the first movie to be released with a Motion Picture Association of America PG-13 rating

The Rough Riders "Far better it is to dare mighty things .. than take rank with those poor, timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt, 1899
The Rough Riders

“Far better it is to dare mighty things ..
than take rank with those poor, timid spirits
who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt, 1899

The Rough Riders "Far better it is to dare mighty things .. than take rank with those poor, timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt, 1899

Patrick Swayze as Jedd Eckert and Charlie Sheen as Matt Eckert, brothers who stick together and fight till the end
Patrick Swayze as Jedd Eckert and Charlie Sheen as Matt Eckert, brothers who stick together and fight till the end

Patrick Swayze as Jedd Eckert and Charlie Sheen as Matt Eckert, brothers who stick together and fight till the end

Lea Thompson as Erica Mason and Jennifer Grey as Toni Mason sisters who survive the invasion and travel via the underground to their grandfathers farm where they are finally handed off to the Wolverines to care for. The sisters eventually start to fight too and turn hard core by the end of the movie although one does die
Lea Thompson as Erica Mason and Jennifer Grey as Toni Mason sisters who survive the invasion and travel via the underground to their grandfathers farm where they are finally handed off to the Wolverines to care for. The sisters eventually start to fight too and turn hard core by the end of the movie although one does die

Lea Thompson as Erica Mason and Jennifer Grey as Toni Mason sisters who survive the invasion and travel via the underground to their grandfathers farm where they are finally handed off to the Wolverines to care for. The sisters eventually start to fight too and turn hard core by the end of the movie although one does die

C. Thomas Howell as Robert Morris the coolest dude in the movie, and Doug Toby as Aardvark (Arturo) who will live on as the guy holding the AK high over his head as he yells ‘WOLVERINES” after a successful attack on some commies

Brad Savage as Danny who is a wuss (you'll see) and Darren Dalton as Daryl Bates who is a wuss and a traitor
Brad Savage as Danny who is a wuss (you’ll see) and Darren Dalton as Daryl Bates who is a wuss and a traitor

Brad Savage as Danny who is a wuss (you'll see) and Darren Dalton as Daryl Bates who is a wuss and a traitor

These Mc Ds scenes are into he trailer.. The original trailer that comes on the laserdisc shows a scene with a tank rolling up to a McDonalds restaurant where enemy soldiers are eating. This scene does not appear in the final cut, and may have been removed due to a mass murder at a McDonalds in San Ysidro, CA, just weeks prior to the film's opening. - Wikipedia
These Mc Ds scenes are into he trailer.. The original trailer that comes on the laserdisc shows a scene with a tank rolling up to a McDonalds restaurant where enemy soldiers are eating. This scene does not appear in the final cut, and may have been removed due to a mass murder at a McDonalds in San Ysidro, CA, just weeks prior to the film’s opening.- Wikipedia

These Mc Ds scenes are into he trailer.. The original trailer that comes on the laserdisc shows a scene with a tank rolling up to a McDonalds restaurant where enemy soldiers are eating. This scene does not appear in the final cut, and may have been removed due to a mass murder at a McDonalds in San Ysidro, CA, just weeks prior to the film's opening. - Wikipedia

The illustration of Genghis Khan in the high school classroom at the beginning of the film is a caricature of director John Milius. - Wikipedia
The illustration of Genghis Khan in the high school classroom at the beginning of the film is a caricature of director John Milius. – Wikipedia

The illustration of Genghis Khan in the high school classroom at the beginning of the film is a caricature of director John Milius. - Wikipedia

Red Dawn starts out at the high school in the town of Calumet, Colorado.
Red Dawn starts out at the high school in the town of Calumet, Colorado.

Red Dawn starts out at the high school in the town of Calumet, Colorado.

A group of young people who become partisans, utilizing guerrilla warfare to resist the resulting occupation... well wouldn't you if they shot your car ??
A group of young people who become partisans, utilizing guerrilla warfare to resist the resulting occupation… well wouldn’t you if they shot your car ??

A group of young people who become partisans, utilizing guerrilla warfare to resist the resulting occupation... well wouldn't you if they shot your car ??

The group of kids runs away after seeing their school and cars get shot at. They head to Robert Morris' Dad's store and stock up on the essentials; soda, bow & arrow, radio, cans of soup and more soda.. they also get a few guns
The group of kids runs away after seeing their school and cars get shot at. They head to Robert Morris’ Dad’s store and stock up on the essentials; soda, bow & arrow, radio, cans of soup and more soda.. they also get a few guns

The group of kids runs away after seeing their school and cars get shot at. They head to Robert Morris' Dad's store and stock up on the essentials; soda, bow & arrow, radio, cans of soup and more soda.. they also get a few guns

There's a scene where they shovel ammo off a shelf into a box for the kids to take along on their escape.. but I noticed as I was preparing these images, they are really shoveling boxes of 'primed cases' (the shiny brass part of a bullet, but not the complete bullet so these wouldn't really help them unless they planned to reload in the hills... anyway a classic like this one shouldn't be picked apart, so lets move on.
There’s a scene where they shovel ammo off a shelf into a box for the kids to take along on their escape.. but I noticed as I was preparing these images, they are really shoveling boxes of ‘primed cases’ (the shiny brass part of a bullet, but not the complete bullet so these wouldn’t really help them unless they planned to reload in the hills… anyway a classic like this one shouldn’t be picked apart, so lets move on.

There's a scene where they shovel ammo off a shelf into a box for the kids to take along on their escape.. but I noticed as I was preparing these images, they are really shoveling boxes of 'primed cases' (the shiny brass part of a bullet, but not the complete bullet so these wouldn't really help them unless they planned to reload in the hills... anyway a classic like this one shouldn't be picked apart, so lets move on.

So well stocked and still scared the kids head out of town, but encounter a roadblock... we all remember the next scene, and we all know what to do if we need to fill the radiator on our truck..
So well stocked and still scared the kids head out of town, but encounter a roadblock… we all remember the next scene, and we all know what to do if we need to fill the radiator on our truck..

“It is World War Three down there, people are being killed.”
~Jedd Eckard

Eventually the group gets up to the mountains and finds a place to hide out. They decide to wait it out, and start to hunt.. Robert Morris gets his first taste of blood (literally)
Eventually the group gets up to the mountains and finds a place to hide out. They decide to wait it out, and start to hunt.. Robert Morris gets his first taste of blood (literally) That deer looks a little stiff, no?

Eventually the group gets up to the mountains and finds a place to hide out. They decide to wait it out, and start to hunt.. Robert Morris gets his first taste of blood (literally)

Not the first time many of us saw this sticker, but it's been a common saying since the movie.. too bad for this guy it turned out to be true
Not the first time many of us saw this sticker, but it’s been a common saying since the movie.. too bad for this guy it turned out to be true “They can have my gun when they pry it from my cold dead fingers

Not the first time many of us saw this sticker, but it's been a common saying since the movie.. too bad for this guy it turned out to be true

A great scene where the Commie general and some guy talk about form 4473, the ATF form we all fill out to buy guns in the US This may be the first and only time the form has been mentioned in a film.. and how true is it that an invading army could use these to locate gun owners??
A great scene where the Commie general and some guy talk about form 4473, the ATF form we all fill out to buy guns in the US This may be the first and only time the form has been mentioned in a film.. and how true is it that an invading army could use these to locate gun owners??
Eventually the kids get bored of being scared in the hills so they come down to visit and find their town has been taken over and most of the fathers are in a prison camp made out of the drive in theatre. Now they are mad "Boys! Avenge me! Aveeeeenge me!"
Eventually the kids get bored of being scared in the hills so they come down to visit and find their town has been taken over and most of the fathers are in a prison camp made out of the drive in theatre. Now they are mad

=”Boys! Avenge me! Aveeeeenge me!”

Eventually the kids get bored of being scared in the hills so they come down to visit and find their town has been taken over and most of the fathers are in a prison camp made out of the drive in theatre. Now they are mad "Boys! Avenge me! Aveeeeenge me!"

On the way back to the hills they stop by a friends house and get a few girls to join the group. The super hot Lea Thompson as Erica Mason and Jennifer Grey as Toni Mason. THey spend a while being pissed and scared then get into the hang of things and become as tough as the guys and they kick butt 11:59 The Chair is against the wall The Chair is against the wall John has a long mustache John has a long mustache

On the way back to the hills they stop by a friends house and get a few girls to join the group. The super hot Lea Thompson as Erica Mason and Jennifer Grey as Toni Mason. THey spend a while being pissed and scared then get into the hang of things and become as tough as the guys and they kick butt 11:59 The Chair is against the wall The Chair is against the wall John has a long mustache John has a long mustache

On the way back to the hills they stop by a friends house and get a few girls to join the group. The super hot Lea Thompson as Erica Mason and Jennifer Grey as Toni Mason. THey spend a while being pissed and scared then get into the hang of things and become as tough as the guys and they kick butt

11:59

The Chair is against the wall
The Chair is against the wall

John has a long mustache
John has a long mustache

Lea Thompson manages to look good while fighting commies as Erica Mason
Lea Thompson manages to look good while fighting commies as Erica Mason

Lea Thompson manages to look good while fighting commies as Erica Mason

So some commies drive up into the hills to explore on their day off and find a look out point and stop for pictures. This ends in a fight and the wolverines are born. Arapaho National Forest Founded by President Theodore Roosevelt under the Forest Service Act of 1905, the forest comprises 40,000 acres of virgin timber and of the largest strands of blue spruce in the American west. Park camping facilities closed in winter.

American history, I know this well. Arapaho National Battlefield Here was a great peasant uprising in 1908 of wild Indians. They were crushed by president Theodore Roosevelt leading imperialist armies and cowboys. The battle lasted all winter. More than 35,000 were killed. It was the greatest battle of the American west.

So some commies drive up into the hills to explore on their day off and find a look out point and stop for pictures. This ends in a fight and the wolverines are born.

Arapaho National Forest

Founded by President Theodore Roosevelt under the Forest Service Act of 1905, the forest comprises 40,000 acres of virgin timber and of the largest strands of blue spruce in the American west.

Park camping facilities closed in winter.

American history, I know this well.

Arapaho National Battlefield

Here was a great peasant uprising in 1908 of wild Indians. They were crushed by president Theodore Roosevelt leading imperialist armies and cowboys. The battle lasted all winter. More than 35,000 were killed. It was the greatest battle of the American west.

The Wolverines use clever methods to ambush the commies all around the area using their own weapons against them
The Wolverines use clever methods to ambush the commies all around the area using their own weapons against them

The Wolverines use clever methods to ambush the commies all around the area using their own weapons against them

These covered dug outs worked well. The one commie kinda faints as he is shot, dropping like a girl
These covered dug outs worked well. The one commie kinda faints as he is shot, dropping like a girl

These covered dug outs worked well. The one commie kinda faints as he is shot, dropping like a girl

Robert Morris develops a blood lust and to illustrate it they show him carving the number of kills on the stock of his AK47.. I count 35. He uses a cool butterfly knife to cave the marks too
Robert Morris develops a blood lust and to illustrate it they show him carving the number of kills on the stock of his AK47.. I count 35. He uses a cool butterfly knife to cave the marks too

Robert Morris develops a blood lust and to illustrate it they show him carving the number of kills on the stock of his AK47.. I count 35. He uses a cool butterfly knife to cave the marks too

Doug Toby as Aardvark (Arturo) who will live on as the guy holding the AK high over his head as he yells 'WOLVERINES
Doug Toby as Aardvark (Arturo) who will live on as the guy holding the AK high over his head as he yells ‘WOLVERINES” after a successful attack on some commies

Toni Mason leaves an interesting package for the commies at the propaganda store Soviet-American Friendship Center People of America Arise and Join the Revolution what is a wolverine? A small animal ... like a badger, but terribly ferocious It is also the name of the local school sports collective You must kill every one of them eventually

Toni Mason leaves an interesting package for the commies at the propaganda store Soviet-American Friendship Center People of America Arise and Join the Revolution what is a wolverine? A small animal ... like a badger, but terribly ferocious It is also the name of the local school sports collective You must kill every one of them eventually

Toni Mason leaves an interesting package for the commies at the propaganda store

Soviet-American Friendship Center

People of America Arise and Join the Revolution

what is a wolverine?
A small animal … like a badger, but terribly ferocious

It is also the name of the local school sports collective

You must kill every one of them eventually

As they take out the commie patrols they start to mark their kills with the school mascot, the Wolverine
As they take out the commie patrols they start to mark their kills with the school mascot, the Wolverine

As they take out the commie patrols they start to mark their kills with the school mascot, the Wolverine

All good movies have a montage, this is the one for Red Dawn, we see the group take out lots of commies in various ways
All good movies have a montage, this is the one for Red Dawn, we see the group take out lots of commies in various ways

All good movies have a montage, this is the one for Red Dawn, we see the group take out lots of commies in various ways

The Wolverines shoot all the coolest Soviet weaponry like this RPG and these RPKs?
The Wolverines shoot all the coolest Soviet weaponry like this RPG and these RPKs?

The Wolverines shoot all the coolest Soviet weaponry like this RPG and these RPKs?

Another shot of an RPG and a DShK? OK the wolverines don't shoot this large one, but it was a cool pic..
Another shot of an RPG and a DShK? OK the wolverines don’t shoot this large one, but it was a cool pic..

Another shot of an RPG and a DShK? OK the wolverines don't shoot this large one, but it was a cool pic..

Remember when I wrote "Brad Savage as Danny who is a wuss" well here is the proof. Look at this guy shooting the RPG and AK
Remember when I wrote “Brad Savage as Danny who is a wuss” well here is the proof. Look at this guy shooting the RPG and AK

Remember when I wrote "Brad Savage as Danny who is a wuss" well here is the proof. Look at this guy shooting the RPG and AK

Danny being a wuss shooting an AK and Toni shooting the larger RPK like she has a pair..
Danny being a wuss shooting an AK and Toni shooting the larger RPK like she has a pair..

Danny being a wuss shooting an AK and Toni shooting the larger RPK like she has a pair..

The classic AK in the air image that to many of us means Wolverines. Erica shooting a DShK ?
Doug Toby as Aardvark (Arturo) in the classic ‘AK in the air’ image that to many of us means Wolverines. Erica shooting a DShK ?

The classic AK in the air image that to many of us means Wolverines. Erica shooting a DShK ?

There are many explosions..
There are many explosions..

There are many explosions..

Erica finds a pilot and he explains what is going on in China while the US is invaded
Erica finds a pilot and he explains what is going on in Chinawhilethe US is invaded

Erica finds a pilot and he explains what is going on in China while the US is invaded

Did someone ask for Soviet winter camo? Red Dawn has it all
Did someone ask for Soviet winter camo? Red Dawn has it all

Did someone ask for Soviet winter camo? Red Dawn has it all

There is drama too.. what do you do with a traitor??
There is drama too.. like what do you do with a traitor??

There is drama too.. what do you do with a traitor??

The pilot and Aardvark (Arturo) are killed but take out a few tanks with them
The pilot and Aardvark (Arturo) are killed but take out a tank with them

The pilot and Aardvark (Arturo) are killed but take out a few tanks with them

Eventually they needed to end the movie, so the Wolverines let their guard down and get pretty well shot up
Eventually they needed to end the movie, so the Wolverines let their guard down and get pretty well shot up

Eventually they needed to end the movie, so the Wolverines let their guard down and get pretty well shot up

Two fake Russian Hind Helicopters (but fairly good movie copies) come in and start to take out the Wolverines, Robert Morris jumps on his horse and shoots while riding to cover
Two fake Russian Hind Helicopters (but fairly good movie copies) come in and start to take out the Wolverines, Robert Morris jumps on his horse and shoots while riding to cover

Two fake Russian Hind Helicopters (but fairly good movie copies) come in and start to take out the Wolverines, Robert Morris jumps on his horse and shoots while riding to cover

Eventually his blood thirst overwhelms him and he takes on a flying tank one on one (and looses)
Eventually his blood thirst overwhelms him and he takes on a flying tank (Hind) one on one (and looses)

Eventually his blood thirst overwhelms him and he takes on a flying tank one on one (and looses)

Erica also gets shot and dies, but in one of her last scenes there sis a very interesting pistol grip on the RPK? near her head..
Erica also gets shot and dies, but in one of her last scenes there is a very interesting pistol grip on the RPK(?) near her head..

Erica also gets shot and dies, but in one of her last scenes there sis a very interesting pistol grip on the RPK? near her head..

After she is dead a commie finds her but lets take a closer look at the AK he is holding.. Bakelite 7.62x39 Magazine triangle side folder.. woo hoo yet another AK variant in Red Dawn
After she is dead a commie finds her but lets take a closer look at the AK he is holding.. Bakelite 7.62×39 Magazine triangle side folder.. woo hoo yet another AK variant in Red Dawn

After she is dead a commie finds her but lets take a closer look at the AK he is holding.. Bakelite 7.62x39 Magazine triangle side folder.. woo hoo yet another AK variant in Red Dawn

So in a last ditch effort to free some of their friends in town the remaining Wolverines head back to town to blow things up, get shot a bunch more, then die, They stop to hand out AK from this truck along the way
So in a last ditch effort to free some of their friends in town the remaining Wolverines head back to town to blow things up, get shot a bunch more, then die, They stop to hand out AK from this truck along the way

So in a last ditch effort to free some of their friends in town the remaining Wolverines head back to town to blow things up, get shot a bunch more, then die, They stop to hand out AK from this truck along the way

One of the bad guys is this guy. He has some kind of machine pistol
One of the bad guys is this guy. He has a GG-95 PD (Jati-Matic submachine gun) from Finland .. another cool gun, but not an AK

One of the bad guys is this guy. He has some kind of machine pistol

The Cuban bad guy is this guy, this is the end of the action, and about the end of the movie..
The Cuban bad guy is this guy, this is the end of the action, and about the end of the movie..

The Cuban bad guy is this guy, this is the end of the action, and about the end of the movie..

Jedd carving the names on the rock with a RPK on his back, Partisan Rock In the early days of World War 3, guerillas, mostly children placed the names of their lost upon this rock. They fought here alone and gave up their lives, so that this nation should not perish from the earth.
Jedd carving the names on the rock with a RPK on his back.

Partisan Rock

In the early days of World War 3,
guerillas, mostly children
placed the names of their lost
upon this rock.

They fought here alone
and gave up their lives,
so that this nation
should not perish from the earth.

Jedd carving the names on the rock with a RPK on his back, Partisan Rock In the early days of World War 3, guerillas, mostly children placed the names of their lost upon this rock. They fought here alone and gave up their lives, so that this nation should not perish from the earth.

 

Red Dawn (Collector’s Edition)
Release Date: July 17, 2007
114 minutes

Red Dawn DVD
Release Date: February 4, 1998

Red Dawn VHS
Release Date: January 13, 1998

Lea Thompson manages to look good while fighting commies as Erica Mason

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