AK47 - The King of Guns - Documentary

The gun has played a critical role in history. An invention which has been praised and denounced... served hero and villain alike.. and carries with it moral responsibility. To understand the gun, is to better understand history.

AK- 47 

The AK-47 is a selective-fire, gas-operated 7.62×39mm assault rifle, first developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov. It is officially known as Avtomat Kalashnikova. It is also known as a Kalashnikov, an "AK", or in Russian slang, Kalash.

 Design work on the AK-47 began in the last year of World War II (1945). After the war in 1946, the AK-46 was presented for official military trials. In 1947 the fixed-stock version was introduced into service with select units of the Soviet Army. An early development of the design was the AKS (S—Skladnoy or "folding"), which was equipped with an underfolding metal shoulder stock. In 1949, the AK-47 was officially accepted by the Soviet Armed Forces and used by the majority of the member states of the Warsaw Pact.

The standard AK-47 or AKM fires the 7.62x39mm cartridge with a muzzle velocity of 710 metres per second (2,300 ft/s). Muzzle energy is 2,010 joules (1,480 ft·lbf). Projectile weight is normally 7.8 grams (120 gr). The AK-47 and AKM, with the 7.62×39mm cartridge, have a maximum effective range of around 400 metres (1,300 ft).

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The Maoist's Arsenal 

The three principal weapons used by the Maoists in India can be seen in the picture below : 

From Left to Right : A .303 rifle, An AK-47 and an INSAS rifle. 
  • .303 Lee-Enfield Rifle : The longest-serving military bolt-action rifle still in official service, first introduced in 1895, still being used by the Indian Police Force. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee-Enfield 
  • INSAS : INSAS (an abbreviation of Indian Small Arms System) is a family of infantry arms consisting of an assault rifle, a light machine gun and a carbine, it was first introduced in 1998. The Insas Assault Rifle is now the standard infantry weapon of the Indian Armed Forces and is based on the Kalashnikov AK-47 action with modifications.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INSAS 
Other than these 3 types they also have substantial number of locally made weapons know as " Country made guns" shown below. 
Locally made Guns
.303's and country made guns constitute the bulk of weapons used by the PLGA. 

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4/27/2013 08:17:00 AM delete

The 3rd rifle on the right is SLR (version of FN FAL).