AR-15 Lover Converted to the Kult of Kalashnikov!? The Wound Channel Teaches You the Right Way to Shoot an AK

Is it possible to convert someone into an AK fanatic, or do you have to be born one? Can the comfort zone of aircraft-grade aluminum and nitro-injected ergonomics be overcome by the simple elegance and robustness of the Kalashnikov? This question is one I’ve found myself asking a number of times after I published my love letter to the AK back in early 2015.

Well, William of the Wound Channel, formerly an avowed catechist in the Church of Stoner and Sullivan, recently released a video in which he appears to make a remarkable about face, turning coat and pledging himself to the side he formerly considered heretics and blasphemers: The Kult of Kalashnikov. He gives his reasons why in the video below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recovered from the shock yet? Good! While at first William’s video above might seem like just a gratuitous stunt, there is arguably much more to it than that. Consider for example that rounds like M855A1 and Mk. 318 were designed to penetrate intermediate barriers that the earlier M193 and M855 could not – barriers such as for example a rifle draped across the chest of a Wahabbist terrorist. This test (if you can bear calling it that) – although not scientific – does establish that the M855A1 round is capable of penetrating even substantial steel rifle elements like bolt carriers and and barrel walls. Destroying a $600 AK to this end probably seems like a waste to many readers, but remember that William destroys armor plates of comparable price on a regular basis as part of his work for The Wound Channel. Plus, now he has an absolutely unforgettable wall-hanger!



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Dougscamo

    Ahh, written in the prose of Alex C….More, more!

  • Pete Sheppard

    I own and enjoy both. While amusing satire, it’s sad to see a good rifle destroyed. Will he show an AR being shot up using an AK? Fairness and science, you know…

    • The Wound Channel

      Maybe if this video does well enough I will do an AR version 🙂

      • Pete Sheppard

        With so many firearms channels on YouTube, I haven’t gotten around to yours–that’s about to change. 😉

        • The Wound Channel

          Thanks!! Most all of my videos are serious in nature but this sounded fun!

          • Pete Sheppard

            You definitely worked the pun…If Nathaniel hadn’t given it away… 😉

    • Peter Nissen

      Agree! Quid pro quo – do unto others as they do unto you. Let the games begin, I say!

  • Marc

    Nitro-injected ergonomics huh? Hmmm.

    • Sermon 7.62

      You can do all the same things with AK that one can do with AR, plus some things that can’t be done with AR.

      AK has better ergonomics

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        “better ergonomics” Yeaaaaah, I’m going to need sources cited for that one.

        The AK *can* do everything an AR can do, as long as you don’t mind doubling the weight of the rifle.

        • Sermon 7.62

          Sources?
          You can read this: The AK-47 – Best Fighting Rifle in History

          “After I finished that week of testing, it forever changed the way I look at the AK rifle and I came to the conclusion that the AK was the best-engineered rifle in history.”

          “During the DOD/SOCOM testing, we exploded all the myths associated with the AK such as accuracy, ergonomics, heat, etc. We confirmed that the AK did in fact have incredible reliability. We proved that the rifle was well within the parameters of accuracy, the ergonomics just simply needed to be learned and understood, and that it was an incredible feat of engineering.”

          “The AK is an incredible achievement of engineering that has withstood the test of time and I would argue that it’s the most ergonomic, best thought-out, and least-understood rifle today.”

          • Joshua

            Readymantv huh? You must be grasping at straws to prove your point.

            We’re you in SOCOM?

            The test results I have seen say to the contrary of the quote you posted.

            I find it interesting the author of that article has no information of who he is or what he’s done.

          • Sermon 7.62

            The quote belongs to a person who was in SOCOM

          • Joshua

            How do you know he was in SOCOM?

            Do you know “Jeff” personally? Have you seen his DD-214?

            I’ve never seen a “DOD/SOCOM” testing showing the AK to be the best engineered rifle in history, and I’m privy to all that documentation.

            “DOD/SOCOM” must have purged their findings when it was proven that the AK is best.

            Eh comrade?

          • Sermon 7.62

            This article used to be on a different page and there was his full name and credentials mentioned.

          • Joshua

            Did it now? Can you provide a link to prove that?

            You make a lot of baseless claims I’ve found.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Yes. From his LinkedIn page:

            “Jeff Kirkham has served 28 years with the US Army Special Forces, with numerous operational deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and other worldwide posts.”

          • Joshua

            I also want to point out this part of the article you told me to lookup.

            “right before deploying to Kuwait in preparation of the invasion of Iraq. I had the opportunity to do the first non-bias “official” testing on the AK-47 for the Department of Defense (DOD) and Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Up to that point in time no data could be located on the performance of the AK, where the DOD had officially tested it.”

            That’s also total BS. The government had done multiple tests on the performance of the AK prior to 2002. For someone who got called on by the “DOD/SOCOM” to provide them with “independent” testing he should be privy to the prior tests.

            Then again it’s all just BS.

            The government had testing including the AK going back to the 1950s.

          • Sermon 7.62

            The man is currently a master sergeant with the 19th Special Forces Group. He is a member of his local Free and Accepted Masonic Lodge!

            How can I not trust such a man? I trust him

          • Sunshine_Shooter

            He says the AK is the best engineered rifle in history. He literally said that, assuming it was the best rifle in existence in 1947, nothing in the last 70 years has been better designed by anyone in the world.

            I don’t care what else Jeff has said, anyone that says that is out of their mind when they write that.

          • Sermon 7.62

            “I have used, carried and taught the AK extensively.. It was my choice
            of weapon during the years I spent fighting in the Global War on Terror
            and would be to this day.”

          • Sunshine_Shooter

            So he didn’t say that it was the best designed/engineered, he said that he would carry the weapon that the indigenous people are also carrying and happen to have ammo and spare parts for.

          • Joshua

            5/19 is ARNG.

            That’s not that impressive.

          • Sermon 7.62

            If I cite a general than he is a bad and stupid general. If I quote someone than he is not from SOCOM so he shouldn’t be trusted, aand if he is from SOCOM than he is not good enough to be trusted.

            I get it

          • Joshua

            The issue is he’s ARNG.

            Yes the ARNG has SF units, but they are still ARNG.

            I’ve never met anyone who said “hey guys, I know y’all deploy all the time and see constant TICs but we’re getting this guy from the 19th ARNG to do the testing of this gun”.

            It don’t work like that, and the fact that the author claims that 2002 was the first time the AK has ever been tested is more proof why he’s a tard.

            We have documents for AK testing dating back to the late 1950s.

            For someone who is supposed to be a super smart and awesome 18B and a small arms expert that CRANE would go to him for help…he should know we have data on the AK going that far back.

          • Sermon 7.62

            “Jeff Kirkham has served 28 years with the US Army Special Forces”, “Jeff Kirkham served almost 29 years as a Green Beret”, sounds fine for me.

          • john huscio

            Allow me to retort with this gem from the arfcom thread on this exact subject:

            “Green Berets specialize in teaching other countries’ retards to fight for our causes. Makes sense that he likes the AK. Great for teaching insurgents, guerillas, and soup sandwich troops to fight back. Other Green Beret tasks include teaching the locals not to drink from water they just sh*t in.”

          • Sermon 7.62

            Swiss and Finn soldiers might feel disrespected. In their countries, AK was chosen

          • Kivaari

            There can’t be many people that think the A is a bad rifle. It has some defects that need improving. Sights are crap. Trigger slap. No bolt hold open. Rattles. Poor hand guards, with inadequate heat shielding. Larger muzzle flash.
            That said. I like them a great deal. After owning 25 of them, I learned a great deal about them and find that it took the Finns and Israelis to build the better gun. After 40 years of use, I no longer own an AK or the SKS carbine. The biggest reason is that I like and prefer the AR based rifles. They are superior.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Open sights are good. The fact that in the US ghost-ring sights are preferred doesn’t make it a better sight. Trigger is smooth or should be smooth, on a real AK.

            Real AK doesn’t rattle, has 4 kinds of handguards and also a 1913 rail handguard, and a number of flash hiders to choose from.

      • Jared Vynn

        I would say based off the modularity and basic upper lower designs you can do much more with the AR. I submit buffer less piston systems and lowers like the SCR as examples.

        There is also much more ergonomic optics available for the AR than AK.

        I’ll be in the woods so I might be late in replying but look forward to having an interesting discussion when I get back.

      • mosinman
      • mosinman
        • Sermon 7.62

          This doesn’t explain that AK doesn’t have better ergos!

          • mosinman

            How many rifles have copied or imitate the AR-15’s controls again? And just how many duplicate the AKs? I think the answer I’d self evident, especially when you have that stupid selector/dust cover that breaks your grip on the rifle to disengage, or that terrible thin pistol grip or the lack of a cheek weld anyone you use optics….. I could go on and on why very few rifles copy AK ergos

          • Sermon 7.62

            That doesn’t explain that AR has better ergos.

      • Marcus Toroian

        Listen, I am an AK guy through and through, but that statement is patently false.

        • Sermon 7.62

          No, it isn’t.
          You can put all the same gadgets on AKS-74

  • Sermon 7.62

    So, the point is..?

    • The Wound Channel

      Your avatar and username make me think you are a big AK fan lolol

      • Sermon 7.62

        You are a big AK hater!

        • Joshua

          And your and uninformed, un experienced fudd who likes to step out of his lane in firearms discussions and cite a lot of internet articles.

          • Sermon 7.62

            In polemics it is considered normal to reference an opinion from independent sources.

          • Joshua

            Independent anonymous sources that are mostly blogs of opinions.

          • Sermon 7.62

            I do cite something sometimes, but from respectable sources

          • Kinetics

            Such as Scales’ nonsensical article on the M4? General Scales is s very respectable man but surely not a go-to for small arms related issues.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Yes. The man is a known person and his name is a name. He has an opinion. That’s a respectable source

      • Oregon213

        The question stands…. the point is…..?

      • Joshua

        He’s an idiot I’ve had discussions with him about the M4 and his knowledge was severly lacking.

      • iksnilol

        He’s a goddamn commie, is what he is.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      AR>AK

      There I said it.

      • The Wound Channel

        LOL

      • John Ruhl

        AR + AK What ever ammo the oppressors bring I can use.

  • Tom – UK

    Waste of a good rifle, I’ve no issue with things being destroyed for a good instructional or fun video but this was borings, didn’t show anything new and didn’t provide anything “unique”.

    I’m not one to harp on about waste and the environment and I am a LONG way from being perfect but how are we supposed to turn around to our kids and say “Sorry bud we just didn’t care about wasting high Co2 manufactured goods”.

    • The Wound Channel

      Didn’t provide anything unique? You’ve seen an AK shot with M855A1 before?

      • Sermon 7.62

        It is not an AK but a $300 hunting rifle built to be cheap

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        I think Unique is a bit fast for a rifle powder

    • USMC03Vet

      Npap is not good.

      • mosinman

        why?

        • USMC03Vet

          The receivers aren’t heat treated resulting in metal failure with minimal use. They do this because it’s made for the civilian mark and are willing to sell garbage to civilians. Previous Zavasta PAP AK were made correctly, but the NPAP is total garbage. There are numerous examples of this with receivers cracking.

          • int19h

            Do you know if this also applies to M90NP PAP? They do seem to be different from NPAP in e.g. the use of a thicker (“RPK style”) receiver, like OPAP did. But I’m not sure whether this indicates that it’s manufactured using the same process as OPAP…

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      I have no issue with a rifle being destroyed as long as I have not paid for it or wanted to pay for it. I thought it was funny. If I was rich I would waste a lot of money for my own amusement.

    • roguetechie

      Because Co2 as environment destroying ice cap melter is bullshit mostly intended to make people like Al Gore money through the pointless sales of carbon credits maybe?

      So yes, totally don’t ever tell your kid that because it will make you directly responsible for raising one more stupid drone who buys bad science pimped by very corrupt former vice presidents!

      • Tom – UK

        Ok serious question, I’m not going to debate whether global warming/climate change etc is real because we clearly have our opinions on that and I support that.

        My question is – If you’re wrong and its real and the consequences are as dire as many have stated how will it make you feel?

        • roguetechie

          I’m actually very much on the fence WRT climate change, just not when it comes to Co2!

          I believe that there’s much more pressing environmental issues than Co2, and that IF Co2 becomes an issue every dollar spent on carbon credits is a dollar not spent on doing whatever it takes to stop things like rainforest destruction!

          So it’s not an either or situation at all!!

  • Dirk

    What a waste, children in africa could have used that

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    I thought this video was hilarious. Good job TWC.

    • The Wound Channel

      Thanks man!

  • Giolli Joker

    I had to read the title twice, I first got “lower” instead of “lover” and thought of some weird frankengun from Khyber Pass…

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      Im glad Im not the only one who did that.

    • Gary Kirk

      Ah, Hell.. Someone broke out the Dremel again…

  • Joshua

    I have been assured by the wailing of internet keyboard commandos that no one can make a AK that functions unless it’s Russia.

    Thus a Serbian AK is a POS that will not function.

    Had that been made in Russia the rifle would have functioned perfectly….I’ve been assured.

    • Sermon 7.62

      Serbian AK is good, but that’s not an AK he had. These rifles are not made up to the specs

      • Joshua

        So you agree had that been Russian it would have performed 110% eh comrade?

        • Sermon 7.62

          Russian AK is better than Serbian. More comfortable, has a better barrel. Longer barrel life.

          And if AK-74 is to be taken into account as a Russian AK, it performs much better than M70

          • Joshua

            See everyone, comrade sermon here agrees. Russian AK perform 110%, does not stop!

          • Sermon 7.62

            No.
            Russian AK performs 100%. It’s a benchmark

          • Joshua

            Very good comrade! Imperialist rifle is garbage.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Imperialist means US-made?

          • Joshua

            Aye comrade Sermon. Imperialist vermin no make rifle like Russian.

          • Sermon 7.62

            You’re not supposed to be on a special mission, like, driving around the hills in Humvee, shooting cows or something?

          • Joshua

            I’m retired from my Military days.

            I got lots of spare time now days.

          • Sermon 7.62

            I see. You must be a team leader now in the Internet Forces of Ukraine. Special Operations troll squad

          • int19h

            Amusingly, you’re the first one to even mention Ukraine.

            Wonder why you felt it to be relevant. Heh.

          • Sermon 7.62

            I mentioned Internet Forces of Ukraine. Their troll sockpuppets that are all over the forums and blogs

          • int19h

            That’s exactly the question – *why* did you mention Ukraine? There has been no discussion of Ukraine here until your comment.

            (BTW, what’s the going rate at Olgino these days?)

          • Sermon 7.62

            “Trolls from Olgino” report was fake news.

            There is a site of the Internet Army of Ukraine, i-army_org. You can register and join them and troll for them, receive instructions from them.

            There is Operation Earnest Voice campaign. Google it. And there is the Israeli “Hasbara” troll plant.

            But I can’t see the trolls from Olgino, because there is no such thing. It’s fake news from one liberal tabloid

          • JamesG3

            In 2017, Russians are imperialists. Putin’s more czar than comrade.

          • Sermon 7.62

            No

          • JamesG3

            Lived there, seen that. Da.

          • Sermon 7.62

            No

            Russia doesn’t bomb countries like Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afganistan, Libya and Syria. Russia helps a little bit to some countries if asked to.

          • JamesG3

            There many more ways to empire than bombing.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Like, making “orange” coups, changing governments, financing some fake opposition to create a fake protest, using sanctions and mass-media to damage other countries’ reputation, etc?

      • USMC03Vet

        Correct. The NPAP aren’t heat treated correctly resulting in soft steel that literally will crack with minimal use. Those dirtbags save a few bucks and create garbage for the civilian market.

        • Sermon 7.62

          It must be ordered like that. For $300, one shouldn’t expect a lot

        • iksnilol

          Serbs being dirtbags?

          Say it ain’t so.

      • BrandonAKsALot

        Guess you’ve never heard anyone speak of Bulgarian, Polish, or Hungarian AKs.

        • Sermon 7.62

          Bulgarian are almost the same as Russian but their buttstocks are less straight, Hungarian are strange, Polish are closer to the Russian but none of them is a better AK

      • LGonDISQUS
      • RocketScientist

        Only good AK is Ukrainian-made AK. Anything good form russia, the Ukraine can make it better. Example, Ukrainian men are the only reason russian men’s wives have children that aren’t ugly like their “fathers”.

        • Sermon 7.62

          Internet Forces! Welcome to our forum.
          Talk to Joshua, he is a team leader here

          • RocketScientist

            You just angry your wife ask you to speak Ukrainian in bed. And give your “son” name of Ukrainian milk-man.

    • john huscio

      Chinese and finnish AK are far superior

  • Risto Kantonen

    Nyet! Rifle is still fine.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      At least not made any worse

  • Joshua

    I just noticed.

    Sermon 7.62 is like the Lance of the AK world!

  • Thinker-1

    I think an AR shot up by an AK would need more than one C clamp to keep it all on the table.

  • JamesG3

    This feels like it would make the people behind gun buy-backs happy. That can’t be good.

  • Rob

    I’m thankful for this video, as I now know to avoid the wound channel, and never support it in any way. Why? Because when you do something that makes the anti gunners smile, you are doing it wrong.

    We need less “fanboys” in the gun community (especially the pointless content creator crowd *) and more men, women, and young adults who see a value in all firearms, their ownership, shooting location creation, and all that jazz.

    It may not have been a nice rifle to begin with, and the cost may have been low, but instead of doing the anti gunners job for them, you maybe could have gifted the rifle to someone who could have used it. You know actually made an impact on someone, and not just fed the AR fanboy base (or AK haters) for brownie points…

    I’m sure I’m talking to the wall here, I’m no fanboy of any one type or family of guns, I like most, and even the ones I don’t like, I don’t want to see destroyed.

    *There are plenty of good content creators in the gun community, hopefully the wound channel can study up and learn the difference between good and bad content.

    (I’d be just as pissed if this were done the other way around as well. We are not supposed to give up an inch to the anti side…this guy gives up a rifle.)

    • Every time you shoot your gun you are slowly destroying it. 🙂

    • The Wound Channel

      I’ll make sure not to ever destroy armor, ballistic gel, or ammunition on my channel again

    • Paul White

      Oh no, I accidentally destroy ammo every time I pull the trigger!

  • Walter E. Kurtz

    What a moron. The horror….the horror….

  • Edeco

    Cute.

    Here’s my system; barrel under 20″ -> AK in 7.62. Barrel 20″+ AR in 5.56. Say what you will about 5.56 loads optimized for short hoses, it’s a round peg into a square hole. Certain sets of attributes work well together, others defeat one another.

  • David David FTW

    Convert? Or infect? Because they multiply quicker than most viruses. I bought my first AK three years ago … I now have more than a dozen, with another one on its way to my LGS as I type this. It truly is a cruel addiction for which there is no cure.

    • The Wound Channel

      I bet you didn’t watch the video

      • LCON

        You Sir made my Day. I thank you I needed that Laugh.

  • BrandonAKsALot

    I admit I was an AR-15 guy when I got into the gun world and thought AKs were crap. Now look at me. I have an illness and the only cure is more Kalashnikov.

    • iksnilol

      Son, thy are truely downeth with the sickeness.

  • Seth Hill

    I think TWC needs to shoot an AR15 and compare the results to the AK.

    • Dizpozal

      Results will be a shattered ar reciever. At least the Ak probly could have functioned as a single shot were it not for the bore obstruction and fcg being blown away.

  • moonstar

    He is completely idiot.

  • john huscio

    I like AKs, but the rock in mags are alost a deal breaker ……..that said, I might get another sometime

    • int19h

      Dude. Get some proper steel AK mags, as comrade Stalin intended them to be. Rock them in. Listen to the click sound they make. LISTEN!

      Click.

      Click.

      Click.

      Click.

      You just don’t get that satisfying depth with an AR.

    • iksnilol

      You can get AKs in western calibers with AR magwells.

      • Sermon 7.62

        And the mag will freeze and stick to that magwell. Just like on AR

        • iksnilol

          Then why do many Russian comp shooters have magwells on their Saigas and AKs?

          • Sermon 7.62

            To be able to reload faster

          • iksnilol

            Thus magwells are gooder.

          • Sermon 7.62

            It’s good for sport but makes rifles less reliable.

          • iksnilol

            Wouldn’t a malfunction ruin your score?

          • Sermon 7.62

            AK mags don’t malfunction

          • iksnilol

            But you said magwells are less reliable. Thus meaning that they induce malfunctions.

          • Sermon 7.62

            In the cold, a mag can freeze and stick to it

          • iksnilol

            But AKs never fail.

          • Sermon 7.62

            AK’s don’t have magwells. Plus, don’t forget about the drum mags

          • iksnilol

            AKs do have magwells.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Standard models do not

          • iksnilol

            No, they all do. That bit that supports the mag on the sides is called a magwell, even if it don’t look like one (the prat where there’s lighting cuts on milled AKs).

          • Sermon 7.62

            Perhaps, so

            But it’s not the same as magwell on AR

  • I wonder

    Other than the rounas that eliminated the fcg and put an obstruction in the barrel, i bet the thing would have still functioned as a straight pull bolt . on the other , I don’t think a ar will take severak rounds of 7.62 to the receiver and still fire under any circumstance. It would probably shatter.

  • MadMonkey

    Shooter’s equivalent to the “hurr hurr let’s destroy an iPhone on release day cuz it’ll be so edgy and cool hurr hurr”.

  • Dukeblue91

    That was awesome and fun.
    Thank you TWC.

  • jtf243@yahoo.com

    Okay. This AK was one of the ones with the stamped sheet metal receiver and it was shot with AP rounds.
    How well would an AK with the heavier MILLED receiver stand up to those AP rounds? And how well would it resist NON-AP rounds?

    • Kivaari

      The first AK I ever saw was at Phan Thiet RVN. It had a single 7.62mm hole through the magazine well. After de-burring the hole the rifle worked fine. The VC that was packing it was said to have a very startled look on his face when the bullet passed through his AK and took him down.

  • conrad

    F___ You. I want 6 minutes of my life back asshat.

  • GhostTrain81

    What amazes me is how seriously people are taking this video, demanding with pitchforks that the roles be reversed now lol.

    In the interest of maximum trolling I suggest the next test be a Glock (in 9mm) taking a crack at a 1911 (in 45ACP). Sure, there are tons of handguns chambered for those 2 calibers, but it has to be a Glock and 1911 as those are the sacred cows with the most fanboys :D.

  • Will P.

    I felt my heart just break a little bit. Goodnight cheap Serbian prince, goodnight. :'(

  • Dietrich

    What a sophomoric stunt! How many working class guys with a family to support would have loved to have that rifle!? This is the kind of conduct I would expect from a liberal brat with money to burn.

    • Sermon 7.62

      Some people fund this kind of content made to diss all things Russian and most often, AK rifles.

      • Dietrich

        In a short range firefight, I’ll take the AK over the AR and I happen to own both. Less maintenance and more reliable. I prefer to G3 roller block system.

        • Sermon 7.62

          In a 300-500 meters range AK-74 shoots as good as M4, too. In fact, there is the same set of requirements for them: 4 minutes or less from 100m, that allows to hit man-size targets from 400m

          AK-74 is more accurate in automatic fire, thanks to the brake

          • Dietrich

            I like my AKs, but replaced the horrible rear sights with peep sights from GG and G. It shoots spot on. Would like to pickup an AK-74 before the Socialists get back in power.

          • Dietrich

            Have you ever shot any of Destructive Devices AKs?

          • Sermon 7.62

            No

  • Hellbilly

    What a waste of time to watch that.