AK-47 Photo Essay

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Wired has published a photo essay about the AK-47.

Beautiful wood on that rifle. Pity it is not real.

The AK-47 has evolved over the years, which keeps it relevant to this day. This gallery charts the history of this terrible, remarkable weapon.

The photo essay has some technical mistakes and does not in fact chart the development of the AK-47, but it does feature some great photos.

UPDATE: A couple of commenters have pointed out that the above rifle is probably a fake or airsoft!

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Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Higs Higs on Jul 07, 2009

    I believe the AK in that picture with Mikail is a fake. if you look at the gap that the Safety would cover it appears to be solid.

  • Maze Maze on Jul 09, 2009

    Pretty sure that's the new .22LR AK replica from GSG. They signed a deal with him to reproduce it (Like the GSG5 for an MP5)