Photo essay on Izhevsk

    A prominent Russian blogger has published an extensive photo essay of the stages of production in Izhevsk on her blog. The article gives a full description of the various process’s the AKs go through in their production, but it is all in Russian and Google translating it makes it just barely readable so we’ve brought over some of the more spectacular pictures here. Most of the pictures are very well done.

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    One of the factory employees demonstrating the AK12 platform being fired single handed. Notice the Magpul (or copied/closely resembling) stock and EOTech EXPS 3. 

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    Scopes! They make scopes! Or at least they exist on the factory floor.

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    A drum full of gas tubes. 

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    Barrels, tons of barrels waiting for installation.

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    One of the coating processes that the factory does. 

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    Shooting the AK12 on full auto, notice the different stock from the Magpul theme design. 

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    More than just AKs….

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    A roughly finished Saiga, ready for some outside work. 

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    Various parts in their premature stages of manufacture. 

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    This one seems to have the scope mount installed. 

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    I’m curious as to how previous generations of AK factory equipment are in comparison to this modern day equipment.

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    Easy does it on the SVD, probably a Russian Army contract. 

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    And the Bizon lives on!

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    The stock on this AK Century series is of the third different design from the previous two, also that compensator is relatively new. 

    Miles

    Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

    Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at [email protected]


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