Interview with Larry Vickers: is AK obsolete? 5.45 or 7.62? What are the essential AK upgrades?

Vladimir Onokoy
by Vladimir Onokoy

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Recently, Larry Vickers visited Russia to take some high-quality pictures for his new book – VICKERS GUIDE: KALASHNIKOV (Volume 1):

On the last day of the trip, I had an opportunity to interview him. I asked him several most popular questions that are coming up again and again in any AK community – caliber preference (7.62 or 5.45), necessary upgrades for a modern AK, possible future of the platform and how he heard about an AK for the first time.

The first part of the interview is about his books and impressions regarding recent Kalashnikov factory visit:

Last January, I also interviewed Jim Fuller and Travis Haley on their opinions about AKs, the interviews should be published soon. Is there anybody else you would like to see an interview with? Write your suggestions in the comments.

Vladimir Onokoy
Vladimir Onokoy

Vladimir Onokoy is a small arms subject matter expert and firearms instructor. Over the years he worked in 20 different countries as a security contractor, armorer, firearms industry sales representative, product manager, and consultant. His articles were published in the Recoil magazine, Small Arms Review, Small Arms Defence Journal, and Silah Report. He also contributed chapters to books from the "Vickers Guide: Kalashnikov" series. Email: machaksilver at gmail dot com. Facebook: Instagram: YouTube:

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  • LCON LCON on Aug 01, 2018

    AK Obsolete? No a bit long in the tooth but can be updated. As long as we are still using intermediate caliber if's more or less here.

  • Tom Choads Tom Choads on Aug 01, 2018

    I found the discussion of Larry's general experiences in Moscow interesting. To be quite frank, it is inspiring how decent and humane the Russian people are to not universally hate Americans over the evil things that 'American' advisors did in coalition with 'Russian' oligarchs back in the 90s, under that corrupt scumbag Yeltsin. And the way that the controlled American government has attacked Russia and the Russian people for turfing out these murderous oligarchs, like killer Bill Browder.