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

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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 is a small arms subject matter expert and firearms instructor. Over the years he worked in 15 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 created several video series such as “Gun myths”, “Kalashnikov: around the world”, “Larry Vickers in Russia” and “Kalashnikov: evolution” that are available on YouTube.
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