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Russian army ends purchase of Kalashnikov rifles

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  1. jack

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    The Russian army says it is halting orders of the famous Kalashnikov assault rifle until a newer model is developed by its manufacturer.

    Chief of the General Staff Nikolai Makarov told Russian media that the army already had too many of the weapons in its stores.

    A new model is expected to be ready by the end of the year.

    News of the army's decision is reportedly being kept from the rifle's designer, Mikhail Kalashnikov, now 91.

    "We do not want to take it upon ourselves to tell him," an unnamed member of his family told Russia's Izvestia newspaper.

    "It might kill him."

    'Too many'

    The Kalashnikov, instantly recognisable, renowned for its ruggedness and regarded by some as a design classic, is said to be the world's most heavily produced rifle.

    In service in Russia since the 1940s, it has been copied by manufacturers across the world.

    It has gone through several versions, from the original AK-47 - the AK stands for "Kalashnikov automatic" - to the AKM and latterly, the AK-74.

    Gen Makarov said stocks of the rifle exceeded the army's needs "several times over".

    A spokesman for the rifle's developer, the Izhmash plant in central Russia, told Izvestia newspaper that a new model would be ready for demonstration by the end of the year.


    The plant would seek to increase exports and step up hunting rifle production in the meantime, the representative added.

    Link:BBC News - Russian army ends purchase of Kalashnikov rifles
     
  2. Nick 779

    Nick 779 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Feels sad for Mikhail Kalashnikov, but it was a good rifle.:sniper:
     
  3. A haseeb A

    A haseeb A Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    DOes anybody know that how many AKs have been produced till date?...include all versions,licensed and copied produced all over the world.
     
  4. vikas jat

    vikas jat Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    most famous rifle ............a terrorist dont look complete without ak
     
  5. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    approximately 75 million AK-47, 100 million AK-type rifles :2GUNS:
     
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