November 13, 1947: Soviet Union Completes Development of AK-47

On this day in 1947, the Soviet Union completed the prototype of the AK-47. The gun was one of the first assault rifles ever produced and influenced countless generations of firearms.

AK-47On this day in 1947, the Soviet Union completed the prototype of the AK-47. The gun was one of the first assault rifles ever produced and influenced countless generations of firearms.

Named after its designer, Mikhail Kalashnikov, and the year it was developed, the AK-47 was introduced into selective Soviet army units as early as 1948. In 1949, it became the official gun of the Soviet military and its allies.

It would take the U.S. another ten years before it developed an assault rifle that matched the effectiveness of the AK-47.  The Soviet gun still had the advantage in the fact that it could be developed much more inexpensively.  It remains a marvel in world firearm history.

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