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Learn what keeps an AK-47 on top of the world

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The world's most popular weapon

The ultimate tool associated with almost every war in last 60 years is the AK-47, a Russian-made assault rifle. But, have you ever asked yourself why it is the world’s favorite small arms weapon? Durability, low production cost, availability and ease of use are the features, which assured the Kalashnikov AK-47’s global success.

The Avtomat Kalashnikov is legendary assault rifle which has been introduced into the Guinness Book of Records as the most widely spread weapon in the world, with 100 million AK-47 rifles currently in use.

So far, it has been manufactured in the numerous versions and the ordinary rifle has been the subject of numerous aftermarket improvements presented below.

Slide handle

The factory installed bolt support is thin and smooth. To prevent unwanted slips aftermarket designers have come up with a hefty barrel-like cylinder with notches.

Controller

The standard-issue controller/safety catch assembly could be handled with both hands. An upgraded version features an additional “spur” enabling the shooter to  unlock the safety catch and change rates of fire with one hand.

Ergonomic Grip Designs

The finger grooves with interchangeable inserts fit any hand. More so, the grip at the front of the weapon ensures excellent balance and makes the weapon easier to handle.

Butt Stock

AKs typically come with either a traditional fixed stock in wood or polymer or the various folding stocks that make the gun compact to carry. An optional telescopic butt makes it possible to adjust the weapon to its owner’s anatomical characteristics.

A cheek rest provides additional comfort and ensures better aiming.

Muzzle adaptors

There are several types of muzzle adapters. Muzzle recoil compensators help keep the weapon steady during firing. Some feature rugged tips effective during hand-to-hand combat. And there are also flash suppressors and silencers which make the shooter less visible to the enemy and keep  the noise down.

Picatinny rail

A bracket that provides a standard mounting platform consisting of rails with multiple transverse slots and designed to mount heavy sights of various kinds.

A great variety of accessories and attachments are now available and the rails are no longer confined to the rear upper surface but are either fitted to or machine milled into the upper, side and lower surfaces of all types of firearms.

Sights

The AK-47 uses a notched rear tangent iron sight calibrated in 100 m  increments from 100 to 800 m. The front sight’s post is adjustable for elevation. Some AK-type rifles have a front sight with a flip-up luminous dot that is calibrated at 50 m, for improved night fighting. Modern laser sights are also available to ensure more accurate target acquisition and fire.

For sure, it could easily last up to 100-years with certain improvements, because it will always be easier to buy a full track of AK-47 for the price of 100 M-4 assault rifles.

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AICW

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The AICW (Advanced Infantry Combat Weapon) is a joint development of the Australian DSTO (Government operated Defense Science and Technology Organization), and private companies Metal Storm and Tenix Defense. This development has been carried out since the turn of 21st century, closely following the concept of the American XM29 OICW system.

Overall, AICW represents the modular weapon system that combines the 5.56mm rifle/carbine component as a host (basic) platform with 40mm multi-shot grenade launcher (G/L) module and multi-purpose electro-optical sighting system, which can be used to fire either rifle or G/L component, and also can provide recon data to external “consumers” such as tactical computers.

The host rifle component of the AICW is the updated Australian-made F88 rifle, which is a license-built Steyr AUG. However, the basic F88 rifle has been extensively modified to accept other elements of the system – for example, the receiver has been upgraded to receive the G/L module at the top, and the butt stock has been enlarged to accommodate G/L electronic fire control module. Other changes include modification to the safety and trigger arrangements – AICW system has a single trigger for both weapon components (5.56 and 40mm) and a three position (safe – rifle – G/L) safety/selector switch at the side of the pistol grip.

The most interesting part of the AICW weapon is the multi-shot Metal Storm 40mm grenade launcher, which looks like a single 40mm G/L barrel but contains three 40mm projectiles stacked one behind the another. These projectiles are launched using the electric ignition impulses, provided by the fire control module built into the buttstock of the host rifle. Since the muzzle velocity of these projectiles is slightly more than usual for 40mm handheld G/L (95m/s instead of 75m/s), host rifle incorporates the recoil reduction buffer, that allows the Metal Storm G/L barrel to recoil against the spring, decreasing the peak recoil impulse.

The top of the receiver hosts the multi-role sights of various type and make. At the AICW VX3 live fire demonstrations that took place in the summer of 2005, AICW prototypes were displayed with ITL Viper multi-purpose rifle sight (that incorporates laser range-finder and digital compass), or with Vinghog Vingsight Fire Control System.

In late 2005 AICW prototypes have not yet fired 40mm grenades with live warheads, nor incorporated an airburst facility. However, it is stated that it is possible to easily adapt most of the existing 40mm grenade warheads to the Metal Storm technology, including air-bursting grenades that are now in development in several countries.

At the present time AICW weapons are available only as the “3rd generation technology demonstrators”, that completed first live-fire trials (as a complete system) in the summer of 2005. Australian MOD had plans to purchase AICW systems in around 2010-2012.

Technical specifications for AICW assault rifle

Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO + 40mm
Action: operated, rotating bolt + Metal Storm patented stacked-projectile case less
Overall length: 738 mm
Barrel length: n/a
Weight: : 6.48 kg unloaded, w/o sight; 7.85 kg loaded w/o sight (30 5.56mm + 3 40mm rounds); 9.9-9.9 kg loaded w. electronic sight
Rate of fire: rounds per minute (for 5.56mm barrel)
Capacity: 30 rounds (5.56mm) magazine plus 3 40mm rounds in the G/L barrel
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Gilboa Snake

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Gilboa Snake Israeli assault rifle

The Gilboa Snake assault rifle was developed by Israeli company Silver Shadow. Originally conceived by Amos Golan, CEO of the company and designer of the famous Cornershot system. Gilboa Snake rifle was designed along the rather old concept of “salvo” fire. This concept, previously developed and tested in the USA under SPIW program in the 1950s and 60s, called for a weapon that fires several bullets at the same time or in very quick bursts, to increase hit probability and provide faster target incapacitation per single “observe – aim – pull the trigger” cycle.

Several experimental multi-barreled automatic rifles were developed and tested in the USA and elsewhere, but the Gilboa Snake seems to be the world’s first multi-barreled salvo-type assault rifle to achieve production status.

The basic select-fire Gilboa Snake assault rifle is, obviously, intended for military and law enforcement Special Forces; however, Silver Shadow also designed a “civilian-legal” version of the Snake rifle, which has two triggers side-by-side, each controlling its own barrel, and each capable only of semi-automatic fire.

The Gilboa Snake assault rifle has two barrels, mounted side by side in a single receiver, made of aluminum alloy. In select-fire version, both barrels are connected to a single gas block with the manual gas regulator. Single short-stroke gas piston runs above and between the barrels, to simultaneously and synchronously cycle two bolt carriers with M16-type rotating bolts. In “civilian” version each barrel is equipped with its own independent gas block and piston.

Gilboa Snake assault rifle

In the civilian mode, bolts are designed to eject spent cases to the side.

Each bolt is designed to eject spent cases to the side, so rifle ejects to the right and to the left through two symmetrically located ejection windows. The military version of the Gilboa Snake rifle has single trigger and three position safety / fire selector, which allows for single “double taps” (one shot from each barrel simultaneously per single trigger pull), and for fully automatic fire (also simultaneously from each barrel). Ammunition is fed from two M16-type magazines, independently inserted into twin magazine housing below the rifle.

The Gilboa Snake rifle is equipped with proprietary return springs system, located inside the upper receiver above the bolt carriers, so it can be equipped with detachable and/or side-folding shoulder stocks of various designs. Sights of various types are installed using a centrally located Picatinny rail that runs above the receiver. Additional accessories such as tactical lights, lasers and foregrips can be attached to the 3-rail handguard.

The Gilboa Snake assault rifle could be a great addition to the world market with it’s innovative design and interesting concept. I’m looking forward to seeing it in action.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION OF GILBOA SNAKE ASSAULT RIFLE

Caliber: 5.56×45 NATO / .223 Rem
Action: Gas-operated
Length: 495 / 800 mm
Barrel length: 241 mm
Weight: 4.27 kg
The rate of fire: not specified
Magazine capacity: 2 x 30 rounds
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