Let us see how lives and what air breathes the legendary producer of Kalashnikov guns! While they write about inevitable death of the plant we can see that “Izmash” is alive indeed! It’s been working for two centuries, and will be working even longer!
They often tell about decay in Udmurtia, though we can see a new church here. The previous building was destroyed in 1937 but in 2004 they started construction of the new cathedral at the same place.
Monument of military and labor glory devoted to the deeds of Udmurt citizens in the war time.
Closer to Izhevsk industry
Back in 1941 the production centre of guns was placed in the east of Izhevsk outskirts, on the territory 96 hectares large – it’s twice as large as Vatican! Or a half of a European princedom Monaco!
Probably some of you will be surprised to know that Kalashnikov guns are assembled manually. Though this fact hasn’t prevented “Izhmash” from production of 50 million guns for the last 60 years!
They take their time. In its best years “Izhmash” produced 95 guns an hour! With these very hands!
A barrel is connected with a rod. There are special tools to do this, but some specialists use only a hammer.
That day the plant tested two types of nano-coating: the first is anticorrosion one and the second is one decreasing tension in movable mechanisms.
Assembling a barrel extension and inserting a bolt carrier into it.
When a mechanism is already adjusted manually by a specialist this lady draws screws up tight. Currently 15 students work in “Izhmash” construction centre.
Attaching a butt to an almost finished gun. Women can perform the task!
Though some processes are automated, of course.
And here is the ready gun.