25 How do they make the famous AK-47 in Russia

How do they make the famous AK-47 in Russia

Posted on May 30, 2015 by tim



AK-47 assault rifles are very famous all over the world, everyone knows about the quality of these Russian guns. Blogger Ilya Varlamov Zyalt visited the homeland of the AK-47 rifles.    The main “Kalashnikov” factory is in Izhevsk, Russia.

Let’s walk around the “Kalashnikov” factory and see how they make the most famous assault rifles in the world.

There is nothing really special about the way Russian AK-47’s are made. First off, they make small details and then they just put them together. The genius is in the simplicity.

The only difference is that the small pieces are handmade.


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25 Responses to “How do they make the famous AK-47 in Russia”

  1. Rob Normann says:

    Unfortunately there are a big demand for weapons in this world, and it is not seemingly being better even if we write 2015. One should believe the human being should evolve after what the scientists tell us, but whats happening is quite the opposite. Just take a look at the guys in Kiev.

    • Soviet Samurai says:

      Buy American guns, sell to Ukranian idiots so they can kill each other and Russians. Type Russian propaganda a lot and produce lots of Hollywood movies with Russian villains. Problem solved.

  2. jeff k says:

    Isn’t it AK-74? AK-47 is bit old design and while there are knock-offs in production I don’t think Kalashnikov still makes them.

    • Hendra says:

      yes you are correct they do not make any ak47’s anymore, in fact no one uses ak47’s now, the only ones that use ak47’s would be african rebels.

  3. Communict Cat says:

    Those are not AK-47s… Most if not all are AK-74Ms and some Saiga-12s are seen.

  4. Pom2Ter says:

    Ain’t some of those AK-101/AK-103 and the smaller and compact versions AK-102/AK-104? just asking since they look like those a lot

  5. Blobbi says:

    AK-47 was build there only untill 1959. Then came the AKM, which was an updated version. The AK-74 (guess which year) is what most people mean, when they say AK-47. But that is a whole different gun, with a different caliber. The AK-12 was passed over by the russian military, instead the AEK-971 is supposed to become the replacment for the AK-74 and AK-100 (limited numbers), but in 2014 they recanted and now both weapons are supposed to be used. Albeit only the new version of the AEK-971 has been purchased in relevant numbers.

  6. ed brown says:

    Looks very primitive.

    Any modern factory that produces bikes must have more
    technologies and must require more skills from their

  7. Darius says:

    “I think this picture tells a lot why Russian “Kalashnikov” made AK-47’s are the best assault rifles in the world – handmade quality will always beat mechanical production.” – I do not agree with this. What makes the difference is attention to details, quality control (inspections). Machines have an advantage over human labor – they never get tired and they do not do mistakes. If something is of a lower quality coming from a machine – then it is the human operators fault or the engineers fault who did not design the machine well enough. BTW the phrase also partially contradicts the pictures. In pictures there are many machines producing parts for the guns. The assembling of the gun (and in general many other products) – I believe it is manual in many factories, not only Russian gun factories.

  8. ed brown says:

    QUOTE: “Kalashnikov” AK-47’s are the best assault rifles in the world – handmade quality will always beat mechanical production.

    Very true. All modern cars and electronic gadgets are handmade with stone axes and stone hammers and have rust on them.

  9. CZenda says:

    What a mess. This is how manufacturing facilities looked like here 20+ years ago.

    • Froggy says:

      You obviously never visited your own Brno factory & have not got the foggiest idea of what you are talking about.

  10. Tommo says:

    So that guy at the end, is it his job just to set of guns all day, every day.

  11. Pat says:

    Please install the front sight uncanted. Thanks.

  12. Pom2Ter says:

    Then at the end of the process they just throw them in a container that’s heading for Crimea and Chechnya!!!

  13. MK lied says:

    Best part is the “russian icon” Avtomat Kalashnikov was actually designed by Otto Schmeisser when he was kept at the Izmash factory as a prisoner of war 1946-1952. Even Michail Kalashnikov “slipped” in his later years and partially admitted it (in the 80s he even denied having seen a sturmgewehr before) . It´s a garand, stg-44, remington 8 etc, all in the same gun, as assembled by Otto Schmeisser. /end of lecture. And let the butthurt “stronk” begin… :D :P

    • Froggy says:

      True, the same way that Hitler’s rocket man put the US on the moon but who cares. The AK is probably the most iconic modern rifle design in the world and it’s Russian.

    • Jason says:

      Seriously?! an STG-44 is NOTHING at all like an AK mechanically. You have no clue what you are talking about.

      • MK lied says:

        Learn to read please. The list of weapons including the STG-44 was to name the guns that were copied to make the “kalashnikov” and the STG-44 was, without a doubt, one of them : Intermediate cartridge, curved removable magazine, select-fire and pressure of expanding gas used to reload the gun.
        Go back to school please.

  14. Eric says:

    Actually, plenty of companies still make rifles very close to the original AK in design. This is a non-AKM design. Milled receiver, etc.

  15. Ins says:

    “because of sanctions from the US and EU, the factory now has problems ”

    And why do these sanctions exists? Because russia invaded Krim, that is the real reason.

  16. Pepe Silvia says:

    Cheap stupid rifle for cheap stupid people.

    If it’s not built in Hartford it ain’t shit.

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