The Soviet/Russian Army haven't used AK-47s for nearly 50 years. they have been issued with AKMs, then with AK-74 (5.45) variants. the 5.45 is the mainstay of the Russian army, but they have been slowly introducting the AK-100 series for quite some time, as a replacement.I read somewhere that the Russian army, police, etc. are dropping both the Makarov pistol and AK47 in favor of newer model weapons.
that is not going to happen, so you can quit holding your breathIf this is so, should we expect a flood of Mak's and Ak's on the market?
I think AK-47 and AKM went to Middle East, Africa, Cuba. I think the PLO kits were milled and stamped AK, so that account for AK-47 and AKM.The PM (Makarov) will likely remain in service with beat cops and some elements of the Russian military for quite some time. I suspect the time frame for replacement will depend more upon oil revenues than anything else. As noted above the AK-47 and even the AKM have been out of general issue in the Russian military for quite some time. What they've done with these weapons is an interesting question. Quite likely they have been warehoused as secondary standards, heavily used in training, and funneled into the hands of various allies and proxies the world over. Perhaps someone will post a solid answer to the question.
We have Saiga, that's Russian castrated AKM.man, it would be cool to get some true russian aks again. No matter how well used. You can bet after what happened with the first that if it were legal in ANY way that the importers would be all over it like white on rice.....Or flies on shit, whatever your prefered analogy.......