yes of cause. Same can be said about the M16 for example. Usually only Gene Stoner gets the credit, although there were many other engineers working on the gun. Or, when talking about Browning pistols, everybody remembers John Browning himself but hardly anyone can remember Carl Ehbets, and a few also cam mention Dieudonne Saive.Likely a lot of hands in the AK pie.
Considering the problems and somewhat ineffective first models of the AK., and the subsequent changes and imptovements that involved metallurgists and manufacturing experts as the follow-up to the design and proyotype stages.
I read quite a bit of his interviews and memoirs and I cannot remember that he said anything to that effectAny effort to claim “this person alone designed the AK” is just tedious dick waiving. Kalashnikov likely had a bigger hand in the gun than most others, but the man would be lying if he claimed that he “invented” it.
I agree with Max here on every point.Funny video, but it has a lot of, say, unsubstantiated claims that do not sit well with actual declassified documents
1. yes, Schmeisser had nothing to do with the AK
2. Video claims that AK-47 was designe dby Zaitsev... key it, in 1947 Zaitsev was noticeably less experienced designer, with zero designs under his belt; Kalashnikov already has at least three different gun designs (SML, LMG and carbine) that were tested with some degree of success, and also designed certain upgrades to Goryunov MG, which were adopted in the SGM machine gun
3. yes, Kalashnikov received a lot of help from the NIPSMVO team in the form of recommendations for changes for AK-46Also, during 1946 trials test team issued similar recommendations to two other contenders, Bulking and Dementyev, and it was up to designers to embrace or reject those. And both of these, being more experienced designers than Kalashnikov, decided that they knew better than ordnance officers who tested their 1946 prototypes. Which led to spectacular failures of their 1947 prototype, while Kalashnikov's design performed rather well
I don’t recall Kalashnikov ever making such a claim either. Im just saying that if he did it wouldn’t be an honest claim.I read quite a bit of his interviews and memoirs and I cannot remember that he said anything to that effect
Unlike John Browning, who mostly broke new grounds and invented new systems, Kalashnikov, like Garand and many others, primarily solved engineering problems, trying to assemble known ideas into yet another most efficient package, according to the existing user requirements, state of technology art and their own vision
By the way, I doubt that Hugo Schmeisser, being the director of the Haenel factory, actually did a lot (if any) inventing and engineering in regard to Stg.44.
There is a lot of BS on the AK out there. I was watching a Russian Youtube and they were claiming the Chinese made AKs were not well made for example.I intentionally used the word "lnvented", just like Al Gore invented them Internets, you know... I found this video to be a little harsh on Kalashnikov himself, but my favorite part was when the guy was saying that a Soviet soldiers were given 9 rounds each in order to qualify with the firearm and given some kind of a badge. I recall we were given only 3 out of which 2 were taken by the "grandfathers" right away and no badge of any kind. That was for the SKS though. Another thing, his claim of an AK being unreliable is total BS, just based on my personal experience alone I have to say that Kalashmat is on of the most reliable firearms I've ever used.
I agree with Max here on every point.
People who are pushing "Hugo Schmeisser" story are desperate. All you have to do is to look into the Schmeisser designs to understand that he had nothing to do with AK. If Hugo Schmeisser would design AK, trigger alone would have at least 1000 little parts...
Did Kalashnikov alone designed whole AK? No, but he had a vision and pushed that vision forward, just like Garand and Stoner did with help from their teams.
Yeah and? STG is nothing like AK - have a look inside of them...two completely different rifles.
I cut the top off my MAK 90 rounded sight protector. Anyway it has an aim point these daysI have no experience with the Russian AKs or AKMs, but we never had any problems with the Soviet issued '74s. I've had a few Chinese Poly and Norincos, all were good firearms. A little heavier due to the thicker receiver, but as the Russian saying goes "Tyazholoe znachit nadezhnoe" ( Heavy means reliable). The only thing I don't like about Chinese AKs is the full globe smallish front sight, I much prefer the Russian half-open version.