Thursday, September 29, 2011

AK-47 RIFLES OUT OF DATE?

Used by 50 national armies, insurgencies in Latin America, Africa and Asia, Mexican drug cartels and countless others, the Russians must be out of their minds when they say the AK-47 - a gun that is almost jam-proof - is out of date.

RUSSIAN ARMY STOPS ORDERING ‘OUT OF DATE KALASHNIKOVS’ … BUT WON’T TELL INVENTOR IN CASE SHOCK KILLS HIM
By Will Stewart

Mail Online
September 28, 2011

The Russian army has done the unthinkable and stopped ordering new Kalashnikov rifles, fearing its most famous weapon is no longer up to date, it was revealed today.

The move is so sensitive military chiefs do not dare tell the trademark gun's inventor, now aged 91, concerned it maybe too much of a shock for him.

Soviet hero Mikhail Kalashnikov, a former Red Army conscript, designed the AK-47 in 1947, since when more than 100 million have been sold worldwide. Later he produced the AK-74.

'We don't want to commit the sin of telling him this news,' said one source. 'He may not outlive hearing about this.'

Russia's Chief of the General Staff Nikolai Makarov said he is already awash with Kalashnikovs but needs a more modern gun, which is still on the drawing board at the brand's Izhevsk plant in central Russia.

A new model is due next year but Makarov has already ruled out buying again from the world famous plant before 2014.

Military expert Igor Korotchenko said the Russia army has an armory of AK-74s for the next 15-20 years.

'There are millions of the guns at warehouses since Soviet times,' he said.

A company spokesman said: 'For now we will concentrate on increasing exports.'

In 2009 Kalashnikov was personally congratulated by President Medvedev on his 90th birthday.

The AK-47 is one of the most popular firearms in the world.

Instantly recognizable by its banana-shaped ammunition magazine and stubby pistol grip, the AK-47 is currently the weapon of choice for some 50 national armies, plus assorted liberation movements, Islamic terrorists, Los Angeles gang bangers, Latin American drug lords and Somali pirates.

Along the way, it has also become something of a cultural icon, featuring in rap songs and ¬fashion shoots, adorning ¬posters and T-shirts.

It was memorably name-checked in Quentin ¬Tarantino's film Jackie Brown, in which a hit man observes with relish: ‘When you ¬absolutely, positively, got to kill every motherfucker in the room, the AK-47 is the very best there is’.

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