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Larry Vickers Interview in Russia – Is the AK Outdated?

During his visit to Russia in 2018, Larry Vickers was interviewed by
Vladimir Onokoy, a technical consultant with the Kalashnikov Concern, about Larry’s views on the traditional AK platform.

The two discussed a number of topics and I’ll just hit some personal highlights that I found interesting:

  • Larry mentioned that people get hung up on the design of the safety and the short sight radius but the positives of the design far outweigh the negatives. This is especially true because the safety works just fine once you get used to it and the addition of a good red dot is a game changer. I agree with both points.
  • Vladimir asked Larry his caliber preference. Larry said if he had to only pick one, it would be 7.62×39. That’s definitely my go-to caliber for the rifle.
  • Larry made a really interesting point – the tapers of the 7.62×39 and 5.45×39 aid in reliable feeding in the AK platform. The 5.56×45 is at a disadvantage because it does not have the same degree of taper. That caught my attention – I never really stopped and thought about the impacts of case taper on reliability given how to AK operates. Interesting point.

So, is the AK obsolete? In my opinion, it is an extensible platform but watch this interesting video and here Larry’s thoughts first hand.


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Mikhail Kalashnikov Signed Autographed 8x10 AK-47 Photograph Beckett BAS

$494.99
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General Mikhail Kalashnikov AK-47 Assault Rifle Designer JSA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED

$899.99
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Mikhail Kalashnikov (+) ARMS DESIGNER "AK-47" autograph, signed photo

$286.05
End Date: Tuesday Feb-12-2019 23:07:08 PST
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AK-47 Mikhail Kalashnikov autograph, signed photo

$331.82
End Date: Monday Jan-28-2019 1:21:47 PST
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The inventor of the AK-47. Autograph of Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov

$400.00
End Date: Tuesday Feb-12-2019 7:56:50 PST
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Mikhail Kalashnikov From A Stranger's Doorstep To The Kremlin Gates

$195.00
End Date: Thursday Feb-14-2019 9:01:43 PST
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Mikhail Kalashnikov Book "Everything Necessary Is Not Complex" with Booklet

$99.99
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 10:03:55 PST
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Mikhail Kalashnikov AK47 rifle RIP Soviet Russian t shirt

$21.99
End Date: Tuesday Jan-29-2019 19:25:02 PST
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Mikhail Kalashnikov AK47 rifle RIP Soviet Russian t shirt

$24.99
End Date: Tuesday Jan-29-2019 19:25:02 PST
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Mikhail Kalashnikov / Gun that Changed the World History 2006

$7.87
End Date: Sunday Feb-3-2019 19:23:24 PST
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Kalashnikov Concern’s Own Video About Early AK Variants

As you well know, I am very interested in AK rifles, their history and how they are evolving.  In September 2018, Kalashnikov Concern released a very interesting video that shows you some of their early AK variants.

In the video, Vladimir Onokay, a technical consultant with the Kalashnikov Concern, will show some unique AKs manufactured in 1948 at the Izhevsk motorcycle factory as well as models produced until the 1950s.

Please note that the following video is hosted in Russia and you may need to let it buffer a bit for smooth viewing.  It’s just over 4 minutes long and any student of the AK design will find it very interesting.

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Soviet Russian Army Military Officer Leather Map Bag Case Tablet Planshet USSR

$43.95
End Date: Sunday Jan-27-2019 15:57:01 PST
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Authentic Soviet Russian Army Medic Bag Case Red Cross USSR First Aid Rare New

$39.95
End Date: Sunday Jan-27-2019 22:55:50 PST
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Russian Army Military Surplus sterile bandages USSR Surplus

$9.95
End Date: Sunday Feb-17-2019 6:40:36 PST
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1944 Russian Army Occupation of Hungary WW II 1,000 Pengo

$3.25 (2 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jan-25-2019 12:41:36 PST
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Original Russian Army 6B51 Knee Pad & Elbow Pad Set Ratnik Digital Flora NEW

$70.00
End Date: Thursday Feb-14-2019 23:04:04 PST
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VINTAGE RUSSIAN NAVY SUBMARINE WIND UP WALL CLOCK

$40.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Jan-20-2019 16:43:08 PST
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VSR-3 Camo Russian Army Camouflage Pants Medium Flora Trousers

$30.00
End Date: Sunday Feb-17-2019 8:19:31 PST
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Russian Army Jacket "Snow P-51"

$40.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Jan-20-2019 14:09:45 PST
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RUSSIAN ARMY ORIGINAL SLING Mosin nagant 90/31! Made in USSR! NEW!

$11.75
End Date: Friday Feb-1-2019 11:52:35 PST
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Soviet Russian Army Generals Visor Cap World War II

$31.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 7:26:06 PST
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MILITARY RUSSIAN ARMY FOOD 2018 RATION !ONE MEAL! Pack MRE Emergency Ration!

$29.99
End Date: Tuesday Jan-29-2019 20:31:29 PST
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Winter Overcoat Soviet Russian Army USSR

$99.99
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 10:31:01 PST
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messkit RKKA Russian Army M36

$39.50
End Date: Wednesday Jan-23-2019 7:44:18 PST
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WW2 Russian Navy Infantry Hat

$55.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-20-2019 11:29:45 PST
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Russian army SKULL SPETSNAZ patch # 65ss

$6.99
End Date: Wednesday Jan-23-2019 23:23:27 PST
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Techinkom Russian Army 6b46 Plate Carrier Digital Flora

$130.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-9-2019 18:19:27 PST
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Authentic Soviet Ushanka Russian Army Cossack Cold Weather Fur Hat USSR Grey

$16.99
End Date: Friday Feb-15-2019 17:21:02 PST
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RUSSIAN ARMY EMP DIGITAL GREEN NYLON POPLIN FABRIC MILITARY 60"W CAMO DWR

$4.50
End Date: Friday Feb-15-2019 9:06:45 PST
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AK-47: The Grim Reaper (Hardcover)

It’s back…but this time with more pages, more information and more photographs. The most definitive study on Kalashnikov pattern rifles to date boasts over 1,100 printed pages covering the AK rifle, as well as its variants manufactured in over 19 countries.

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Tips on How to Find AK Bayonet Deals on eBay

While I am not fond of eBay’s antigun sentiments there are deals to be found there – especially when individuals are listing stuff for sale.  So, I want to give you some tips and also have the system run you some real-time results of searches so you can see what is out there.

Buyer Tips

  1. Watch out for the scammers.  Folks will list stuff and make claims. So, know what you are looking for and don’t buy blind.
  2. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is a scam.
  3. Watch the shipping price.  I’ve watched sellers enter a low price and then have a very high shipping charge to recover the difference.
  4. Businesses sometimes have good deals but many will price stuff high and just let them sit there until a buyer comes along.  All things being equal, try searching only on auctions (not Buy It Now (BIN)) and have the eBay system list them in the order of auctions ending soonest.  You might be surprised what turns up.  Under Advanced Search, you can change a number of search criteria to dig around in your favor.
  5. Watch the seller rating – I put a lot of stock in the number of transactions and the seller’s score.  If you have a seller with very few transactions and is relatively new, then there is more risk.  I will not bet a fortune on an unknown seller but I might take a small risk and see what happens.  Statistically, if they have more than 30 sales and a good score, you have a pretty good indication that the buyer is legit.
  6. Don’t freak out of the seller doesn’t reply right away.  Folks do go on vacation, get sick, etc.
  7. Save your searches so you can re-use them and get emailed results.
  8. Realize that if you are really specific you may not find stuff listed differently.  For example, I will list the country and bayonet in case they say AK, rifle, AK47, AK74, etc. and throw a really tight search off.
  9. Look at the photos carefully.  I’ve bought stuff after looking at an item on a smart phone and missed problems I would have seen on a larger monitory.
  10. Learn the prices.  If you jump right in you may pay too much.  In some cases you will see one buyer asking multiples of the going price – he/she may be counting on people jumping in and buying with little to no knowledge of prices.
  11. Be objective – if an auction starts exceeding what you want to pay then bow out.  Don’t get emotionally attached and feel that you need to win the auction.
  12. If you buy something international, you will want to understand shipping charges and any regulations you may encounter either in the seller’s country or in your own.

Searching on a eBay

This is your basic search page in eBay.

You’ll notice it is set to “Auction” only and the sort is set to “Time ending soonest”.   Lastly, the heart under “Accept Offers” means I checked the box to save the search.

If you look to the right of the search button, you will see “Advanced” and this is where you can do all kinds of cool stuff to your current search or a saved search including:

  • Words to exclude – this is powerful if you are getting unwanted stuff in and it happens all the time.  This can make your search far more likely to turn up what you care about.  For example, you could tell it to exclude airsoft and model.
  • You can search just in specific categories.  Be careful with this one – bayonets for example can be in a number of different categories.
  • You can search in title and description, completed listings, and sold listings.
    • By specifying a price range you can skip stuff like frogs/scabbards.  For example, you might tell it to only show you items between $14.99 and $200
  • It again let’s you select from Auctions, Buy It now and Classified Ads.
  • You can specify the condition new, used or not specified.
  • You can list specific sellers you care about.
  • Items with Free shipping or located somewhere.
  • And much more

Russian and Soviet Bayonets

Here I am searching both ways – I tend to find people do not always realize the difference between the USSR and Russia when they list an item.  It’s set to auction only and sorted by items ending first.

Bulgarian Bayonets

Same thing but in addition to saying “Bulgarian Bayonet” I will use the slang of “Bulgy Bayonet” too.  It’s also auction only and sorted by items ending first.

bulgarian bayonet Bakelite

$20.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 6:05:41 PST
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Bulgarian Bayonet

$84.95
End Date: Wednesday Jan-23-2019 16:00:25 PST
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Bulgarian Bayonet w Scabbard 6x4 M Type II Circle 10 Arsenal Well Used 7.62x39

$58.89
End Date: Monday Feb-4-2019 17:59:16 PST
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Bulgarian bayonet, knife dagger 41 cm

$1,150.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-9-2019 21:55:10 PST
Buy It Now for only: $1,150.00
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Bulgarian bayonet frog - Mannlicher - WW2.

$25.00
End Date: Tuesday Feb-5-2019 6:26:26 PST
Buy It Now for only: $25.00
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WWII Bulgarian Bayonet Frog for М1895 Mannlicher bayonet

$22.00
End Date: Friday Feb-1-2019 14:42:55 PST
Buy It Now for only: $22.00
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East German Bayonets

I didn’t see any auctions when I wrote this post so this search is for all items, not just auctions, sorted by “Price + Shipping:  Lowest First”.  This is an example where you tend to see a lot of frogs and scabbards show up first due to their relatively low pricing.

Vintage EARLY East German Bayonet scabbard for Russian 7.62 x 39mm Type

$24.95
End Date: Wednesday Jan-23-2019 10:16:07 PST
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EAST GERMAN BAYONET-- USED--METAL CASE--WIRE CUTTER

$20.80 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-20-2019 10:06:17 PST
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East German Bayonet 7.62x39 5.45x39 With Scabbard

$35.00
End Date: Thursday Jan-31-2019 8:14:43 PST
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East German Bayonet #5998

$64.99
End Date: Thursday Jan-31-2019 11:38:55 PST
Buy It Now for only: $64.99
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Polish Bayonets

Here’s an example where you can get weird stuff like shoe polish so I will exclude the word shoe.  It’s also auction only and sorted by items ending first.

Polish Bayonet Type 6H2 dated 1958 (from the famed Radom factory) Poland

$149.00
End Date: Thursday Jan-31-2019 21:18:28 PST
Buy It Now for only: $149.00
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BAYONET for the WWII RADOM POLISH MAUSER

$117.50 (17 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jan-21-2019 17:19:40 PST
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Polish Bayonet with Scabbard  type 1

$20.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 5:59:58 PST
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POLISH RED BAKELITE BAYONET WITH SCABBARD MATCHING NUMBERS

$49.95
End Date: Wednesday Jan-30-2019 9:44:53 PST
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WW2 German Commercial Bayonet Scabbard + FROG POLISH EXPORT MAUSER K98

$140.00
End Date: Friday Feb-1-2019 18:35:30 PST
Buy It Now for only: $140.00
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Polish Type 1 Bayonet dated 1958 W/Scabbard

$75.00
End Date: Wednesday Feb-13-2019 16:58:02 PST
Buy It Now for only: $75.00
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Vintage Polish Bayonet Matched Numbers W/sheath

$59.97
End Date: Monday Jan-21-2019 12:00:12 PST
Buy It Now for only: $59.97
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POLISH AK BAYONET LEATHER FROG HANGER

$12.99
End Date: Friday Feb-8-2019 16:45:52 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
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BAYONET /SCABBARD STYLE USED IN VIETNAM * Polish Military

$43.00
End Date: Thursday Feb-14-2019 20:20:00 PST
Buy It Now for only: $43.00
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POLISH 6H4 TYPE II BLADE - BAYONET & SCABBARD WITH / FROG

$59.99
End Date: Friday Feb-8-2019 20:06:34 PST
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POLISH AK BAYONET LEATHER FROG HANGER CARRYING BELT LOOP 

$15.99
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 13:39:23 PST
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Polish Bayonet

$47.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jan-23-2019 16:00:24 PST
Buy It Now for only: $62.99
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Polish Type 2 Bayonet W/Scabbard W/Belt Hanger W/Wrist Strap Matching

$85.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-9-2019 17:36:07 PST
Buy It Now for only: $85.00
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Matching Numbers Polish 7.62 Bayonet With Frog , Handle Strap & Wire Cut Sheath

$114.50
End Date: Tuesday Jan-29-2019 20:33:47 PST
Buy It Now for only: $114.50
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Rare Polish Beryl Bayonet Knife No Numbers Factory New Condition

$188.00
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 1:04:32 PST
Buy It Now for only: $188.00
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POLISH WZ. 29 BAYONET M29 M1929 WITH LEATHER FROG - MUSEUM QUALITY REPLICA

$155.00
End Date: Friday Feb-15-2019 6:45:11 PST
Buy It Now for only: $155.00
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BAYONET /SCABBARD STYLE USED IN VIETNAM GREAT FOR DISPLAY* Polish Military Iss

$43.99
End Date: Wednesday Jan-30-2019 17:05:07 PST
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BAYONET /SCABBARD STYLE USED IN VIETNAM GREAT FOR DISPLAY* Polish Military Iss

$43.99
End Date: Wednesday Jan-30-2019 17:03:07 PST
Buy It Now for only: $43.99
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POLISH TYPE II 2 TRANSITIONAL BAYONET WITH SCABBARD AND FROG

$50.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Jan-22-2019 17:50:03 PST
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Romanian Bayonets

We need to search both for Romanian bayonets and Romy bayonets.  Now when I created this search, no auctions turned up so I am showing any items that match the keywords and am sorting “Price + Shipping: Lowest First”.  Some of the prices I am seeing are nuts.  I would not pay over $20 for a Romy AKM bayonet – sorry.

ROMANIAN BAYONET W/SHEATH

$35.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jan-25-2019 13:15:11 PST
Buy It Now for only: $45.50
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Type 1 Numbers Matching Romanian Bayonet Leather & Frog 3-Cell Magazine Pouch

$44.99
End Date: Saturday Feb-16-2019 19:10:53 PST
Buy It Now for only: $44.99
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Vintage Romanian Bayonet w/Matching Number Wire Cutter Bakelite Scabbard #7

$49.99
End Date: Monday Feb-18-2019 15:10:20 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.99
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Vintage Romanian Bayonet w/Matching Number Wire Cutter Bakelite Scabbard #1

$49.99
End Date: Monday Feb-18-2019 15:10:20 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.99
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Vintage Romanian Bayonet w/Matching Number Wire Cutter Bakelite Scabbard #4

$49.99
End Date: Monday Feb-18-2019 15:10:21 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.99
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Vintage Romanian Bayonet w/Matching Number Wire Cutter Bakelite Scabbard #5

$49.99
End Date: Monday Feb-18-2019 15:10:21 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.99
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Vintage Romanian Bayonet w/Matching Number Wire Cutter Bakelite Scabbard #6

$49.99
End Date: Monday Feb-18-2019 15:10:21 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.99
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Vintage Romanian Bayonet w/Matching Number Wire Cutter Bakelite Scabbard #3

$49.99
End Date: Monday Feb-18-2019 15:10:21 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.99
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Vintage Romanian Bayonet w/Matching Number Wire Cutter Bakelite Scabbard #2

$59.99
End Date: Monday Feb-18-2019 15:10:20 PST
Buy It Now for only: $59.99
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Romanian Bayonet w Scabbard Frog Strap M59 6x3 M Type 1 Matching 7.62x39 Exc!!

$65.78
End Date: Tuesday Feb-5-2019 17:30:54 PST
Buy It Now for only: $65.78
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Vintage Romanian Bayonet With Case ,

$95.00
End Date: Wednesday Jan-23-2019 14:06:07 PST
Buy It Now for only: $95.00
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ROMANIAN BAYONET WITH SCABBARD WITH LEATHER FROG

$39.95
End Date: Monday Jan-28-2019 11:44:30 PST
Buy It Now for only: $39.95
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Yugoslavian and Zastava Bayonets

On this one we need to get more creative and will search using variations of Yugo, Yugoslav, Yugoslavian, and Zastava,  I did need to exclude “WWI” and “WWII” because of all the WWI and WWII bayonets that come up.  Not a great deal came up when I was writing this so the search is for all items and is sorted “Price + Shipping: Lowest First”

YUGO YUGOSLAVIAN K98 MAUSER M48 BAYONET SCABBARD LEATHER FROG MINT condition.

$19.99
End Date: Saturday Feb-2-2019 3:59:12 PST
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
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Yugo Yugoslavian Bayonet and Scabbard type 2 M70 - Free Shipping

$34.95
End Date: Wednesday Feb-6-2019 4:25:12 PST
Buy It Now for only: $34.95
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Yugoslavian Bayonet

$29.95
End Date: Monday Jan-28-2019 15:01:49 PST
Buy It Now for only: $29.95
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YUGOSLAVIAN AK 47 military knife scabbard frog hanger

$59.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jan-26-2019 11:53:37 PST
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*** YUGOSLAVIAN *** RARE M1924B bayonet & scabbard & frog M24B

$399.00
End Date: Tuesday Feb-5-2019 5:51:23 PST
Buy It Now for only: $399.00
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Yugoslavian Bayonet Leather Frog

$10.00
End Date: Friday Feb-8-2019 12:10:39 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.00
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M70 JNA Serbian Yugoslavian Bayonet Scabbard Leather Frog Balkan Wars

$39.95
End Date: Saturday Feb-9-2019 16:04:31 PST
Buy It Now for only: $39.95
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Serbian/Yugo Helmet/cover And Bayonet Lot.

$65.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jan-21-2019 12:33:13 PST
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YUGO M48 BAYONET & SCABBARD for 8mm M24,M48,K98 MAUSER RIFLES 

$65.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-16-2019 16:20:44 PST
Buy It Now for only: $65.00
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Conclusion

I hope this helps you out.  There are a lot of search capabilities in eBay and you need to learn how to use them in your favor.


AK-47 Image Source:  By Allatur, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16254298


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The AK-47 and AK74 Kalashnikov Rifles and Their Variations (Perfect Paperback)

The AK-47 and AK-74 Kalashnikov Rifles and Their Variations provides a detailed, profusely illustrated examination on a part-by-part basis of the famed AK-47/AKM rifles, the AK-74/AK-74M series and the new Century series of rifles, the AK-101 through AK-108.

It is another in North Cape Publications, Inc., Shooter’s and Collector’s Guide series.

Every AK/AKM-type rifle manufactured in the Warsaw Pact countries plus the People’s Republic of China, Finland, Iraq, North Korea and Yugoslavia are described in detail, with a short history on the reason for, and the process of their development and use.

This new, 4th edition is expanded to include he latest developments in the AK47/AK74 platform including the Century series and the AK12. Also included is new information regarding the scope and use the Kalashnikov series of rifles plus information gleaned from the use of the AK-47 in Iraq and Afghanistan by insurgents.

Mikhail Kalashnikov is one of the foremost small arms designer’s in the world. His Kalashnikov action has been widely imitated. This book also includes detailed descriptions of rifles based on his design such as the Belgian FNC, the Israeli Galil, the Indonesian SS1 series, the Indian INAS, the Swedish Ak-5, the Swiss SG-550 series, Singapore’s SAR series and many others.

The book also includes separate chapters that describe the accessaries issued to each soldier, the entire range of Kalashnikov bayonets, telescopic sights (both military and commercial, the sniper rifle variants and their telescopic sights produced by the old Soviet Union as well as other nations. An exploded view, serial numbers and markings, an assembly/disassembly guide with photos, instructions on cleaning, maintenance and repair, and shooting the Kalashnikov rifles and a guide to legislation affecting these rifles and finally, sources for accessories and parts complete the book.


Features:  This book contains the most complete and up-to-date examination of the famed Kalashnikov rifle yet t
By (author):  Joe Poyer

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A Fascinating Video Showcasing The Adoption of Quality at the Kalashnikov Concern in Izhevsk, Russia

I always find turnaround stories interesting.  While we often focus on the older AK rifles, there is a fascinating story about how Kalashnikov Concern modernized and developed world class capabilities.  They produced the video that spurred me to write this post to share with you.

In the 1990s, Izhmash and Izhvesk were in tough shape.  They were only using 10% of their capacity and government orders were reduced.  By 2010, they were in a deep crisis.  In 2012, the two groups were consolidated into the Kalashnikov Concern as part of RosTec — I’ll just say “Kalashnikov” going forward.

Kalashnikov leadership embarked on a large scale improvement journey leverage lean quality management concepts, CNC automation,  and significant IT investments (ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning, MES – Manufacturing Execution System and WMS – warehouse management system are mentioned or briefly shown).

Kalashnikov wisely focused on their people — and I think this last part is key.  They addressed a poor work environment with medical facilities, a cafeteria and training in modern methods.  They even have a university that produces 300 graduates each year.  Getting people to learn and change are always the hardest things to  do yet also the most critical.

As a result, they improved productivity by 2.5 times, shrunk their time to market and removed a considerable amount of waste.

This video is a few years old but is a fascinating 8 minute journey starting with their origins through their turn around story.  There are a lot of photos of CNC systems, brightly lit and clean factory areas, the warehouse, class rooms and more.   It’s very impressive.

If you are interested in more information on the Kalashnikov Concern, click here.


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The AK-47 and AK74 Kalashnikov Rifles and Their Variations (Perfect Paperback)

The AK-47 and AK-74 Kalashnikov Rifles and Their Variations provides a detailed, profusely illustrated examination on a part-by-part basis of the famed AK-47/AKM rifles, the AK-74/AK-74M series and the new Century series of rifles, the AK-101 through AK-108.

It is another in North Cape Publications, Inc., Shooter’s and Collector’s Guide series.

Every AK/AKM-type rifle manufactured in the Warsaw Pact countries plus the People’s Republic of China, Finland, Iraq, North Korea and Yugoslavia are described in detail, with a short history on the reason for, and the process of their development and use.

This new, 4th edition is expanded to include he latest developments in the AK47/AK74 platform including the Century series and the AK12. Also included is new information regarding the scope and use the Kalashnikov series of rifles plus information gleaned from the use of the AK-47 in Iraq and Afghanistan by insurgents.

Mikhail Kalashnikov is one of the foremost small arms designer’s in the world. His Kalashnikov action has been widely imitated. This book also includes detailed descriptions of rifles based on his design such as the Belgian FNC, the Israeli Galil, the Indonesian SS1 series, the Indian INAS, the Swedish Ak-5, the Swiss SG-550 series, Singapore’s SAR series and many others.

The book also includes separate chapters that describe the accessaries issued to each soldier, the entire range of Kalashnikov bayonets, telescopic sights (both military and commercial, the sniper rifle variants and their telescopic sights produced by the old Soviet Union as well as other nations. An exploded view, serial numbers and markings, an assembly/disassembly guide with photos, instructions on cleaning, maintenance and repair, and shooting the Kalashnikov rifles and a guide to legislation affecting these rifles and finally, sources for accessories and parts complete the book.


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The Thinking Behind the Nazi Sturmgewehr (StG) 44 vs. Soviet AK-47 Video From Forgotten Weapons

I’m more knowledgeable about the Soviet AK-47 than I am the German Sturmgewehr 44 (StG 44).  The main reason I even known about the StG 44 is from reading about it in books that cited it as being an inspiration to Mikhail Kalashnikov and his design team.  But was it really – I’ve heard some heated debates about this.

I had some time and watched this brief video where Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons has a Chinese Type 56 sitting next to a StG 44 as he talks.  They were both on loan from the James D. Julia auction company.

Ian gave a very interesting perspective that the AK-47 was essentially designed as a more powerful replacement for the Soviet’s PPS-43 that fired the 7.62×25 Tokarev pistol round.

In constrast, the Germans were wanting a controllable automatic fire weapon that would increase the firepower of soldiers especially during tactical withdrawals.  They had the German 7.92×57 bolt action K98 and the famous MG42 belt fed machine gun also in 7.92×57 but they needed something different hence the StG 44.

Now, I have no doubt Kalashnikov and his design team got ideas from the StG 44.  Any good engineer would take an existing design and learn from it.  The Soviets needed to build up a hero so there is a lot of myth mixed in with history so I am not sure where to draw the line myself.

The video shows you the two rifles and actually shows live firing of the two so you can see how the StG 44 was actually more controllable.  I thought this was really cool because the slow motion really shows the difference.

Here’s the video:

Click here for Ian’s Forgotten Weapons website.


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Great Video of Ian McCollum and Larry Vickers Discussing the History of AK-47 Rifles

Two guys I really respect, Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons and Larry Vickers discuss the history of the AK-47 and also show Larry’s new book on AK rifles.  They cover a ton of information through questions submitted by Ian’s followers.  For people into the history of the Kalashnikov rifle, this is well worth your time.

Here is the link to Larry’s book that he is selling direction and not through Amazon.


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Awesome Shirts and Hoodies for AK Fans

Folks, I’ve been involved with AKs since about 2006 – not a long time but long enough to watch the AK, or Avtomát Kaláshnikova, rise from a firearms embraced kind of at the fringe by preppers and guys who realized that it was extremely reliable and fun to shoot.

Today, the AK and its many, many variants (AK-47s, AK-74s,  Veprs, Saigas, PSLs, M70ss, PAPs, SLRs, Galils, AMD-65s, etc.) are really in the mainstream.  There are tons of rifles, ammo and accessories available.

What I also think is interesting and very cool is the rise of AK clothing (T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies mainly) where you can show off your favorite firearm — or at least one of your favorites 🙂  These used to be limited-run hard to find stuff years ago.  Now, thanks to eBay, there are tons and tons of options in terms of designs, sizes and colors plus you can see how well the vendor is doing in terms of sales volume and ratings.

There are T-Shirts

I had to order one with the 7.62×39 spam can!  Note, some of the images don’t show but when you click on the link you can see the item and some of them are hilarious!

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M1A1 75mm Pack Howitzer on an M8 Carriage in the Battle Creek Memorial Cemetary

One of the things I wanted to do for a long time is start taking photos of war memorials and the hardware that is often there. In the Battle Creek, MI, Memorial cemetery is this M1A1 75mm pack howitzer with an M8 carriage.

My dad always told me was a pack howitzer and I never really ask him what that meant other than him telling me it was mobile. In Reading, it is interesting because it was to be carried by 7 mules if necessary as well as dropped out of airplanes via 9 parachute loads or whatever the case may be. In short, it would break down into component parts and could be packed somewhere. At 1,436 pounds, it weighed a fair amount when assembled.

As you can see in the next photo of the howitzer’s breach area, it is an M1A1 made by General Electric in 1943. 2,592 pack howitzers were made that year. I find it interesting that they designated that it could be used with the M2 and M3 vehicle mounts as well as in the pack configuration.

The M1A1 had a modified breach block and breach ring.

M8 Carriage

The M8 carriage configuration gave it pneumatic rubber tires as opposed to the original wood spoke with metal rim wheels.

There are welds all over the unit to demil it

The above photo is of the Hannifin Manufacturing plaque on the carriage. You can see the welds they did – they went to great lengths to make it inert.

Here are some photos of the muzzle end – the rifling is still there.

Here are a few more photos:

I was pleased to see it was still in fairly good shape. The howitzer is up on metal blocks so the tires aren’t bearing the load. The flag, Old Glory monument and the howitzer make for a nice combination to reflect.


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The Things Our Fathers Saw: The Untold Stories of the World War II Generation from Hometown, USA-Voices of the Pacific Theater (Paperback)

The telephone rings on the hospital floor, and they tell you it is your mother, the phone call you have been dreading. You’ve lost part of your face to a Japanese sniper on Okinawa, and after many surgeries, the doctor has finally told you that at 19, you will never see again. The pain and shock is one thing. But now you have to tell her, from 5000 miles away.

— ‘So I had a hard two months, I guess. I kept mostly to myself. I wouldn’t talk to people. I tried to figure out what the hell I was going to do when I got home. How was I going to tell my mother this? You know what I mean?’ ~Jimmy Butterfield, WWII Marine veteran

~From the author of ‘The Things Our Fathers Saw’ World War II eyewitness history series~
How soon we forget. Or perhaps, we were never told. That is understandable, given what they saw.

— ‘I was talking to a shipmate of mine waiting for the motor launch, and all at once I saw a plane go over our ship. I did not know what it was, but the fellow with me said, ‘That’s a Jap plane, Jesus!’ It went down and dropped a torpedo. Then I saw the Utah turn over.’ ~Barney Ross, U.S. Navy seaman, Pearl Harbor

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— ‘Rage is instantaneous. He’s looking at me from a crawling position. I didn’t shoot him; I went and kicked him in the head. Rage does funny things. After I kicked him, I shot and killed him.’ ~Thomas Jones, Marine veteran, Battle of Guadalcanal

These are the stories that the magazine could not tell to the American public.

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— ‘I hope you’ll never have to tell a story like this, when you get to be 87. I hope you’ll never have to do it.’ ~Ralph Leinoff, Marine veteran Iwo Jima, to his teenage interviewer

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— ‘After 3½ years of starvation and brutal treatment, that beautiful symbol of freedom once more flies over our head! Our POW camp tailor worked all night and finished our first American flag! The blue came from a GI barracks bag, red from a Jap comforter and the white from an Australian bed sheet. When I came out of the barracks and saw those beautiful colors for the first time, I felt like crying!’~Joe Minder, U.S. Army POW, Japan,1945

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Old Glory – I Am The Star Spangled Banner…

My parents are buried in the Battle Creek Memorial Park cemetary. During our last visit, we stopped by the veterans memorial. On a boulder by the American flag is this plaque:



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Learn About The Type 2 Soviet AK-47 – Forgotten Weapons Video

It’s interesting that we hold the AK-47 in near mythic regard when it comes to reliability.  It took almost 12 years from 1947 to the release of the AKM (Avtomát Kaláshnikova modernizírovanny or  “Modernized Kalashnikov Automatic Rifle”) in 1959.  The journey the design team made over the years is quite interesting.

I did a post on the Type 1 previously (click here to open it) and that first iteration had problems with the stamped sheet metal receiver that affected reliability.  In response, Valeriy Kharkov lead a design team who created a milled receiver from a forging to address the reliability problems and it was ready by 1949.

The Soviets had plenty of labor, that wasn’t a problem so in a manually intensive manner, they machined a six pound block of steel that required 120 steps into a finished 1.4 pound receiver.  That means they wasted almost 3.6 pounds of quality steel and used a ton of consumables and machine time.  To be honest, it boggles my mind but they accomplished their mission – the QC problems with the receiver were addressed.

In the following video, Ian McCollum does a great job showing a type 2  and describing the differences between it, the type 1 and the following type 3.   For example, he points out the rear receiver extension that is made from sheet metal that is an instant identifier of a Type 2 fixed stock rifle (sometimes referred to as the “2A”).  Note, they made the type 2 with an underfolder stock also (the “2B”).

Another tell is that the lightening cuts are parallel to the top of the receiver in the type 2 and in the type 3 they are parallel to the bottom.

There are quite a few other changes such as the grip now being a single piece, the selector lever having an additional clearance added above the pins, gas vent holes moved to 10 and 2 o-clock and more.

By the way, one thing Ian does is refer to it as the AK-49 and I have never read anything that supports that nomenclature.  If you Google AK-49, nothing turns up.  I would recommend you refer to it as an AK-47 Type 2.  Other than that, I think it is a great video and you can actually see the many details as Ian points them out:

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If you want to read a book that does a great job detailing the Type 2 and its history, I would recommend The Grim Reaper by Frank Iannamico.  Poyer’s book has details but not as much history.


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AK-47: The Grim Reaper (Hardcover)

It’s back…but this time with more pages, more information and more photographs. The most definitive study on Kalashnikov pattern rifles to date boasts over 1,100 printed pages covering the AK rifle, as well as its variants manufactured in over 19 countries.

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