Ian McCollum does a great job showing an actual Soviet Type 1 sheet metal AK-47. I’ve read about the Type and seen a few photos but nothing as detailed as this. We so often focus on the AKM but Mikhail Kalashnikov and his design team at Izhevsk had to go through a lot of learning and evolution of the design.
For me this was absolutely fascinating as Ian talks about the Type 1’s history and QC problems this early design had and then actually opens the rifle up to show the many differences.
- Grip plates vs a true grip
- No center support to keep the receiver from getting crushed
- A selector lever that was only on the operating side that did not go all the way through
- Longer trunnion
- Ejector was part of the trunnion
- Different rivet pattern
- Fluted gas piston
- and more
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