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My Favorite AK / Kalashnikov T-Shirts – May 2019

As my wife will tell you, I like T-shirts and, of course, I like AK rifles so the two go together! There are so many cool designs out there these days, I thought you might like to see them. Plus, since they are on Amazon, you know you will have their excellent customer service backing you up.


I hope you have some fun looking at the photos at least plus it is time to get ready for summer and having fun outdoors!


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My Cool New Kalashnikov Coffee Cup

Guys, I must confess that I have a coffee addiction 🙂 As most of you know, I am into AK rifles as well. As part of that interest, I have read every biography I could find of Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov to try and better understand what led to the creation of the AK-47 and the eventual family of Kalashnikov designs.

Recently I was searching on Amazon and surprisingly found a coffee cup with a great photo of a young Kalashnikov that was tastefully done and, of courcase, had to order it. I had to wait a few weeks as it shipped from Germany.

When it arrived, I was surprised that the graphic was a different color than what the Amazon ad depicted. I thought about returning it but I do like the cup. The following shows you the cup that arrived – it is pretty cool and the color has grown on me.

My wife’s reaction was “Why did you buy another coffee cup?” To which I answered “But honey, this is Kalashnikov” at which she just turned around while shaking her head 🙂

In case you are looking for a conversation piece, check out this cup. Here’s the listing on Amazon.

7/3/2019 Update: It’s holding up just fine. It does make for a cool conversation piece when people use it. “Who is this guy?” is usually how it starts 🙂


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Larry Vickers Interview in Russia – Is the AK Outdated?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 Military Cadet Hat Cap Birthday Commemorative Guns GSG-AK47

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

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Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov Face Window Decal White 4 x 5.25

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Mikhail Kalashnikov AK47 rifle RIP Soviet Russian t shirt

$24.99
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Mikhail Kalashnikov genuine autograph

$129.00 (0 Bids)
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AK-47 Mikhail Kalashnikov autograph, signed photo

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RUSSIAN KALASHNIKOV KNIFE AUTHENTIC WITH CERTIFICATE OF MIKHAIL KALASHNIKOV SIGN

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Mikhail Kalashnikov AK-47 Commemorative Coin Gold Plated (60th Anniversary)

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Mikhail Kalashnikov AK47 rifle RIP Soviet Russian t shirt

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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!

Nobody Needs An AK47 Whiny Little Funny T Shirt Guns Gun Rights Rifle Hunter Tee

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AK-47 T-Shirt Out Line Logo Gun Rifle Size S,M,L,XL.2XL,3XL,4XL,5XL 100% cotton

$13.95
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AK-47 and Bullet American Flag - 2nd Amendment USA Mens T-shirt

$10.33
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AK-47 T-Shirt All colors Logo Rifle Gun Size S,M,L,XL.2XL,3XL,4XL,5XL 100%cotton

$12.95
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KALASHNIKOV T-shirt AK-47 USSR Soviet Russian Russia T-Shirt Shirt S-5XL

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AK47 - AR15 T-SHIRT Rifle Tee ~ GUNS ~ 2nd Amendment

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AK-47 Kalashnikov BLACK T-SHIRT RUSSIAN RIFLE MILITARY AK47 AR15 AK 47 AR-15

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AK47 Soviet USSR Russian Poker Hand Printed Men's Tee Shirt 968

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Sweatshirts and Hoodies

KALASHNIKOV Sweatshirt AK-47 USSR Russia Army CCCP KGB Gun Hoodie SIZES S-3XL

$25.00
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KALASHNIKOV Sweatshirt AK-47 USSR Russia Army CCCP KGB Gun Hoodie SIZES S-3XL

$26.00
End Date: Monday Jul-29-2019 10:13:31 PDT
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KALASHNIKOV Sweatshirt AK-47 USSR Russia Army CCCP KGB Gun Hoodie SIZES S-3XL

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AK-47 LEFT CHEST HOODED SWEATER HOODIE SWEATSHIRT AK47 NEW - BLACK

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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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American Flag AK-47 - Gun 2nd Amendment USA Hoodie Sweatshirt

$30.95
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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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KALASHNIKOV Sweatshirt AK-47 USSR Russia Army CCCP KGB Gun Hoodie SIZES S-3XL

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KALASHNIKOV Sweatshirt AK-47 USSR Russia Army CCCP KGB Gun Hoodie SIZES S-3XL

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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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AK-47 Rifle Hoodie 2nd Amendment Supporter Defend 2A Gun Rights Sweatshirt

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End Date: Thursday Jul-25-2019 14:05:06 PDT
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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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KALASHNIKOV Sweatshirt AK-47 USSR Russia Army CCCP KGB Gun Hoodie SIZES S-3XL

$25.00
End Date: Monday Jul-29-2019 10:13:31 PDT
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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns Crewneck Sweatshirt

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AK-47 Rifle Hoodie 2nd Amendment Supporter Defend 2A Gun Rights Sweatshirt

$28.99
End Date: Thursday Jul-25-2019 14:05:06 PDT
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AK-47 Rifle Hoodie 2nd Amendment Supporter Defend 2A Gun Rights Sweatshirt

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AK-47 LEFT CHEST HOODED SWEATER HOODIE SWEATSHIRT AK47 NEW - BLACK

$39.99
End Date: Wednesday Aug-7-2019 12:21:43 PDT
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American Flag AK-47 - Gun 2nd Amendment USA Hoodie Sweatshirt

$30.95
End Date: Tuesday Aug-27-2019 8:44:09 PDT
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AK-47 Rifle Hoodie 2nd Amendment Supporter Defend 2A Gun Rights Sweatshirt

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End Date: Thursday Jul-25-2019 14:05:06 PDT
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AK-47 Silhouette Pro Gun 2nd Amendment AK47 Rifle Men Hoodie Sweatshirt

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End Date: Wednesday Aug-7-2019 8:51:09 PDT
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AK-47 Silhouette Pro Gun 2nd Amendment AK47 Rifle Men Hoodie Sweatshirt

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AK-47 Silhouette Pro Gun 2nd Amendment AK47 Rifle Men Hoodie Sweatshirt

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AK-47 Silhouette Pro Gun 2nd Amendment AK47 Rifle Men Hoodie Sweatshirt

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Needless to say, I’ve bought a few and hope you find some cool garb to express yourself as well!

P.S.  If you want to limit your risk a bit, buy from vendors with more sales (I like over 30) and positive reviews.  Anyone can get one or two great reviews from friends and family so be cautious.


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Video: Legendary Kalashnikov: Story of AK-47 Rifle (RT’s Documentary)

I have a number of books both about the Kalashnikov rifles and also biographies of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the chief designer.  I always find documentaries of either the rifle or the man very interesting.  This particular video combines some fascinating footage about current use, manufacturing and testing with historical information and perspectives on Mikhail Kalashnikov vs. Stoner.

The video was released in 2013 and is 25:57 minutes long and is well worth the time.


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Video: How to Field Strip an AK Rifle

To me, the AK family of rifles are some of the easiest designs on the planet to field strip … but I have done it hundreds of times.  For a newcomer, how to take the rifle apart can be daunting.  I took a few minutes and assembled some of my favorite videos and online resources / manuals to help clarify matters:

AK manuals that are online:

YouTube Videos:

Now Brownell’s did some videos on Youtube also but they split them into separate parts:

Part 1 – Disassembly:

Part 4 – Reassembly

 

We will have a future post about cleaning and maintenance so keep an eye out for it.

Best AK Reference Book – AK-47: The Grim Reaper 2nd Edition

Folks ask me what is the best reference book to learn more about AK rifles and the variations that are made all over the world. The Grim Reaper Second Edition book by Frank Iannamico is, hands down, my number one recommendation and I say that based on owning somewhere over a dozen books on the AK rifle.

The first version of the book was very good and with the second he improved the guidance and increased the number of photos.  In it, he provides:

  • Development of assault rifles
  • Production facilities in the USSR/Russia
  • The Russian AK-47 – Production, Type 1, Type 2, AKM and AKS
  • The Russian AK-74 – including the base AK-74, AKS-74, AK-74N, AK-74M, AKS-74U
  • The AK-100 series and AN-4
  • Related Russian AK designs including the RPK
  • AKs produced in Warsaw Pact and other countires – the coverage by country is something I find very valuable
  • AKs in America
  • Accessories including magazines, bayonets, optics and more 

This is definitely a book you will want to add to your library.  I literally keep it on the right side of my desk for quick access when I need to look something up.  Here it is plus a couple of other books that I like as well:


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