The AK-46 Nearly Beat the AK-47
The National Interest -

Caleb Larson

History, Europe

The AK-47 is the most well-known rifle ever. The AK-46 nearly took its place as the standard-issue Soviet assault rifle.

Everyone with a heartbeat and two eyes has seen the iconic AK-47—the most produced rifle in history. It is everywhere. Some estimates claim that 20 percent of the rifles currently in existence are directly or indirectly based on the AK-47 pattern. They’re almost everything you’d want in an assault rifle: cheap, reliable, and easy to use. Several...

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