Inside Izhmash

The Making of a Kalashnikov Rifle
By WeirdRussia
Photos Courtesy of Ilya Valamov

AK's ready for shipment

AK’s ready for shipment

Russia is the second largest conventional arms exporter after the United States. Russia’s iconic AK-47 is known all over the world.

In order to see how Kalashnikov rifles are made, Russian photo blogger Ilya Varlamov traveled to the city of Izhevsk, where he visited Izhevsk Machine building Plant. Formerly known in Russia as IZHMASH, a weapons manufacturer, today is renamed as Kalashnikov Concern. Firearms produced at Kalashnikov Concern include fourth-generation Kalashnikov assault rifles – the 100-series AKs: AK-101, AK-102, AK-103, AK-104, AK-105. The company is also working on upgrades for the most ubiquitous assault rifle of the Russian Army: the Kalashnikov AK-74.

Before the economic sanctions against Russia, the plant used to export 80% of its production to the U.S. Gun stores. Today, the main consumers of Kalashnikov’s weapons are Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia and Latin America. As the result of switched exports and increased Russian military demand, Kalashnikov plant actually increased its production of firearms (from 70,000 in 2013 to 120,000).

And here is how Kalashnikov rifles are made:

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BBA Note:  What an outstanding insight into the manufacturing company’s plant that makes the greatest firearm on earth!  Hopefully our government lifts these silly sanctions and allow for them to export these awesome firearms back into the United States.