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AK-47

1940s assault rifle of Soviet origin
This is the AK-47 assault rifle, the preferred weapon of your enemy, and it makes a very distinctive sound when fired at you, so remember it. ~ Tom Highway

The AK-47 (also known as the Kalashnikov, AK, or in Russian slang, Kalash) is a selective-fire, gas-operated 7.62×39mm assault rifle, first developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov.

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  • I've seen gangsters get religious when they start bleeding. Saying "Lord, Jesus help me" 'cause their ass leaking.
    When that window rolls down and that A.K. comes out?
    You can squeeze your little handgun until you run out.
    And you can run for your back-up, but them machine gun shells gon' tear your back up.
 
If I were to take an American soldier out today, I could get him to field strip, clean, and take care of an AK in about four hours. The M16? I'm gonna have to take a week. It's that simple. ~ William Atwater
  • If I were to take an American soldier out today, I could get him to field strip, clean, and take care of an AK in about four hours. The M16? I'm gonna have to take a week. It's that simple.
    • Dr. William Atwater, weapons historian, in his appearance in the Top Ten series presentation on combat rifles by the Military Channel.[specific citation needed]
 
That weapon is going to keep you alive. ~ William Atwater
  • That weapon is going to keep you alive.
    • Dr. William Atwater, weapons historian, in his appearance in the Top Ten series presentation on combat rifles by the Military Channel.[specific citation needed]
  • This is the AK-47 assault rifle, the preferred weapon of your enemy, and it makes a very distinctive sound when fired at you, so remember it.
 
Is there a design this good that doesn't kill people? ~ Good Magazine
  • Is there a design this good that doesn't kill people?
  • AK-47 is the tool. Don't make me act the motherfucking fool.
    • Ice Cube, "Straight Outta Compton", from the eponymous album (1988).
 
Today I didn't even have to use my A.K.
I got to say it was a good day. ~ O'Shea Jackson
  • Even saw the lights of the Goodyear Blimp
    And it read, "Ice Cube's a pimp" (yeah)
    Drunk as hell but no throwin up
    Half way home and my pager still blowin up
    Today I didn't even have to use my A.K.
    I got to say it was a good day
    • Ice Cube, "It Was a Good Day", from his third studio album, The Predator (1992).
 
It's the world's most popular assault rifle, a weapon all fighters love. An elegantly simple nine pound amalgamation of forged steel and plywood, it doesn't break, jam, or overheat. It will shoot whether it's covered in mud or filled with sand. It's so easy even a child could use it, and they do. ~ Yuri Orlov
  • Corporal, stow this next to my seat. Better be prepared, never know when you might need an AK.
    • Captain Dave "Captain America" McGraw, Generation Kill (2008), Episode 2: The Cradle of Civilization
  • Yuri Orlov: Of all the weapons in the vast Soviet arsenal, nothing was more profitable than Avtomat Kalashnikova model of 1947, more commonly known as the AK-47, or Kalashnikov. It's the world's most popular assault rifle, a weapon all fighters love. An elegantly simple nine pound amalgamation of forged steel and plywood, it doesn't break, jam, or overheat. It will shoot whether it's covered in mud or filled with sand. It's so easy even a child could use it, and they do. The Soviets put the gun on a coin. Mozambique put it on their flag. Since the end of the Cold War, the Kalashnikov has become the Russian people's greatest export. After that comes vodka, caviar, suicidal novelists. One thing is for sure, no one was lining up to buy their cars.
  • Jack Valentine: You get rich by giving the poorest people on the planet the means to continue killing each other. Do you know why I do what I do? I mean, there are more prestigous assignments. Keeping track of nuclear arsenals. You'd think that more critical to world security. But, it's not. No. Nine out of ten war victims today are killed with assault rifles and small arms. Like yours. Those nuclear missiles, they sit in their silos. Your AK-47, that is the real weapon of mass destruction.
 
AK-47, the very best there is. When you absolutely, positively got to kill every motherfucker in the room; accept no substitutes. ~ Samuel L. Jackson
  • AK-47, the very best there is. When you absolutely, positively, got to kill every motherfucker in the room; accept no substitutes.
  • If I were to go to a planet, an unknown planet, and I was allowed to take one firearm, it would be an AK-47. When Western civilization melts down, I want an AK-47.
    • Richard Venola, editor of Combat Arms, in his appearance in the Top Ten series presentation on combat rifles by the Military Channel.[specific citation needed]
  • What can you do to an AK-47 to make it stop firing? Not a whole lot! Maybe drive over it with a tank.
    • Richard Venola, in his appearance in the Top Ten series presentation on combat rifles by the Military Channel.[specific citation needed]
  • And so Americans have grown up seeing the AK-47 as the bad guy's gun. People don't like the looks of the AK. It's an ugly gun. You can't picture John Wayne carrying an AK-47. Would he carry one? Probably. He was a practical man.
    • Richard Venola, in his appearance in the Top Ten series presentation on combat rifles by the Military Channel.[specific citation needed]
  • The AK-47 went head-to-head with the M-16, and emerged on the winning side.
    • Narration in the Top Ten Rifles presentation by the Military Channel (renamed American Heroes Channel in 2014), part of their Top Ten series which began in 2005. The narrator was referring to the AK-47s service on the North Vietnamese side of the Vietnam War.
  • I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen to own guns for sporting, hunting and so forth, or for home defense. But I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon.
  • The Trace: Does it matter what kind of gun a victim is shot with?
    David H. Newman: It matters a great deal. If it’s a small caliber gun, the wounds are visibly smaller. If it’s a shotgun wound, it’s more visually striking. I’ve seen children who have been shot with a shotgun. I remember this one boy, I think he was eight, he and a friend were playing with a shotgun, and his friend shot him in the face. When he came in, he was still very much alive, but he was in terrible pain and didn’t really have any facial features.
    But the worst is a wound from an AR-15 or AK-47 — high-muzzle velocity weapons, which impart a tremendous amount of kinetic energy into the body. Those are much more destructive. You’re looking at a wound that, externally, is two, three, four times bigger than any handgun wound.
    And that is reflective of the damage that happens on the inside. When a bullet from a high-muzzle velocity weapon hits the intestines, it’s like an explosion, whereas a low-muzzle velocity can be very similar to a knife going through the intestines; there’s bleeding, but it doesn’t destroy the whole area. A high-muzzle bullet, however, destroys whole areas of body. With a bone that’s been shot with a standard-issue caliber handgun, you’ll see a break, a hole in the bone, and maybe some displacement. But a high-muzzle weapon shatters that bone into hundreds of microscopic pieces, in a way that cannot be repaired. You need to essentially clean out the bone that has been struck and remove it from the body; it’s now a worthless tissue. You can’t believe that a bullet could do this amount of damage.

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