Avtomat Kalashnikova

  title={Avtomat Kalashnikova},
  author={Paul M Graves-Brown},
  journal={Journal of Material Culture},
  pages={285 - 307}
This article examines the history of the ubiquitous Russian Avtomat Kalashnikova assault rifle (AK). Does it possess systemic characteristics that predispose its subversion from its intended purpose? The invention lineage of automatic weapons is considered in parallel with developments in the social organization of warfare. The AK is then evaluated in this context. In both technical and social terms, the use of the weapon by insurgents or in developing countries is not as remote from its… 

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