Chivers, author of The Gun: The AK-47 and the Evolution of War (2010) in his article in Wired, revealed that the AK-47, aka “Kalashnikov Model 1947,” is an “immoral slaughter machine, an icon of pop culture, the most widely used weapon. in number, as well as the most influential over the past half-century. ”
In an obituary of the death of Kalashnikov, published in The New York Times, Chivers added that the AK-47 was “a symbol of the Soviet Union and revolution, which then became the main instrument for terrorism, criminal action, and the recruitment of children into troops.” Meanwhile, David Blair, in his writing in The Telegraph, said that “no single firearm kills more humans than the AK-47.”
In short, the AK-47 is a symbol of fear, assault, and terror. Different from the claims of its creator, who called the AK-47 as a defense.
Blair revealed that every year, in conflict countries around the world, 20 thousand to 100,000 people died. The AK-47 is the weapon most responsible for the number of deaths. Why? AK-47 is the weapon most widely owned by the wider community throughout the world, especially in conflict countries.
Chivers said that the AK-47 numbered between 70 million and 100 million units worldwide. While Blair said that the AK-47 numbered no less than 75 million, nearly 20 percent of all firearms in the world. Then, Michael Hodges, in his book titled AK-47: The Story of the People’s Gun, mentioned that there are at least 200 million shoots of AK-47 circulating in the world, or one out of every 35 inhabitants of the earth.
Why are there many versions of the AK-47? Chivers, still in the Kalashnikov obituary, said that this all happened because of “the principle of AK-47 assembly, which is ‘government secret’ and is also secretly transferred.” Because of this, it’s hard to keep track of the exact number of AK-47s in the world.
AK-47 is also a weapon that is quite easily obtained illegally. In Statista’s publications, the AK-47 sells for an average of $ 2,800 on the Dark Web, a part of cyberspace that isn’t indexed by search engines like Google. Meanwhile, Afghanistan is a country that “offers” a cheap AK-47, which is an average of $ 600. In Somalia, a country famous for its pirate action, the AK-47 sells for $ 750.
History of the Birth of the AK-47
Born into a farming family, Mikhail T. Kalashnikov, who was then 26 years old, successfully changed his life through the AK-47. In a secret race to design weapons, Kalashnikov won the contest with his design: AK, aka Avtomat Kalashnikov. The designer won the race because the AK-47 is a weapon that is “simple, not elegant, and works like a man.”
The AK-47, which Shiver calls “an invisible weapon,” successfully becomes one of the “technologies that disrupt the world.”
After winning the race, Kalashnikov’s design was transformed into a prototype by a factory in the city of Kovrov in 1947, the year that was later enshrined as the name of the weapon. Since then, the AK-47 began to be mass-produced and has several variants, such as the Modernized AK-47 or also called AKM.
In the article uploaded by Popular Mechanics, there is at least the main purpose of forming AK-47: stock, trigger, receiver, selector switch, gas piston, magazine, and a protective coating. The main part was then added with 7.62 mm caliber bullets. The main part of only seven parts that make the AK-47 so simple. School children in Slavic, said Chiver, were able to remove and reassemble the AK-47 in just 30 seconds. Because of this simplicity, the AK-47 is so popular with combatants.
In the mid-1950s, the Soviet Union exported the AK-47 design to China and East Germany. At the end of the 1950s, the Soviet Union franchised an AK-47, sharing the recipe for making weapons to countries with communist ideology. Now, there are 30 countries in the world, mainly in Africa, which can produce AK-47s, which then gave birth to 200 new variants of the weapon.
July 6, 2018, is the 71st anniversary of the birth of the AK-47, a simple weapon, not elegant, but managed to become the most iconic firearm. Weapons that were made to survive but developed into weapons of fear, and are now spread throughout the world.