The AK-47, or AK as it is officially known (also known as the Kalashnikov) is a selective-fire (semi-automatic and automatic), gas-operated 7.62×39 mm assault rifle, developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov. It is officially known in the Soviet documentation as Avtomat Kalashnikova (Russian: Автомат Калашникова).
Design work on the AK-47 began in the last year of World War II (1945). In 1946, the AK-47 was presented for official military trials, and in 1948, the fixed-stock version was introduced into active service with selected units of the Soviet Army. An early development of the design was the AKS (S—Skladnoy or “folding”), which was equipped with an underfolding metal shoulder stock. In the spring of 1949, the AK-47 was officially accepted by the Soviet Armed Forces and used by the majority of the member states of the Warsaw Pact.
Additional Information: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ak-47
andmol72 (verified owner) –
I am generally very pleased with all the products I have bought from Pico Armor (Russian and Swedish Cold War equipment) but these little guys are the exception. The reason is the base thickness, which makes separating the individual figures annoyingly difficult. Using cutting pliers, you need to apply great force to cut through the base, and it is next to impossible doing this without having the pieces shoot off into random corners of your room.
In the future, I will be using the NATO Cold War Infantry models painted in a Russian colour scheme instead.
Obviously, if you are intending to use these miniatures “as is”, in a five-man line, the above is not an issue.
Bill Rutherford –
Each strip of five figures (15 strips in a bag) contains one SAW gunner and four troopers, all advancing, but in different poses. Previous reviewer noted challenges in cutting bases, a valid point, but immaterial to me because I’m a model railroader and have a pair of angle cutters called Rail Nippers – designed to cut model railroad track, these make short work of the bases. Note when you mount these troops, to minimize the obviouslness of their bases on the figure stand, a friend recommended using thick, smelly craft glue (the clear stuff like 527) to glue ’em down – when dry it provides nice fillets around the individual bases which, when flocked, make the troops blend in wonderfully…