"AK-47" roughly translates from Russian to English as "automatic Kalashnikov 47." Mikhail Kalashnikov is the inventor of the rifle, and 1947 is the year the final test model was produced.
During World War II, the German army fielded the first automatic assault rifle. Having faced these weapons, the Russian military pursued a similar design for its forces. A combat veteran, Kalashnikov realized the necessity of having a rugged and robust rifle. His design emphasized ease of use and combined it with broad environmental reliability. Since starting production in 1949, over 75 million AK-47s have been built as of 2014. It was extensively exported during the Cold War and has become one of the most widely used weapons in the world.Learn More
The Hawken rifle is a muzzle-loading rifle that was produced from 1823 to 1870. It is sometimes referred to as the buffalo gun, plains rifle or fur trapper's gun.Full Answer >
There are varying accounts regarding the inventor of the first trebuchet. It is said that the French army introduced the medieval weapon in the 12th century. Others claim that the trebuchet was a Chinese creation made around 300 B.C.Full Answer >
The distance a rifle bullet can travel is dependent on its size and the amount of gunpowder propelling it, but the world record for a confirmed sniper kill is 2,707 yards. The shot was made by British Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison in November 2009 in Afghanistan.Full Answer >
A bolt action rifle with a caliber in the range of .223 to .250 is an excellent varmint rifle. These calibers are strong enough to take down coyotes, foxes and wolverines. Savage Axis makes a very affordable and effective varmint rifle.Full Answer >