Book Review: Vickers Guide to the Kalashnikov, Volume II

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Fair disclaimer: I may be biased, as I am a co-author of this work…

Vickers Guide is back with the second volume on the AK, specifically on 5.45mm and 5.56mm Kalashnikovs. If you like the first volume, you will definitely like this one – it was led by Larry Vickers with myself and Rob Stott co-authoring, and addition contributions from Maxim Popenker, Miles Vining, Nic Jenzen-Jones, Jack Dutschke, Kevin Greggory, Lyndon Schooler, Vladimir Onokoy, Zoltan Szoros, Jonathan Ferguson, and more!

This volume is 350 pages, with almost the first half dedicated to Russian rifles. These includes a whole bunch of the high-tech interesting developments like balanced-recoil designs along with trials and prototype guns, LMGs, grenade launchers, and a wide variety of standard production guns. The second half of the book covers the rest of the world, including Bulgaria, Burma, China, the Czech Republic, East Germany, Finland, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Romania, and South Africa.

As before, this is intended as a coffee table book and not a detailed reference book, but we have all done our best to ensure that the commentary is technical and as good as we can make it. Coupled with James Rupley’s outstanding photography, I think it’s an even better book than Volume I…

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