This is a series of pages about the history and reconstruction of the AK-47, the Автомат Калашникова 47, Avtomat Kalashnikova 47 or Kalashnikov Automatic Rifle 1947 Model, designed by Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashinikov in 1944-1946. It was originally manufactured at IZHMASH or the Izhevsk Machinery Factory in the western Urals. Read to learn more about the man who invented the AK-47, the gun's history, and how to build your own AK-47 from a parts kit and other components.
Start here for the history
Start here to get to the reconstruction project