Right before deploying to Kuwait in preparation of the invasion of Iraq, Jeff Kirkham, had the opportunity to do the first non-bias “official” testing on the AK-47 for the Department of Defense (DOD) and Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
To understand the rifle, you have to understand the mind set of the men who designed her. Every Russian felt the effects of the war with Germany. Over 20 million Russians died during the war and many soldiers starved or froze on the Eastern Front. To assume that every single portion of the AK was not thoroughly thought out is naïve at best.