Book Review: Vickers Guide, Kalashnikov Volume 1

I am proud to announce the newest book in the Vickers Guide series: Kalashnikov (Volume 1)! Cowritten by Larry Vickers, Rob Stott, and myself, this is a beautiful exhibition of 7.62x39mm AK rifles (smallbore AKs and other types will be covered by future volumes). If you have seen any of the previous Vickers Guide books, you know what you have to look forward to in this one – if not, prepare for the most gorgeous firearms photography you’ll see in any print book.

This is intended as a coffee table display type book, but also includes a remarkable amount of relevant information about AK development and production. The first chapter on Russian guns starts with the prototype actual “AK47”, goes through the patterns of milled AKs to the stamped AKM, and on to the modern AK203 and AK15. The book then progresses to 7.62x39mm variants made by Albania, Bulgaria, China, East Germany, Egypt, Hungary, Iraq, North Korea, the Khyber Pass, Poland, Romania, Vietnam, and Yugoslavia. These include not just standard rifles, but also short barreled and LMG variations, plus grenade launchers and more. I am quite proud to have been a part of the team that created this volume!

Available only direct from the publisher, at!


  1. BTW, that 7.62×39 is good start and I would stick with it for a while, including expanding into RPD and SKS. Let’s face it: this is most common military cartridge of our time. I shoot it quite a bit lately, partly for nostalgia reason.

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