Well, you must know that United States are number one arms exporter, whereas Russia is the second largest conventional arms exporter with their AK-47 as most known firearms in the world. Ilya Varlamov, the Russian photo blogger, went to the city of Izhevsk to have a look at how these incredible rifles are made in the Izhevsk Machinebuilding Plant.
The plants was known as IZHMASH in earlier times in Russia which is their renowned weapon manufacturer, however it is known as Kalashnikov Concern now. At present, fourth-generation of Kalashnikov assault files are developed here, and others such as the 100-series AKs: AK-101, AK-102, AK-103, AK-104, AK-105. Nowadays, large amount of effort are being put in the upgrading of the most used assault rifle of the Russian Army: the Kalashnikov AK-74.
There is a very exciting fact about this plant that it used to export 80% of its production to the U.S. Gun stores, just before the sanctions came and whole conflict raised. Therefore, the major buyers of Kalashnikov’s weapons after the sanctions are Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, Latin American and African countries. However, despite the sanctions, they have enhanced the firearms production from 70,000 in 2013 to 120,000 now. So let’s check out how the world’s best rifle is made:
First of all, the production of AK comes in blocks and parts. Initially, they create certain parts, and then put them together into blocks.
After this, ceramic form is made.
The made parts are then hand-polished by them.
And then, furnaces are heated to certain temperature.
Next, the procedure of tempering of the metal parts takes place.
Later on, the metal parts get chemical treatment.
Here is shown that the old part of the plants is still in use.
Factory is being modernized because of the larger production so that it is capable of focusing completely on Asian, Russian and world-wide market.
By 2017, the modernization program will be completed.
The “Kalashnikov” firm is deciding to enhance their production and gross revenue in 3 times while reducing production costs in half by 2020.
Slowly but surely, the old machines are being replaced by new ones.
Nowadays, the plant upgrades/modernizations are taking place at the same time as the manufacturing is going on.
Each weapon is assembled by a one person.
The Controlling of the assembly.
Most of the assembly is being done manually until the modernization is made.
The assembly’s final part.
Aircraft guns are also manufactured by them.
In order to test the new made rifles, indoor shooting range is also present in Izhmash.
Later this year, AK-12 will be introduced into military service.
Check out the video below: