The UBC’s Adrian Webster examines the Kalashnikov AKM AEG from
Iwandered into my local airsoft emporium in Thailand a couple of years ago and was immediately directed toward a stack of rather plain-looking cardboard boxes lying along one side of the counter.
“You’ll be interested in one of those!” exclaimed Khun Don, the owner of BB Gun Zone.”
He was not far wrong! Inside each was a 6mm AEG replica of the legendary Kalashnikov rifle, and made by Chinese company, E&L. Each one was different, but I chose the wooden-stocked AKM.
Introduced in the 1950s, the AKM was a modernised version of the original 7.62mm Avtomat Kalashnikova-47. The main differences in appearance between the AKM and AK-47 are; a longer, straighter stock, a stamped instead of milled steel receiver, raised grips in the wooden fore end, rear sights graduated to 1000m instead of 800m, a slant-cut muzzle brake to help reduce muzzle climb during automatic fire, and an integrated bayonet support collar with a hole for the cleaning rod.
The realism of this gun is immediately apparent. It is made of steel and wood throughout, and comes generously coated with oil. A comprehensive handbook, in English, contains instructions on how to operate and field-strip the gun; how to remove the hop-up, barrel and gearbox; an exploded diagram and parts listing, and a factory test certificate with contact details on the back cover. My velocity measurements mirrored those given.
Visual accuracy, as far as I can tell, is perfect. The first thing I was told about the replica was that the company who makes them also manufactures and supplies parts for real Kalashnikov rifles - this is also mentioned in their promotional video. Whether this is simply a crafty piece of marketing or not, I don’t know, but the upshot is that this replica is the spitting image of the original.
The laminated wood used to make the upper handguard and fore end is well crafted and strong. The pistol grip is made of a plastic polymer and is in keeping with later AKMs.There is even a spring-loaded storage space in the stock for a cleaning kit, although one is not supplied.
A star, ‘1976’, and a unique serial number that crossreferences with the test certificate is stamped in the correct place on the left-hand side of the receiver just behind and below the rear sight block.
The spring leaf rear sight is adjustable for elevation and is
“It is made of steel and wood throughout”
Shooting my AKM at 6 yards is a dream.