When somebody asks the question, ‘What’s the most famous gun in the world?’ I guess we all have our own ideas. James Bond’s Walther PPK, Dirty Harry’s Smith and Wesson model 29, or classics like the Winchester lever-action that really won the West. Well, my answer would be the Kalashnikov AK47 assault rifle. I believe it’s the case that no other gun has been made in greater numbers than the ‘AK’ in the history of mankind. It’s not just the Russians who make them. All around the world, large and small companies have made copies, some worse than others, simply because of the gun’s reputation. They’re simple, can be made from cheap materials and are about as sophisticated as a tractor, but for all that they have one dominant advantage over many other more sexy rifles and that’s this; hot, cold, wet, dry, dirty or clean, they always go bang when you pull the trigger, and when saving your life from the bad guys is what you’re trying to do, being able to shoot back is what you want!
You’ll never see a news item from the Middle East or war-torn Africa without Toyota pick-up trucks full of fighters carrying AK47s being in shot. These people don’t have lots of training and back-up like western war fighters do. They need fighting tools that work day in and day out, with little or no maintenance. Because of this, almost everybody knows what an AK47 is, even my mother-in-law!
So, it’s no surprise to me that the sales team at SMK are overjoyed to have received stock of a highly detailed replica made by Cyber Gun. This company has a great reputation for making top-class replicas of some of the most famous guns that are also working BBs shooters, and the AK47 is just the same.
I’ve shot all sorts of guns through my shooting life, but I’ve never fired a real AK47, so I have no idea just how precise the Cyber Gun version is as a replica. Picking it up, it feels tiny and has an extraordinarily short pull-length of just 11½” compared to the standard 14½”. Because of this, it
“This company has a great reputation for making top-class replicas”
feels like your nose is about to touch the back of the action when you’re on aim.
The combat sights are about a basic as they get, although the rear sight is adjustable for elevation. In the shoulder, the hard plastic butt plate feels slippery and the tiny pistol grip very slender indeed, yet for all that it feels surprisingly stable on aim.
ROUGH AND READY
Visually, the replica mimics the rough-and-ready build quality that the real rifles exhibit. There’s nothing fancy about these things, just pressed steel and cheap wood, and there’s certainly no ornamentation other than a massively long serial number.
I was interested to note that the power is supplied by the widely available 12 gramme, Co2 capsule that, interestingly, lives inside the detachable banana-shaped magazine. The vertically stacking BB magazine lives here too, inside the removable outer casing. With this removed, the Co2 capsule is loaded and screwed onto the piercing probe as you’ll have seen on many other guns. The BB mag’ is the same, although you need to compress the follower spring and then drop the BBs in one at a time through a small aperture at the top. I found I needed to give the
It felt very alien to me but surprisingly stable on aim.
BBs drop in one at a time through this port.