Weapons of the Walking Dead: Part 2
By Spike Bowan
So much has happened since I last wrote the 1st Blog about the fine arsenal that is featured in what is one of my most favorite shows. AMC’s “The Walking Dead”!
Here are Rick and Daryl rocking two of my favorite firearms on the planet! The AK-47 and the M16 A1!
3.47 kg (7.7 lb)
0.43 kg (0.95 lb) (early issue)
0.33 kg (0.73 lb) (steel)
0.25 kg (0.55 lb) (plastic)
0.17 kg (0.37 lb) (light alloy)
|Length||Fixed wooden stock:
880 mm (35 in)
875 mm (34.4 in) folding stock extended
645 mm (25.4 in) stock folded
|Barrel length||Overall length:
415 mm (16.3 in)
Rifled bore length:
369 mm (14.5 in)
|Action||Gas-operated, rotating bolt|
|Rate of fire||Cyclic rate of fire:
Practical rate of fire:
Semi-auto 40 rds/min
Full-auto 100 rds/min
|Muzzle velocity||715 m/s (2,350 ft/s)|
|Effective firing range||350 m (380 yd)|
|Feed system||30-round detachable box magazine
There are also 5- 10-, 20- and 40-round box and 75- and 100-round drummagazines available
|Sights||100–800 m adjustable iron sights
378 mm (14.9 in)
The AK-47 is a selective-fire, gas-operated 7.62×39mm assault rifle, first developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov. It is officially known in the Soviet documentation as Avtomat Kalashnikova (Russian: Автомат Калашникова). It is also known asKalashnikov, AK, or in Russian slang, Kalash.
Design work on the AK-47 began in the last year of World War II (1945). After the war in 1946, the AK-47 was presented for official military trials. In 1948, the fixed-stock version was introduced into active service with selected units of the Soviet Army. An early development of the design was the AKS (S—Skladnoy or “folding”), which was equipped with an underfolding metal shoulder stock. In 1949, the AK-47 was officially accepted by the Soviet Armed Forces and used by the majority of the member states of the Warsaw Pact.
Even after six decades the model and its variants remain the most popular and widely used military rifles in the world because of their substantial reliability under harsh conditions, low production costs compared to contemporary Western weapons, availability in virtually every geographic region and ease of use. The AK-47 has been manufactured in many countries and has seen service with armed forces as well as irregular forces worldwide, and was the basis for developing many other types of individual and crew-served firearms. As of 2004, out of the estimated 500 million firearms worldwide, approximately 100 million belong to the Kalashnikov family, three-quarters of which are AK-47s. (Wikipedia)
I love the sheer reliability and durability of this firearm. You have to appreciate a weapon that you can bury in mud for three days, come back, brush it off and the thing still shoots.
|Weight||7.18 lb (3.26 kg) (unloaded)
8.79 lb (4.0 kg) (loaded)
|Length||39.5 in (1,000 mm)|
|Barrel length||20 in (508 mm)|
|Action||Gas-operated, rotating bolt(direct impingement)|
|Rate of fire||12–15 rounds/min sustained
45–60 rounds/min semi-automatic
700–950 rounds/min cyclic
|Muzzle velocity||3,110 ft/s (948 m/s)|
|Effective firing range||600 meters (point target)
800 meters (area target)
|Feed system||20-round detachable box magazine:
(0.211 lb [95 grams] empty / 0.738 lb [335 g] full)
30-round detachable box magazine:
(0.257 lb [117 g] empty / 1.06 lb [483 g] full)
Beta C-Mag 100-round double-lobed drum:
(2.2 lb [1 kg] empty / 4.81 lb [2.19 kg] full)
The M16 is a lightweight, 5.56 mm, air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed assault rifle, with a rotating bolt, actuated by direct impingement gas operation. The rifle is made of steel, 7075 aluminum alloy, composite plastics and polymer materials.
ArmaLite sold its rights to the AR-15 to Colt in 1959. The AR-15 was first adopted in 1962 by the United States Air Force, ultimately receiving the designation M16. The U.S. Army began to field the XM16E1 en masse in 1965 with most of them going to the Republic of Vietnam, and the newly organized and experimental Airmobile Divisions, the 1st Air Cavalry Division in particular. The U.S. Marine Corps in South Vietnam also experimented with the M16 rifle in combat during this period. This occurred in the early 1960s, with the Army issuing it in late 1964. Commercial AR-15s were first issued to Special Forces troops in spring of 1964.