Question by Ozzie: I often hear many say that the AK-47 was a direct copy of the STG44, what truth is there to…?
Really, what would a tank operator know about mechanisms needed for a gun especially the best assault rifle of all time. Do these two guns operate on the same basic concept and just simply a copy of a german design, or is the AK-47 truely a remarkable unique masterpiece by kalashnikov?
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Answer by Sharona
and people can make them in villages in places like Waziristan, remarkably easily thanks to the relative simplicity of the mechanism: just a glorified breech block and firing pin, really. I have seen a village blacksmith in Bangladesh make some pretty good engine parts for trucks. Perhaps not as good as the originals, but good enough.
Re; the Kalashnikov, Soviet technology was always based on elegant simplicity, in many ways: the solid fuel rocket boosters, for example, are much cheaper and simpler than the hugely complex and expensive liquid oxygen of NASA. The Socialist System, not having a profit motive, would opt for this way of doing things, also World War Two’s management concept of ‘Second Best Today’ would also have had an impact of the way they did things. Russian computer programmers were once much in demand as they wrote shorter programmes than their US and European counterparts, as Russian machines had smaller memories and they weren’t paid by the hour-or the yard-just a flat salary.
There is a philosophical issue here too. It is possible that two entirely separate people can come up with identical ideas, at roughly the same time in history, as the precursors or preconditions for those ideas exist in both places at the same time. They can be identical but not connected. All the world’s engineers were walking towards heavier-than-air flight at the same time, for example. Inventions and genius comes in waves, as in Renaissance Florence producing dozens of fabulous artists all at once.
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