To retell the story of the AK-47 – the selective-fire assault rifle that was developed in the 1940s by Mikhail Kalashnikov and his often uncredited team for a round of military trials designed to field a weapon chambered for the 7.62x39mm cartridge – would serve no real purpose here. Instead, it would be beneficial to discuss the Avtomat Kalashnikova Modernizirovanniy, or "Kalashnikov's modern automatic rifle," also known as the AKM.
The AKM, also a selective-fire assault rifle chambered for the 7.62x39mm cartridge and also designed by Kalashnikov, is a variant of the original AK-47 and was designed during the 1950s. First seeing official service with the Soviet army in 1959, the AKM served as a front-line replacement for the AK-47.
Many consider the AKM an upgrade to the original AK-47 as it offers several design improvements that make firing the rifle a better experience. Among those improvements is the use of a stamped receiver, which served to reduce the overall weight of the rifle by approximately two pounds. When considering the slew of other minor adjustments, the AKM is thought to be a more accurate, more reliable rifle than the AK-47.
Original production of the AKM was carried out at the Tula Arms Plant in Tula, Russia and Izhmash, also known as the Izhevsk Machinebuilding Plant, located in Izhevsk, Russia. Eventually, AKMs were exported and produced internationally. One of the most recognizable locations for the production of AKMs was Maadi, Egypt.
The Maadi Company for Engineering Industries in Cairo, Egypt was responsible for the production of the MISR, an Egyptian copy of the AKM that was produced for both the Egyptian army and export sales. These copies are believed to be very accurate reproductions of original Russian AKMs as they were produced on Russian tooling.
Now that we have spent so much time discussing the AKM, it is time to introduce the AKMS. The "S" is for skladnoy and denotes that the variant includes a side-folding stock, which brings us to the Egyptian Maadi AKMS parts kit.
Produced by the Maadi Company for Engineering Industries in Cairo, Egypt, the Egyptian Maadi AKMS part kit includes all of the original parts, less the receiver and the barrel, required to assemble a fully operational AKMS as well as one side-folding crutch-style stock.
It is time to trade in the Legos for something a bit more challenging. Grab our unique Egyptian Maadi AKMS parts kit today for just $209.95 and begin the biggest build of your lifetime.