Guns have existed for a very long time. The first documented use of a firearm had happened in the 14th century. Since then, they became more advanced and more deadly. From small pocket pistols to high-powered sniper rifles, there are many guns to choose from, all made for different purposes and different scenarios. So let's dive deeper into the topic and learn more about the most common firearms.
It is World War 2. Nazi Germany has begun a war with Soviet Russia. A hospitalized tank commander named Mikhail Kalashnikov is thinking about creating his own automatic weapon. He went on to create several different prototypes: one of them being his Kalashnikov Submachine-gun. It was not accepted into service, however, his talent as a weapons designer was noted. One of his prototypes was the AK-47. It was inspired by many different weapons. Some of them were captured from German troops, some were supplied by the United States and others were weapons created by other Russian designers. The prototype passed the military trials, and in 1949 it was accepted into service.
The first AK's had many issues. They were hard to produce and were heavy, but in the 1950s an improvement was made: the AKM. It was a direct upgrade to the first design, decreasing both its weight and recoil, while also making it cheaper and easier to produce. The AKM saw way more users across the globe than the AK-47, and soon after other countries began creating their own AK derivatives. They improved on the design of the weapon and changed it so that it would fit their country's standards. Mikhail Kalashnikov has successfully begun a revolution in the firearm industry, and his weapon would become one of the most common ones in modern history.