Shooting NATO with its own bullet? What we know about Kalashnikov’s new rifle, chambered in alliance-standard 7.62x51mm | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Shooting NATO with its own bullet? What we know about Kalashnikov’s new rifle, chambered in alliance-standard 7.62x51mm

As Russia marks famed Soviet inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov’s centenary, we look at the newest incarnation of his time-tested rifle. The AK-308 fires NATO rounds, giving the Russian manufacturer an edge over western rivals.

Sitting along a lonely road near Russia’s Kazakh border, the town of Kurya is a long way from the world’s battlefields. The nearest major city, Novosibirsk, is a six-hour drive away. Yet, Kurya’s most famous son devised an invention that would power revolutions, redraw national borders and reshape modern warfare.

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