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Okay, so I have owned this book for about a month now. Previously, my go to reference book for AK parts and info was the venerable "AK-47 &74 Kalashnikov Rifles" by Joe Poyer (His SKS Carbine book is great as well), and that book has served me faithfully for a number of years.

Then one day I went onto the internets (Its a series of tubes
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Several members here helped Frank with the 1st and the updated and corrected 2nd edition. The Poyer book is well known for many inaccuracies.
 

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If you go to knob creek, the publisher always has a big table, and Frank is usually there signing copies. Thats where I bought mine(signed) and a free year of Small Arms Review for $50
 

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I have a copy. Its nice having such a quality book this size for a relatively smaller group of collectors.
 

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I have both the first and second edition. Great books, I hope the author continues to add to it an comes out with a third edition at some point in time.
 

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A good resource. Quite a few errors in the first edition but mostly solid information. My copy is well "thumbed".
 

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I got one. Amazing book. Now we need a book like this dedicated exclusively to semi-auto AKs for the American civilian market.
 

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I have both editions; however, there are other books that can be a wealth of information as well. The Collector Grade Publications AK book, Tokoi Book, and many others. I feel that no one book has everything, so I enjoy a different perspective that various books give. I am from what I am afraid to say what has become the "book generation" (I just coined that phrase) I enjoy the possession of them as a personal library and reference source. Images and words on screen just don't always do it for me. Either way, great books, and I suggest you try others as well.
 

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I only have the first book and am interested in seeing how the corrections turned out in the second book. There are piles of informative books on the AK and I have many of them and I am considering buying the new volume of work from the Neatherlands called the AK encyclopedia, it might just be the king of the hill in information on the Kalshnikov ! KALASHNIKOV ENCYCLOPAEDIA
 

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I have both editions; however, there are other books that can be a wealth of information as well. The Collector Grade Publications AK book, Tokoi Book, and many others. I feel that no one book has everything, so I enjoy a different perspective that various books give. I am from what I am afraid to say what has become the "book generation" (I just coined that phrase) I enjoy the possession of them as a personal library and reference source. Images and words on screen just don't always do it for me. Either way, great books, and I suggest you try others as well.
And if the SHTF and the lights go out and stay out the "images and words on a screen" won't do it for anyone else either since no power = no images and words on screen. A hardcopy backup is ALWAYS worth it for any info. you might find useful at some point, or info that needs passed on to someone maybe not so familiar with the topic.
 
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