Kalashnikov – The Arms and the Man, by Edward Clinton Ezell (Author), R. Blake Stevens (Editor), Collector Grade Publications, 2001, 284 pages, approx. 9 x 11 inches. The name of Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov has become well known the world over because of the Avtomat Kalashnikova, the eponymous assault rifle which he designed and perfected. Today, Kalashnikov designs have become the most widely manufactured and best known military small arms in history. Since the introduction of the AK design in 1947, between fifty and seventy million Kalashnikov-type rifles and LMGs have been manufactured, in the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact nations, in the Communist East, and in such ‘western’ countries as Egypt, Finland, India, Israel, and South Africa. The original edition of The AK47 Story was published in 1986, and the events of the intervening fifteen years have provided much fresh new material.