AK-47 Kalashnikov in action – Guns of the 1956 Revolution Part II
The AK-47 Assult rifle first saw action in the 1956 Hungarian revolution. It was the standard arm of the Soviet troops invading Hungary on the 4th November 1956, but many of them – captured pieces of course – were used by the freedom fighters as well.
The Red Army did not give the blueprint nor license for producing the AK-47, so during the revolution the Soviet army was the only one using this assault rifle – except of the looted ones by the people of the Hungarian revolution of 1956.
The Ak-47 is extremely easy to maintain and disassembly, very reliable and durable, so again it was a perfect choice for the inexperienced, but enthusiastic freedom fighters.