But I’m not alone: I’ve even seen it described in books as being an “AK.” However, outward appearances aside, they only thing the Vz.
Nonetheless, the first post-war design to be fielded by the Czechs, the Vz. It used a new, proprietary, 7.62 x 45 mm round, which would prove to be short-lived. 52 was merely a stop-gap, and even before it was adopted, the Czechs began development on an improved rifle that could combine select-fire and higher magazine capacity of the submachine gun with the longer range and energy of the self loading rifle.These rifles featured the “Dou” factory code, as shown in the photo below: After the Soviets ousted the Germans from Czech territory in 1945, they allowed the formation of a new coalition government.Sympathy for both the Soviets and Communism ran high, and the country created strong ties to the Soviet Union.Jiří Čermák began working at Konstruckta on October of 1954, and development of a new assault rifle began there shortly thereafter at this facility. Specifically, the formation of the Warsaw Pact meant standardization on military ammunition, and the end of the Czech 7.62 x 45 round.Nonetheless, it wasn’t until the first quarter of 1956 that the Soviets were able to provide Czech designers with the technical specifications for the M43 7.62×39 mm cartridge.The Nazis made extensive use of many of the Czechoslovakian arms factories to supply both the SS and the Wehrmacht. This factory produced German-designed rifles in WWII, and today Mauser collectors will frequently see samples of K98s with this factory’s “Dot” code.