The Styer Maadi is the closest semi-auto copy of a Russian AKM ever offered in the US Market. Shown with Early Egyptian AKM bayonet without wire cutter.
The AK or Automovat Kalishnokov design is the most common gun design of all time, with around 100 million examples manufactured by 2020. Though originally manufactured as a fixed and folding stock rifle, it has spawned a entire family of firearms based upon the basic design of the original AK-47. The primary designs include the following:
- Fixed Stock Infantry Rifles: AK-47, AKM, AK-74, and AK-74M
- Folding Stock Infantry Rifles: AKS, AKMS, AKS-74, and AK-100 Series
- Personal Defense Rifle: AKS-74U
- Squad Automatic Rifles: RPK and RPK-74
- Sniper Rifles: PSL, Tabuk, and M-76 (the Dragunov uses a different action than the AK and, though related, is not a true variant).
The standard AK infantry rifle versions are capable of semi and fully automatic fire and fire a low powered round (7.62x39 vs 7.62x54R) thus meeting the definition of an Assault Rifle. The AK is accurate enough to hit a man-sized target out to 300 yards, which is close to the effective range of the low powered round it fires. It is also easy to learn to shoot. Finally, and most importantly for its longevity on the battlefield, it has a well deserved reputation for being the most reliable assault rifle design, yet fielded.
Military AK rifles have been manufactured in: Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Germany (East - DDR), Hungary, Iraq, North Korea, Poland, Romania, Russia (USSR and Russian Republic), and Yugoslavia. Semi-auto clones are manufactured in the United States using parts from Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Yugoslavia. Starting in 2019, semi-automatic clones began to be manufactured in the United States with all parts originating from the United States as well.
The first semi-automatic AK version available in the United States market was the Styer Maadi, based upon the AKM. The AKM was basically an AK-47 with stamped receiver. Switching from the milled (AK-47) to stamped receiver saved almost 2lbs in weight while still retaining the AKs legendary durability.
The Styer Maadi, with only around 2,000 imported between 1982 and 1989, these rifles should not to be confused with later Maadis, imputed in the 1990s. This rifle is a faithful semi-auto replica of an AKM. It was built on Russian tooling in Egypt and the closest thing to a real Russian AKM ever available in the US Market. It even has the two piece main spring rod that makes the distinctive clack, clack mentioned in the movie Heartbreak Ridge. As these were imported prior to 1989, there are no U.S. made parts on these rifles. Many of these rifles were converted to full-auto prior to 1986 and several hundred were used in the 1984 movie “Red Dawn” making the semi-automatic versions even more rare with only a little over 1,000 left.
Version - Slyer Maadi AKM.
Caliber - 7.62x39mm.
Receiver - Stamped Steel with correct Russian style dimples and rivets.
Action - Gas Operated Long Stroke Piston.
Barrel - 16.3”.
Overall Length - 34.6”.
Weight - 7.3 lbs.
Hand Guards - Laminated Wood with Correct Palm Swells and reinforcing pins.
Pistol Grip - Checkered Brown Phenolic Plastic.
Fixed Stock - Laminated Wood with Correct Brass Reinforcing Pins.
Magazines - 30 rd detachable box (also 5 rd, 40 rd & 75 rd drum).
Sights - Notched Ladder and Post.
Bayonet - 5.75” Blade.
Muzzle Device - Slant Compensator.
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