Russian Gym Class Operators

Remember when you did lame shit like play basketball in gym class?  In Russia they play with AKs:

Yeah sure you balled hard enough that the gym teacher wanted to fine you.  Your crossover was ill too, but don’t kid yourself, your chances of being the NBA were zero… practicing was basically just spinning your wheels.  Learning how to assemble and disassemble an AK though is what I call a life skill.  

I knew the dude with the glove at 2:57 meant business.  When ever I see people rocking single gloves I always think of the two other guys that meant business; M.J. and O.J..  One does not simply play around if they are one gloving it.

Russian-AK47-Gym-ClassThose Russian guys need to get their hair in check.  Come to think of it I don’t think I gave much of a shit in high school either.  I see those two honey dips with the fly French braids though.  Glad that all has been forgiven since Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812.  I hold grudges from things that happened B.C..


Hat tip: Steven



AKFTW February 27, 2013 at 01:46 am

In Soviet Russia….gym class is awesome.


Chase February 27, 2013 at 01:55 am

We can tell the guys at the 2:00 and 3:00 mark are probably equivalent to the fat kids picked last for dodgeball. #PlaygroundRules


Jeep February 27, 2013 at 03:54 am

Definitively more fun than all the swimming/volleyball/long jump crap…
I wish we had seen the instructor, I guess he’s worth the glimpse.


EchoVictor76 February 27, 2013 at 06:24 am

In Soviet Russia…military science was a mandatory subject for high school seniors.
Tactics, weapons, etc. Since all males were expected to serve, they got some preliminary training.
They stopped doing that when the USSR fell apart, I guess it’s making a comeback.


Edvard February 28, 2013 at 08:39 am

This was true in Yugoslavia too. We were taught how to shoot the rifle at 14 – 16 years of age, both boys and girls. It was part of the government’s civilian defence program. They would also teach you how to extinguish forest fires, how to build basic structures and various theories of asymmetric/guerrilla warfare.


jpcmt February 27, 2013 at 08:44 am

We used to have gun culture on our country where kids learned firearms skills and shot guns…well, 22 rifles.


bigbutticus February 28, 2013 at 07:29 am

.22 is an excellent rifle to learn on. Accurate, virtually no recoil, and ammo cheap enough to last all day. :)


santi February 27, 2013 at 08:46 am

and the asian kid is the slowest..way to represent our race lol


NewbieDave February 27, 2013 at 09:42 am

The asian kid is probably a exchange student… he’s also used to the looser torlence of Chinese made AKs, LOL.


ENDO-Mike February 28, 2013 at 03:23 am

hahaha awesome comment.


Spirit1776 February 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm



Matt in FL February 27, 2013 at 09:53 am

I don’t mean to harsh on your guy in the glove, but I think he faulted. I don’t know AKs, but whatever that thing is above the barrel at the front of the gun (may just be the front upper handguard), everyone else pulled it off, and he didn’t. Flipping the gun over for the last guy (since apparently his brain works backwards to everyone else’s) was nice, but I think the handguard threw him off for a second.


MattCFII February 27, 2013 at 03:36 pm

Gas tube is the part you are talking about.


MattCFII February 27, 2013 at 03:43 pm

FWIW I’m not sure if it is a functional AK though. There doesn’t seem to gas piston at the end of the gas piston stem. That alone would probably just take a AK to a straight pull bolt action, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was suppose to be non-functional that the firing pin or something else important was removed. Still cool that they do it, but that would not be a true gun culture in my book if they don’t get to shoot the thing LOL


Chris February 28, 2013 at 05:34 am

The gas piston is pinned in place, therefore it comes out with the bolt carrier assembly.
It is not like a Simonov rifle or a Czech VZ58 where the piston is inserted from the front.

This would be a good exercise for US students with our service rifle, until the first time someone drops the bolt carrier in without the operating handle. I guess then the lesson could shift to how to get the bolt back out of battery without the operating handle.

You never hear about Russian kids going berserk and shooting up their schools.


Heidi February 28, 2013 at 08:31 am

True, I haven’t ever heard of any russian kids going apeshit and shooting up their classmates. But then again the Russian kids don’t have the government we do , well known for thier false flag operations and murdering people who oppose them (like we do here in the US) . I also don’t think any russian kids would get suspended from their schools for chanting “russia!russia!” like our kids do here for chanting “USA!USA!” . We have a generation of kids who were taught to fear inanimate objects for no real reason, besides the media and schools taught them too. I can’t for the life of me remember the survivors of columbines names, but I remember klebolds name. Thanks media . We have so many issues here in te USA , the biggest one is the liberal progressive (i.e. communist) mindset, and the next would be over bearing women who won’t stop mothering their kids (oh no you can’t learn to shoot you’ll kill yourself) . another is the pharmecuetical companys running a third of this country , we have kids on mind altering meds (seriously just listen to the next depression med commercial, side effects are worsening depression , suicidal thoughts or actions). We need to stop this mindless liberal crap, stop overparenting our kids and we might just send some responsible adults out into the world.


Bill February 28, 2013 at 11:47 am

I think you are dead right Heidi. We need to stop the “pussification” of our children while our adversaries do quite the opposite. The next generation of young Americans will not even know which end the bullets come out of when they show up at boot camp.


Epsilon March 2, 2013 at 09:13 am

It pretty much comes down to the fact that in Russia guns are not as easy accessible.


Michael October 24, 2016 at 01:28 pm

Excellent comment


MattCFII February 28, 2013 at 10:19 am

I know it is pinned on, look closely at the end of it and there seems to be no enlargement at the end in order for it to act as a piston.

If they don’t get to shoot it, it is really just mechanical masturbation.


JonMac February 28, 2013 at 02:32 pm

It’s an ‘MMG’, a dummy training and collector’s gun made from real parts but functionally the same as a UK pre-1995 deactivated gun.


Jeff March 5, 2013 at 05:58 pm

Yep it is, but if you don’t see a piston head at the end of the stem, then it’s probably a straight-pull Saiga. Keep in mind that semi-auto rifles in Russia are heavily regulated, while bolt-action “hunting” rifles are not. Izhmash produces a line of fully-featured Saiga rifles that are otherwise identical to their military counterparts, except that the gas port is not drilled in the barrel, and the bolt carrier lacks a functional piston. The piston rod simply acts as a carrier guide in these models.


JonMac March 6, 2013 at 01:16 pm

Possible, but it’s more likely to be an MMG in my opinion. Exactly the purpose they’re made for, on those same production lines you mention.


Jake February 27, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Yep your right! He left the gas tube and thats wrong and he flipped it strangely.


Michael in PA February 28, 2013 at 06:34 am

I caught that too. That is a gas tube and one thing I noticed is that on every AK I ever owned, the lever that holds this in place is pretty stiff to release. I wasn’t sure if they were operating that lever to secure the gas tube or not. I would definitely be slowed down if I had to deal with that. Otherwise, these guns are definitely that easy to strip and reassemble.

I don’t see why they took the brake off the end though. You can clean it without removing it.

Either way, cool vid!


rover March 2, 2013 at 07:20 pm

remove muzzle break to extract cleaning rod from under barrel, and to clean the break-soak in solvant can.


Jeff March 5, 2013 at 06:02 pm

I have one AK where the release is smooth enough that it’s as easy as flipping a light switch. It’s one of those “crappy” Romanian WASRs, but it’s the smoothest-operating AK I own. However, the Saiga rifle I have requires a stiff calloused hand or the use of the cleaning kit to open/close the lever.


Paul February 27, 2013 at 10:07 am

and meanwhile American kids are learning about all important issues like Earth Day and self-esteem. I weep for the future.


Matt in FL February 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

Not that I disagree with your premise, but in their (our) defense, Russia has been invaded at least 100% more than we have. And they have the world’s largest military along a healthy portion of their southern border.


LBarraza February 27, 2013 at 11:03 pm

We are being invaded.Everyday by illegals.


Bill February 27, 2013 at 02:42 pm

I just wonder how they get the damned cleaning rod in and out so quickly and easily.


Church February 27, 2013 at 03:20 pm

That’s fucking awesome!! The only thing gun related at my school was our rifle team… But they were air guns.


Wolf February 27, 2013 at 03:54 pm

I may or may not be in love. Mike, slap me.


Seb February 27, 2013 at 04:36 pm



John D February 27, 2013 at 04:40 pm

They ALL cheated- Nobody locked down the gas tube/upper handguard retainer.


mitch February 27, 2013 at 05:41 pm

Why is magazine removal step 4? they were playing with the barrel threads before they even took the mag out…


Regulus February 27, 2013 at 06:32 pm

HANNNAAAAAAA or saltttttt


David February 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm

WOW, but American teenagers are really, really good at playing video games !!!!


homfri February 28, 2013 at 12:07 am

i dont even think military schools in america do this with an AR-15. even tho in my middle school days we did have henry .22lr classes and mandatory archery class


Vlad February 28, 2013 at 01:58 am

Well guys, being a Russian I will prefer this kids to shoot air rifles. Right now any regular military training in russian schools is non-existent. There are some after-school activity where some kids do this kind of stuff, but it is really rare. And when they do – fast field stripping is the only skill they train, it is a useless tradition. There is no shooting, because private firearm owneship is extremely restricted and goverment does not support it.
The majority of population never fired a gun and thinks you have to rack the slide after every shot on a semi automatic pistol. Believe me, I spent enought time on public range.


FROMWHERE February 28, 2013 at 04:38 pm

Just curious, do you know where this video could be from, or have any idea where it might have come from? I would really like to know its true origins and why the group was doing this. Since it was posted 2 days ago, I have to seriously question if this was almost a Russian troll to current American gun politics. Not seriously Russian Gov sponsored, but likely from a Russian citizen for that purpose. Or it could just be a interesting video…I dont know. Thanks.


Vladimir March 2, 2013 at 12:22 am

Well, there are a lot of clubs for kids where they do this kind of stuff. But usually they wear military uniform. I was trying to find the origins, but that is impossible.


Sergey Galenko March 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

Feb 23 – Russian Army and Navi Day. On this day such a popularity contest. Dismantling-assembling AK – a very popular competition that day at school. This is often done with a blindfold and ldnoy hand. Pardon my electronic translator.


ENDO-Mike March 1, 2013 at 09:00 pm

Like a boss!


Drang March 1, 2013 at 08:36 pm

Chicky snack #1 FAIL, does not clear rifle first.

Back in the dark ages we had DEWAT M14s in High School ROTC for drill, and Remington 513Ts and 40Xs for range time. FWIW.


Jeff March 5, 2013 at 06:15 pm

clearing the rifle is the first thing she does after flipping the rifle over and disengaging the safety. the AK has to be on FIRE to successfully clear the breach.


Saxon March 1, 2013 at 09:15 pm

Cool, but in no way is the Russian weapons and self-defense culture comparable to the US. They have virtually no arms rights, and very few vollunteer for military service (terrible pay for terrible hazing, look up dedovshchina). How often do AK’s have to be cleaned anyway?


Chucky March 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

If you think how fast they striped and and assembled their kalashnikov is impressive, you ought to see them play tag team slap ass!


Arm3nian March 2, 2013 at 06:24 pm

I grew up in Russia. Went to school there. i can confirm this, also part of the PE was a grenade toss. It is just a training grenade that was just a cast, but same weight and size characteristics. Also there was a mandatory army fitness test. Pushups, pullups, run and 50 and 100 rifle range with russian equivalent of a 22lr rifle. If I remember correctly it was 5 rounds at each distance and average score for both. It was a freaking blast! BTW grenade toss was a part of overall grade for PE. No joke.


Arm3nian March 2, 2013 at 06:25 pm

Forgot to add this was back in like 94-95. So it has been a while.


Josh March 9, 2013 at 12:45 am

I wish we had that in high school. Totally awesome, how the hell do they get that cleaning rod out so fast? I need to go practice in the garage now.. :)


Gsgt Hartman May 11, 2013 at 08:51 pm

That’s great…Wonderful lifetime skills these kids may use one day since chance does favor the prepared mind; so the real question is, can they shoot? Probably.



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