AK Exhibits Page 16
"RED DAWN MAADI"
1982 Egyptian Automatic Rifle Misr (ARM)
Fig. 1: Left side view with Soviet 3-cell AKM magazine pouch
Considered a cult classic today, the 1984 MGM motion picture "Red Dawn" is a thoroughly enjoyable period film that has a following of fans who found it's mainly unrealistic scenario of a US invasion by Communist forces to be quite entertaining. The combination of a well-rounded cast of very talented young actors (including Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, & Charlie Sheen) and realistically fabricated props and equipment did much to overcome an interesting yet fanciful script. The plot was centered around the exploits of the "Wolverines", a cadre of high school teenagers armed with captured Kalashnikov rifles, defending their homeland against foreign invasion carried out by Cuban forces backed by the Soviet Union. Even considering today's political reality, Red Dawn is a very entertaining motion picture, and has gained quite a following of loyal fans, many of which are Kalashnikov enthusiasts.
I hope that both Americans and Russians could view the movie today and enjoy it's entertainment value, and be glad that it is based on a fantasy that never was. As with the Rambo series of films, I would guess it would be very popular in Moscow movie theaters.
Fig. 2: Right side view
Our interest in the film concerns its use of a wide variety of Russian based weapons. Specifically, Kalashnikovs were spectacularly featured in use by both friendly and opposing forces. An original example is presented here, one of a handful of semi-automatic "Red Dawn Maadi" ARM rifles that have been sold into private hands.
Finish is intentionally left roughed up to look battlefield correct for authentic movie roles.
A view of the left side of the receiver shows the serial number to be S001625, certified with a letter from the prop company to be a true "Red Dawn Maadi."
We must admit that the original Egyptian furniture on this rifle has been exchanged with a matching set rescued from a well used ex-PLO 1975 Soviet AKM. We find the original Russian wood to be far more handsome than its' cheaper Maadi counterpart. Notable differences include a side mounted sling swivel, better quality laminations and materials, type of finish used, and the sharper profiles of both the lower handguard and the cheek weld of the stock.
The barrel assembly is purely a Russian late middle production pattern, with a flat top gas block and a front sight base with front and rear indentations. The bayonet is the standard Russian Type 1 AKM Bowie blade model, with a light orange-tan bakelite handle and painted metal scabbard.
This image includes a late style bakelite 7,62mm magazine, a few of which were actually used in the movie but installed in simulated AK-74's built up from Maadi AKM rifles. If anyone owns one of these rifles, we would certainly love to post images of one on this web site!