Originally Posted by JonM
most ak buttstocks are built for the average rooskie who tend to be a bit smaller than the average american so they have really short length of pull.
The average Russian is 6'0, Serbs on average stand about 6'1-6'3.
Perpetuating the myth that the short length of pull is due to shorter height is not true and a tale from the cold war that spawned because someone said "communists don't eat as much, so they're shorter."
The short length of pull is there because these weapons come from regions of the world where it gets very cold and thus equates to the use of very thick winter clothing, anyone who has had to use a rifle in winter will understand.
Not trying to be argumentative, but the truth boils down to heavy winter clothes and not shorter height.