Here are more interesting facts about this popular gun...

1. As per reports, the worldwide average cost of a single rifle is between USD 100 and USD 300.

2. Russian government produced and shipped out so many AKs and more than 30 countries are licensed to produce AK rifles. Exactly no one knows how many of them were produced. It's estimated that there is an AK-47 for every 60 people on Earth.

3. There are dozens of different versions and names of the AK-47, but they all have the same basic design with the signature banana-shaped magazine.

4. The AK-47 was first seen by Westerners in 1956, when Soviet troops used them to suppress the revolution in Hungary — resulting in the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

5. Stock video footage of Osama bin Laden often showed him firing an AK-47 and Saddam Hussein was captured with two beside him.

6. On Christmas Eve of 1989, Charles Taylor invaded the Liberian capital of Monrovia with 100 irregular soldiers armed with AK-47s. He successfully orchestrated a coup and held the country for six years — by arming adults and children with AK-47 rifles.

7. Military and special forces in 106 countries around the globe from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe are now armed with AK-47s.

8. Some U.S. soldiers have expressed a preference for the AK-47 — especially in Iraq or Afghanistan, where dust and sand tend to jam their official-issue M-16s, but do not affect the AK.

9. During the U.S. occupation of Iraq and the 2004-2005 period of the war, the Pentagon lost track of about 110,000 AK-47 assault rifles and 80,000 pistols given to Iraqi security forces.

10. It is believed that AK-47s have caused more deaths than artillery fire, airstrikes and rocket attacks combined. An estimated quarter of a million people are gunned down by bullets from Kalashnikovs every year.

11. Saddam Hussein received a Gold AK as a gift. It was found by American troops after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

12. A Missouri car dealership once offered a free AK-47 to new customers.


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