The AK — Often Banned, But Still Kicking!

With better builds and more manufacturers, shooters are looking to the AK for reliability and a bit of “nostalgia.”
The AK — Often Banned, But Still Kicking!

Various government entities have tried to ban the AK-47 for decades now. It’s a familiar tactic perpetrated by many regulators. First you restrict imports to “sporting rifles,” then ban parts, then capitalize on political turmoil and ban certain imports outright. No single weapon system has seen a greater effort at a ban, with the possible exception of “assault rifles” in general.

Banning the import of Chinese weapons (including the AK variants) in 1993 did little but...

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