Assault rifles and airports might not sound like a good match, but at Moscow’s international airport, the two are paired nonetheless. Russia’s largest gunmaker has opened a souvenir shop at the international travel hub, selling model versions of its iconic assault weapons.
Kalashnikov Concern, which borrows its name from gun inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov, opened up a souvenir store at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. The shop sells t-shirts that say “I Love AK,” as well as pens, bags, and even realistic-looking copies of AK-47 series rifles. The copies are cannot be made to fire, but still look like functional weapons. One model on the wall, that of an AK-74, appears to sell for 34,500 rubles—approximately $535 dollars.
More than one hundred million versions of the AK-47 have been produced since the weapon’s adoption by the Soviet Army in 1979. The assault rifle is in service with 106 countries. The Russian Army, meanwhile, is currently outfitted with the AK-74M, an updated version that fires a smaller 5.45-millimeter bullet.
Can you imagine what would happen if a Winchester gift shop opened up in one of the airports in Conneticut? There would have to be sponsored “safe spaces” every 20-feet.
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