Seven Things You Should Know About AK-47 Assault Rifle

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The comment of Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on why herdsmen need to be armed has led to reactions regarding their weapon of choice, the AK-47 rifle.
Here are a few things to know about the weapon:
1. AK-47 also called Kalashnikov Model 1947 is possibly the most widely used shoulder weapon in the world.
2. The initials AK represent Avtomat Kalashnikova, Russian for “automatic Kalashnikov,” and named after its designer, Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov.
3. The approved version of the AK-47 was designed in 1947.
4. AK 47 rifles have long been the favoured weapon for many guerrilla and nationalist movements throughout the world.
5. Soviet-aligned countries like Bulgaria and former Soviet nations like Azerbaijan have official licenses to produce AK-47 rifles.
6. Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso and East Timor all depict the Kalashnikov rifle on their flag or coat of arms.
7. The AK-47 assault rifles is one of the official weapons used by the Nigerian military.

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