Though it isn’t as common in America, due to legal issues, the AK-47 is a familiar name. The actual name of the gun is Avtomat Kalashnikova. ‘Avtomat’ is Russian for ‘automatic, while Kalashnikova is the last name of its designer, Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov. Kalashnikov was a lieutenant general with the Russian army, who worked on quite a few guns before finally launching the AK-47 in the year 1947, hence the ‘47’ bit. The gun made history. It brought about a revolution in the Russian army, and was top secret until discovered by the rest of the world about 10 years later.

The gun resolved many gun safety and gun performance issues faced by the soldiers. There were problems like jamming, leading to high casualties among soldiers. However, the AK-47 had tremendous recoil, which affected accuracy. And so, work continued on the gun, and later versions found their way into the Soviet army. 

Outside of Russia, the military of many nations began using the AK-47, which made Russia the busy exporter of these guns. The gun was better than the previous firearms in terms of gun safety, was easy to operate, had an automatic setting that could fire an unending barrage of bullets and cause major damage. And to top it all, it was not too expensive. Today it is available in an entire range of prices, from the illegal $150 ones available in Asia to the legally bought ones that cost a fortune, in America. 

One thing is quite clear. If you are a gun enthusiast and are looking to own an AK-47, here is some useful information for you. Automatic guns are banned in the US, mainly because of the damage they can cause. 600 rounds a minute can be devastating! The semi-automatic versions are perfectly legal though. However, you might just be able to get your hands on an automatic AK-47 too. All automatic firearms registered before the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act are considered legal, and the law allows the sale/purchase of these weapons. That makes the AK-47 available in America, but because of limited availability, the prices are sky-high ($10,000).  

Just in case you do get your hands on one, do pay special attention to safe gun storage, especially since it is a highly destructive weapon. A stolen AK-47 is a huge problem. Take gun safety seriously and invest in some good hidden gun storage, like a gun safe, hidden gun concealment shelves, or gun concealing mirrors. Basically, if you have already invested a fortune in a gun, make sure you are able to enjoy your possession too. 
Read more on 5 Ways to Hide Your Gun and Top 5 reasons for getting a Gun Concealment Shelf.