Fake Iraqi AK Rifles

Here’s another pro-tip for the home-gamers. Buy the gun, not the story. These are not “Iraqi AK’s”, dude. They aren’t. If you buy one, do so because you like it. Not because you bought into the story. And especially DON’T PAY MORE for the story. Inevitably when you go to get rid of it, or your decedents take possession of it; the world will know you were a sucker.

There is even something wrong with these markings, but I’ll spare you that drama. When I pressed the seller about these being Iraqi, they backed off and admitted they were put togethers and new US receivers. And when pressed on the source of the parts kits, that story fell apart as well.

Maybe it’s a misunderstanding on my part? Maybe I’m dumber than a hammered rock? But the way these were represented to ME when I first walked up to the table was disingenuous as best. And they damn well know it. And to be clear, I’m really liking the re-pops of the 1903’s and the mil-surp sniper rifles. I will probably buy one. But those are not being sold as something they are not either.

How long will it be before I start seeing fake “Iraqi AK’s” being passed off at the local mom & pop gun shops? Disgusting.

 

Sincerely,

Marky

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  • Mikial

    This is a great article, and it is good of you to post it so people don;t get ripped off.

    I worked as a private security operator on DoD contracts in Iraq from 2004 to 2007, and during that time I saw and handled a heck of a lot of weapons from AK, to FNs, HK clones, MP5s, and even a Sterling that one of our guys liked to carry instead of an MP5. When I first got in-country in 2004, our security company issued us AKMs they had bought off the street for a couple of hundred dollars apiece. They were actual Iraqi AKs, along with a few Norincos and Russian models, but mostly home grown.

    Not a single one had anything like the markings in the pictures on them,. Anyone who thinks they are going to find an actual Iraqi or Iranian AK marked like that is deluding him or herself. Most of the stuff we got was in pretty rough shape and it took a lot of work to keep them functioning. I was darn glad when I switched contracts and was issued a brand new Colt M4.

    • tacticaltshirts.com

      Since you touched on it, I will mention I did inform the maker that then Al Quds markings would typically be Iranian in that part of the world.

      I explained the religious history where that comes from and I explained the geo-polltical realities of modern Iraq.

      I didn’t go into who was setting up EFPs and killing our guys over there.

      Anyway walking around with a fake AK with fake Al-Quds markings on it is just bizarre.

      Marky