1947. After 4 years of development, the AK-47 is adopted by the Soviet Union. The most popular rifle by number of total distribution estimating between 75 to 100 million. The rifle has earned its widespread popularity through a combination of reliability, ease of use, low cost of production and an excellent intermediate cartridge.
Build quality is fairly good. It would be cool if the hand guard and stock were real wood, but of course that would raise the price!
Even if you have the real thing, these goat guns are fun to build and display. I bought a few then bought some more then bought a few for my brother for his birthday and he loved them too.
Easy to assemble, superb detail and real attention-getters when displayed!!
I am very pleased with the product and it was worth the extra 10 euros of EU custom fees.