AK-47's in Canada
The AK-47 is a Russian made, centerfire assault rifle. It is one of the most produced firearms in history. The AK-74 is the most recent variant. They have an interesting history in Canada - both legal and otherwise.
Country of Origin: USSR
Year of Origin: 1945
Countries of Manufacture: many
Fire Type: Semi Automatic - Fully Automatic
Legal Classification*: Prohibited
If you are a Canadian who wants to posess one, you are mostly out of luck these days. There are those lucky few who have been grandfathered in, but this fine firearm is prohibited. By its barrell length and action, the AK-47 would actually be a non-restricted gun in Canada (if it is modified to semi- auto), but the government has specifically made it prohibited. Generally, this is due to the public stigma and war images from around the world.
Buy or Sell
We will not be able to buy or sell the AK-47 or its variants (AK-74, AK-74SU or the AKM in Canada) in Canada due to it's prohibited status. We may be able to sell a deactivated AK or two; we will see.
Photos of the AK-47
- AK-74 5.45x39mm
To reiterate, we will not likely be able to offer this gun for sale. But here is a bit more history:
The rifle was not the first assault rifle ever produced, but it was the first mass-produced and standard issue to an army in the world. The Ak-47 was cheap to produce, realiable, and gave its user the power of a machine gun, without the need for a machinegun crew.
When it was first widely used in combat, in Vietnam, the American M-14 was extremely outclassed. The AR-15 (M-16) was produced hastily to counter it, but it was plagued with problems in the early years of use.
The AK-47 is one of the most mass produced rifles in history. It can be found in any country and unforuntately, just about any conflict around the world.