Why AK-47s Are Growing in Popularity — and Why You Should Buy One Too

Why AK-47s Are Growing in Popularity — and Why You Should Buy One Too By Jason Hanson – Laissez Faire Books / LFB.org

On June 1, a Memphis, Tennessee, homeowner returned to his house around 7:00 p.m. to discover his front door had been pried open. The homeowner (who has not been identified to protect his safety) opened his front door and found two men inside his home.

Both intruders were armed. One of them fired shots at the homeowner. The other attempted to use his weapon as well, but the gun jammed. The two criminals then ran through the kitchen and out onto the back patio.

The homeowner grabbed his AK-47 from a closet and made his way through his home until he found the two criminals out back. The homeowner immediately fired on the two men.

They were dead by the time police arrived. Authorities identified the deceased as 28-year-old Azell Witherspoon and 17-year-old Demond Robinson.

The Best Defense Is a Good Offense

The homeowner was taken to the police department for questioning. He was released after he provided authorities with video footage from his home surveillance system showing he acted in self-defense.

The district attorney determined that no charges would be filed against the homeowner. According to reports, the homeowner said he regretted the loss of life, but he felt that it was either him or them. He also said, “I don’t know what’s going on but I know I’m going to defend my life to the best of my ability.”

The fact is the homeowner was right when he said it was either him or them — and he did a good job of protecting himself by grabbing his AK-47. As an owner of AKs myself, I think they’re great guns. They’re easy to use, you hardly ever have to clean them and they’re nearly idiot-proof.

If you don’t own an AK yet — and want a fun gun to add to your arsenal — here are a few to consider…

Century Arms RAS47

Century Arms sells an American-made AK-47 styled after the Cold War-era Soviet AKs. The RAS47 is modeled after the original Kalashnikov design and provides reliability at a reasonable price. The stock is made from maple wood, while the grip is made of black polymer.



Century Arms has long made reliable AK-47s overseas. However, it is illegal to import AK-47s from certain countries, such as Russia. In response, Century Arms brought production of some of their AK-47s to the U.S.

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