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Kalashnikov Says Iraq Shows His Gun Is Still Best --> Iraqi police (file photo) (AFP) April 18, 2006 -- Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the world's most popular assault rifle, says that reports that U.S. soldiers in Iraq are using his invention rather than their own weapons prove his gun is still the best.

Some U.S. troops in Iraq have reportedly taken to using AK-47s in preference to the standard-issue M-16.

Kalashnikov's Cold War-era gun, renowned for its durability and easy handling, is in plentiful supply in Iraq.


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