Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the Kalashnikov assault rifle
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Kalashnikov AK-47: World's most recognisable gun?

The Kalashnikov AK-47 is one of the world's most recognisable weapons.

The gun is relatively cheap as well as easy to manufacture and maintain, contributing to its popularity with guerrilla forces as well as national armies in Asia and Africa.

It is thought that more than 100 million Kalashnikov rifles have been sold worldwide, but the Russian company has not always hit its targets.

The BBC takes a quick look at the weapon and its history - in 60 seconds.

Stills courtesy of Associated Press, AFP and Getty Images

  • 09 Dec 2014
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