Buy a Used Truck, Get an AK-47

Via the AP:   Fla. dealership offers free AK-47 for truck buyers.

Better hurry:  the promotion only lasted until the end of the month.

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Comments

  1. john personna says:

    Years ago I had a friend who took a gunsmithing class(*). It was held in the evenings at a local school. He said it was freaky to carry guns into a school at night. He always thought a cop was going to show up and shoot him.

    Anyway, the class consisted of the smith saying “don’t do this, this, and this, to this model of gun, or it will accidentally end up fully automatic.” He covered the relative likelihood of the accident happening on the various retail models of the Uzi, for instance.

    Makes me wonder what they’re doing to AK receivers these days.

    * – Orange County, California, probably in the early 90’s

  2. JKB says:

    Of course, this is a used car dealer so you have to read the fine print. Such as it is a $400 voucher, there is no sudden supply of cheap AK-47s so finding a select fire weapon for $400 might be a problem, no mention of who pays the $200 or so Federal Firearms License tax required to possess a select fire weapon. Or for that matter the standard background checks for a gun purchase. In the end, I suspect most people will take the check or pick up some other firearm.

    On the other hand, the promotion seems to have been a success with thoughts to extending it to the end of the year.

    Is it irony or just unfortunate that this promotion started on Veteran’s Day offers a free AK-47, the preferred weapon of our enemies for the last 70 years.

  3. JKB says:

    “Makes me wonder what they’re doing to AK receivers these days.”

    Wouldn’t matter as any select fire weapon manufactured or altered after 1986 is illegal for private citizens to own.

    In any case, AK receivers are manufactured for full auto. Semi-auto replicas of select fire weapons are designed to not be easily converted since there have been prosecutions of people who owned the weapon and the machine tools with no actual conversions in evidence.

  4. john personna says:
  5. Peter says:

    Is it irony or just unfortunate that this promotion started on Veteran’s Day offers a free AK-47, the preferred weapon of our enemies for the last 70 years.

    It would be more patriotic to offer vouchers for AR-15’s, the AR-15 being the civilian version of the U.S. military’s M-16, however they are much more expensive than AK-47’s. An AK-47 clone can be purchased for as little as $500, while AR-15’s are at least twice that much.