The factory that makes Kalashnikovs in Russia is being kept afloat by demand from the United States.The Izhevsk Machine Works has armed nations and insurgencies around the world, forging AK-47s and similar guns for militias and armies.
The New York Times reports that despite the gun's violent history - or perhaps because of it - American hunters and gun enthusiasts are snapping up tens of thousands of Kalashnikov rifles and shotguns.
The newspaper says demand is so brisk the factory has shifted its focus from military to civilian manufacture in the past two years.
American sales of the civilian versions rose by 50 per cent last year, officials at the factory, known as Izhmash, told the New York Times.
The United States is the world's biggest market for civilian firearms, partly because of comparativ
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