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Posted: 6/18/2007 11:22:51 AM EDT

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein was truly the man with the golden gun. And to prove it, Australia has put the weapon on display at its war museum.

Australia went to war in Iraq to remove Saddam's weapons and still maintains forces in and around the Middle Eastern country.

On Monday, the Australian War Memorial accepted a golden Tabuk rifle -- the Iraqi equivalent of the AK-47 -- from the Australian military, which in turn received it from allied U.S. troops in thanks for taking part in the Iraq war.

"This weapon is an example of the excesses of the former Iraqi regime under Saddam Hussein," the Memorial's Assistant Director Nola Anderson said.

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The rifle was found by American soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during the clearance of buildings around Kirkuk, in northern Iraq.

Link Posted: 6/18/2007 11:43:07 AM EDT
One can only imagine the street value if you were able to put BEAMZ on it...damn!
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 11:48:00 AM EDT
A dangerous assault weapon is going to be imported into Australia?!?!? Oh teh noes!
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 11:48:00 AM EDT
The former is owner is no longer around to enjoy it.
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 11:48:59 AM EDT
Heh my buddy has a pic of him holding one of those.....bastard
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 11:49:04 AM EDT
I'll admit it.

I'd take that to the range with pride.
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 11:50:03 AM EDT
It is too bad they didn't keep all the goldern guns together and made an exibit that they could send around....
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 11:50:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Boomer8450:

I'd take that to the range with pride.

Maybe on an overcast day.

On a sunny day, the sights would blind you.
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 11:50:33 AM EDT
Honestly, though you can get ANYTHING plated in gold in the M/E, and it doesn't cost as much as you think.

Lots of my friends and I had all sorts of stuff plated over there, really cheap.

Now if it was SOLID gold...
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 11:51:26 AM EDT
That would be perfect for in the middle of compton.
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 11:54:14 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 11:54:33 AM EDT
I've got one almost just like it except it's a pistol.

Link Posted: 6/18/2007 11:59:20 AM EDT
I wonder if it's plated or solid. I doubt it would be able to fire if most of the gun were made of gold.
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 12:06:53 PM EDT
That could really use some bedazzling now!
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 12:08:06 PM EDT
If they would just put one in a museum stateside, then the ak could become c&r eligible right?
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 12:35:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tolip:
I wonder if it's plated or solid. I doubt it would be able to fire if most of the gun were made of gold.

Hell, you'd need two "assistants" to help you carry it!
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