From The Economist
(a really good publication, btw - I encourage people to read it).
In a story about all the guns floating around Africa, they started with:
THE UN reckons there are some 500m small arms in circulation around the world. At least 70m are Kalashnikovs. The Soviet-designed automatic assault rifle, the Avtomat Kalashnikova, was first manufactured in 1947 (hence its commonest version, the AK-47). Its compactness and durability have made it Africa’s killing weapon of choice since the 1980s, despite its inaccuracy. These days, the continent has all of the score of Kalashnikov variants, including the AKM, the Chinese Type 56, and the Serbian Zastava M70.
Nice to see that an unbiased outsider rally took the time to udnerstand the AK correctly: durable/reliable but inaccurate.
(I guess they are a little off base by claiming the AK-47 is the most common version. I thought original AK-47s were somewhat rare, with the AKM being the most common. Although, to their credit, they do mentioned the AKM first in the list of variants)