This story has something for everyone: The U.S Army is reportedly purchasing knock-off Kalishnikov rifles to outfit Afghani and Iraqi security forces. A Russian company, Izhmash, claims patent rights, and is not happy. The real Kalishnikov is the ‘most wide-spread weapon in the world’ (sic). The knock-offs come from Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. Via the International Herald Tribune.
Other fine Izhmash products here.