The AK-47 is one of American’s most beloved (and hated) assault rifles.
It is estimated that there are about 100 million AK-47-style assault rifles in circulation around the world. The rifle’s role has changed history–from its utilization in wars in Vietnam to Iraq, Central American and Central Africa. It has been the weapon of choice for many US mass murderers, national armies, street gangs and guerrillas worldwide.
Invented by the late Russian tank commander Mikhail Kalashnikov at the end of World War II, the AK-47 is recognizable by its banana-shaped ammunition magazine and simple effectiveness. It is capable of being stripped in under a minute and cleaned quickly in almost any extreme condition, including hot, cold, wet or sandy.
With only eight moving parts, the AK-47 is not only easy to use, it’s cheap to manufacture. In many countries, it is a device so cheap that it can be bought for less than the cost of a live chicken.
This iconic assault rifle’s sheer killing power speaks in numbers. It kills as many as a quarter of a million people each year and is most likely responsible for more deaths than any other individual model of weapon in human history–and its horrifying tally is showing no signs of slowing down.
Texas Armoring Corporation, a leading innovator in the design and manufacture of armored cars, lightweight, transparent, and opaque armor for automotive and architectural applications, decided to put one of their products to the test up against an AK-47. The results may surprise you.
When President and CEO Trent Kimball, sits behind one of his reinforced windshields to prove how effective his products are, you get the feeling that something terribly awful is about to happen.
Luckily, you’re just left re-watching the clip to see him flinch when the heavy bullets shatter the glass.