Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Buying a Kalashnikov Is Easier Than Ever at the Moscow Airport

They look so real, it's almost scary. AK-47 assault rifle-maker Kalashnikov, the notorious favorite of rebels and warlords alike, is going mainstream with a boutique at the terminal connected to Moscow's main airport, Sheremetyevo. The boutique sells high-end replicas that cost almost as much as the real thing—alongside survival gear, tote bags and "I ♥ AK"  T-shirts. Photographs by Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
   Looking Down the Barrel
Looking Down the Barrel

The one time it's not so scary looking down the barrel of a Kalashnikov. 

   Choose Your Weapon
Choose Your Weapon

Replicas are available for the famous AK-47 alongside other models. The airport says anything resembling a gun must be checked into luggage for the cargo hold and can't be carried on board the aircraft, so security hasn't been a problem.

   Kalashnikov Style
Kalashnikov Style

Show your loyalty with a T-shirt that says "I ♥ AK" and "I'm Your Father"

   Authenticity
Authenticity

A chrome-plated Kalashnikov MMG AK-74 replica is authentic to the original.

   Strike a Pose
Strike a Pose

It's hard to resist posing for a photograph

   Almost the Real Thing
Almost the Real Thing

Costs for the replicas range from 15,600 rubles to 34,500 rubles ($530) for the MMG AK-74 on the bottom. Gun dealers online offer real AK 47s from around $700

   Hands Up
Hands Up

The replica Makarov-654K-20 pistol costs 6,500 rubles ($100)

   Not So Subtle
Not So Subtle

The Kalashnikov 7.62 caliber bullet cartridge doubles as a memory stick and keyring at 1,499 rubles ($23)

   Carry a Kalashnikov Anywhere
Carry a Kalashnikov Anywhere

If you can't carry a real Kalashnikov, how about a tote bag?

   Grand Ambitions
Grand Ambitions

The store opened Aug. 16, and the company plans to roll out more sites in the future.

   A Russian Experience
A Russian Experience

After visiting the Kalashnikov shop, hit the Happy Circle for authentic Russian fast-food blinis. If that's too local, there's a Burger King just across the mall