In 2007, the AK-47 "lineage" (consisting of the original 1947 rifle and too many iterations to number of the original design, manufactured both in the USSR/Russia and former allies and client states) turned 60 years old. According to a New York Times article covering the celebration of the guns' birthday, it seems the originators of what was once the gun of people (or in our post Cold War economic terms, perhaps the first open source machine tooled military weapon) are now kicking themselves over squandered intellectual property rights. The rifle's got quite the brand affinity community, the Soviets just should have thought more like their capitalist enemies in terms of licensing it seems.
Ok. I'm out of ammo, my wad is shot.