“Russian small-arms maker Izhmash plans to mass produce an airsoft version of its famous Kalashnikov [AK-47M] assault rifle for basic military training and fans of strike ball,” RIA Novosti reports. ”The air gun is intended for training and sport shooting with 6-mm plastic balls powered by compressed gas in a cylinder. The company hopes the new gun will appeal to fans of strikeball and members of Russia’s paramilitary youth organisation, the Voluntary Association for Assistance to Army, Air Force and Navy (DOSAAF).” Yes, well, is it better than $320 TM’s Japanese Airsoft AK [above]? Or is just cheaper? “According to Russian legislation, air guns can be acquired without a license and are not subject to registration.” And all Russian police are trained to recognize the difference between real and toy AKs. Or not.