If an AR-15 and an AK-47 Had a Frankengun Child …

There are so many things wrong with this photo that Trevor emailed us, I don’t know where to start. It looks like a mad gunsmith took random AR-15 and AK parts and welded them together.

My gut feeling is that this image is a photoshop. Am I wrong?

UPDATE: I am wrong! Eastern European film makers have used these faux AR-15s in a number of movies. See the comments below.

[ Many thanks to Trevor for the tip. ]

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  • doug

    No, that’s from a real movie. I forget which one, but it was filmed in Europe and they used a lot of weird contraptions like that. I remember reading about it on IMFDB years ago.

    • noob


      google reverse image search to the rescue!

      they didn’t have a real M16, but they did have a few full auto akm pattern rifles hanging around.

      queue a call to the prop shop and armourer, and many gunsmith tears.

      interestingly, in the expendables 2, the movie armourers did the same thing in reverse – ar15s dressed as aks. also painful to watch, but fortunately not in any closeups.

    • Echelon Conspiracy (2009)

      • noob

        Edward Burns on the left and Ving Rhames on the right…

        yup I think you’re right.


        hmm. the imfdb has no echelon conspiracy page, but the visible ak tangent sights indicate that the rifle is very similar or the same manufacture to the ones in Day of the Dead (2008)

  • Avery

    It’s Echelon Conspiracy, like Devs Advocate said. I swore IMFDB had that movie and that shot in it’s database. Apparently, they use the same guns in Universal Soldier: Regeneration http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Universal_Soldier:_Regeneration#.28Faux.29_M16A2_.28Bulgarian_AR.29

  • SAMMY!

    It’s real. Look at all of the 1980’s movies that used MAC’s dressed up at UZI’s. As previously mentioned this was also done in Expendables 2 as it was filmed in Bulgaria.


  • Even the “Glock” is fake. That is a blankfirer (gas-alarm) Bruni GAP.

  • What’s the point? Airsoft AR’s are $25, why go through all that trouble to make a shitty prop?

  • Bobby

    Think about it, a lot of the time real guns firing blanks are used in movies, usually it’s not replicas with special effects. In Eastern Europe there are a lot of AK-type/clone weapons. Obviously a producer wanted an AR in his movie so they just modified one of their many clones.

  • Ben Dexter

    Apparently someone should tell Ed Burns it’s not necessary to push the forward assist when firing the weapon. In fact, someone should tell him it will hinder him from doing so.

    • Ivan Chesnokov

      I totally thought it was Adam Sandler. You Americans all look the same.

  • Esh325

    Poor milled AK, they butchered it.

  • Sardaukar

    Could be from a movie set in Bulgaria? imfdb reports the usage of converted aks to look like american rifles, in a country where the aks are more plentiful…


  • gunslinger

    AK-15 or AR-47?

  • Lance

    What caliber is it??? Looks way too ugly though.

  • zhoriks

    While you’re at it…. you might want to take a look at this:

    Burning eyes guaranteed.

  • Mike Knox

    The hell?

  • MosinMango

    Why’s his thumb on the forward assist?

  • HHH


  • José Pulido

    There’s Commando with Arnie Schwarzer running around with a Finnish AK that he somehow captured from communists, and Escape From New York with AR-15s with no handguards and no gas tubes to look futuristic.