Did Anyone Here Lose a Gold AK-47?

Posted a few days ago, apparently someone accidentally left a solid gold AK-47 behind in a taxi cab in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Taxi cab company from St. Petersburg is in search of a customer who has left a solid gold AK-47 in a special slim case that was left behind in one of the company’s cabs this week. The customer, reportedly, was in rush and left the case behind. The company driver surrendered the case to management and they, after a few days of waiting, decided to publish the photos in hope to find the client.

This obviously brings up a number of questions.  Who actually has a solid gold AK?  And who is actually absent-minded enough to forget said solid gold AK in a taxi–in Russia?  I would venture that the reason that it wasn’t melted and sold off is because anyone that could be an owner of such and item is likely someone that would not be “pleased” with such an outcome… 🙂   What do you readers think?

Thanks to Azril for the find!

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • BryanS

    That mag looks gold plated… not solid gold.

    Hmmm… maybe I should plate my Yugo for fun…..

    • MR

      That reminds me, the plates on my car are about due.

      • BryanS

        gold plate that yugo, and you might double its value and reliability!

  • thei3ug

    Please, it’s plated.

  • Menger40

    “Solid” gold, eh? How would they determine that? I bet it’s plated. Funny story either way.

  • Daddy Hawk

    “Paging Mr. Goldfinger. Mr. Auric Goldfinger please claim your item at lost and found.”

  • Robert

    Solid as in “covered fully” with gold metal plating.

  • Hokum

    Probably one of those virus campaigns…

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Elvis, obviously.

  • David W.

    I’m sitting here thinking, “a solid gold AK would be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, just in gold. And weigh a ton, and destroy itself completely when fired.”

    • Doc Rader

      Yeah, pretty sure it is plated. Unless that was the assumption about it being solid gold–the weight. I’m not sure you could actually even pick it up without the furniture shearing off from the weight (if the metal components were, in fact, solid gold)

      • ostiariusalpha

        If it was 24k gold, then certainly it would be too soft. Let’s not forget that much gold jewelry (and I think a solid gold AK could fit in there somewhere) is alloyed with copper & silver to increase hardness & durability. I doubt that this is the case here, but gold alloy with gold plating is totally doable as a piece of display jewelry that can be handled.

  • micmac80

    Its gold plated not solid gold

  • JQPub

    I guess we were all thinking the same thing – Solid Gold? What would happen when you pulled the trigger lol. Obviously plated.

    • Doc Rader

      I’m assuming this is not meant to be a firing weapon in any case.

      • Cattoo

        You are correct. You should remove it from any case prior firing it.

        • DIR911911 .


  • iksnilol

    A gold plated AK has always been on my wish list. I remember seeing 14k gold plated guns in an UK online gun store. The 14k plating was pretty cheap (as in it didn’t add unreasonably much to the cost).

    Though I can’t really justify it from a practical standpoint. Maybe on a competition gun?

    • morokko

      I suspect this is the same thing the medieval Norsemen did with hacksilver they used as a substitute coin. Say, you are in North Caucasus, there is no ATM nearby and they do not accept cards at Shamil`s One Stop Halal Liquor Shop. All you have is your Golden Gun, and some ammunition, unfortunately only steel cased. To held up a shop is out of question, because owner has a PKM under the counter. But there is a simple solution. To buy yourself a soda, you just chop down some unimportant part of your AK, like, for example, front sight. It is canted anyway, so whats the big deal?. And, voila! You get your soft drink. Everyone is happy, and there is no need to clean up dead bodies. Life is good, no?

      • Porty1119

        We Will All Use Century Arms in the Apocalypse

        • iksnilol

          That’s why it’s an apocalypse.

          Depending on Century Arms to keep me alive? *shudder*

        • Taylor TX

          Man I hope I have an SLR before that happens 🙂

        • Sianmink

          I’ll be saving up my bottlecaps, thanks.

    • MR

      Like a Desert Eagle, I don’t think practicality has much to do with it. I wouldn’t want it as a competition gun, it’d likely get scratched up too easily and look terrible after a couple meets. I’m thinking more for a bbq gun, mostly to show off and do a little informal target shooting.

      • iksnilol

        I was thinking comp gun since that is the place for all the weird finishes. Remember the smurf AR some days ago?

  • morokko

    It has only a fraction of a ramrod in. Apparently they just ran out of gold.

  • Plumbiphilious

    I’m very embarrassed by this, but this is actually my AK.

    Please send it to me immediately as it is totally mine as I was totally in Russia on that day taking a taxi with my gold AK which I forgot.

    I forgot so hard that there is no supporting documentation, but I remember that’s my AK.

    • smartacus

      i’ll back you up. it’s true. i saw you 🙂

    • Sellout

      “…also, I live in Nigeria and am a deposed Nigerian prince” lol

  • Michael Hardy

    Aww man, THAT’S where I left it! I must have been drunker than I thought

  • Glock Guy

    That’s got to be one heavy AK.

  • Sianmink

    I think it’s this guy.

    • Sigkim

      Damn well played sir and really, who didnt LOVE this guy:)

      • Tassiebush

        That pop culture reference eludes me. Please give me some pointers so that I can enlighten myself. I guess I could always just Google “man kisses tiny giraffe next to pretty lady displaying cleavage”.

  • Don Ward

    Perhaps they were on the way to THAT part of town.

  • Bill

    Russian Mafia, middle Eastern dictators…..I thought nickel was gaudy

  • toms

    So we didn’t kill Uday? He was hiding in Russia the whole time.

  • jamezb

    Is it just me or do gold plated AK’s almost always have really crappy looking plain grade wood?

  • Blake

    Not that many gold-plated AKs running around out there…
    I think it’s safe to say that it’s not this one:

  • Mystick

    New York – Russian taxi drivers…. Toronto – Russian taxi drivers… Russia – Russian taxi drivers.

    …I see a pattern.

  • Tassiebush

    I’d be be worth looking in the phone book for hyphenated surname King-Midas

  • buzzman1

    I would hazard a guess that it is a heavy gold plated AK like the one the Chinese presented to Caspar Weinberger in the 80’s. Lesser people get silver plated.