Thanks to Hrachya H. for sharing this photo. The rifle appears to be an AK74. But it is the customized paint job that interests me. It looks a lot like the the Petrykivka painting style from the Ukraine. This style of painting is very colorful and flowery. It is used to decorate house walls and everyday household items. In that case an AK74 fits the bill. According to wikipedia, Petrykivka is typically painted on a white background, however contemporary painters are now painting on darker backgrounds such as black.

I wonder if the guy holding the AK is the one who painted it or if he had someone customize it for him? It is certainly unique and personal.


  • Henry Reed
  • PK

    I may be in the minority here, but I think that’s absolutely gorgeous. I would be happy to hang such a decorative rifle on my living room wall!

    I notice at least one of the extra mags has the same patterning done, as well!

    • Rick O’Shay

      You’re not alone. I kinda dig it.

    • John Yossarian

      I much prefer this to skulls and other morbidity. To me, the firearm is a giver of life – My own!

  • M.M.D.C.

    I let my daughter borrow my rifle ONE TIME…

    • Nathan Alred

      I too have played this game. One day at the range, and suddenly my revolvers all have names. And families.

  • ostiariusalpha

    Oh man, the Mexicans are going to consider this a challenge to their reputation as the most gaudy firearms decoration enthusiasts.

  • Major Tom

    Perfect camouflage when operating in a garden environment!

  • Edeco

    In order to make a traditional hand decorated Eastern European Easter rifle it’s necesary to poke a tiny hole in each end and blow the yolk and albumin out.

    Crud now I’m hungry for egg noodles w/ butter.

  • SGT Fish

    he could use a lesson on how to wear a plate carrier though. barely covering his vital organs…

  • Cal S.

    It’s interesting to see how different cultures treat weapons. Like the plains Indians that decorated their Winchesters with feathers and paint, Mexicans and Middle Easterners love their gold plate, and then this.

  • Longslide7

    It’s a “kinder, gentler” assault rifle

  • iksnilol

    I like it.

  • Trey

    If you look closer, the spare mags in the chest pouch are done up too.

  • it’s just Boris

    Flower power!

    I rather like it.

  • Issac Staroselsky

    AK vyshivanka,lol

  • B. Young

    Reminds me of painting on gypsy wagons and such. Looks like has a second decorated mag in his vest…As already stated by PK.

  • USMC03Vet

    When you’re on post you find ways to pass the time.

  • john huscio

    If Sgt pepper had an ak…….

  • BrandonAKsALot

    It’s definitely an Izhmash made AK-74. This makes even the Paki guns look tame. I do rather enjoy it.

  • Phillip Cooper

    “Ukraine”… not “the Ukraine”. Just like we don’t say things are made in The Canada, The Mexico, etc…

    • Seth Hill

      But we do say things like THE USA and THE Ohio State University.

      • Phillip Cooper

        English. Confusing, isn’t it?

  • wetcorps

    I like it too. Way more creative and tasteful (ok that might be pushing it) than gold plating.

  • mazkact

    Peace through superior flower power.

  • Guido FL

    Nothing like a rifle that is a bullet magnet !