Kurdistan’s Gun Markets

    ISIS have left plenty of guns in their wake, and because of the threat they pose demand is high in Iraqi Kurdistan. In other words, it is a good time to be a Kurdish gun dealer. Matt Cetti-Roberts & Kevin Knodell write

    Before ISIS you didn’t find many guns and bullets, now people bring them to me to sell.”

    He sells AK-47s for $700. M-16s go for $3000, but he says these ones are only for the Peshmerga. A Chinese Type 56—a Vietnam-era AK-47 copy—is $1,000. An AKMS—a modernized AK-47 with a folding stock—is $2,000.

    He has an M-4 carbine with holographic sight and forward grip for $9,000.

    Steve Johnson

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