Let’s think of Anil Kumble as an assault rifle. Now he’s no hopeless son of a gun – he’s a solid, trusted, well priced gun. Just that he’s made in one of those obscure little republics of the erstwhile Soviet Union. And when you go gun shopping but can't buy from the US, UK, Russia, China or Sweden, guess you gotta turn to AK’s republic.
There are no kickbacks involved, the deal is upfront, and the gun is bloody keen to fight for you.
The trouble is you feel you can do better. What will the other gun slingers say? How hack is it to fight with an AK 09? Does the AK 09 have any fight left in it? Is there a buyback scheme?
Last time round it was the AK 07, that was a younger version, but damn, you still had your doubts. But you couldn’t seal the deal with the US, UK, Russia, China or Sweden. So you went ahead with the AK 07, and boy, did it shoot from the hip.
But that was then, the new AK 09 version is basically the AK 07, only much retired. So you go all guns blazing, and buy the KP 09, that’s one helluva sexy gun from the UK. Later you discover much to your detriment that there’s a SAF angle too, and the gun backfires at you.
You think picking up a JK 09 but it takes far too much time to reload – also, you figure it’s not even a JK 04 anymore. You can’t pick RD 09 because you snubbed the RD 08. Also even if you wanted to, RD 09 has to return to the production line for RD 09 mini. And in case you were thinking, RD 09 mini is far from the finished product.
TINA. Which is when you gun for the AK 09. What the heck, how bad can it be?
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