Title: Iraqi Tabuk 7.62x39mm Assault Rifle, Gold Plated
Accession #: NHHC 2010-119-1
Size: 31 x 7
Medium: Metal, Wood, Rubber
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
The “Tabuk” is an Iraqi produced copy of the Russian AKM, itself a modernized version of the famous AK-47 designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov. Iraq began producing the “Tabuk” in 1980 with technical assistance from Yugoslavia. This example, similar to the AKMS with a folding stock, has been completely gold plated, including the barrel, firing mechanism, and magazine. It bears an Iraqi national eagle and an Arabic inscription that reads “Gift of his Highness President Saddam Hussein, President of the Iraqi Republic.” The rifle was recovered from Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.