Middle Eastern countries, and the former Soviet communist bloc in general, use the AK-47 as a symbol of independence, rebellion, liberation, etc. Mozambique even figures the AK in thier national flag- a symbol of people liberating themselves from oppressive governments and taking control of their fate through arms, I guess. Would you say the AR-15 has similar significance to the United States? Can it be called our national weapon? It certainly symbolizes American military might and technological progress vis-a-vis the oppressive and backwards dictatorships that we often fight against, but does it hold the same symbolic significance in the West that the AK holds for the Middle East and former Soviet regime? What if we put it on OUR national flag (or should that be the 1911 or Colt SAA)?