I'm having a rather frivolous argument with a friend of mine over the production of the AK-47.
He argues that the Kalashnikov AK-47 was only produced in the late 1940s/50s, and that further modifications and edits to the design no longer make it an AK-47.
I argued that, along the same lines, according to his logic, an M16A2 is no longer an M16.
So, at the crux of the matter, do modifications and later variants of the AK-47 no longer make it an AK-47, and if so, has it passed out of production?
To the best of my research, it hasn't.