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Gun companies such as Smith & Wesson have long enjoyed a profitable sideline selling logo items. Now, Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47, is getting into the business. He’s just signed a deal with a German company to sell “manly” items such as snowboards, umbrellas, shaving foam, watches, penknives, and a vodka cocktail. “The articles are very similar to my rifle: reliable, easy to use and indestructible,” he says.


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