This is the iconic and elegant AK-47. This gun was designed in the mid 1900's and is still in use by many countries. They are as reliable as reliable can get. The standard test for testing if an AK-47 is an 'AK' is to put it through sand, water, and mud to see if it still fires. ( I would not recommend you do this at any point with any gun). And if it is a true AK it will fire like new.