Yet, oddly the folks in Ukraine are handing them out to any citizen who will take one. Apparently, they have run out of firearms to give to people.
How useful they will be in the hands of untrained people remains to be seen. Shooting (shooting well, at least) is a skill, and a perishable one. Just handing out “assault rifles” won’t make accurate shooters.
We here in the US, most of us, that have rifles actually shoot them several times (or more) a year. We (generally) know how to care for and feed these rifles. While AK’s are robust and need little care, they still require some care and cleaning. We shooters generally have a fair bit of ammo for our firearms as well. locally stockpiled, as it were.
“But no one needs a 30 round magazine for hunting”………depends on what we are hunting, doesn’t it?
A lesson the Ukrainian people are learning.