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Mikhail Kalashnikov

 

Mikhail KalashnikovMikhail Kalashnikov, an honored resident of Izhevsk, Russia, is a small arms designer famous for creating the AK-47 assault rifle. Improving on his early design, later versions including the AKM (Automatic Kalashnikov Modernized) and the AK-74 shared the ingenious design that has made the Kalashnikov the world's most popular assault rifle. Thanks to the AK's durability, low production cost and ease of use, there are an estimated 100 million Kalashnikov assault rifles in circulation today. The assault rifle of choice for many national armies, revolutionaries, terrorists, criminals and collectors, the AK also has the distinction of taking more human lives than any other weapon. When asked if he is proud to have invented a weapon that has killed millions of people, Mikhail Kalashnikov says he is. While "it is painful for me to see when criminal elements of all kinds fire from my weapon... I created this weapon primarily to safeguard our motherland" (Reuters 2009).

 

Mikhail Kalashnikov Facts

 

Russian Name: Михаил Калашников

Famous for: Designer of the AK-47

Date of Birth: November 10, 1919

Place of Birth: Kurya, USSR

Residence: Izhevsk, Russia

Awards

 

AK-47, AKM assault rifle

 

Mikhail Kalashnikov - Creator of AK-47

 

AK-47 - No.1 Combat Rifle

 

AK47 vs M16 - Part 1/2

 

AK47 vs M16 - Part 2/2