Tags: ak47 | inventor | dies

Russian Designer of AK-47 Assault Rifle Dies at 94

Image: Russian Designer of AK-47 Assault Rifle Dies at 94

Monday, 23 Dec 2013 01:36 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The inventor of the world’s most famous firearm – the AK-47 assault rifle -- has died of undisclosed causes in his hometown of Izhevsk, near the Ural Mountains, a spokesman for the Udmurtia republic says. He was 94.

The “self-taught tinkerer” created the Avtomat Kalashnikov in 1947, nine years after joining the Red Army. He was driven to conceptualize the weapon while recovering from wounds suffered when a shell hit his tank. He was determined to create something equal to or better than the Nazis' superior cache.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

“Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer,” Kalashnikov once said. “I always wanted to construct agricultural machinery.”

Though not known for its accuracy, the AK-47 is rugged and simple and performs in inclement conditions that jam more sophisticated machinery, the AP reports.

“During the Vietnam war, American soldiers would throw away their M-16s to grab AK-47s and bullets for it from dead Vietnamese soldiers,” Kalashnikov said in July 2007 at a ceremony marking the rifle’s 60th anniversary.

With more than 100 million AK-47s in circulation around the world, the gun has earned the distinction of being the firearm most “favored by guerrillas, terrorists and the soldiers of many armies.” It remains a staple of Russia’s armed forces and police and is at the heart of the gun control debate in the United States.

Though his name is synonymous with his invention, Kalashnikov never made a cent off the rifle, which was never patented.

The weapon, he said, was designed to protect his motherland, not to be used by terrorists or thugs, according to The New York Times. “This is a weapon of defense. It is not a weapon for offense.”

The Kalashnikov Museum opened in 2004 in Izhevsk, Russia.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Related Stories:


Information from Reuters was used in this report.





© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Pope Seeks to Bring Faith to 'Ends of the Earth'

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 18:26 PM

Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith to the ends of the Earth as he presided o . . .

Conservatives Deride Effort to Rig Electoral College

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 19:37 PM

Conservatives slammed the campaign to effectively end the Electoral College's role in presidential elections, saying tha . . .

Fox Executive Fired Over Flight 370 Charity Email

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 18:22 PM

A veteran Fox executive who used her company email account to plan aid for loved ones of the missing Malaysian airplane' . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved