AK-47 designer was repentant before death

AK-47 designer was repentant before death

MOSCOW, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Russia's AK-47 assault rifle designer said before he died the pain he felt fearing he was to blame for the deaths caused by his weapon was "unbearable."

AK-47 inventor Kalashnikov dies in Russia at 94

IZHEVSK, Russia, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Mikhail Kalashnikov, the developer of the AK-47 assault rifle, died in Russia Monday, Voice of Russia reported. He was 94.
Mikhail Kalashnikov, creator of AK-47, dies at 94

Mikhail Kalashnikov, creator of AK-47, dies at 94

Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The creator of the iconic Kalashnikov rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov, has died at the age of 94 in Izhevsk, 600 miles east of Moscow, according to Russian officials.
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AK-47 inventor Kalashnikov hospitalized

IZHEVSK, Russia, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the world's most famous firearm, the AK-47, has been hospitalized in Russia in serious condition, officials said.

Museum opens in AK-47 inventor's home town in Siberia

KURYA, Russia, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The inventor of the infamous AK-47 assault rifle sent his regrets for the opening of a museum honoring his career in his hometown in Siberia.

Kalashnikov rifle turns 60

MOSCOW, July 5 (UPI) -- More than 100 million Kalashnikov assault rifles have been produced in 60 years, the head of the Russian arms export agency said Thursday in Moscow.

Russia asserting ownership of AK-47 design

MOSCOW, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Russia plans to crack down on manufacturers who sell copies of its famous Kalashnikov assault rifle, also known as the AK-47.

AK-47 inventor pleads for more gun control

BERLIN, June 28 (UPI) -- AK-47 inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov is calling for strict international regulation of the small arms trade.

Russian gun show to feature AK-47 designer

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A Russian exhibit of one of the world's most successful assault rifles and its designer opened Monday in St. Petersburg.

Rifle maker takes a shot with vodka

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The Russian creator of the AK-47 assault rifle is marketing a new vodka that packs quite a punch all its own.

Lieutenant General Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov (Russian: Михаи́л Тимофе́евич Кала́шников, Mihail Timofeevič Kalašnikov) (born November 10, 1919 in Russia's southern Altai region) is a famous Russian small arms designer, most famous for designing the AK-47 assault rifle.

Kalashnikov was conscripted into the Red Army in 1938, and became a tank driver-mechanic, achieving the rank of senior sergeant (tank commander) serving on the T-34s of the 24th Tank Regiment, 12th Tank Division stationed in Stryi before the regiment retreated after the failed counterattack at Brody, June 1941. He was wounded in combat during the defence of Bryansk, October 1941, and released for six months recuperation due to illness. While in the hospital, he overheard some soldiers complaining about the Soviet rifles of the time.

He also had bad experiences with the standard infantry weapons at the time, so he was inspired to start constructing a new rifle for the Soviet military. During this time Kalashnikov began designing a submachine gun while in the hospital after being wounded . Although his first submachine gun design was not accepted to service, his talents as a designer were noticed. From 1942 onwards Kalashnikov was assigned to the Central Scientific-developmental Firing Range for Rifle Firearms of the Chief Artillery Directorate of RKKA.

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