Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kalashnikov Turns 90

The designer of the AK-47, not the gun itself. Kalashnikov gun designer turns 90 -
Red Army tank commander Sgt. Mikhail Kalashnikov invented his first machine gun in 1942, during the Second World War, as he sat in a hospital bed recovering from a wound that he got in western Russia.

But as Russians say, the first blintz always comes out wrong. His first model had inborn flaws and defects, and is now on display in an arms museum bearing his name.

It took him several more years to develop and fine-tune what later became an internationally recognized perfect killing instrument -- the AK-47.
The AK-47 (and its variants) is the most prevalent machine gun in the world.

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