Friday, November 12, 2004

Happy Birthday Kalashnikov - the man not the rifle

The New York Times reports, "Mikhail T. Kalashnikov, the creator of the world's most widely distributed firearm, turned 85 on Wednesday."
In 1947, one of his prototypes won a state competition and was selected for mass production. It was given a mundane designation: AK-47, an abbreviation for "automatic by Kalashnikov," followed by the year of its selection.

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