View Full Version : Kalashnikov assault rifle designer dead at 94

12-23-2013, 11:33 PM
From CBS News (
Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose work as a weapons designer for the Soviet
Union is immortalized in the name of the world's most popular firearm,
died Monday at the age of 94.

Kalashnikov once aspired to design farm equipment. But even though
his most famous invention - the AK-47 assault rifle - sowed havoc
instead of crops, he often said he felt personally untroubled by his
contribution to bloodshed.

"I sleep well. It's the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to
an agreement and resorting to violence," he said in 2007.

Kalashnikov died in a hospital in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia
republic where he lived, said Viktor Chulkov, a spokesman for the
republic's president. He did not give a cause of death. Russian media
was also widely reporting his death. Kalashnikov had been
hospitalized for the past month with unspecified health problems.

12-23-2013, 11:42 PM
One of the few Russians I'm sad passed. Guy was a great inventor and developed a fantastic rifle.