Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Inventor of AK-47 assault rifle dies

The inventor of the most popular assault rifle has passed on after being in the intensive care in Izhevsk since November 17. Mikhail Kalashnikov’s invention has been credited for more deaths of human beings than any other weapon.

AK-47 was named after the inventor “Avtomat Kalashnikov” and its year of invention which was 1947. AK-47 has been preferred by many because of its simplicity and its ability to work in any weather condition.
Mikhail Kalashnikov
Mikhail Kalashnikov Image: Reuters
The weapon has been used by terrorists and rebels around the world because of its features. However, Kalashnikov claimed while he was alive that he didn’t make the AK-47 to kill innocent people but to protect the republic.
I invented it for the protection of the motherland. I have no regrets and bear no responsibility for how politicians use it,” he once said.
I sleep well. It’s the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence,” he said on another occasion in 2007.
However, this doesn’t mean that Kalashnikov was satisfied with everything his invention was used for. “I’m proud of my invention, but I’m sad that it is used by terrorists,” he once said.
Kalashnikov had not always been a fan of weapons as he once confessed he would have preferred building agricultural machinery.
Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer,” he said. “I always wanted to construct agricultural machinery.
Mikhail Kalashnikov who was born in 1919 died at the age of 94 and his work still lives on although he didn’t make much money from it because he didn’t have a patent for it.


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