Monday, December 23, 2013

The 'great equalizer' that the Colt .45 could only dream of being

"Avtomat Kalashnikov" or AK-47 was designed by an intuitive machinist who had no formal training in engineering or gun design. It was built with few moving parts that were so sloppy that it barely hung together, but is was the friend of every soldier who held it. Legend has it that when the first M-16 rifles were issued to troops in Vietnam that US GIs would throw them away in favor of the 20 year old AK-47s captured from the Viet Cong. 

Mikhail Kalashnikov died today at the age of 94, he never regretted the rifle he designed. Well, he built it to kill Nazi's who were overrunning his home, so how could he. His subsequent designs have dominated light weapons production ever since. He said in a 2007 interview that politicians were to blame for every death his weapons caused. He was an intuitive man.  

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2 comments:

Ronmac said...

There must be a passage in the bible somewhere that says the Gates of Heaven are guarded by angels carrying AK-47's with orders to shoot fascists and predatory capitalists who try to pass through.

Anonymous said...


The M-16 is a much better rifle. It can fire at a higher rate of speed, and is far more accurate. It's down side is that it must be kept clean. Something US soldiers were unwilling to do.