AK-47; Sixtieth Birthday.

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AK-47 Inventor: I Don't Lose Sleep


By MANSUR MIROVALEV Associated Press Writer

July 06,2007 | MOSCOW -- Sixty years after the AK-47 went into production, Mikhail Kalashnikov says he does not stay awake at night worrying about the bloodshed wrought by the world's most popular assault rifle.

"I sleep well. It's the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence," Kalashnikov said Friday at a ceremony marking the birth of the rifle, whose initials stand for "Avtomat Kalashnikov."

It was before he started designing the gun that he slept badly, worried about the superior weapons that Nazi soldiers were using with grisly effectiveness against the Red Army in World War II. He saw them at close range himself, while fighting on the front lines.

While hospitalized with wounds after a Nazi shell hit his tank in the 1941 battle of Bryansk, Kalashnikov decided to design an automatic rifle combining the best features of the American M1 and the German StG44.

"Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer," said Kalashnikov, frail but sharp at age 87. "I always wanted to construct agriculture machinery."

http://salon.com/wire/ap/archive.html?wire=D8Q77NM00.html
 
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Arena did a documentary about Mikhail and his rifle many years ago, Ive still got it on VHS somewhere, he was unrepentant then about the weapons` use as he is now. I seem to remember him and his `oppos were knockin off mooses (spelling) with em....good drills.
 
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goodkurtz said:
"Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer," said Kalashnikov, frail but sharp at age 87. "I always wanted to construct agriculture machinery."
well, i suppose that sums it all. ak is a bit "agricultural"
but a bloody fine weapon after all. i,ve never fired one personally, but i,ve seen them fired.
did,nt jeremy clarkson (top gear fellow) also do a programme on the bbc, about the AK47? about 3 or 4 years ago?
 
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i feel sorry for Mikhail Kalashnikov, of all the millions of AK's getting made every year (for decades) and hes never had any monetary royalties.

if only a penny for each one and he would be a millionaire.

edit to add >> although he has seem to done ok out of endorsing this product :D
http://www.kalashnikovvodka.com/

 
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goodkurtz said:
"Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer," said Kalashnikov, frail but sharp at age 87. "I always wanted to construct agriculture machinery."
Wasn't his AK design based on the new German assault rifle of the time?
 
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yes, he copied the same concept, but the internal working mechanism is different.
 
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dog_eatin_ot_chips said:
Arena did a documentary about Mikhail and his rifle many years ago, Ive still got it on VHS somewhere, he was unrepentant then about the weapons` use as he is now. I seem to remember him and his `oppos were knockin off mooses (spelling) with em....good drills.
Why should he be? he just designed a bit of machinery it's not like he's stood behind and egging on the gang bangers/terrorists/gangsters is it?
 
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goodkurtz said:
While hospitalized with wounds after a Nazi shell hit his tank in the 1941 battle of Bryansk, Kalashnikov decided to design an automatic rifle combining the best features of the American M1 and the German StG44.
Bit hard, that one, since the spams hadn't entered the war by then (although their weapon did exist) and the SturmGewehr-44 wouldn't be designed and fielded for another few years yet...
 
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I think that article needs to be edited a little and read with rose tinted glasses:

While hospitalized with wounds after a Nazi shell hit his tank in the 1941 battle of Bryansk, Kalashnikov first had the idea to design an automatic rifle which he later did combining the best features of the American M1 and the German StG44.
I do not think he jumped out of bed in 1941 and built it then and there! It probably had several design changes before the first prototype was built and finely went into production in 1947, 6 years later.

Here is a differant version again:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AK-47

Design concept
Despite circumstantial evidence, Mikhail Kalashnikov denies his assault rifle was based on the German StG44 assault rifle. The AK47 is best described as a hybrid of previous rifle technology innovations: the M1 Garand rifle's double locking lugs, unlocking raceway, and trigger mechanism, and the safety mechanism of the Browning Remington Model 8 rifle. The genius of the Kalashnikov rifle is simple design and adaptation to mass production; it is a fusion of the best M1 Garand and the StG44 elements.
 
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a gun isn't designed to kill people it is designed "to discharge a missile at high velocity" can't blame him for people discharging it at other people!
 
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brettarider said:
dog_eatin_ot_chips said:
Arena did a documentary about Mikhail and his rifle many years ago, Ive still got it on VHS somewhere, he was unrepentant then about the weapons` use as he is now. I seem to remember him and his `oppos were knockin off mooses (spelling) with em....good drills.
Why should he be? he just designed a bit of machinery it's not like he's stood behind and egging on the gang bangers/terrorists/gangsters is it?
Quite right Bretta, the interviewer quizzed him about it being the peasant/terrorist weapon and a bit about the Commie Nationalists holing up the Russias parliament building (the White House?) in 91/92 I think, he obviously was defending the notion that the AK was a nutters weapon, and he pointed out the age old conundrum "If they didnt use my rifle they`d use some others buggers or sticks or stones".
 
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dog_eatin_ot_chips said:
Arena did a documentary about Mikhail and his rifle many years ago, Ive still got it on VHS somewhere, he was unrepentant then about the weapons` use as he is now. I seem to remember him and his `oppos were knockin off mooses (spelling) with em....good drills.
Plural "meeses" - isn't it?

Fallschirmjager said:
goodkurtz said:
"Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer," said Kalashnikov, frail but sharp at age 87. "I always wanted to construct agriculture machinery."
Wasn't his AK design based on the new German assault rifle of the time?
I got a right bollocking from Stoatman and EX_STAB for that one on another thread last month. They say there's a huge difference in the internals, but don't explain beyond that.

On yet another thread, however -
Stonker said:
OldAdam said:
Although the Czech VZ58 bears a superficial resemblance to the AK47, mainly due to the magazine (not interchangeable with the AK mag, however), the mechanism is entirely different. The VZ58 has a tilting bolt and an axial hammer or striker, whereas the AK has a rotating bolt and a swinging hammer. Having fired both I'd say that the VZ58 is a far more accurate and a smoother weapon to fire than the AK but it was never produced in any quantity.
A while back, I got an online lecture from ex_stab about the 'myth' of Kalashnikov nicking the AK's design from the German MP44. In it he pointed out differences between the mechanisms of those 2 weapons. If I have time, I may cross refer yr points above, to his (on whatever thread) - unless of course he's in here somewhere and happy to save me the legwork. :D

VZ58

MP44

AK47
And finally, I heard John Keegan speaking a couple of years ago. By his estimate, AK47s have killed more people than all of the bombs dropped in all of the wars of the 20th Century.

Scary.
 
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Mr_Deputy said:
I'd forgotten AGAIN. What do you get the assault rifle that has everytjhing for it's 60th birthday? I just don't know.
You don't buy gifts.

You do what any red-blooded Russian does on a really special birthday. You take the old feller out, and you both get well oiled. :roll:
 
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Mr_Deputy said:
Stonker said:
Mr_Deputy said:
I'd forgotten AGAIN. What do you get the assault rifle that has everytjhing for it's 60th birthday? I just don't know.
You don't buy gifts.

You do what any red-blooded Russian does on a really special birthday. You take the old feller out, and you both get well oiled. :roll:



Right oh I'd best get the rounds in then!

Ba da boom tush!! (bang bang bang)
. . . just remember he always sticks to shorts . . . :oops:
 
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