Inventor of AK-47 Passes Away at Age of 94
By Harold Hutchison
The man who invented the AK-47, the world’s most common assault rifle, has died. According to media reports, Mikhail Kalashnikov died in a hospital in Izhevsk, Russia.
Kalashnikov was born in 1919, roughly two years after the Russian Revolution that swept Communists into power. Kalashnikov, who was wounded in action during World War II, started designing the rifle in 1945. Eventually, over 100 million of the rifles would be produced, flooding the globe.
Kalashnikov was never troubled by the way the rifle was used, saying, “I sleep well. It's the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence.”