BREAKING: Mikhail Kalashnikov, Inventor of AK-47, Dies at 94 Years Old

December 23 2013
by GSL Staff
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AK-47_type_II_Part_DM-ST-89-01131We have just learned that the BBC is reporting the death of Mikhail Kalashnikov at age 94.

Kalashnikov had been in poor health in recent years and had been hospitalized several times.

Kalashnikov famously designed the AK-47 rifle, which is by far one of the most, if not the most, produced and used small arms used all over the world.

Kalashnikov did not stop with that iconic design though. He also designed several variations, including the popular and slightly more modern, AK-74.

According to the BBC,

Work on the AK47 was completed in 1947, and two years later the gun was adopted by the Soviet army.

Kalashnikov continued working into his late 80s as chief designer at the Izhevsk firm that first built the AK-47.

He received many state honours, including the Order of Lenin and the Hero of Socialist Labour.

Kalashnikov still lived in his home town of Izhevsk, which is also home to the small arms giant Izhmash, which is a major producer of AK series rifles.

Most recently the company is completing working on the AK-12 rifle, which is an upgraded rifle, borrowing design elements from the AK-47 and AK-74 while incorporating modern improvements such as a better fire control group and an integrated rail system for optics and accessories.

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