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    Default Mikhail Kalashnikov dies at 94

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    Just heard about it on the radio. If it wasn't for him this site might not exist. RIP.
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    he was the supervisor of about 100 young men who had a talent and were all designing the ultimate assault rifle. But Kalashnikov was credited because he was the head of the research unit. Anyway, forever the glory to old comrade.

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    May he rest in peace, and it is sad to see him go. At least he lived a long life.
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    RIP Mr. AK47
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    rest in peace.

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    May you find eternal peace, Mr. Kalashnikov.
    I have a daughter. I tell her, "911 is what you dial after you're raped. 1911 is what you should have before they try."

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    Heard on NPR of all places.
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    WELL Im sad he is gone . I am a bit mixed the AK took a lot of American lives. It is amazing how such a simple easy to make design has survived against all the wonder guns since. I dont really know what he did or did not actulay design but I will respect that it was a good design regardless of what country he was from .

    I would have loved to some how had a autographed stock from him.

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    A good history of Kalashnikov and the Ak47 is "The Gun" by C.J. Chivers. Tells how altho Mikhail was made into a national hero by the Soviets for designing the AK, like Gunter said, it was actually a design team that he headed up that came up with the design. He also used ideas from his competitors at the urging of his superiors. His own accounts have varied over the years. At any rate, he has often said that he designed the AK only for the defense of mother Russia and that politicians are the ones responsible for the rifle getting into the hands of despots and criminals.
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