Mikhail Kalashnikov (1919-2013)
nytimes:

Mikhail Kalashnikov, Creator of AK-47, Dies at 94
Lt. Gen. Mikhail T. Kalashnikov, the arms designer credited by the Soviet Union with creating the AK-47, the first in a series of rifles and machine guns that would indelibly associate his name with modern war and become the most abundant firearms ever made, died on Monday in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia republic, where he lived. He was 94.

If you’re really into Kalashnikov and haven’t read C.J. Chivers' The Gun, you should check it out. There’s a great part where he talks about how the success of the AK-47 isn’t just because of Kalashnikov, but because of the entire Soviet industrial machine. I think it’s kind of important to know about the industrial system behind it to understand how it became so abundant. There’s also a lot of interesting history about the development of the machine gun in general.
(image of AK above via andrikyrychok)

Mikhail Kalashnikov (1919-2013)

nytimes:

Mikhail Kalashnikov, Creator of AK-47, Dies at 94

Lt. Gen. Mikhail T. Kalashnikov, the arms designer credited by the Soviet Union with creating the AK-47, the first in a series of rifles and machine guns that would indelibly associate his name with modern war and become the most abundant firearms ever made, died on Monday in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia republic, where he lived. He was 94.

If you’re really into Kalashnikov and haven’t read C.J. ChiversThe Gun, you should check it out. There’s a great part where he talks about how the success of the AK-47 isn’t just because of Kalashnikov, but because of the entire Soviet industrial machine. I think it’s kind of important to know about the industrial system behind it to understand how it became so abundant. There’s also a lot of interesting history about the development of the machine gun in general.

(image of AK above via andrikyrychok)