Пусть земля ему будет пухом (Rest in Peace)

The designer of the Kalashnikov rifle – the AK – has died today at the age of 94. Mikhail Kalashnikov died after a long, unspecified illness.

Mr. Kalashnikov said the automatic rifle was designed “to protect the motherland” after World War II. But the AK-47 and its descendants and knockoffs became mainstays for armies and guerrilla soldiers around the globe. Light, durable, cheap to manufacture and simple to maintain, the rifle creates a deadly spray of bullets without much of a kick.

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Mr. Kalashnikov said he regretted that it became the weapon of choice for guerrilla armies. “It was like a genie out of the bottle, and it began to walk all on its own and in directions I did not want,” he told Britain’s Guardian newspaper in 2003. But he added, “I sleep soundly. The fact that people die because of an AK-47 is not because of the designer, but because of politics.

In a lot of ways, Kalashnikov’s life is an homage to the self-made man.  His family was sent to Siberia after his father was deemed a class enemy, and his family’s land was stolen. Kalashnikov, nonetheless, used his mechanical prowess to design a light, effective, durable rifle that is still being used today. He was a testament to overcoming challenges.

Rest in peace, sir. You’ve earned it.

7 responses

  1. Bravo Ms. Nicki – well said.
    до свидания Старшина

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    1. Nicely said, sir.🙂

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  2. May he rest in peace. However, I’ve had enough of those things aimed at me and fired at me to last several lifetimes…thank you very much.

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    1. Agreed. Just remember, it’s the people, not the tool.

      Merry Christmas!

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  3. 94 years…must have had an incredibly strong liver!

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  4. I like duffelblog’s article on him.

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    1. Me too. That’s some funny shit!

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