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I'm proud of my invention, but I'm sad that it is used by terrorists.

I'm proud of my invention, but I'm sad that it is used by terrorists.

People often ask me how I feel about my invention being used to kill people every day and the AK being a common weapon of ethnic conflicts. I want to make it clear that I created my assault rifle to protect my country. You can blame politicians for its spreading out of control on a global scale. ---->>>

Life can make you do many things, even kiss a man with a runny nose. ---->>>

I tried a dozen different modifications that were rejected. But they all served as a path to the final design.

I tried a dozen different modifications that were rejected. But they all served as a path to the final design.

I wanted to invent an engine that could run for ever. I could have developed a new train, had I stayed in the railway. It would have looked like the AK-47 though. ---->>>

Any designer believes his gun is the best, and when its test performance is a bit less impressive compared to others, he feels bitterness and envy. ---->>>

I had to gain experience as I did not have a technical education. ---->>>

The negative side is that sometimes it is beyond control. ---->>>

I do not consider the AK to be the best-ever assault rifle. ---->>>

I made it to protect the motherland. ---->>>

We had grain but no mills, so I designed a special mill of wood so we could make flour. ---->>>

I shot with it a lot. I still do now. That is why I am hard of hearing. ---->>>

I was trying to perform as best as possible. I was a boy at the time, but worked well with the sickle. ---->>>

Life is composed of different inventions. ---->>>

I have continued to work at different things, and rebuilt my home all by myself. I did it for the sake of satisfaction at doing something. I did it because I happened to be where I was. ---->>>

For years, I had a top secret clearance and never left Russia. Just once did I go to Bulgaria with my wife for a holiday at the Golden Sands resort, but I could not mention my real name. I was allowed to travel abroad only in the early 1990s.

For years, I had a top secret clearance and never left Russia. Just once did I go to Bulgaria with my wife for a holiday at the Golden Sands resort, but I could not mention my real name. I was allowed to travel abroad only in the early 1990s.

Life is composed of different inventions. I have continued to work at different things and rebuilt my home all by myself. I did it for the sake of satisfaction at doing something. ---->>>

The fact that people die because of an AK-47 is not because of the designer, but because of politics.

The fact that people die because of an AK-47 is not because of the designer, but because of politics.

I was probably born with some designing abilities. ---->>>

Terrorists also want to use simple and reliable arms. ---->>>

Man keeps inventing things all the time. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Russian
Born: 11-10, 1919
Birthplace: Kurya, Altai Krai, Russian SFSR
Die: 2013-12-23
Occupation: Inventor
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Lieutenant-General Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov (Russian: Михаи́л Тимофе́евич Кала́шников; IPA: [kɐˈlaʂnʲɪkəf]; 10 November 1919 – 23 December 2013) was a Russian general, inventor, military engineer, writer and small arms designer. He is most famous for developing the AK-47 assault rifle and its improvements, the AKM and AK-74, as well as the PK machine gun and RPK light machine gun (wikipedia)