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Kalashnikov AK-47/AKM Designer/Developer Mikhail Kalashnikov Dead at 94: November 10, 1919 – December 23, 2013

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December 23, 2013
Last updated on 12/24/13.

US PALM  Takedown Breakdown AK AK 47 AKM Rifle Carbine TangoDown SHOT Show 2012 DefenseReview.com DR 41 Kalashnikov AK 47/AKM Designer/Developer Mikhail Kalashnikov Dead at 94: November 10, 1919   December 23, 2013Well, it was a pretty good run, especially for a Russian. Gun designer/developer Mikhail Kalashnikov, beloved by both the Russian people and American firearm afficianados, managed to make it to the ripe old age of 94, until nature finally took its ultimate course today, and claimed him for the ages. Kalashnikov was a tank commander during World War II (WWII) before a war wound sent him to the hospital, and side-tracked him into a new direction designing guns, most importantly the ubiquitous Kalashnikov AK-47/AKM (Avtomat Kalashnikov-1947/Avtomat Kalashnikov Modernizirovanniy) assault rifle, essentially a much-simplified and less expensive derivative of the German StG44 (Sturmgewehr 44).

"I sleep well. It’s the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence," Kalashnikov said Friday at a celebretory event for the AK-47." "Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer,” he continued. "I always wanted to construct agriculture machinery."

DefenseReview (DR) never got to meet the old guy, but we certainly wanted to. Even though his creation and its offshoots were a huge thorn in the side of the U.S. military machine and American foreign policy, ya' gotta' hand it to him. He created one hell of an infantry small arm that became the most ubiquitous assault rifle in the world. The AK-47/AKM is so beloved and respected around the world that some third-world countries have put it on their flag.

Anyway, he'll be missed by a lot of gun people, but he lived a nice long life, and one that was respected by a lot of people.

Happy trails, Mikhail.

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  1. Good grief, the AK is very different from the STG. Let us count the ways I can think of off the top of my head.

    1. The STG uses a tilting action, while the AK uses a rotating bolt.

    2 .The AK has all its controls o on the right side, while the STG has it all on the left.

    3. The STG’s chamber and barrel are very high up on the gun’s body compared to the AK.

    4. The AK is built from a trunnion encased in one big stamping vs the more ornate STG construction.

    5. The STG has a drop free mag well, vs the AK rock ‘n’ lock action.

    6. The AK-47 has a 45 degree gas block, vs the STG-44′s 90 degree gas block.

    7. The STG has a much less forceful action, not ejecting nearly as far and forwards as the AK.

    8. The AK has a very different bolt design from the STG.

    Now let me name the similarites.

    1. They both fire intermediate cartridges.

    2. They feed from detachable magazines.

    3. They are select fire.

    The above is the definition of an assault rifle.

    The FAL is closer in design to the STG than the AK; they have very similar operating systems. Or the M14 is a ripofff off the AK-47, because they both are select fire, feed 30 caliber ammunition from detachable box magazines, use rotating bolts, and have fixed charging handles on their right hand sides. I could use your logic to claim that the the M4 is a copy of the MP44; it uses an intermediate cartridge, feeds from detachable magazines, uses gas to cycle the action, has its selector switch on the right side, has drop free magazines with a mag well, and can be fitted with accessories.

    Claiming that the AK is a copy of the STG is like claiming that Harry Potter is a copy of Arthurian Legends, because they’re both primarily about British people and involve a lot of magic.

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