Mikhail Kalashnikov

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Mikhail Kalashnikov

Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov (Михаи́л Тимофе́евич Кала́шников, born 10 November, 1919) is a famous Russian gun designer.He invented the AK-47, the world's most widely used assault rifle.


  • I would have prefered to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work - for example a lawnmower.
  • I sleep well. It's the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence.
  • All that is good is simple and all that is simple is good.
  • Say AK not OK
  • I had to gain experience as I did not have a technical education.
  • I shot with it a lot. I still do now. That is why I am hard of hearing.
  • 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.
  • Life can make you do many things, even kiss a man with a runny nose.
  • I was probably born with some designing abilities.
  • We had grain but no mills, so I designed a special mill of wood so we could make flour.

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