Mikhail Kalashnikov at the Kremlin, December 2009
|Native name||ÐœÐ¸Ñ…Ð°Ð¸Ð» Ð¢Ð¸Ð¼Ð¾Ñ„ÐµÐµÐ²Ð¸Ñ‡ ÐšÐ°Ð»Ð°ÑˆÐ½Ð¸ÐºÐ¾Ð²|
|Born||Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov
November 10, 1919
Kurya, Altai Krai, Russian SFSR
|Died||December 23, 2013
Izhevsk, Udmurtia, Russia
|Cause of death||Gastric hemorrhage|
Small arms designer
|Known for||Designer of the AK-47 and AK-74|
|Spouse(s)||Ekaterina Viktorovna Kalashnikova (nÃ©e Moiseyeva; 1921â€“1977; her death)|
Victor (son; b. 1942)
Aleksandra Frolovna Kalashnikova (nÃ©e Kaverina)
USSR State Prize (1949)
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.
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.
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.
We had grain but no mills, so I designed a special mill of wood so we could make flour.
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.
The fact that people die because of an AK-47 is not because of the designer, but because of politics.
I'm proud of my invention, but I'm sad that it is used by terrorists.
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.
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 tried a dozen different modifications that were rejected. But they all served as a path to the final design.