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Mikhail Kalashnikov

Mikhail Kalashnikov at the Kremlin, December 2009
Native name Михаил Тимофеевич Калашников
Born Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov
(1919-11-10)November 10, 1919
Kurya, Altai Krai, Russian SFSR
Died December 23, 2013(2013-12-23) (aged 94)
Izhevsk, Udmurtia, Russia
Cause of death Gastric hemorrhage
Nationality Russian
Occupation

Small arms designer
Russian lieutenant general

Known for Designer of the AK-47 and AK-74
Spouse(s) Ekaterina Viktorovna Kalashnikova (née Moiseyeva; 1921–1977; her death)
Children

Victor (son; b. 1942)
Nelli (daughter; b. 1942)
Elena (daughter; b. 1948)
Natalya (daughter; 1953–83)

Parent(s)

Aleksandra Frolovna Kalashnikova (née Kaverina)
Timofey Aleksandrovich Kalashnikov

Awards

USSR State Prize (1949)[1]
Hero of Socialist Labour (1958)[1]
Stalin Prize (1949)[2][3]
Lenin Prize (2)[1]
Hero of the Russian Federation
Order of St. Andrew
Order For Merit to the Fatherland II cl.

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.
Mikhail Kalashnikov
I had to gain experience as I did not have a technical education.
Terrorists also want to use simple and reliable arms.
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.
Mikhail Kalashnikov
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.
Mikhail Kalashnikov
The negative side is that sometimes it is beyond control.
I shot with it a lot. I still do now. That is why I am hard of hearing.
We had grain but no mills, so I designed a special mill of wood so we could make flour.
Mikhail Kalashnikov
Life can make you do many things, even kiss a man with a runny nose.
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.
Mikhail Kalashnikov
The fact that people die because of an AK-47 is not because of the designer, but because of politics.
Mikhail Kalashnikov
I'm proud of my invention, but I'm sad that it is used by terrorists.
Mikhail Kalashnikov
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.
Mikhail Kalashnikov
Man keeps inventing things all the time.
I was trying to perform as best as possible. I was a boy at the time, but worked well with the sickle.
Mikhail Kalashnikov
Life is composed of different inventions.

I was probably born with some designing abilities.
I made it to protect the motherland.
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.
Mikhail Kalashnikov
I do not consider the AK to be the best-ever assault rifle.
I tried a dozen different modifications that were rejected. But they all served as a path to the final design.
Mikhail Kalashnikov
I was probably born with some designing abilities.