Monday, December 23, 2013

Life During The Cold War - Mikhail Kalashnikov, 1919-2013

"It was employed by the armies of dozens of countries, and incorporated in several national flags. But the AK47 also became a symbol of revolution around the world. ... It's comparative simplicity made it cheap to manufacture as well as reliable and easy to maintain in the field. It became the most widely used assault rifle in the world.

Yet Kalashnikov, although honoured in Russia, made very little money from his gun and once complained he would have been financially better off designing a lawnmower."



Debra She Who Seeks said...

He'll get his reward in Commie Heaven.

Kal said...

The only piece of Russian junk that actually works and he could not exploit it for cash like the evil capitalists in the west. That's some delicious irony there.