Rifle Designer Mikhail Kalashnikov Dead at 94


KenK's picture

As it says in the article: "Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer," said Kalashnikov. 'I always wanted to construct agricultural machinery.' " That kinda sums it up for me. How many of the world's best engineers devote their efforts toward drone technology or missle guidance systems and the like rather than more useful practical inventions.

KenK's picture

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Paul's picture

I don't know... I can't think of one thing, except possibly invention of the Internet (thanks Al Gore!) that helps freedom more than the invention of personal military rifles. Kalashnikov is a saint, along with John Moses Browning.

Emmett Harris's picture

Exactly.  As with the Colt when facing individual rogues, the AK (and weapons like it) help to equalize the playing field against militarized states.