The Ak-47 was developed by Mikhail Kalashnikov. The AK stands for Avtomat Kalashnikov and the 47 refers to the year of completion.
The AK-47 is a universal killing machine. Even after more than 70 years of its first production, the model and it’s upgrade are still the must widely used assault rifle. This is due to its easy to use, affordable, and most importantly it’s reliable to use under harsh conditions.
AK-47 is available in almost all regions of the world. Armed Forces in different countries uses it,same with insurgents. It has been used in many world conflicts. Such as the Vietnam war, Nigeria civil war, Iran – Iraq War, Gulf war, Afghanistan war etc.
Mikhail Kalashnikov was born in the year 1919 and died in 2013. He was a Russian general, inventor, designer, and engineer. He is most remembered as the inventor of AK-47.
Due to the million of deaths that has resulted with the use of of AK-47, Mikhail Kalashnikov was burden with lots of questions that caused him pain. He wrote a letter to the head of Russian Orthodox Church that one question was causing great pain to his soul ” I keep having the same unsolved question. If my riffle claimed lives, then can it be that I a Christian was responsible for their death’s?” “the longer I live, the more this questions drills itself into my brain and the more I wonder why the Lord allowed man to have the devilish desires of envy, greed, and aggression.”
In one of his quotes he said ” Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer. I always wanted to construct agriculture machinery.”
He also said “I’m proud of my invention, but I’m sad that it is used by terrorists. I would prefer to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work. For example lawn mower.”
AK-47 is still used to claim millions of lives even after his death. The world need peace and not war.
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