Mikhail Kalashnikov 1919-2013


#1

It is being reported that Mikhail Kalashnikov has passed away at the age of 94.

While I don’t think he was involved in the development of the 7.62x39mm cartridge, he certainly was instrumental in making it popular, the resulting varieties manufactured being a collector’s paradise.

Dave


#2

I’m sorry to hear that. I met him once, very briefly, at a SHOT show. I wish I had had the two hours of time it took standing in line to get a picture taken with him, but when you are on your boss’ dime, well…!

He seemed like a very nice gentleman, and sincerely grateful for the attention he was getting from Americans. In TV interviews, he always came off as man with a lot of pride about “his rifle,” (and why not?), but humble in many ways, and a gentleman in all ways.

One thing is sure. He found a place in history!


#3

Sad news indeed.

The cartridge was developed by the OKB-44 (Design Bureau #44).


#4

I’ll raise a couple of glasses in his honour, my last night in Miami.


#5

I had a friend (former FBI agent) who helped celebrate his 80th and his 85th birthday parties, John said the 80th was a three day drunk & the 85th was very sober & very formal, because of the government involvement in the celebration.


#6

The perfect vodka for a toast to the General: youtube.com/watch?v=uNzc7AqfmzE
Maybe 6 or 7 years ago I saw some of this in a local liquor store, but I haven’t seen it recently.


#7

It is a sad day, indeed. Kalashnikov was in many ways the last of the old guard firearms designers.


#8

Since it is topic related, this is my amnestied (taken in Vietnam 1967) Chinese T56 second year production (1958). These are very well built & reliable weapons. JH


#9

haak48, copies of original blueprints for your weapon are necessary to you?