Belated Birthday

I seemed to have missed out on the fact that 7-7-07 was an important anniversary in firearms history.  It makes the 60th birthday of the AK-47:

7/7/2007 9:35:24 AM Almost a household name and the largest selling automatic rifle in the world, the AK 47 assault rifle is 60 years old and getting younger. The world’s deadliest automatic rifle sought after by guerrillas and several armies in the world is named after its designer Mikhail Kalashnikov and is estimated to have sold in excess of 100 million in the last 60 years. The Russian army took up the AK 47 in 1947, however, the automatic is now copied and fakes available in many countries. Kalashnikov says he is not to be blamed for all the bloodshed his invention has spread but rather accuses politicians who are unable to resolve problems without the use of arms. However, Kalashnikov said he was saddened by the unfortunate popularity of the weapon amongst gangsters. Kalashnikov was part of celebrations in Moscow to commemorate the 60th year of the AK 47.

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2 thoughts on “Belated Birthday”

  1. Not sure if you saw the hit piece the Seattle PI did on Kalashinikov. Asking if he sleeps well at night….please.
    Still can’t believe it is that old of an design,yet still one the most effective combate rifles out there.

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