Inventor of AK-47 dies at 94
December 24 , 2013
His last name is sure to be remembered for a long time after his death. After being hospitalized due to intestinal and heart problems in November, Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 rifle, has died at the age of 94.
Kalashnikov, who people consider to be a hero as well as a villain, was a self made man. Without even finishing high school, he managed to put together a weapon in his twenties.
Although, the US initially looked down upon the weapon, it became clear in 1960s Vietnam that Americans' M-16s were not nearly as efficient as the Vietcong's AK-47s. Reports suggest that the inventor wanted this rifle to be used for the protection of his nation and said he won't bear responsibility on how it's being used by politicians.
Still, he expressed sadness due to the fact that terrorists used his weapon and said he'd prefer to create a machine "that people could use and that would help farmers with their work- for example a lawnmower."
Kalashnikov did create this other weapon but it was clearly not as famous as the assault rifle. He has been referred to as being a Russian hero; Vladimir Putin mentioned that a public funeral will be organized.