Kalashnikov assault rifle

20 little-known facts about the Kalashnikov

  • For the invention of the machine In 1947, Mikhail Kalashnikov received the Stalin Prize of the first degree and the Order of the Red Star. The premium was 150 thousand rubles. With this money you could buy almost ten “Victories” (then this car cost 16 thousand rubles)
  • Automatic was put into service in 1949. Its official name is “7.62-mm Kalashnikov assault rifle of 1947” (AK-47). It is also often called simply “Kalash”. According to the designer himself, the main qualities of his weapon are “simplicity and reliability”. “I created an automatic machine, being a sergeant, and constantly remembered that the soldiers of the academies did not finish,” said Kalashnikov himself.
  • In Soviet times the ability to assemble and disassemble the Kalashnikov assault rifle was part of the minimum knowledge gained during the initial military training lessons.
  • Kalashnikov assault rifle not very expensive because of the ease of production. In some countries, it is cheaper than chicken.
  • Estimated by Foreign Policy magazine, the cost of one machine on the black market ranges from $ 10 in Afghanistan to $ 4,000 in India. In the US, a Kalashnikov assault rifle can be purchased for $ 70-350.
  • Kalashnikov assault rifle included in the “Guinness Book of Records” as the most common weapon in the world. Currently there are about 100 million AKs in the world. This means that there are 1 machine gun per 60 adult inhabitants of our planet.
  • Kalashnikov assault rifle consists in service with the armies and special subdivisions of 106 countries of the world. On arms “native” army Kalashnikov weapons is 60 years old.
  • Kalashnikov assault rifle depicted on the arms some states. He is currently present in the coat of arms of the African country of Zimbabwe (since 1980), on the coat of arms and flag of Mozambique (since 1975), the coat of arms of the Asian state of East Timor. From 1984 to 1997, the AK was depicted on the coat of arms of the African state of Burkina Faso. In addition, there was a draft of the inclusion of the machine in the emblem of the Congo. The AK is depicted on the emblem of the Lebanese group Hezbollah.
  • In some African countries the newborn is given the name Kalash – in honor of the Kalashnikov assault rifle.
  • Russian basketball player Andrei Kirilenko, a native of Izhevsk, where they produce the famous Kalashnikov assault rifles, got the nickname AK-47 in the US, speaking in the NBA for Utah Jazz at number 47.
  • In Egypt, on the shores of the Sinai Peninsula, erected a monument Kalashnikov machine gun. In Iraq, there is a mosque, the minarets of which are built in the form of AK shops.
  • The former president of Iraq Saddam Hussein was a gold-plated AK modified design.
  • Many video messages “terrorist number one” Osama bin Laden made “against the background” of AK.
  • In 2008 Central Bank of the Russian Federation issued coins with the image of a Kalashnikov assault rifle in honor of the 450th anniversary of the entry of Udmurtia into Russia.
  • To the 60th anniversary of weapons New Zealand minted coins with AK engraved in denominations of two New Zealand dollars.
  • At the end of the 20th century, the French magazine Libération recognized the Kalashnikov assault rifle. invention of the century. The famous weapons managed to circumvent the atomic bomb and space technology.
  • In 2004 Playboy magazine He called the Kalashnikov machine gun one of “50 products that changed the world,” identifying its place after the Apple Macintosh computer, birth control pills and the Sony Betamax video recorder.
  • Kalashnikov assault rifle of a particular model is most popular weapon in computer games – it is in almost all 3D “shooters.”
  • It is believed that the Kalashnikov was more people killed, as a result of artillery fire, aerial bombardments and rocket attacks. Every year a quarter of a million people die from AK bullets.
  • Legendary Russian gunsmith Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov He said that all his life he invented weapons for protection, and not for murder: “I sleep well because I always created weapons for protection. This politicians can not agree and use it to kill“.


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