Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of “the assault rifle that has killed more people than any other firearm in the world“, died on December 23 at 94.
Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer.
He allways wanted to desing agricultural machinery, but the Nazi Germans changed his plans and he had to design this machine gun, the AK47, the most effective killing machine ever invented, ending the lives of an estimated 250,000 people every year. I understand that in Stalinist times, in the URRSS you didn’t have choice if they ask you to do something. To obey meant the award of enjoying the benefits of the party, but the punishment for disobedience was death or Siberia; anyway, I’m sure we could agree that one thing is to obey and other very different is “to sleep well” as he said once in 2007.
I took above picture in an exhibition called “One less gun” by an artist named McCrow in the Oxo Tower Wharf’s gallery in South Bank London last July.
The gun in the picture is a 24ct gold plated Kalashnikov from the first Gulf war. As McCrow says in his Web, “there are an estimated 75 million AK47’s in circulation today. That is almost one for every seventy people on the planet”.
Strange legacy from Mr. Kalashnikov.
I would like to read your comments about his legacy.