Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of AK-47, dies at 94

AK-47

A sign of a truly great design is that it outlasts its inventor. As great as the Ford Model T was, it’s life was but a few years. Even the VW Beetle, perhaps one of the longest running ageless designs saw its day.

Mikhail_Kalashnikov

But the AK-47 is still being manufactured and used today after nearly 6 decades. Also realize that the AK-47 is a “Generation 2″ assault rifle. Meaning it followed shortly after the very first German models.

(This is akin to being a Motorola MicroTAC 9800X in the cell phone world.)


Motorola 2nd Gen

In 2009, Kalashnikov told CNN that two main qualities described the AK-47: simplicity and reliability.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/23/world/europe/mikhail-kalashnikov-dies/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Published in: on December 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm  Comments (1)  
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12 Best Designs from the Past 100 Years [And post #1,000 for the NUGUN Blog]

 

Yes, the Mac, iPod  and Vespa are on the list…

But #5 is the AK-47 “A beacon of economical design from the Soviet-era…”
http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/28/tech/best-design-100-years-zaccai/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

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Published in: on June 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm  Comments (1)  
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For the lovers of the AK

A film about war in Afghanistan. Chock full of AKs.

Oh, here’s the twist….it’s 1987, and details the Afghanista war from the Soviet Union perspective.  Looks quite interesting and well

done.http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/9thcompany/

Published in: on September 19, 2010 at 5:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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Mexico and guns

We’ve heard it touted, all of Mexico’s problems are due to American guns – the drug cartels, government corruption, etc not bearing any blame. We see photos of the hundreds and thousands of seized arms (including grenade’s – although I have yet to find a U.S. firearm dealer selling those).

Often we see the AR-15 touted as the problem American gun sold to Mexico drug cartels.

Today in Jaurez, Mexico there was a mass shooting. This was organized. Cars blocked the road and surrounded the home before forces raided the house killing 13 and injuring a dozen more. Over a 100 casings of 7.62×39 were found at the site. But I found this quote from the article most fascinating.

“The AK-47 — known in Mexico by its slang name of “cuerno de chivos,” meaning “goat’s horn,” in reference to the gun’s banana-shaped clip — is the weapon of choice for drug cartels.”

Not the U.S. made AR-15s, but rather the cheap, readily available from any black market, AK-47 is the weapon of choice. The rifle for which millions have been made available via former eastern bloc nations and China.  Available in bulk discounts from your local black market.

Frankly, I and many others, are convinced that the majority of AR-15s siezed by Mexican officials can probably be traced back to the same rifles the U.S. government sold to Mexican officials.

Published in: on February 1, 2010 at 5:25 am  Leave a Comment  
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Police Swarm Bungie’s Office (Makers of Halo video game)

A report of a person with an assault weapon walking near Bungie Studios sent a team of police swarming to the Kirkland, Washington studio yesterday afternoon.

The person who had thought they’d seen a gunman in the neighborhood had actually seen a Bungie employee carrying a replica Halo rifle back to the studio’s offices.

Recognizing there was no longer an emergency, officers advised Bungie officials to transport the gun more discretely in the future.

http://kotaku.com/5351721/police-swarm-to-bungie-on-weapons-call-during-kotaku-visit

Of note, the article states the following:

“Kirkland police, contacted today for more details, said a passerby on their way to the local farmer’s market called 911 saying that they thought they saw someone walking down the street with an AK-47 about 4:20 p.m.”

This just typifies the hoplophobes tendency to label any “scary” weapon they see as an AK-47.

Looks a lot more akin to a Barret .50 BMG to me!

Published in: on September 7, 2009 at 4:14 pm  Comments (1)  
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