Mikhail Kalashnikov

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You may live to see the day when good prevails — it will be after I am dead. But the time will come when my weapons will be no more used or necessary.

Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov [Russian: Михаил Тимофеевич Калашников] (10 November 191923 December 2013) was a Russian general and small arms designer, most famous for developing the AK-47 assault rifle.

Quotes[edit]

I'm proud of my invention, but I'm sad that it is used by terrorists. … I would prefer to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work — for example a lawnmower.
  • Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer … I always wanted to construct agriculture machinery.
    • As quoted in "AK-47 Inventor Says Conscience Is Clear" by Joel Roberts at CBS News (6 July 2007)

For Patriotism and Profit (2001)[edit]

Quotes of Kalashnikov, from "For Patriotism and Profit", by Robert Fisk, in World Press Review, Vol.48, No.7 (July 2001)
  • I was in the hospital, and a soldier in the bed beside me asked: "Why do our soldiers have only one rifle for two or three of our men, when the Germans have automatics?" So I designed one. I was a soldier, and I created a machine gun for a soldier. It was called an Avtomat Kalashnikova, the automatic weapon of Kalashnikov — AK — and it carried the date of its first manufacture, 1947.
  • You see, maybe all these feelings come about because one side wants to liberate itself with arms. But in my opinion, it is the good that prevails. You may live to see the day when good prevails — it will be after I am dead. But the time will come when my weapons will be no more used or necessary.
  • My aim was to create armaments to protect the borders of my motherland. It is not my fault that the Kalashnikov became very well-known in the world; that it was used in many troubled places. I think the policies of these countries are to blame, not the designers. Man is born to protect his family, his children, his wife. But I want you to know that apart from armaments, I have written three books in which I try to educate our youth to show respect for their families, for old people, for history.

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