Another loss (AK47 Inventor)

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Old 12-23-13, 12:22 PM
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Another loss (AK47 Inventor)

Mikhail Kalashinikov passed away today. What a great mind and inventor. Ran circles around Colt and Armalite. He was at peace with himself, as he said in 2007 that it was up to the politicians to stop war, he just invented a means to an end.

And BTW the "47" indicated it was invented in 1947, wow, and to have lasted all this time.
 
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Old 12-23-13, 01:17 PM
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His was an incredible design and probably the best for it's intended purpose. 60+ years time is only proving how good a design his was. It's not the best at anything except reliability and manufacturability but it has become the defacto standard on the planet. It's hard to not admire such genius on either side of the iron curtain.
 
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Old 12-23-13, 03:21 PM
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Well Larry...you could have at least MENTIONED John M Browning. I'd say he had to be the most prolific designer and made the most impact worldwide. And I don't think he even had any formal training?

Anyway, sad to hear.
 
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Old 12-23-13, 04:03 PM
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Oh, no doubt, John Browning was very innovative. His designs were timely to our history's needs. My comments were basically of the longevity of a single design weapon that was sloppy by design, but has been a stalwart of armies all over the world.
 
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Old 12-23-13, 04:49 PM
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Ahem...does 1911 ring any bells. 102 years and still going strong, stronger than ever actually. Another design that wasn't all that accurate but worked every time when held correctly.

Just jerking your chain a bit Larry.

The fact that MK could come out of basically nowhere and design something that has worldwide usage is amazing. Just read an article on a brand of AKs that are pretty darn accurate. I doubt you'll ever see any of them used at NM events though. Ballistics just favor the 5.56 and larger .30 caliber rounds.
 
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AFAIK, the rifle known as AK47 is modeled after WW2 German rifle that also looks very close like AK47. For sure the AK47 is incredible rifle, probably going to last until lazer weapons
 
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Not to take anything away from Kalashinikov but his designs have decades to go before outliving the usefulness of J. Browning--still current, still in production.
 
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Old 01-07-14, 01:57 PM
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Taking absolutely nothing away from the brilliant John Browning, we are talking apples and pears. While Browning's innovations will probably live forever, we were never able to manufacture a reliable long gun for jungle use that could match the AK, during it's heyday (1960's - 1980's, say)

Makes you wonder about how these minds worked, doesn't it. Remarkable, and before computer assistance!
 
 

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