The Man That Invented The AK-47

He felt guilty for many deaths because of the weapons he invented

L. Small
3 min readAug 21, 2020

What is the most powerful weapon in the 20th century? Perhaps you think first of the atomic bomb, estimated to have killed as many as 200,000 people when the United States dropped two on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. However, there are another weapon that responsible for far more deaths — numbering up into the millions. It’s the Kalashnikov assault rifle, commonly known as the AK-47.

“AK-47 Assault Rifle // Avtomat Kalashnikova 1947” by brian.chis licensed under CC BY 2.0

Kalashnikov’s invention

Originally AK-47 was secretly created for the Soviet army. An estimated 100 million AK-47 were invented to this day. Now, these weapons can be found all over the world, including in the hands of Americans who bought AK-47 as much as the Russian police and army in 2012.

About The Inventor

Mikhail Kalashnikov, a Russian, was the inventor of the AK-47 named after him in the mid-20th century. Born November 10, 1919. Kalashnikov was a tank mechanic in the Soviet military during World War II. He suffered injuries when Germany invaded the USSR in 1941. After seeing the advantages of fighting Germany using more powerful firearms, Kalashnikov took the path of producing better firearms. While in the military, Kalashnikov had produced…



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