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Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the greatest weapon ever made, has died this day. Will you join us in mourning the passing of our comrade?

Asked by ragingloli (34195 points ) December 23rd, 2013

Hero of Socialist Labour
Order of Saint Andrew the Protoclete
Hero of the Russian Federation
Order For Merit to the Fatherland
Order of Military Merit
Order of Lenin
Order of the October Revolution
Order of the Red Star
Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class
Order of the Red Banner of Labour
Order of Friendship of Peoples
Medal “Hammer and Sickle” (1958,1976)
Medal “For Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945”
Medal “Twenty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945”
Medal “In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin”
Jubilee Medal “Thirty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945”
Jubilee Medal “Forty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945”
Medal “For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR”
Medal “Veteran of Labor” on behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR
Jubilee Medal “30 years of the Soviet Army and Navy”
Jubilee Medal “40 years of the Armed Forces of the USSR”
Jubilee Medal “50 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR”
Jubilee Medal “60 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR”
Jubilee Medal “70 years of the Armed Forces of the USSR”
Medal “In Commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Moscow”
Stalin Prize
Lenin Prize
Order of Honour of Belarus
Order of Friendship (Kazakhstan)

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6 Answers

Seek's avatar

The AK-47 is the greatest weapon ever made?

Eff that. Trebuchets are way cooler.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

A great man with a great legacy.

Worthy of respect.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Don’t underestimate the importance of this guy and his invention. The world would be a far different place without him.

1TubeGuru's avatar

Hugo Schmeisser was the head of the design team for Haenel when they designed the worlds first assault rifle in Germany. He was also a Russian POW and after WWII worked on the design team for the AK-47.for the purpose of propaganda the Russians gave credit for the new assault rifle design to a tank driver named Kalashnikov.

johnpowell's avatar

“I wish I’d made a lawn mower.”

Mikhail Kalashnikov

That is actually a real quote.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Poor Mikhail Timofeyevich. In a just world with patents, he should have died a billionaire. It has always fascinated me that Soviet uniforms are so ugly, ill fitting and completely bereft of anything approaching style. I saw a picture of Kalashnikov this morning wearing what might as well have been a blue cardboard refrigerator carton. Eastern block countries have absolutely hideous uniforms, and the Chinese and North Koreans have inherited their former mentor’s penchant for garish tastelessness, right down to smacking large grotesque medals and ornaments on every available inch of fabric. Oh well—-

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