An interesting article about the AK-47. It seems that it became popular not because it shoots well, but because it is so reliable. It was designed at a time when the Soviet Union's manufacturing capacity was not especially advanced, so it was built with a lot of tolerance for error, which makes it extremely reliable.
Now 85, tiny, feeble, nearly deaf, his right hand losing control because of tremors, Kalashnikov is often haunted by the killing machine he has bestowed upon the world. "I wish I had invented a lawnmower," he told the Guardian in 2002.


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