Defense News reports that Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the Kalashnikov rifle, known popularly as the AK-47, is in the hospital;
The 93-year-old father of the AK-47 has been having heart problems and feeling poorly since March, when he stopped showing up for work, his aide told the RIA Novosti news agency.
“When I visited him at home last week, he told me that nothing seemed to hurt, but that he simply had no strength left,” his assistant, Nikolai Shklyayev, was quoted as saying.
“It seems that this is just his age showing,” Shklyayev said.
Really? He’s a little bit tired after working all of his life, outliving the Soviet Union.
I’ve never been a big fan of the AK-series. They’re dependable and I guess that’s all you need when you’re arming some third world shithole to kill each other. I’m sure there are some fans out there, but I’m not one, being an American who appreciates marksmanship over spray and pray.