Kalashnikov statue features German rifle

| September 23, 2017 | 18 Comments

Earlier this week, there was a bit of fanfare over the opening of a statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov in Moscow to commemorate the recently passed firearm inventor. It was soon after it’s unveiling that someone discovered that the wrong rifle, a German StG 44, was depicted on the base, according to BBC;

A series of modified AK rifles were etched on a metallic plate on the base of the statue, including the wrong drawing.

Russian arms historian Yuri Pasholok was the first to point out the error, and several experts later confirmed this was the case.

Sculptor Salavat Shcherbakov said earlier on Friday that “this is something we’re correcting”, adding that “we’re trying to avoid mistakes”, Russia’s Rossiya-24 TV channel reported.

The erroneous depiction was cut out out of the statue. From the UK’s Independent;

The sculptor, Salavat Shcherbakov, was forced to apologise on state-run Rossiya 24 channel. He said: “It looks like this [mistake] sneaked in from the internet.”

And the error caused additional controversy because of the accusations, made during Kalashnikov’s lifetime, that his most famous weapon copied the StG 44 design.

Thanks to Thomas Huxton for the tip.

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  1. 26Limabeans says:

    “This my rifle and this is my gun….”

  2. The Other Whitey says:

    Common misconception about the AK being a Sturmgewehr ripoff. The AK actually owes a lot more to Garand.

  3. Doc Savage says:


  4. Sparks says:

    In other news, Sculptor Salavat Shcherbakov could not be reached for further comment. He has not been seen since being escorted into Putin’s office along with three Chechens.

  5. Roh-Dog says:

    It looks like the Russians are suffering from the same illness, of the people who count themselves a citizen, too few have served.
    If that statue was even remotely possible in the US, Eugene Stoners AR would probably be an f’ing AK.

  6. Sapper3307 says:

    At least it did not have Bernie Sanders head on it.

  7. A Proud Infidel®™ says:


  8. Terrorologist says:

    Oh come on, they’ll all have good laugh about it, have a couple of snorts of the ole Vodka and then the sculptor will be shot.

  9. Roger in Republic says:

    It would not surprise me id the sculptor got a quick “Tenner” cutting timber somewhere in the far northern taiga. Uncle Joe knew how to deal with these incompetent breakers.

  10. Martinjmpr says:

    You had ONE job. 😉

  11. somejoe says:

    Truth has no place on a Soviet memorial.

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