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Father of AK-47 design dies at 94

Kalashnikov parlayed fame into Russian political career

Posted: December 24, 2013 at 5:26 a.m.

FILE- In this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997 file photo Mikhail Kalashnikov shows a model of his world-famous AK-47 assault rifle at home in the Ural Mountain city of Izhevsk, 1000 km (625 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. Kalashnikov, whose work as a weapons designer for the Soviet Union is immortalized in the name of the world’s most popular firearm, died Monday at the age of 94 in a hospital of the city of Izhevsk where he lived. The AK-47 has been favored by guerrillas, terrorists and the soldiers of many armies. An estimated 100 million guns are spread worldwide. (AP Photo/Vladimir Vyatkin, File)

Lt. Gen. Mikhail Kalashnikov — the arms designer credited by the Soviet Union with creating the AK-47, the first in a series of rifles and machine guns that would associate his name with modern war and become the most abundant firearms ever made — died Monday in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia republic, where he lived. He was 94.

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