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Mikhail Kalashnikov
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    (November 10, 1919-December 23, 2013)
    Born in Kurya, Russia
    Invented the AK-47 automatic rifle.
    His name is hard to spell.
    He rarely gave interviews to Western TV shows.
    Kalashnikov originally wanted the official name of the gun to be 'The Kalashnikov Rifle.' Although some people still call it that, it is better known as the AK-47.
    Over 70 million AK-47 rifles have been produced since 1949.
    The AK-47 is the weapon of choice for most terrorist organizations.
    US soldiers who captured AK-47s from Vietcong forces during the Vietnam War were often shot by other US troops who would only hear the distinctive sound of the AK-47 and not see who was using it. The Army banned its use by regular US soldiers in Vietnam.
    The AK-47 is arguably one of the most famous (and best) firearms ever made.
    He was a tank commander in the Soviet Army during WW II and fought in some of the bloodiest battles against the Germans in Russia.
    In 1938 he invented an apparatus that counted how many shells a tank fired, as well as other devices pertaining to tank warfare.
    He was seriously wounded while fighting in October 1941.
    He designed the AK-47 to give soldiers an edge over more powerful German machine guns.
    He had no formal training and was a self-taught inventor.
    Kalashnikov received dozens of medals and awards from the Soviet government for his invention.

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