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RIP Mikhail Kalashnikov

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by mrblond, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    The creator of one of the most popular weapons has died at the ripe old age of 94. You folks who own AKs or variants of should give the old guy a volley in salute next time your at the range.
     
  2. timac

    timac Loading Magazines! Well-Known Member

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    A great man and a great rifle.


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    thirtycal Camas, WA Active Member

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  4. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    Not sure how I feel about this one.

    I truly appreciate the brilliance of the AK platform, but at the same time can not help but think about all the USA soldiers put down by it...
     
  5. Qaolin

    Qaolin 1 A.U. from a G2 near Beaverton Old Army Cook Silver Supporter

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    Any more than the number of allies put down by Mauser action or our enemies by the same action (Springfield '03)?
     
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  6. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Remember its not necessarily the gun that killed US troops, is the person behind it
     
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  7. Mac_Fan

    Mac_Fan Beaverton Active Member

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    A toast! To the man... His weapon... And all the God D****d Nazi's he killed in WWII.
     
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  8. gaijinsamurai

    gaijinsamurai Beaverton Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Rest in Peace. He was a good man.
     
  9. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Definitely left a legacy, Rest In Peace
     
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    wayoutwest Polk County, Oregon Active Member

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    oneharmonic Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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  12. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    not bad for a tank driver.
     
  13. Ttuck

    Ttuck Hillsboro Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Rest in piece,

    and not to be a thread crapper but i posted a thread on this exact same subject today at 9 AM and a mod was on my *** within minutes and locked it because someone had mentioned he passed away in the rifle/shotgun forum. I'm glad at least yours wasn't locked and we can discuss it here.
     
  14. 4Freedom

    4Freedom Boise, Idaho Well-Known Member

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    RIP Comrade.. Your ingenuity help put good quality rifles in the hands of many who could not afford such a decent quality rifle. When I was in Africa, many of the police would carry AK-47s. This gun is so widely used around the world by so many different types of agencies, including police in 3rd world countries who need to sometimes fight off heavily armed criminals, geurillas, etc. I remember walking into the police station in a small city in Ghana, West Africa and seeing AK-47s laid out across the room and the officers had ammo and mags spread out all over and were loading up all the mags. What an experience.

    Even one country in Africa, Mozambique, has a picture of this rifle on their flag. This man's influence is phenomenal.

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  15. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    End of an era - guess Vodka didn't do him any harm as he made it to 94 years on the right side of the grass. RIP - you designed a well functioning weapon.
     
  16. PopsBdog

    PopsBdog Southern Oregon Active Member

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    Something to remember when we talk to others about our rights....

    My Saiga 5.56 is one of my favorites.
    May he rest in peace.
     
  17. Sstrand

    Sstrand La Grande OR Well-Known Member

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    If that was one of the early ARs he held in the picture he was likely thinking about how it could be improved . . .

    Sheldon
     
  18. evltwn

    evltwn Gold Hill Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I can't even LOOK at a box of 7.62 x 39 without feeling a twinge of Tet, 1968, and the sound of one cycling full auto has me looking for cover. Great invention, just look at how many fighters use them. I'll never have one in my safe, but that's my personal hang up.
     
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    Sstrand La Grande OR Well-Known Member

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    Someone pointed out to a friend of mine years ago how ineffective the 7.62x39 round was.
    He replied: "When the VC were firing at me I never gave that a second thought."
    And they work every time (mud water, dirt, grime) as far as I know.

    Sheldon
     
  20. mike28w

    mike28w Idaho ! Member

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    Great man , great rifle......what's with the great big hat ?? :)