- historical evnt: The rifle was designed by Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov, back when he was only 27 years old. Interestingly, Kalashnikov is also a poet who published six books.
The most popular automatic rifle in history was first put into use on this day in 1947 (hence the marking 47). The rifle was designed by Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov (AK stands for Automatic Kalashnikov), back when he was only 27 years old. Interestingly, Kalashnikov is also a poet who published six books. He was declared a Hero of Socialist Labour twice and was promoted to the rank of general in the Red Army. German engineer Hugo Schmeisser participated in the construction of the AK-47. He previously constructed a German weapon popularly called the Schmeisser, and after World War II the Soviets hired him in their factories. It is estimated that there are around 100 million AK-47 rifles in circulation around the world today. They are appreciated for their simplicity and reliability.