GUN Kalashnikov uhappy with terrorists using his weapons

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  1. Keesh

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    Kalashnikov unhappy with the infamy of his AK-47
    Sunday, 18 June, 2006 @ 7:02 PM

    It is the most ubiquitous rifle with the most notorious reputation. The AK-47 is the one thing that most militias and terrorist groups have in common. As seen in the images below, it is even part of Hizbullah's logo.

    Moscow, Russia - Mikhail Kalashnikov says he designed the assault rifle that bears his name to fend off the German invasion of the Soviet Union.

    But six decades later, he laments its transformation into the worldwide weapon of choice for terrorists and gangsters.

    hezbollah_ak47.gif"Whenever I look at TV and I see the weapon I invented to defend my motherland in the hands of these bin Ladens I ask myself the same question: How did it get into their hands?" the 86-year-old Russian gun maker said.

    "I didn't put it in the hands of bandits and terrorists, and it's not my fault that it has mushroomed uncontrollably across the globe. Can I be blamed that they consider it the most reliable weapon?" he asked.

    The question is especially acute as an 11-day U.N. conference on curbing the small-arms trade convenes June 26 in New York. Kalashnikov is thinking of sending the delegates a statement.

    Sturdy, simple and cheap, firing 600 bullets a minute, the world's estimated 100 million Kalashnikovs account for up to 80 percent of all assault rifles. In Africa's civil conflicts or in violence-ridden Latin American nations, it sells for as little as $15.

    Its genesis dates to 1941, when Kalashnikov was in a hospital with severe wounds from a German shell that hit his tank in the battle of Bryansk in western Russia.

    Thinking about the Soviet forces' inferiority due to their lack of an automatic weapon, he says he had a brainstorm one night and jotted down a rough design which he worked on for much of the next six months, assisted by Red Army colleagues.

    They worked "in a burst of enthusiasm, out of a huge desire to make a contribution to victory over the fascist invaders," recalled Kalashnikov in a postal and e-mail exchange with the Associated Press.

    It would become the Kalashnikov, also called the AK-47, for the year the design was completed. Two years later it became standard issue for the Soviet army.

    It came too late for service in World War II, but it earned its reputation in the Cold War that followed, exported by the Soviet Union to arm Third World allies and insurgents.

    It proved ideal for desert and jungle -- easily assembled and able to keep firing in sandy or wet conditions that would jam a U.S-made M-16.

    The Soviet Union is dead, but the Kalashnikov's empire thrives. It is manufactured in more than a dozen countries and is used by the armed forces of more than 50 countries as well as militant groups from Afghanistan to Somalia.

    hezbollah_militia_ak47_01.jpgIt's seen in Osama bin Laden's videotapes and on the flags of Mozambique and the Hezbollah fighters of Lebanon.

    "We sold the weapons to some countries for a symbolic price or even for nothing, with the aim of assisting national liberation struggles. Of course, this meant the Kalashnikov became available around the world," the designer said.

    Today, it's the first piece of technology many children in conflict zones will encounter. Boy soldiers routinely carry Kalashnikovs.

    At the U.N conference, human rights groups will push for an international treaty banning the export of small arms and other conventional weapons to countries where they are likely to be used to trample human rights.

    Source: Associated Press

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    Mikhail Kalashkinov seems like a pretty cool guy to me :cool: Except for that part about the UN conference :greddy:
     
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    gay UN
     
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    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Dear U.N. Gun Council

    D.I.A.F.

    Sincerley
    General Mikhail Kalashnikov
     
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    Kalashnikov is the coolest Russian i've ever heard of... Should have made him leader of the country. I can't believe he's still alive. what at 83, he's still active in the military and weapons design.
     
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    I want an AK for $15 :hs:
     
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    PorscheRacer You see this? It means not welcome

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    Kalashkinov is a true legend. He's right build a gun that any monkey can use and it's going to be popular
     
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    :werd: They're probably F/A ones too :noes:Or maybe those are $20
     
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    my friend is from South Africa and it was about $10 US dollars for a full auto AK.
     
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    Soooo tempting to break the law :wtc: SO unfair.
     
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    Go there for a trip, buy $10 Full-auto, have fun for a week getting in skirmishes with the locals, and then just ditch and come back home :noes:
     
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    Could be money in organizing this, Sell be a warlord for a week vacation packages for $20k a head :eek3:
     
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    doesnt surprise me seeing as the only difference between a full auto AK and the ones we can own is a 25 cent piece of metal in the trigger group...kinda sobering thought to know 10 dollar machineguns can be had over there when meanwhile it takes close to a year of paperwork and over 10,000 dollars to buy a pre-86 rifle here
    :rolleyes:
     
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    Any US laws preventing you from going there to be a mercenary? :noes:
     
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    Iceburn Made in the USA

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    Couldnt you just go to South Africa, buy the Ak for $20 then buy a box and ship it to ther states? It would be illegal if anyone knew you had it but if you just shoot it in private areas you would probably be ok.
     
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    it'd be easier and cheaper to just get teh parts stateside, and drill the reciever yourself.
     
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    :ugh: :ugh: why would you go all the way to SA to do that?
     
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    Artyboy Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of

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    That's one hell of an idea :eek4:
     
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