2. He previously said he was not worried about his personal contribution to bloodshed. “I sleep well. It’s the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence.”
5. Kalashnikov set out to make the AK-47 after he was injured in the 1941 battle of Bryansk against Nazi forces, when a shell hit his tank. He brooded about the superior automatic rifles he’d seen the Nazis deploy and five years later his gun was born.
“Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer,” he said, according to the AP. “I always wanted to construct agricultural machinery.”
6. Kalashnikov was admitted to the hospital with internal bleeding in November and died on Monday in Izhevsk, Udmurtia, where he lived.
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