Full Name: Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov
Why Famous: Kalashnikov designed the famous AK-47 assault rifle, and its variants the AKM and the AK-74.
Its low production costs, performance under harsh conditions and widespread availability have made it one of the most prolific weapons in history.
- 1947-07-06 The AK-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union
- 1990-05-16 Eugene Stoner and Mikhail Kalashnikov, the creators of the M16 rifle and the AK-47 rifle respectively, meet in Washington, D.C.