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    30ft-high statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov unveiled in Moscow

    A statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, has been unveiled in central Moscow in a controversial ceremony that merged military pomp with religious ritual.



    The nine-metre (30ft) monument depicts Kalashnikov clutching his eponymous automatic weapon. Tuesday’s event was attended by high-ranking Russian officials including Vladimir Medinsky, the culture minister, and Petr Biryukov, Moscow’s deputy mayor.

    “This is Russia’s cultural brand,” said Medinsky, before a Russian Orthodox priest blessed the statue.

    “He created this weapon to defend his motherland,” said Father Konstantin, shrugging off suggestions that it was inappropriate to sprinkle holy water on a statue of a weapons designer. Some members of the crowd crossed themselves as the priest blessed the monument.

    A guard of honour from the Russian defence ministry stood to attention throughout the ceremony, which also featured second world war-era military songs.
    Statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov in unveiled in Moscow.
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    “Our weapon is a holy weapon,’ Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the former spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church, wrote on Facebook.

    Kalashnikov, a tank commander, created the AK-47 after hearing Soviet soldiers complain about the quality of their weapons. The first model was produced in 1947, earning Kalashnikov the Stalin prize and the Order of the Red Star.

    Today, there are reported to be more than 100m Kalashnikov rifles in use worldwide. The weapon, which is favoured by both armies and militants, is said to be responsible for 250,000 deaths annually. An AK-47 appears on the flags of Mozambique and Hezbollah, as well as on the coats of arms of Zimbabwe and East Timor.
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    The unveiling of the statue in the central Garden Ring neighbourhood took place despite the objections of some Muscovites, including nearby residents. A protester was detained by police as he attempted to unfurl a banner that read “a creator of weapons is a creator of death”.
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    The statue of Kalashnikov, “in one of the busiest and commonly used streets in the city, reaffirms the image of Russia as a militaristic and neo-imperialistic country that feels it is surrounded by enemies,” said Dmitry Shabelnikov, a lawyer who lives in the area.

    “I’m not, in principle, against a statue of Kalashnikov. But it should not be erected here, now, and in this shape.”

    A second sculpture behind the Kalashnikov monument depicts the Archangel Mikhail slaying a dragon with a spear. Salavat Shcherbakov, the artist responsible for both works, said the spear symbolises an AK-47.

    “This represents the victory of good over the forces of evil,” said Shcherbakov, who also created a controversial 17-metre statue of Prince Vladimir the Great that was erected opposite the Kremlin in November.

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    No matter how much of a political Neanderthal Putin may be you have to kind of admire the unabashed political incorrectness of glorifying the inventor of the worlds most famous assault rifle in 2017

    I had a crack on one at Choeung Ek near Phnom Penh and its year of manufacture was stamped on the breech - 1968 - the year of my own manufacture

    In retrospect given the location I bet that rifle could have told a few stories.

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    A bit twisted.....

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    Kalashnikov statue changed because of German weapon

    Workers in Moscow have cut out part of a new monument to a Russian creator of the world famous AK-47 assault rifle because a weapon depicted on the statue was actually a German-designed firearm.



    Mikhail Kalashnikov's monument was opened this week to great fanfare by government officials and members of the Russian Orthodox Church.

    But arms experts said a drawing on the base of the statue showed the StG 44 rifle used by the Nazis during WWII.

    It was removed by an angle grinder.
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    Image caption The erroneous drawing was cut out on Friday

    "A mistake has been made by the sculptor," executive director of the Russian Military Historical Society Vladislav Kononov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.
    Media captionThe statue's sculptor says the Kalashnikov is a symbol of Russia

    The society commissioned the 7.5m (25ft) monument, which shows Kalashnikov holding an AK-47 in his arms.

    A series of modified AK rifles were etched on a metallic plate on the base of the statue, including the wrong drawing.

    Russian arms historian Yuri Pasholok was the first to point out the error, and several experts later confirmed this was the case.

    Sculptor Salavat Shcherbakov said earlier on Friday that "this is something we're correcting", adding that "we're trying to avoid mistakes", Russia's Rossiya-24 TV channel reported.
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    Image caption An honour guard was on hand at the ceremony for the statue's unveiling

    The automatic rifle is one of Russia's most celebrated weapons, with Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky describing it as the country's "cultural brand".

    Designed by Kalashnikov in 1946, it became one of the world's most familiar weapons used in virtually every major conflict.

    Its comparative simplicity made it cheap to manufacture, as well as reliable and easy to maintain.

    Although honoured by the state, Kalashnikov himself made little money from his gun. He once said he would have been better off designing a lawn mower.

    He died in 2013 at the age of 94.

    The StG-44 (Sturmgewehr 44) was invented by Hugo Schmeisser and first used by Adolf Hitler's troops in 1944.

    Some experts point to the similarity of the StG-44 and the AK-47, and also mention the fact that Schmeisser - together with a group of German engineers - was forced to work in the Soviet Union after World War II.
    Image caption The AK-47 is one of the world's most familiar weapons used in virtually every major conflict
    Mystery surrounds design of the AK-47

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    The AK-47 assault rifle and its variants equipped the Soviet Red army and became the iconic weapon of popular revolt and insurgency throughout much of the world. It was manufactured in huge numbers in several communist countries.

    The story that it was the brainchild of the lowly Sergeant Mikhail Kalashnikov made great Soviet propaganda, but the origins of the design remain a mystery.

    The first automatic weapon of this kind - the Sturmgewehr 44 - was developed by the Germans during the latter part of World War Two. It was well known to the Russians who also benefited from the expertise of captured scientists like Hugo Schmeisser, the man who designed the Sturmgewehr.

    Developed at a time of extraordinary Stalinist secrecy we will probably never know. Many people may have had critical inputs into the weapon's design but it is by the Kalashnikov name that it will always be known.

    Kalashnikov statue changed because of German weapon - BBC News

    Doh!



    AK vs StG


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    The Ak-47 was a direct lift of the STG-44. The Germans started the war two years too early. If Hitler had waited for the R&D he knew was in the pipeline it would have been game over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    “Our weapon is a holy weapon,’ Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the former spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church, wrote on Facebook.
    So Russia has loony Christians just like in the USA.

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    Decent AK47's with thicker 1.2, 1.5+mm stamped receivers are seriously rigid firearms.

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