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    08/24/2015 4:00:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies ^ | August 24, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    It is a recurring and increasingly ridiculous feature of jihad terror coverage: every time a Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar” plants a bomb or opens fire on a crowd of infidels, mainstream media coverage notes that “the attacker’s motive is not known.” But now Ayoub el-Khazzani, the Muslim gunman who was overpowered by three Americans, including two Marines, on a Paris-bound train last Friday, has gone the media one better by professing to be “dumbfounded” at being accused of terrorism. But the media, not unexpectedly, is happily going along, spreading the fog of disinformation that envelops the West’s response to the...
  • Unarmed US Marine 'in critical condition' after Kalashnikov-wielding suspected terrorist

    08/21/2015 1:20:41 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 104 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/21/15 | MIA DE GRAAF
    Unarmed US Marine 'in critical condition' after Kalashnikov-wielding suspected terrorist on board high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris. An unarmed US Marine who ambushed a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman on a train between Amsterdam and Paris is in critical condition, according to French media reports. The serviceman, who has not been named, was one of two Americans who tackled the 26-year-old Moroccan national to the ground after hearing him load up a gun in the toilet. In the scuffle, one of the Marines was shot and another stabbed. France Info reports one is in a critical condition. Addressing reporters at the station...
  • BREAKING NEWS:Unarmed US Marines 'take down' gunman onboard a high-speed train (France)

    08/21/2015 12:44:58 PM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 104 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13:34 EST, 21 August 2015 | Darren Boyle
    A gunman opened fire on board a high speed train in northern France. Eyewitnesses said three U.S. Marines on the train disarmed the gunman. The man was armed with a deadly a Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle. Three people were wounded and the gunman is currently in police custody.
  • The first American-made Kalashnikovs are now for sale

    06/30/2015 11:32:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 73 replies
    CNN ^ | June 30, 2015 | Aaron Smith
    Kalashnikov USA announced on Tuesday that it is now selling AK-47 assault rifles and shotguns that have been manufactured at a U.S. factory. The Kalashnikov USA web site provides a menu of two rifles and two shotguns, all semiautomatics. One of the rifles features a curved, banana-style high-capacity magazine with 30 rounds.
  • Kalashnikov USA Announces Move To South Florida

    05/01/2015 4:15:59 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | April 30, 2015
    Tullytown, Pa. ( – Kalashnikov USA , manufacturer of Kalashnikov style firearms, announces the company will relocate to South Florida. The new facility will include corporate offices and allow for manufacturing, warehousing and shipping functions to occur in one location. The move, which will take place over the next several months, will not affect the projected 2015 second quarter shipping of the new Kalashnikov USA firearms. “With the growth of the company, manufacturing requirements and the rebranding efforts now underway, Kalashnikov USA felt the time was right to move the headquarters where we can incorporate our new manufacturing capabilities,” Thomas...
  • Kalashnikov Group Appeals Trademark Ruling Over AK-47

    03/28/2015 3:05:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Kalashnikov Group has filed an appeal against a court ruling that rejected its request to terminate the legal protection of the Kalashnikov logo, a 3D image of the famous gun with an AK-47 graphic element, which belongs to the gun designer and his daughter and grandson, the Intellectual Property Court said in a statement. The ruling in favor of the designer’s family was made on December 23, 2014. The Presidium of the Intellectual Property Court said that the trademark was used by the rights holder (defendant) and other individuals who produced and marketed the gun in Russia under the...
  • From Russia with Love, Syria’s AK-74Ms

    02/24/2015 8:46:08 AM PST · by Perseverando · 42 replies
    bellingcat ^ | February 19, 2015 | Oryx
    The AK-74M has slowly earned its place as the most popular assault rifle currently in use with the various factions fighting for control over Syria. While originally acquired only in small numbers by Syria, recent deliveries ensured a now solid presence of this rifle in the war-torn country. The AK-74M is not only popular with forces of the Syrian Arab Army and the Republican Guard, but also with various other groups fighting for control of the country. Syia acquired its first batch of AK-74Ms in the late 90s, albeit in very small numbers. This very first batch was believed...
  • Ten held as France smashes jihadist network

    12/15/2014 10:43:04 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    AFP. ^ | 15 Dec 2014
    French police launched raids across the country early on Monday, dismantling a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria ... anti-terror police units descended on around a dozen targets, mostly in the southern region of Toulouse, but also around Paris and in the northern region of Normandy. ... In recent months France, which has Europe's largest Muslim population, has been facing the fact that hundreds of its citizens have openly joined jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria and have even called for attacks on their homeland. The new reality was driven home in a video from the Islamic State group released...
  • Shots fired at Israeli embassy in Athens

    12/11/2014 8:26:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2014 11:13 PM EST
    Greek authorities are investigating a pre-dawn, drive-by gunfire attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens, which caused no injuries or damage. […] There was no claim of responsibility for the attack. …
  • Russia's Kalashnikov gun-maker struggles with Western ban

    12/10/2014 3:53:53 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 13 replies ^ | 10 December 2014 | Sarah Rainsford
    It is probably the best-known weapon in the world, brandished by everyone from Che Guevara to Osama bin Laden. But the Kalashnikov assault rifle has failed to produce a profit for its makers for years. Things were just starting to improve when the firm was hit by Western sanctions. With Russian military stores full of the famously durable Kalashnikovs, and dwindling orders from abroad, the company had turned its attention to civilian firearms markets. In January it finally secured a foothold in the biggest of them, sealing a lucrative deal to supply up to 200,000 rifles a year in the...
  • AK and StG – Kissing Cousins

    12/25/2013 1:50:55 PM PST · by wizkid · 38 replies
    Forgotten Weapons ^ | December 12th, 2012 | Forgotten Weapons
    When people see the AK-47 and the StG-44 side by side and know nothing about their internal mechanisms, the nearly universal assumption is that one is a copy of the other. The overall layout of the two rifles is strikingly similar, and one would reasonably make the assumption that Kalashnikov got his hands on a captured StG and simply rebuilt it in 7.62×39. This is, of course, not true.
  • Kalashnikov inventor dies aged 94

    12/23/2013 9:07:03 AM PST · by PGR88 · 24 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | December 23, 2013 | Harriet Alexander
    Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the world's most famous gun, has died. While Kalashnikov designed a weapon that became synonymous with killing on a sometimes indiscriminate scale. He was seen in the Soviet Union as a national hero and symbol of Moscow's proud military past. A former soldier, inspired by the drawbacks of Russian weaponry in the Second World War he decided to invent a new assault rifle. This process culminated in 1947 with the design of the AK-47. Over the course of his career he evolved the basic design into a weapons family. Kalashnikov, who was in his 20s when...
  • ‘Come and Take It, Motherf--kers!’ PA Police Chief Curses Liberals, Sprays Auto Fire in Viral Video

    07/24/2013 7:58:03 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 47 replies
    NYDN ^ | Wednesday, July 24, 2013 | Philip Caulfield
    SEE IT: ‘Come and take it, motherf--kers!’ Police chief curses liberals, sprays automatic weapons in foul-mouthed viral videos In a series of provocative videos, Gilberton, Pa., top cop Mark Kessler curses Secretary of State John Kerry and rants about 'libtards' and 'cry babies' before spraying automatic weapons into the distance. City officials say he won't be disciplined because he's not breaking the law. A Pennsylvania police chief is getting heat for appearing in a series of foul-mouthed YouTube videos ranting about liberals, cursing Secretary of State John Kerry and firing automatic weapons. Despite the backlash, Gilberton Mayor Mary Lou Hannon...
  • Former KGB Colonel Kalashnikov on the Dangers of Putin Worship, Russia’s Alliance With Islam

    06/07/2013 3:00:34 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 8 replies ^ | June 6, 2013 | Trevor Loudon
    Viktor Kalashnikov is a Russian freelance journalist and a former KGB colonel. In the autumn of 2010, he and his wife Marina, a historian, were treated in a hospital in Germany for mercury poisoning in what they said had been an attempt on their lives by Russia’s FSB, the successor to the KGB. He is a distant relative of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47. Kalashnikov and his wife have been publishing articles critical of the Kremlin since the 1990s. After living in Europe for several years they are now back in Moscow. A Russian Analyst’s View, Part One...
  • The Modern Defensive Rifle

    06/01/2013 11:56:49 AM PDT · by Redcloak · 62 replies
    After some careful consideration, I've decided that I don't like the term "Modern sporting rifle" to describe firearms like the AR-15 or semi-auto versions of the Kalashnikov. Yes, they're modern. Yes, they're rifles. And yes, they can be used for shooting sports. But the 2nd Amendment isn't about sporting goods. Calling these guns "Modern sporting rifles" is like saying that the Founders bled and died to preserve our right to engage in sports; to play games. It would be like saying that they fought to ensure that they and their descendents would forever have the liberty to engage in Pilates...
  • A Trail of Bullet Casings Leads From Africa’s Wars to Iran

    01/11/2013 1:09:57 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 11, 2013 | By C. J. CHIVERS
    The first clues appeared in Kenya, Uganda and what is now South Sudan. A British arms researcher surveying ammunition used by government forces and civilian militias in 2006 found Kalashnikov rifle cartridges he had not seen before. The ammunition bore no factory code, suggesting that its manufacturer hoped to avoid detection. Within two years other researchers were finding identical cartridges circulating through the ethnic violence in Darfur. Similar ammunition then turned up in 2009 in a stadium in Conakry, Guinea, where soldiers had fired on antigovernment protesters, killing more than 150. For six years, a group of independent arms-trafficking researchers...
  • Russia to Get Kalashnikov Arms Corp

    11/15/2012 3:09:00 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | November 11, 2012
    Mikhail KalashnikovThe creator of the Kalashnikov assault rifle agreed to let his name be used as a brand for a new arms corporation, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Sunday. The new group of companies will unite Izhmekh and Izhmash, two prominent state-owned enterprises in the republic of Udmurtia in Volga federal district. Mikhail Kalashnikov, who turned 93 on Saturday, personally authorized the use of his name for the new group, Rogozin, who oversees military equipment matters at the government, said on his Twitter. The Izhmash was manufacturing Kalashnikovs since the rifle first went into mass production...
  • American civilians buy as many AK47s as the Russian military and police

    08/20/2012 5:50:50 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 August 2012 | MICHAEL ZENNIE
    American civilians are buying as many AK47s from Russia's top armory as the Russian military and police. The surge in sales of Russian assault rifles and shotguns are fuelled by firearms enthusiasts who are paranoid about the weapons being banned in the United States. The semiautomatic weapons, fitted with high-capacity magazines, are manufactured at Izhevsk Machinebuilding Plant, Russia's primary small arms factory. They are built alongside the fully-automatic military versions that are used by armies, militias and terrorists around the world. In the United States, they have become immensely popular. Among hunters, recreational shooters and survivalists, they are known for...
  • Chavez: Venezuela making drones, assembling rifles

    06/13/2012 5:39:02 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 13, 2012
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his government has begun to assemble Kalashnikov assault rifles with assistance from Russia and has also started making surveillance drones. Chavez says Venezuela has produced three drones so far.
  • Russia Unveils New Kalashnikov Assault Rifle

    Russia's largest firearms manufacturer, Izhmash, has unveiled a prototype of its new Kalasnikov assault rifle with improved ergonomics and tactical flexibility. The new assault rifle, dubbed AK-12, is being designed as a basic platform for the development of nearly 20 different modifications of the weapon. It could be adapted for cartridges varying from 5.45x39 mm to 7.62x51 NATO. The state tests of the rifle may begin at the end of 2012 despite the fact that the Russian Defense Ministry has not shown interest so far in the new weapon citing the financial difficulties of the Izhmash company and a huge...
  • Russia stays loyal to Kalashnikov

    12/21/2011 9:05:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 21/12/2011
    Russia stays loyal to Kalashnikov MOSCOW, December 21 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian military will not abandon the legendary Kalashnikov AK assault rifle, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Wednesday. Chief of the General Staff Nikolai Makarov said in September that the Defense Ministry had stopped procuring AK-47 rifles because of oversupply, indicating that new models of small arms and light weapons would replace it. But Serdyukov dismissed those suggestions as absurd. “For some reason everyone decided that if the Defense Ministry has not signed large-scale contracts for the procurement of Kalashnikov rifles they will be taken out of service....
  • Russia stops buying Kalashnikov

    09/30/2011 4:32:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 28 Sep 2011 | Andrew Osborn
    Russia stops buying Kalashnikov The Russian army has said it will stop buying the country's famous Kalashnikov assault rifles until its designers come up with a genuinely new model. By Andrew Osborn, Moscow The current modification of the weapon – the AK-74 – was developed in the early 1970s and the defence ministry says its warehouses are "overflowing" with millions of the Soviet-era rifles, stocks of which are likely to last for a further twenty years. "The guns being offered to us are hardly any different from those in the warehouses," a defence ministry source told the daily Izvestia newspaper....
  • Azerbaijan starts production of Kalashnikovs

    07/07/2011 4:36:04 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    News.Az ^ | Thu 07 July 2011
    AK-74M Azerbaijan has started serial production of AK-74M assault rifles under licence from Russia. The Khazri assault rifle has some different features from the Russian original. They include the possibility of installing night vision devices, laser targeting, optical sights and lighting. The design of the rifle has also been changed slightly, but the weight remains the same. The rifle is being produced under licence from Kalashnikov's producers, Izhmash, the Izhevsk Machine-Building Plant. Under the State Defence Order Program, the Ministry of the Defence Industry will produce 5,000 AK-74M Khazri assault rifles this year for delivery to the Defence Ministry.APA...
  • Russia must replace Kalashnikovs with American and French rifles?

    01/19/2011 2:17:17 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 49 replies
    Pravda ^ | 17.01.2011 | Sergei Balmasov
    Russia's Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has caused quite a controversy in the country with his remarks about Russian small arms, particularly the legendary Kalashkikovs and the Dragunov SVD sniper rifles. Mr. Serdyukov stated that the Russian small arms had become outdated, and added that Russia could purchase small arms from abroad after it was decided to acquire Mistral helicopter carriers from France. What do Russian professions think on the subject? "Foreigners admit that Russian small arms are one of the best in the world. Just show me a foreign rifle which would compete with a Russian one on all specifications,...
  • The AK-47: Questions About the Most Important Weapon Ever (Some revisionist history)

    10/13/2010 10:47:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 12, 2010 | Erin McCarthy
    In his new book, The Gun: The AK-47 and the Evolution of War, out Oct. 12, New York Times reporter C.J. Chivers traces the origins of modern assault rifles—particularly Avtomat Kalashnikov 47, or the AK-47—and analyzes how they've changed warfare. Popular Mechanics spoke to the author about how and why the AK-47 was developed and why it has had even more of an impact than nuclear weapons.
  • New military rifle lighter, more powerful

    09/04/2010 8:10:09 AM PDT · by em2vn · 104 replies
    NBC13 ^ | 09-29-2010 | Staff
    It was designed with input by U.S. Special Operations Command warriors for special ops missions to be lighter, more maneuverable and longer lasting. Earlier this month, the MK-17 – dubbed the SCAR by its Belgian manufacturer FNH – went into "full rate production" making it the first new assault carbine to be purchased by the U.S. military since the M-16 and M-4 rifles went online four decades ago. The rifle is expected to be particularly valuable in situations like those faced by soldiers fighting in Afghanistan, where the weapon's additional range will provide a significant upgrade.
  • Iraqi Troops Train on M-16 Rifle, Continue Transition from AK-47

    06/22/2010 11:31:06 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 6/23/2010 | Army News/Defense Talk
    Soldiers serving on Camp Taji, Iraq, trained Iraqi troops on the fundamentals of marksmanship with the M-16 rifle, June 15. The training was part of a continued effort by the U.S. to phase out the Iraqi Army's use of the Soviet-era AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle. The swap between the two weapons has gun-enthusiasts across the military and social-media sites up-in-arms, as fans of both weapons debate the practicality of the initiative. The AK-47, which has become symbolic of Middle Eastern militaries, has been used by the Iraqi Army since the 1960s. The weapon is less accurate than the western M-16...
  • The Curse Of The AK-47

    10/03/2009 4:42:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 49 replies · 3,573+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/03/2009 | unkown
    The Russian firm Izhmash (Izhevsk Mechanical Works) holds the patents for the AK-47, and it is going broke because of all the illegal copies of its weapons being produced worldwide. Izhmash is having little success in trying to force companies in Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Israel, China and the United States to pay licensing fees for the AK-47s they produce. The typical defense is that it is a much improved rifle, with only a superficial similarity to the Izhmash AK-47. Some claim that Russia abandoned the AK-47 design in the 1970s, when they switched to the 5.45mm AK-74. Actually, the original...
  • Kalashnikov Manufacturer Faces Bankruptcy

    09/29/2009 10:25:23 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 26 replies · 2,352+ views
    Der Spiegel (Germany) ^ | September 29, 2009 | Benjamin Bidder
    It produces the most popular automatic rifles in the world but the company that makes the Kalashnikov, or AK-47, is in trouble. It has had to deal with a slump in arms exports and competition from the makers of copycat versions around the world. Now a shady businessman has filed bankruptcy proceedings against the company. Even in his old age, Mikhail Kalashnikov still worries about the invention that defined his life. At a conference on the 60th anniversary of the weapon that he invented in 1947 -- the Avtomatni Kalashnikova (Automatic of Kalashnikov) or AK-47 -- the elderly weapons designer,...
  • Worlds’ biggest AK 47 manufacturer is bankrupt

    09/22/2009 6:17:22 PM PDT · by Flavius · 34 replies · 4,246+ views
    businesday ^ | 9/21/09 | bloombnerg
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  • Russian maker of AK-47 faces bankruptcy

    09/23/2009 12:02:21 AM PDT · by kingattax · 38 replies · 2,497+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 23 September 2009 | Matthew Day
    THE Russian producer of the Kalashnikov assault rifle, the world's most ubiquitous firearm, is facing bankruptcy owing to falling orders. A court in the Russian region of Udmurtiya has accepted a bankruptcy petition filed against Izhmash, the country's biggest arms manufacturer and the maker of the rifle. The iconic weapon has been produced in the millions and adopted by 106 armed forces across the globe, but production in its home land is now in doubt. Another Russian company, Gremikha, claims that the AK's maker owes them Ł8 million, and has now gone to court to get its money. Arms sales...
  • Mihail Kalashnikov Admits German "Help" To Create The AK-47 Rifle

    02/17/2009 6:53:08 PM PST · by ElKafir · 26 replies · 2,079+ views
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | Transsylvania Phoenix
    Mihail Kalasnikov is admitting he was "helped" by the German inventor and arms maker Hugo Schmeisser to create the AK-47 assault rifle -- The German inventor developed the first assault weapon Sturmgewehr 44 during WWII. After the end of the war Schmeisser was displaced and forced to work in the Soviet Union. Read on
  • Pakistan's Gun Manufacturing Industry - AWESOME INFO! [AK-47s dirt cheap]

    01/23/2009 12:36:19 PM PST · by XR7 · 33 replies · 1,612+ views
    VBS-TV ^ | 1/23/08 | Suroosh Alvi
    Gun manufacturing in the Pakistan boondocks. In the clip below you'll see an amazing 'industry' in Pakistan turning out 1000 weapons a day and have done so for seventy years. That is over 25 million firearms...and we think they can be subdued...maybe after killing them all. Mr. Obama has a tall job in front of him, espescially if he believes that he can overcome Islam and their arms to achieve their end... Have a look...
  • Russia tells Afghans to halt unlicensed arms use

    01/14/2009 9:25:11 PM PST · by pobeda1945 · 14 replies · 620+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 14, 2009
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia told Afghanistan on Wednesday to stop using illegal copies of weapons and to instead buy authentic, Russian-made hardware, news agencies reported. Russia, which expects to make a post-Soviet record of $8 billion from arms exports in 2008 according to the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, repeatedly has called for stricter control of licensed weapons technologies, particularly its popular Kalashnikov machinegun. "We cannot but be amazed that Afghanistan buys and uses weapons built with Russian technology, but not under Russian licence," Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti news agency. "It would...
  • Kalashnikov turns 89, a 'happy man' for creating AK-47

    11/11/2008 9:12:13 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 66 replies · 1,894+ views
    Space War ^ | Nov 10, 2008 | Staff Writers AFP Moscow
    Legendary former Russian general Mikhail Kalashnikov, who celebrated his 89th birthday on Monday, said he was a "truly happy man" for having created the iconic assault rifle bearing his name. "I think I am a truly happy man. I created a weapon for the defense of my country and it continues to serve this cause and develop," Kalashnikov was quoted as saying by the Ria Novosti news agency.
  • British poliltician suspended from party for handling a rifle

    08/11/2008 6:50:02 PM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies · 105+ views
    vanity | 11 August, 2008 | Mark Twain
    Jahingir Hanif was shown to have handled a military style rifle during a trip to Pakistan three years ago, in 2005. The video may have been leaked to the net because of an acrimonious divorce. His party has been one of the most vocal with irrational hatred of firearms, and reacted to the video by suspending him from the party, even though he is out of the country and cannot present a defense. It is rumored that he even allowed some of his children to learn to use firearms. While Mr. Hanif is not alleged to have done anything illegal,...
  • Russia’s Trademark Gun, but Others Grab Profits

    07/15/2007 11:52:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 1,219+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 15, 2007 | C. J. CHIVERS
    THE automatic Kalashnikov, the world’s most abundant firearm and a martial symbol with a multiplicity of meanings, turns 60 this year. In some places this is cause to shudder. In Russia it is treated as a milestone to celebrate, and a chance to cry foul. Once strictly Communist products, the AK-47 and its offspring are killing tools so durable and easy to use that they were heralded as achievements of state socialism and industrial might. Uncoupled from the laws of supply and demand by their origins in planned economies, they flowed from arms plants in the tens of millions, becoming...
  • AK-47 turns 60, and still a popular choice

    07/08/2007 9:43:16 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 26 replies · 1,129+ views
    Journal Now ^ | Saturday, July 7, 2007
    Sixty years after the AK-47 went into production, Mikhail Kalashnikov says he does not stay awake at night worrying about the bloodshed wrought by it, the world’s most popular assault rifle. “I sleep well. It’s the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence,” Kalashnikov said yesterday at a ceremony marking the birth of the rifle, whose initials stand for “Avtomat Kalashnikov.”
  • AK-47 inventor: I don't lose sleep

    07/06/2007 2:24:48 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 119 replies · 7,766+ views
    AP ^ | June 6th, 2007 | By MANSUR MIROVALEV, Associated Press Writer
    MOSCOW - Sixty years after the AK-47 went into production, Mikhail Kalashnikov says he does not stay awake at night worrying about the bloodshed wrought by the world's most popular assault rifle. "I sleep well. It's the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence," Kalashnikov said Friday at a ceremony marking the birth of the rifle, whose initials stand for "Avtomat Kalashnikov." It was before he started designing the gun that he slept badly, worried about the superior weapons that Nazi soldiers were using with grisly effectiveness against the Red Army...
  • Khamenei Brandishes a Kalashnikov at US and Israel

    10/15/2006 12:41:06 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies · 743+ views
    Debka ^ | October 15, 2006
    Khamenei Brandishes a Kalashnikov at US and Israel October 15, 2006 DEBKAfile The powerful spectacle of Iran’s be-turbaned supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei clutching an automatic rifle, displayed exclusively by DEBKAfile, drew on the belligerent imagery of Yasser Arafat and Saddam Hussein. The Iranian media suppressed this particular shot in its coverage of his sermon at Tehran University Oct. 13, the third Friday of Ramadan. But the AK 47 toted by the ruler of the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism was not missed by the political and military leaders in his audience and accentuated his war message. DEBKAfile’s Tehran sources...
  • Italy reports seizing US-bound arms shipment

    08/20/2006 6:12:33 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 162 replies · 5,276+ views
    Jamaica Observer ^ | Sunday, August 20, 2006 | AFP
    ROME, Italy (AFP) - Italian authorities seized a container full of weapons, including Kalashnikov assault rifles and plastic explosives bound for the United States from Saudi Arabia in May, press reports said yesterday.
  • Happy pose with an AK-47

    08/14/2006 5:25:55 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 26 replies · 1,609+ views
    Daily Telegraph (Aus.) ^ | August 15 | Katie Lapthorne
    The photographs show the 21-year-old on the shoulders of an unidentified friend and the pair arm-in-arm. Melbourne Magistrates Court heard the photos formed part of a package sent anonymously to Australian Federal Police in March last year. It is believed they were taken during an overseas trip made by Joud to Lebanon in 2002.
  • Two Russian Su-30 fighter jets arrive in Venezuela

    07/03/2006 4:42:48 PM PDT · by Flavius · 60 replies · 3,962+ views
    interfax ^ | 7/3/06 | Interfax-AVN
    06:42 GMT, Jul 03, 2006 Latest Headlines... Two Russian Su-30 fighter jets arrive in Venezuela MOSCOW/CARACAS. July 3 (Interfax-AVN) - Two Russian Su-30 fighter jets have landed in Caracas to join a military parade to mark the anniversary of Venezuela's independence from Spain on July 5, an official with the Russian defense and industrial complex told Interfax- AVN. "It has yet to be decided whether the planes will remain in that country until a contract is signed for the sale of 24 Su-30 fighter jets to Venezuela, or they will return home after the celebrations," the official said. sd md
  • Chavez says Russia to help Venezuela make rifles

    05/30/2006 8:25:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 1,294+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/30/06 | Reuters
    CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Russia will help Venezuela build plants to make Kalashnikov rifles and ammunition after the United States restricted arms sales to the South American nation, President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday. Chavez also told a press conference in Quito, Ecuador, that a delivery of 30,000 Kalashnikov automatic rifles was due to arrive from Russia in early June. "The Russians are going to install a Kalashnikov rifle plant and a munitions factory. So we can defend every street, every hill, every corner," he said in remarks broadcast in Venezuela. Washington banned all weapons sales to Chavez's leftist government...
  • Mexico selects Sukhoi Su-27 for strategic surveillance

    05/10/2006 10:46:05 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 58 replies · 5,384+ views
    Flight International ^ | 09/05/2006 | Staff
    The Mexican navy has selected Sukhoi’s Su-27 over the Saab/BAE Systems Gripen to equip its first air defence unit. Head of the service Adm Armando Sánchez Moreno says the new fleet of 10 fighters will enable the navy to carry out “strategic surveillance” over key areas of Mexico’s coastline. Preliminary selection work was initiated in early 2005, and the navy is now entering into contract negotiations with Russia’s Rosboronexport agency for the purchase of eight single-seat Su-27s and two Su-27UB two-seat trainers. Local sources indicate that the entire package – which also includes spare parts, tools and personnel training...
  • Iraq shows who’s top gun

    04/17/2006 8:13:08 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 49 replies · 1,749+ views
    Iraq shows who’s top gun Moscow, April 17 (Reuters): Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the world’s most popular assault rifle, says that US soldiers in Iraq are using his invention in preference to their own weapons, proving that his gun is still the best. “Even after lying in a swamp you can pick up this rifle, aim it and shoot. That’s the best job description there is for a gun. Real soldiers know that and understand it,” the 86-year-old gunmaker told a weekend news conference in Moscow. “In Vietnam, American soldiers threw away their M-16 rifles and used (Kalashnikov) AK-47s from...
  • Ninety Percent of Kalashnikov Rifles On World Market Are Knock-offs

    04/17/2006 8:09:45 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 8 replies · 770+ views
    Post Chronicle/RIA Novosti (Russia) ^ | 4/16/06 | Dmitry Gornostaev
    90% of Kalashnikov Rifles On World Market Knock-offs by Dmitry Gornostaev Apr 16, 2006 MOSCOW, April 15 (RIA Novosti) -- Russia accounts for only 10-12% of about 1 million Kalashnikov assault rifles that are sold on the world market every year, the CEO of the Izhmash concern (state-owned military production company) said Saturday. "The rest are unlicensed copies," Vladimir Grodetsky said, adding that there was not a single license agreement conforming to the norms of international law, specifically on the protection of Russia's intellectual property rights in small arms and light weapons production. "In some instances, the terms of such...
  • Kalashnikov says Iraq shows his gun is still best

    04/17/2006 3:44:47 PM PDT · by Paddlefish · 119 replies · 2,521+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/17/06
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the world's most popular assault rifle, says that U.S. soldiers in Iraq are using his invention in preference to their own weapons, proving that his gun is still the best. "Even after lying in a swamp you can pick up this rifle, aim it and shoot. That's the best job description there is for a gun. Real soldiers know that and understand it," the 86-year-old gunmaker told a weekend news conference in Moscow. "In Vietnam, American soldiers threw away their M-16 rifles and used (Kalashnikov) AK-47s from dead Vietnamese soldiers, with bullets they...
  • Communist Mexico?

    04/10/2006 6:53:11 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 104 replies · 4,097+ views ^ | March 2006
    Nearly 15 years after the collapse of the USSR, America could encounter what would have been unthinkable during the Cold War - a hostile, communist nation on our southern border. If the plans of the Marxist president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, are successful, America's neighbor to the south will become a virtual enemy camp. For the past five years, Chavez has sent money and agents to Mexico to finance and infiltrate local political groups on the left, according to a Mexican news daily The goal is ideological -- pro-Chavez operatives want to dominate the increasingly powerful left wing in Mexico....
  • Venezuela ready to buy fighter jets from Russia: Chavez

    04/04/2006 11:52:01 AM PDT · by proud_yank · 63 replies · 2,516+ views
    China View ^ | Apr 4, 2006
    CARACAS, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said his country is ready to buy Russian-built fighter jets, as the United States refuses to supply spare parts for its F-16 jets. At a military ceremony on Monday, Chavez expressed his appreciation for Russia's help, saying Venezuela will buy fighter jets from Russia and "keep them here to protect this land." He also thanked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for approving the sale of 33 military helicopters and 100,000 AK-47 assault rifles to Venezuela. Chavez also blamed Washington for forbidding Brazilian manufacturers from selling training aircraft to his country on...