Wednesday, November 17, 2010
So who designed the AK?
You see, the AK-47 was designed by a team, several teams really, which was headed up by Mr. Kalashnikov. He didn't design the rifle at all, he just oversaw the team that did. But that didn't make for a very propaganda worthy story, so the Soviet propaganda machine made him out to be the sole designer, giving him full credit. They painted Mr. Kalashnikov as a tinkerer, a designer and a genius... the true patriotic hero who gave an incredible gift single handily to his country.
But in the end Mr. Kalashnikov is still a great man in my opinion. They picked a great figurehead to be the namesake of the now famous rifle.
A Wired article can be found here that gives you a little more info on the story, despite the rather corny title of the article.