Top 21 Mikhail Kalashnikov Quotes

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“For years, I had a top secret clearance and never left Russia. Just once did I go to Bulgaria with my wife for a holiday at the Golden Sands resort, but I could not mention my real name. I was allowed to travel abroad only in the early 1990s.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“I wanted to invent an engine that could run for ever. I could have developed a new train, had I stayed in the railway. It would have looked like the AK-47 though.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“The fact that people die because of an AK-47 is not because of the designer, but because of politics.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“I’m proud of my invention, but I’m sad that it is used by terrorists.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“I do not consider the AK to be the best-ever assault rifle.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“I made it to protect the motherland.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“I tried a dozen different modifications that were rejected. But they all served as a path to the final design.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“I had to gain experience as I did not have a technical education.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“I shot with it a lot. I still do now. That is why I am hard of hearing.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“Life can make you do many things, even kiss a man with a runny nose.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“Man keeps inventing things all the time.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“Any designer believes his gun is the best, and when its test performance is a bit less impressive compared to others, he feels bitterness and envy.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“I was probably born with some designing abilities.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“I was trying to perform as best as possible. I was a boy at the time, but worked well with the sickle.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“Life is composed of different inventions.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“Terrorists also want to use simple and reliable arms.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“We had grain but no mills, so I designed a special mill of wood so we could make flour.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“I have continued to work at different things, and rebuilt my home all by myself. I did it for the sake of satisfaction at doing something. I did it because I happened to be where I was.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“The negative side is that sometimes it is beyond control.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“People often ask me how I feel about my invention being used to kill people every day and the AK being a common weapon of ethnic conflicts. I want to make it clear that I created my assault rifle to protect my country. You can blame politicians for its spreading out of control on a global scale.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov

“Life is composed of different inventions. I have continued to work at different things and rebuilt my home all by myself. I did it for the sake of satisfaction at doing something.”

― Mikhail Kalashnikov
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