New monument to Kalashnikov unveiled in Moscow celebrates legendary riflemaker

Named in honor of the year it was designed, 1947, the AK-47 rifle spread rapidly around the globe in the 1960s, and became the main weapon in many national armies, as well as among insurgents.

Named in honor of the year it was designed, 1947, the AK-47 rifle spread rapidly around the globe in the 1960s, and became the main weapon in many national armies, as well as among insurgents.

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The AK-47 is the world’s most popular and deadliest small arms in history.

On Sept. 19, Moscow city authorities unveiled a monument to the legendary Russian inventor and arms designer, Mikhail Kalashnikov.

The sculpture shows Kalashnikov holding his most popular and celebrated creation, the AK-47 automatic rifle.

Named in honor of the year it was designed, 1947, the AK-47 rifle spread rapidly around the globe in the 1960s, and became the main weapon in many national armies, as well as among insurgents, and has since played a crucial role in virtually every war and conflict. Easy to assemble and use, the AK-47 is famous for its rapid-fire ferocity and accuracy, minimal weight, and unprecedented reliability.

The simple design not only made it possible to spread production to various countries, but also made the rifle easy-to-use for all types of fighters, from professionals to amateurs. The fact that every schoolchild in Russia is trained to disassemble and reassemble the AK-47 in just a few lessons is indicative of how simple it is to use the rifle.

The monument’s architectural composition also includes a model of the globe and St. Michael the Archangel striking the devil with his spear.

“This spear symbolizes the rifle, and taken together [the globe and the spear] are symbols of peace preservation and of the victory of the forces of good over evil,” said Salavat Scherbakov, the monument’s author.

Scherbakov’s most famous sculpture, the 26-meter monument to Vladimir - also known as Vladimir the Baptist, St. Vladimir and Vladimir the Red Sun - was unveiled in November 2016 near the Kremlin.

Kalashnikov’s new monument is located in the northern part of the Garden Ring, on the crossroad of Oruzheiniy Lane and Dolgorukovskaya Street.

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