As a tank sergeant in World War II, Mikhail Kalashnikov saw that most Soviet troops had only carbines against the superior range of the German Sturmgewehr. While recovering from battlefield wounds, he began to create a design for a new weapon, one that could be assembled with relatively loose tolerances by relatively inexperienced workers, avoiding the supply bottlenecks that often resulted from the German cult of fine craftsmanship.
First off, I wasn't aware the 91/30 was inferior in range to ANYTHING hand-held. And I doubt the people machining bolts and such were considered 'relatively inexperienced workers'.
And this is from MIT?
And on the other hand,
Russia has announced funeral arrangements for Lt. Gen. Mikhail T. Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle.
“Comrade Kalashnikov will be buried in a pit of mud with full
military honors,” said General-Major Saiga Molot, a spokesman for the
Russian army. “After a week, we will exhume his body, clean it off, and put him back to work. We expect that there shall be no issue with his