A former soldier, inspired by the drawbacks of Russian weaponry in the Second World War he decided to invent a new assault rifle. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...535635/Kalashnikov-inventor-dies-aged-94.html 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 he created the AK-47 just after World War Two, died in his home city of Izhevsk, near the Ural Mountains, where his gun is still made. The 205-year-old Izmash plant remains one of the main producers of Russian weapons and is treasured as a national icon. See also coverage at The Daily Mail.