Russia to celebrate Mikhail Kalashnikov’s 100th birthday

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of famous AK family of rifles, was born on November 10, 1919. So in 2019 it will be 100 years since M. Kalashnikov was born. To celebrate the 100th birthday of the ingenious firearms designer, Russian president Vladimir Putin has recently (10/4/2016) issued an executive order about organization of celebration of Kalashnikov’s birthday.

The order states that considering the outstanding contribution of M. T. Kalashnikov to the development of Russian small arms, president accepts the offer of government to celebrate the designer’s birthday. It rules that a committee should be formed, whose duty will be preparation, scheduling and conduction of the main events. It also recommends local government bodies to take part in the process. Reportedly, head of the committee will be Dmitry Rogozin, who is the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of defense and space industry.

According to TASS (Russian news agency) the celebration will cost Russian budget more than 20 billion rubles. That is equal to about $322 million by today’s conversion rates. There are no other details specified in the executive order, but judging from the amount of money they are going to spend, it should be a pretty impressive event.


The original text of Putin’s executive order (in Russian)

I think this is an unprecedented instance that a country celebrates firearm designer’s birthday, especially in such a huge scale.

Hrachya H

Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • Reuben Geiser

    We need to set up something to honor John Moses Browning.

    • John Yossarian

      As long as by “We” you mean using the proceeds of voluntary donations rather than forced taxation – Then I’m all for it.

      • JT303

        How about ‘encouraging’ Bloomberg to donate? Antis drag us through the mud, time they paid us back.

      • RSG

        I’d suggest suspending SNAP, Section 8 and welfare, to pay for it. Divert the funds to where it’s needed. Browning earned this. Entitlement recipients, not so much.

        • John Yossarian

          You don’t have any more right to steal from others to fund your hobbies than anyone else does. Abolish tax and I’ll spend my money as I wish.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      That’s just what I was thinking. Stoner should be on the list too!

    • Sasquatch

      Yea not nocking Mikhail Kalashnikov but he probably would not have got the ak right if there wasn’t some influence from Mr. John Moses Browning’s firearms. Plus Browning was a forerunner who set the bar for self loading firearms who’s designs are still and forever will be used.

  • Giolli Joker

    Shall we say welcome to Hrachya in the TFB team?
    Am I wrong or have you been a long time commenter?

    • Hrachya H

      I’ve been reading, commenting and contributing to TFB for a long time, but yes, this is the first article written by me. I am proud to become a part of TFB ! 🙂

      • DanGoodShot

        Welcome to TFB! Your off to a good start. I’m looking forward to more articles.

        • Hrachya H

          Thank you !

      • BrandonAKsALot

        Are you the same guy who always posts the cool stuff on all the AK FB groups?

        • Hrachya H

          Yep 🙂

          • BrandonAKsALot

            Congrats! I’m glad to see you here.

          • Hrachya H

            Thanks !

  • Major Tom

    Mikhail Kalashnikov is to Russia what Martin Luther King Jr. is to the United States.

    Am I wrong?

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      I think hes more like the Russian Charlie Daniels.

      • mazkact

        So, hes the Charlie Daniels of gun design. Ala “Queen of my double wide trailer”.

        • mazkact

          She said “He DEsigns guns and his names Michail,he’s the Charlie Daniels of gun design”.

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  • datimes

    Could you image the United States government creating a special national event to honor and celebrate a firearms designer, and the contributions of his weapons to maintain military superiority and victory over the last 100 years?

    • DanGoodShot

      HA! Bwahah.. ha haha. Ahhhhh….. sniffle…

  • DanGoodShot

    I think this is great. The man deserves the recognition. Unlike Eugene Stoner, Kalashnikov made vary little off his contribution to small arms. He wasn’t some engineering major making boat loads of cash. He was a solder who saw a need and filled it and filled it well. I have the upmost respect for Kalashnikov. You know something like this would never happen here. Even though we’re the country with the Second Amendment… Well.. what’s left of it anyway.

    • SP mclaughlin

      “what’s left of it anyway.”
      Funny how Russian citizens have a constitutional right to bear arms…

      • RaunchyDawg


    • Johannes von’ Strauch

      Stoner served in the South Pacific and northern China as a marine…

      Also he wasnt sitting on his cash, he still made verry important innovations and done the ground work for the in the next years coming modern Rifles (Kalashnikov did not to be accurate…).

      If he would not died that early we would already have way diffrent and better Rifles. Without him ARES just produce meaningless non innovativ weapons.

  • VM

    I wish Putin would spend that much on my birthday….

    • Hermann Göring

      Or spend it on arming Syria in their fight against CIA/mossad/ISIS

      • RaunchyDawg


  • TheNotoriousIUD
    • Tim

      Yeah, l’m half thru it now from the local library. Some eye opening stuff but he casts doubt in areas that can never be disproved, such as the role of the “captured” German gun designer in AK or other platforms. He does a good job of showing all the conflicting statements by and about Kalashnikov. Well written.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Its not easy to sort out what did and did not take place in the Soviet Union but its not unreasonable to assume that the talents of Hugo Schmeisser would be utilized if possible considering his prior achievements in small arms design.

  • Uniform223

    The man died on my 30th birthday…