Kalashnikov Monument To Open In Moscow

On May 8th (Victory Day Eve) Russia will unveil a large monument in the likeness of Mikhail Kalashnikov as a testament to his influence on modern day weapon design and, as the sculptor stated, to commemorate “the struggle of good versus evil”.

If my estimations are¬†correct, it appears the General is roughly three times the size of a typical man. Meaning that the AK that “Giant Kalashnikov” is carrying fires a 22.8mm round. That’s a lot of lead.

Interestingly, the Kalashnikov likeness is holding a Type 2, milled receiver AK. I would have expected to see a Type 1 stamped receiver rifle. I’m sure someone in the comments section will come along and school me on Type 1 and Type 2 development and production timeframes.

From the Kalashnikov Concern Website on the Moscow Monument:

Please excuse the internet translation.

The monument to the outstanding Russian designer Mikhail Kalashnikov will be opened in the center of Moscow on the eve of Victory Day, reported by the author of the sculpture – People’s Artist of Russia Salavat Shcherbakov.

The monument erected in Armory Lane – at the intersection of Garden and Karetnaya and Krasnoproletarsk aya streets. Originally, the monument was planned to open 21 January, the day in 1948 the Minister of arms of the USSR Dmitry Ustinov signed a decree on the production of an experimental batch of the Kalashnikov assault rifle. However, due to weather conditions, the opening of the monument to date was postponed.

“Strong frosts and snowfalls at the end of 2016 have made adjustments in our plans. Because of the cold we were not able to prepare the foundation of the composition, in addition, the time required and the builders, to be moved from the square communication. A month later, the monument will be cast in bronze, granite and its elements have already made, “- shared Salavat Shcherbakov .
Salavat Scherbakov presented a full-size model of the monument in a soft material (clay) and spoke about the progress.

“The main figure here – Mikhail Kalashnikov. This is a man of great modesty, and in his hands he holds the “perfect product” – as a Stradivarius violin would hold. But since this story is not enough, we put behind the silhouette of the globe, emphasizing the global importance of these weapons. Having more time, I decided to slightly modify the composition. Kalashnikov – Michael, and the fight between good and evil, I passed through the figure of its patron saint – Archangel Michael, pounding into hell dragon. And that’s spear is a symbol of the machine. And earlier we used the image of St. George, “- said the author.

According to the sculptor, in addition to “the struggle between good and evil” in the composition depicts the attributes of the design bureau of the time: Kuhlman and compasses, as well as drawings and “AK” model. It is noteworthy that the machine model directed toward evil character – the dragon.
The monument will be installed at the initiative of the Russian military-historical society, to collect donations for its creation continues.

The monument project was presented to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medina Chairman RVIO while visiting Concern “Kalashnikov” in Izhevsk September 20, 2016. The Head of State has approved the idea of perpetuating the memory of the designer. After that the Russian military-historical society has launched a campaign to raise funds to build a monument on the site
November 10, 2016 in Moscow was a demonstration of the reduced model of the monument arms designer Mikhail Kalashnikov. The event was timed to the birthday of the outstanding inventor, who would have turned 97 years old.

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  • Suppressed

    Even though they’re fake rifles, if they did something like this in America, they’d be replacing those rifles every week. I mean, I know I want one.

  • Rocketanski

    If Russia can build a statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, surely America can make one of John Moses Browning (pbuh), can’t we? C’mon people, let’s do this—WHO’S WITH ME??

    • GD Ajax

      The homeschooled and Charter school brats in Utah don’t even know who invented their AR-10. Much less know who John Browning is.
      It’ll have to be privately funded. No state government would want to do it.

      • Max Blancke

        Every kid in northern Utah has been to the Browning museum.

    • USMC03Vet

      I can hear the cries of millions of triggered snowflakes who are offended already and the slugs without back ones that appease them.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Anyone in the US is free to build any statue they like. Ive got one of Liz Hurley (In the 90’s) out back by the pool.

        Unfortunately in Russia there is no distinction between Putins money and that of the Russian people.

        • Brett

          Circa “The Weight of Water”?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Hell yeah.

        • Squatch

          There’s a man in southwestern Washington that built a monument right off the freeway for Mother Theresa, Native Americans and Holocaust victims. It just looks random as hell out in a field in the middle of nowhere.

    • Vuyo Ncube

      *Prophet John.

    • palam

      Maybe if naked.

    • carlcasino

      I’m surprised they have not torn down the Marine Flag raising Iwo Jima, a carbine is clearly visible. Maybe that was a time before bean bags were invented.

  • GD Ajax

    Russia clings to achievements of the past, because they won’t have much of a future due to a declining population. It’s like Japan but on a much larger scale.

    • RavishedBoy

      The future, in Russia, ain’t what it used to be.

    • guest

      If that’s the best russophobic comment you can muster when the topic is honoring the man who designed the world’s most widely used assault rifle, then you are really shooting blanks.

      • GD Ajax

        Russophobic? Really that’s all you paid trolls got? Most widely used is subjective. Many of them are actually right out knocks offs.

        • A certain country actually pays students to spread their propaganda online. Now what’s this about Russia?

        • Tritro29

          Russia has had population positive growth in years (2008) and real growth since 2011 (2014 +292 000 Russians/ 2015 about + 314 000 Russians). Nominal Growth in 2014 was +2 427 800 people (with Crimea).

          So really? Try harder.

          • Jim Slade

            I think he probably meant “Declining” as in alcoholic kleptocracy, rather than outright population numbers.
            Does your math include all the new ‘At-gunpoint’ Crimeans, minus the secret dead Russian kids coming home in coffins?
            Those count too.

          • Tritro29

            … Nope, he meant declining as in losing ground everywhere and having a Russian Mole for president. So nope, not declining. Aand kleptocracy? Bee please, we didn’t wiped 90 trillion dollars world wide because our bankers were too busy doing blow and spending cash they didn’t have. At gunpoint Crimeans? Oh I see, you mean those who don’t give a damn about “sanctions”? Also Second rated Immigration country in this world. Yeah kleptocracy and gun point politics. Ok keep blowing those sheiks.

        • guest

          Yeah, paid troll from the Kremlin and/or Savushkina 55.
          Didn’t take long for you to write the next best thing just short of “I really hate Russia”, did it now?

    • Green Hell

      Russian population stopped dropping a few years ago after Putin started paying about 8000$ for having or adopting 2 or more kids.

    • Anonymoose

      *It’s like Japan but with a huge empty frozen wasteland attached to it.

    • Maxim Popenker

      Our population did decline until about 2013, now the death/birth rate is very close to 1.

    • Its important to give roll models to those future generations. Unfortunately the US has mostly lost this in that the only role models heralded in the US these days are wife beating/hood rat sports stars or heroine shooting actors. It seems that few these days are inspired by scientist and engineers that make life better for all.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Sports stars and actors are still at least accomplished at something.
        The real heroes in our society are reality “stars”. Look at who we elected.

        We should print a new motto on our money: You Cant Keep Someone Down Who Is Totally Without Shame.

  • Jim Slade
    • Oregon213

      Trigger discipline much?

      • CS

        Times were different back then.

      • NewerHCE

        lol. I used to work near there and have seen that statue hundreds of times. (well, at least dozens). I never noticed that before.

      • Jim Slade

        LOL- yeah, but musket-fire NDA’s give you a LOT of time to dodge.

  • Amplified Heat

    I like how they don’t say which side of Good & Evil the AK was typically in use by (Communists, fundamentalists, anarchists, criminal organizations, and good ‘ol Fascist dictators). It’s enough of a mixed bag that I appreciate the sentiment, the gun is as much a part of the history of human struggle as the crossbow or javelin.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Solid gold. Subtle lol

    Im guessing its in the courtyard of Trump Casino, Moscow.

    • eastern orthodox moose

      muh ebil putin, go s hill for Hillary somewhere else cuc k..

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Are you trying to spell something, kid?
        Russian school system no doubt lol

        • eastern orthodox moose

          not russian try harder cuck

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Run along, junior.
            Adults are talking.

          • eastern orthodox moose

            is that what your wife’s boyfriend told you to say

  • Tritro29

    Oh god, why…It’s OK, we like the man, but a statue.

    He already has a whole Museum…

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Another step towards conditioning the Russian people to a warlike footing.
      As soon as Putin fractures NATO the pickings in central/eastern Europe will be good.

      • Tritro29

        Frankly given what ISIS is doing to Turks, I don’t think we need to worry about fracturing NATO.
        We need to worry about selling “stuff no one wants to buy”. Like oil, gas, diamonds and guns…

        • Dan

          I want to buy your guns. I’ll take all of them.

  • UCSPanther

    I am awaiting the chimp out from the wehraboo crowd about the AK being the “Schmeisser rifle” and supposedly being the work of Hugo Schmeisser…

  • Max Blancke

    They should have made the base in the form of a mountain of skulls.

  • tsubaka

    don’t know the difference between type-1 and type 2 but the paper cutout it’s an AK-100 or AK74 series no? Atleast a 5.45mm caliber by the mag.
    so they are using a modern AK to represent an original AK47 (the size and length might be different no?)

  • Colonel K

    Had the AK been issued during WWII, I might understand the desire to build the statue. As it is, not so much. I guess nobody told them “good” won the cold war.

  • Rocketman

    The statue appears to be him in his late 40’s or early 50’s. I would have expected to see him in his late 20’s or so when he first completed the design of the AK-47. I think that it would have been more appropriate considering what he is know throughout the world for.