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Kalashnikov AK-47, the most widespread assault rifle in the world

November 10, 2014, 14:54 UTC+3
November 10 marks 95 years since the birth of Mikhail Kalashnikov (1919-2013), who developed the world's most popular assault rifle
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Photo: A man from the Mursi tribe in southern Ethiopia carries his Kalashnikov rifle
Photo: A man from the Mursi tribe in southern Ethiopia carries his Kalashnikov rifle
Photo: A man from the Mursi tribe in southern Ethiopia carries his Kalashnikov rifle
© EPA/PAVEL WOLBERG
Photo: A renegade soldier dances with his Kalashnikov and a radio on a front line trench overlooking the the town of Karumba in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Photo: A renegade soldier dances with his Kalashnikov and a radio on a front line trench overlooking the the town of Karumba in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Photo: A renegade soldier dances with his Kalashnikov and a radio on a front line trench overlooking the the town of Karumba in the Democratic Republic of Congo
© EPA/STEPHEN MORRISON
Photo: President of Mozambique Armando Guebuza with the national flag, with the Kalashnikov rifle depicted on it
Photo: President of Mozambique Armando Guebuza with the national flag, with the Kalashnikov rifle depicted on it
Photo: President of Mozambique Armando Guebuza with the national flag, with the Kalashnikov rifle depicted on it
© EPA/ANTONIO SILVA
Photo: A Kalashnikov rifle on the counter of a Bosnian Muslim shopkeeper, 1993
Photo: A Kalashnikov rifle on the counter of a Bosnian Muslim shopkeeper, 1993
Photo: A Kalashnikov rifle on the counter of a Bosnian Muslim shopkeeper, 1993
© AP Photo/David Brauchli
Photo: A herdsman holds a Kalashnikov rifle in southern Albania, 1997
Photo: A herdsman holds a Kalashnikov rifle in southern Albania, 1997
Photo: A herdsman holds a Kalashnikov rifle in southern Albania, 1997
© AP Photo/Diether Endlicher
Photo: Kalashnikov AK47 gun among weapons on display that are collected from the ethnic Albanian rebels as part of Operation Essential Harvest in southern Macedonia, 2001
Photo: Kalashnikov AK47 gun among weapons on display that are collected from the ethnic Albanian rebels as part of Operation Essential Harvest in southern Macedonia, 2001
Photo: Kalashnikov AK47 gun among weapons on display that are collected from the ethnic Albanian rebels as part of Operation Essential Harvest in southern Macedonia, 2001
© AP Photo/Richard Lewis
Photo: Kalashnikov assault rifles hang on the wall as Free Syrian Army (FSA) member in northern Syria
Photo: Kalashnikov assault rifles hang on the wall as Free Syrian Army (FSA) member in northern Syria
Photo: Kalashnikov assault rifles hang on the wall as Free Syrian Army (FSA) member in northern Syria
© EPA/Vedat Xhymshiti
Photo: Libyans attend Friday Muslim prayers at Jamal Abd Nasser Mosque in Tripoli, 2011
Photo: Libyans attend Friday Muslim prayers at Jamal Abd Nasser Mosque in Tripoli, 2011
Photo: Libyans attend Friday Muslim prayers at Jamal Abd Nasser Mosque in Tripoli, 2011
© AP Photo/Francois Mori
Photo: Kalashnikov assault rifle lies on a poster that promotes Afghan participation at the gate of a voter registration office in Khwaja Omri, Afghanistan, 2004
Photo: Kalashnikov assault rifle lies on a poster that promotes Afghan participation at the gate of a voter registration office in Khwaja Omri, Afghanistan, 2004
Photo: Kalashnikov assault rifle lies on a poster that promotes Afghan participation at the gate of a voter registration office in Khwaja Omri, Afghanistan, 2004
© AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
Photo: A Northern Alliace fighter walks with flowers in his Kalashnikov mashine gun, at the front line near the town of Khanabad, northern Afganistan, 2001
Photo: A Northern Alliace fighter walks with flowers in his Kalashnikov mashine gun, at the front line near the town of Khanabad, northern Afganistan, 2001
Photo: A Northern Alliace fighter walks with flowers in his Kalashnikov mashine gun, at the front line near the town of Khanabad, northern Afganistan, 2001
© EPA PHOTO EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV
Photo: Demonstrations in Iraq to protest parliamentary elections, 2005
Photo: Demonstrations in Iraq to protest parliamentary elections, 2005
Photo: Demonstrations in Iraq to protest parliamentary elections, 2005
© AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed
Photo: A member of the Black Hills Veterans Group with Kalashnikov assault rifle at the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, USA
Photo: A member of the Black Hills Veterans Group with Kalashnikov assault rifle at the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, USA
Photo: A member of the Black Hills Veterans Group with Kalashnikov assault rifle at the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, USA
© EPA/MIKE NELSON
Photo: A Kurdish soldier shows his decorated clipholder for his Kalashnikov machine gun, Northern Iraqi town of Kifry, 2003
Photo: A Kurdish soldier shows his decorated clipholder for his Kalashnikov machine gun, Northern Iraqi town of Kifry, 2003
Photo: A Kurdish soldier shows his decorated clipholder for his Kalashnikov machine gun, Northern Iraqi town of Kifry, 2003
© AP Photo/Newsha Tavakolian
Photo: A US Army soldier holds a Kalashnikov rifle in Baqouba, Iraq, 2003
Photo: A US Army soldier holds a Kalashnikov rifle in Baqouba, Iraq, 2003
Photo: A US Army soldier holds a Kalashnikov rifle in Baqouba, Iraq, 2003
© AP Photo/Sergei Grits
Photo: Irish musician Bob Geldof receives an Escopetarra, a Kalashnikov rifle that has been converted into a guitar, from Colombian musician Cesar Lopez, Colombia, 2007
Photo: Irish musician Bob Geldof receives an Escopetarra, a Kalashnikov rifle that has been converted into a guitar, from Colombian musician Cesar Lopez, Colombia, 2007
Photo: Irish musician Bob Geldof receives an Escopetarra, a Kalashnikov rifle that has been converted into a guitar, from Colombian musician Cesar Lopez, Colombia, 2007
© AP Photo/UNODC, HO
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Photo: A man from the Mursi tribe in southern Ethiopia carries his Kalashnikov rifle
© EPA/PAVEL WOLBERG
Photo: A renegade soldier dances with his Kalashnikov and a radio on a front line trench overlooking the the town of Karumba in the Democratic Republic of Congo
© EPA/STEPHEN MORRISON
Photo: President of Mozambique Armando Guebuza with the national flag, with the Kalashnikov rifle depicted on it
© EPA/ANTONIO SILVA
Photo: A Kalashnikov rifle on the counter of a Bosnian Muslim shopkeeper, 1993
© AP Photo/David Brauchli
Photo: A herdsman holds a Kalashnikov rifle in southern Albania, 1997
© AP Photo/Diether Endlicher
Photo: Kalashnikov AK47 gun among weapons on display that are collected from the ethnic Albanian rebels as part of Operation Essential Harvest in southern Macedonia, 2001
© AP Photo/Richard Lewis
Photo: Kalashnikov assault rifles hang on the wall as Free Syrian Army (FSA) member in northern Syria
© EPA/Vedat Xhymshiti
Photo: Libyans attend Friday Muslim prayers at Jamal Abd Nasser Mosque in Tripoli, 2011
© AP Photo/Francois Mori
Photo: Kalashnikov assault rifle lies on a poster that promotes Afghan participation at the gate of a voter registration office in Khwaja Omri, Afghanistan, 2004
© AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
Photo: A Northern Alliace fighter walks with flowers in his Kalashnikov mashine gun, at the front line near the town of Khanabad, northern Afganistan, 2001
© EPA PHOTO EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV
Photo: Demonstrations in Iraq to protest parliamentary elections, 2005
© AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed
Photo: A member of the Black Hills Veterans Group with Kalashnikov assault rifle at the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, USA
© EPA/MIKE NELSON
Photo: A Kurdish soldier shows his decorated clipholder for his Kalashnikov machine gun, Northern Iraqi town of Kifry, 2003
© AP Photo/Newsha Tavakolian
Photo: A US Army soldier holds a Kalashnikov rifle in Baqouba, Iraq, 2003
© AP Photo/Sergei Grits
Photo: Irish musician Bob Geldof receives an Escopetarra, a Kalashnikov rifle that has been converted into a guitar, from Colombian musician Cesar Lopez, Colombia, 2007
© AP Photo/UNODC, HO

November 10 marks 95 years since the birth of Mikhail Kalashnikov (1919-2013), who developed the world's most popular assault rifle. Due to model's substantial reliability, low production costs compared to contemporary Western weapons, availability in virtually every geographic region and ease of use AK-47 and its variants are widespread all over the world even after six decades. How the legendary Kalashnikov's invention is used in different corners of the planet - in photo gallery by TASS

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