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4 years 40 weeks ago, 1:46 AM

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While watching the services from Ft. Hood on Fox i caught the end of a "scroll" at the bottom of the screen, they were talking about the AK47, did the usual bio. that we all know. Anyway I'm looking for the WHY in the story, as it was pretty complete, numbers made, 1947, etc, etc. the scroll ended with out anything more to explain why it was there. This leads me to think the obvious, I know the Old Sergeant is (or was) still kicking, and im guessing should be close to 90 at least. Does anyone have an update, I looked all night for a follow up, and didnt find one.
i don't want to compare him to John B. But he did knock it out of the ball park for a first (im pretty sure) effort from a tank driving NCO.
Any input would be appreciated, and boy i hope i didn't screw this up. I can't think of any other reason to have the story tho...

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4 years 40 weeks ago, 2:16 AM

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Kalishnikov was awarded a medal today in Russia for his rifle design.if is the first time the country has ever honored him for his work.

4 years 40 weeks ago, 2:24 AM

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thanks greasypaws.

Couldn't figure out why all the stuff on the 47, unless the old boy had passed away.. Missed that part obviously. I know hes up there in years.
So he got a medal. Wow, designs the most produced battle rifles of all times, and guessing didn't make a bunch of bucks on it as this was durring the old Soviet days. Probabley got a two bedroom apartment, and one of those ugly box cars they only have in Russia.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 5:41 PM

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He was named Hero of Socialist Labor twice, in 1959 and 1976. There are others, but I don't know if the others are for his weapons.

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