Mikhail T. Kalashnikov, credited as the inventor of the AK-47 in the Soviet Union, died at age 94, multiple media outlets have reported.
So, who was Kalashnikov, the creator of the world's most popular firearm? Here's a list of facts from the Associated Press about his life.
•. He was born into a peasant family in Siberia.
• Kalashnikov joined the Red Army in 1938 and began inventing modifications of Soviet tanks.
• He was 23 when he began designing the assault rifle eventually known as the AK-47.
• The name of the rifle is ''Avtomat Kalashnikova 1947," the year it went into production. The AK-47 has a rate of fire of 600 rounds-a-minute
• Kalashnikov reportedly told his friends that he sometimes wishes he had become an agricultural engineer instead of a weapon designer.
• Kalashnikov said in an interview with the AP that he designed the assault rifle to prevent Germans from invading the Soviet Union. ''I built it to protect my country.''
• He received numerous honors including the Hero of Socialist Labor and Order of Lenin and Stalin Prize.
• Because his invention was never patented, he didn't become wealthy off royalties.
• In his later years, Kalashnikov designed hunting rifles.
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