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Putin shows off sniper skills firing Kalashnikov rifle

Putin shows off sniper skills firing Kalashnikov rifleRussian state television showed Putin in goggles and earphones crouching as he fired the silver rifle at the Kalashnikov company’s shooting range outside Moscow. “The target is set up practically at the maximum distance,” Rossiya 24 television reported, saying that Putin appeared to be pressing the trigger while holding his breath and between heartbeats as professional snipers are supposed to do. Putin “shot five times and hit the target more than half the time” the television channel reported.



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Soviet IZh 2125 ‘Kombi’ making comeback as Kalashnikov electric car

Soviet IZh 2125 ‘Kombi’ making comeback as Kalashnikov electric carYou may associate Kalashnikov with making arms, but – similar to Jaguar – it has just unveiled a retro-inspired electric car, and it has Tesla in its sights



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Russian manufacturer Kalashnikov moves from AK-47s to an electric car

Russian manufacturer Kalashnikov moves from AK-47s to an electric carReaders may not recognize the Kalashnikov name, but they will recognize one of its best-known products: the AK-47 assault rifle. Now, the same company has decided to gun for the electric car market. It’s called the CV-1 and the Russian firm unveiled the car at the 2018 International Military Technical Forum in Kubinka, Russia.



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Move over, Musk: Kalashnikov unveils 'electric supercar'

Move over, Musk: Kalashnikov unveils 'electric supercar'Russian arms maker Kalashnikov on Thursday presented its new electric car inspired by a rare 1970s model, saying the new technology will rival Elon Musk’s Tesla. The brand, best known for the AK-47 machine gun, presented the decidedly retro-looking pale blue prototype, the CV-1, at a defense expo outside Moscow. Holding company Kalashnikov Concern said it has developed some cutting-edge elements for the “electric supercar”, including a “revolutionary” inverter.



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Red faces as Russia's Kalashnikov monument shows Nazi gun

Red faces as Russia's Kalashnikov monument shows Nazi gunWorkers in Moscow have erased the illustration of a gun from a freshly-inaugurated monument of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the legendary AK-47 assault rifle, after it was found that the drawing was of a Nazi weapon. The sculptor, Salavat Shtsherbakoff, has acknowledged his mistake,” the state-supported Russian Military History Society, which backed the monument, told TASS news agency Friday. The erroneous drawing was of an StG44 — for Sturmgewehr (Storm Rifle), a name reputedly conferred by Hitler himself.



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Red faces as Russian monument to creator of Kalashnikov depicts German rifle

Red faces as Russian monument to creator of Kalashnikov depicts German rifleThe monument in the heart of Moscow was supposed to be a tribute to Mikhail Kalashnikov, the creator of the AK-47 assault rifle. Unfortunately, things went wrong, spectacularly so. The etching on the plinth was not of a Kalashnikov but the StG 44 rifle used by the Nazis during WWII. The mistake was spotted by arms experts, the BBC reported. It left the authorities having to use an angle grinder to remove the offending image.  "A mistake has been made by the sculptor," executive director of the Russian Military Historical Society Vladislav Kononov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. A man uses an angle grinder as he removes a sketch allegedly featuring German StG44 rifle Credit: Mladen Antonov/AFP The AK-47 was, in fact, the Soviet answer to the Sturmgewehr 44 (StG44), which the German forces used from 1944. Determined to find an equally effective weapon, the Soviet Union launched a competition, which was won by Mikhail Kalashnikov. Having been wounded at the Battle of Bryansk, Kalashnikov began designing weapons. The AK-47 has been in use since the late 1940s. Kalashnikov, who died in 2013, aged 94 made little money out of his invention. Rather ruefully he said he wished he had designed a lawnmower. Although the AK-47 remains the most popular assault rifle in the world, last year the Kalashnikov company said it was branching out into menswear. "Kalashnikov is a global brand," said Kalashnikov's marketing director, Vladimir Dmitriyev, "and we rightly believe that clothing and souvenir products with our symbol will be in demand among buyers."



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