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Thread: Embarrassing mistake in statue of designer of AK-47 rifle

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    Embarrassing mistake in statue of designer of AK-47 rifle

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe...-of-ak47-rifle

    Workers cut out part of a new monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the Soviet Union's legendary AK-47 assault rifle, after eagle-eyed Russians noticed that it mistakenly depicted a German weapon of World War II.

    Just three days ago, the monument to the creator of one of Russia's best known export brands was unveiled with much fanfare in central Moscow.

    A metal bas-relief behind a statue of Kalashnikov depicts the AK-47 and other weapons all supposedly designed by the engineer, who died in 2013.

    ​But on Friday, embarrassed sculptor Salavat Shcherbakov had to admit that among them was the Sturmgewehr 44 (StG 44) assault rifle used by Nazi troops at the end of World War II.

    "We will rectify this," Shcherbakov said in comments broadcast by state-run Rossiya 24 channel. "It looks like this (mistake) sneaked in from the internet."

    By Friday evening a square hole gaped where the German rifle had been depicted in the bas-relief.

    Kalashnikov's weapon, created in 1947, does have a striking resemblance to German arms designer Hugo Schmeissers's StG 44 rifle, created in 1942, although they have major design differences.

    Kalashnikov was known to have said he had heard speculation that he had copied the German rifle.

    Vladislav Kononov, executive director of the Russian Military and Historical Society, was cited by Russian media as saying that the fact that angry Russians had spotted the error in the relief disproved that. Many had earlier vented their disapproval on social media.

    "Every cloud has its silver lining - thanks to this mistake ... a myth has been destroyed that Kalashnikov borrowed some elements of his invention from his foreign colleagues," he said.

    The AK-47, the small-arms mainstay of Russia's armed forces for over 60 years, is called by some experts the most effective weapon ever made.

    Every fifth firearm in the world is a Kalashnikov, with more than 70 million of the assault rifles produced over the past 60 years, the Kalashnikov Concern manufacturer said on its website. Kalashnikovs are in service in 50 foreign armies, it added.

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    its a miracle he wasnt taken out back and shot!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micky Duck View Post
    its a miracle he wasnt taken out back and shot!!!!!
    I think you been watching/listening to too much Western main stream media russophobic propaganda
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    Turns out this idiot sculptor Salavat Shcherbakov - its not his first cock-up
    Did the same mistake on another statu - put German weapons on a military russian wwII memorial or the likes
    Then they go an hire him again ??
    Should take him out the back and shoot him - must be a NATO spy

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    In the US they should have the statue of Eugen Stoener (?) , but seeing what they are doing with their south generals at the moment,I am sure there would be some lefties idiots protesting against it cause the M16/ar has killed so many communists , talibans....etc!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Friwi View Post
    In the US they should have the statue of Eugen Stoener (?) , but seeing what they are doing with their south generals at the moment,I am sure there would be some lefties idiots protesting against it cause the M16/ar has killed so many communists , talibans....etc!
    you could tell those hippies that the m16 was in fact a product of a stoner, and they might actually give it a go.
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    There is a bronze sculpture in Akaroa commemorating a famous artist.
    It shows the artist standing at an easel painting !
    He was a sculptor.

    Pretty funny but being Kiwis we just leave it there and have a bit of a laugh about it.
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    there is small bronze one in Timaru with arm out holding a book open......just invites someone to lay a chocolate log on it.

 

 

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