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a Russian-made automatic rifle See also AK-47
Word Origin
C20: named after Mikhail Kalashnikov (born 1919), its designer
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Word Origin and History for kalashnikov



type of rifle or submachine gun made in the U.S.S.R., 1968, from Russian Kalashnikov, weapon developed in Soviet Union c.1946 and named for Mikhail Kalashnikov, gun designer and part of the team that built it. In AK-47, the AK stands for Avtomat Kalashnikov.

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