Kalashnikov passes on
Dead at the age of 94. I'd say John M. Browning was the greatest firearm designer who ever lived, and Kalashnikov is second only to him.
Read his autobio a ways back, a very interesting fellow -- and 100% Stalinist, even though he and his parents spent time (and his father died) in Siberia during Stalin's purges. He was convinced that Stalin wasn't to blame, it was local officials ("if only the king knew, he would fix things").