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Kalashnikov Celebrates Weapon's Success

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Kalashnikov Celebrates Weapon's Success

Kalashnikov Celebrates Weapon's Success

Kalashnikov Celebrates Weapon's Success

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Finally, one of those good news stories out of Iraq. Well, maybe good news, depending on who you are. It comes from the designer of the Kalashnikov assault rifle. Mihail Kalashnikov is 86 now. He's the creator of the old Soviet rifle that's cheap, reliable and plentiful around the world. He told a news conference in Moscow that Americans in Iraq have used AK-47's in preference to their American weapons, proving the value of his gun.

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Finally, one of those good news stories out of Iraq. Well, maybe good news, depending on who you are. It comes from the designer of the Kalashnikov assault rifle. Mihail Kalashnikov is 86 now--creator of the old Soviet gun that's cheap, and reliable and plentiful in many violent spots. He told a news conference in Moscow that Americans in Iraq have used AK-47's in preference to their American weapons, which, he says, proves the value of his gun.

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