Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the Avtomat Kalashnikov rifle, dead at 94 on Dec 23, 2013.
The former Soviet tanker was quoted at one point as saying:
“Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer. I always wanted to construct agricultural machinery.”
He was also often quoted for saying that he didn’t mind having designed the world’s most prolific rifle as he did it to keep his homeland safe.