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" Any designer believes his gun is the best, and when its test performance is a bit less impressive compared to others, he feels bitterness and envy. "
" For years, I had a top secret clearance and never left Russia. Just once did I go to Bulgaria with my wife for a holiday at the Golden Sands resort, but I could not mention my real name. I was allowed to travel abroad only in the early 1990s. "
" We had grain but no mills, so I designed a special mill of wood so we could make flour. "
" I shot with it a lot. I still do now. That is why I am hard of hearing. "
" I made it to protect the motherland. "
" Life is composed of different inventions. I have continued to work at different things and rebuilt my home all by myself. I did it for the sake of satisfaction at doing something. "
" Man keeps inventing things all the time. "
" I do not consider the AK to be the best-ever assault rifle. "
" I was probably born with some designing abilities. "
" I was trying to perform as best as possible. I was a boy at the time, but worked well with the sickle. "
" I have continued to work at different things, and rebuilt my home all by myself. I did it for the sake of satisfaction at doing something. I did it because I happened to be where I was. "
" I wanted to invent an engine that could run for ever. I could have developed a new train, had I stayed in the railway. It would have looked like the AK-47 though. "
" Terrorists also want to use simple and reliable arms. "
" The fact that people die because of an AK-47 is not because of the designer, but because of politics. "
" The negative side is that sometimes it is beyond control. "
" Life can make you do many things, even kiss a man with a runny nose. "
" People often ask me how I feel about my invention being used to kill people every day and the AK being a common weapon of ethnic conflicts. I want to make it clear that I created my assault rifle to protect my country. You can blame politicians for its spreading out of control on a global scale. "
" I had to gain experience as I did not have a technical education. "
" I tried a dozen different modifications that were rejected. But they all served as a path to the final design. "
" I'm proud of my invention, but I'm sad that it is used by terrorists. "