Victor Kalashnikov

Victor Mikhailovich Kalashnikov (Russian: Ви́ктор Миха́йлович Кала́шников; 16 July 1942 – 27 March 2018) was a Russian small arms designer known for developing the PP-19 Bizon machine pistols.

Victor Kalashnikov
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Kalashnikov at his father Mikhail Kalashnikov's funeral, December 2013
Victor Mikhailovich Kalashnikov

(1942-07-16)16 July 1942[1]
Died27 March 2018(2018-03-27) (aged 75)
OccupationSmall arms designer
Known forDesigner of the PP-19 Bizon
ChildrenMikhail and Aleksandr[2]
Parent(s)Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov, Ekaterina Viktorovna Kalashnikova[3]
AwardsOrder of the Badge of Honour[4]

Early life and educationEdit

Kalashnikov was born 16 July 1942 in Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union, the son of legendary weapons designer Mikhail Kalashnikov[5] and Ekaterina Viktorovna Kalashnikova.[3][4]

Victor graduated in 1966 from a mechanical institute in Izhevsk in the Soviet Union.[1]


Kalashnikov began his weapon designing career in 1966 by conducting a series of tests of the AK-47 and summarizing the factors that affect its stability, durability, and reliability.[1] He was then involved in the development of self-loading hunting rifles.[6]

He designed a number of parts and components and participated in developing self-loading hunting rifles and Kalashnikov machine guns. He led a group which designed the Bizon and Vityaz-SN machine pistols.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Kalashnikov had two sons, Mikhail and Aleksandr.[2] He died 27 March 2018 at age 75[5] in Izhevsk, Russia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Russian weapons designer Kalashnikov Jr. passes away". 28 March 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b Sapozhnikova, Galina (10 November 2004). "Михаил Калашников: Я создавал оружие для защиты Отечества, а не для бандитских разборок!". Komsomolskaya Pravda (in Russian).
  3. ^ a b "Биография М.Т.Калашникова". (in Russian). Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Калашников Виктор Михайлович". (in Russian). Kalashnikov Museum.
  5. ^ a b "Viktor Kalashnikov, Son Of Weapons Inventor, Dies At 75". Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. 28 March 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018 – via
  6. ^ "В Ижевске умер Виктор Калашников — сын легендарного конструктора Михаила Калашникова". (in Russian).

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