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September 19 - Gunsmith Day

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In the Russian defense industry, the professional holiday is celebrated on September 19. It began in 2012, after the adoption of the corresponding presidential decree in December 2011 by Dmitry Medvedev.


September 19 is considered in the Orthodox tradition as the day of veneration of the Archangel Michael, who is not only the leader of the heavenly army, but also the patron saint of masters armory cases. Therefore, this date has become a holiday for workers of the military-industrial complex of our country, who create unsurpassed samples of domestic weapons.

The very idea of ​​the holiday arose thanks to another Mikhail, whose surname is known all over the planet, Kalashnikov. This happened in 2010, when Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited the defense enterprises of Izhevsk. During the trip, he met with the renowned inventor of the legendary Soviet AK-47 assault rifle. The conversation of the country's most famous weapons designer Mikhail Kalashnikov with Putin resulted in the emergence of a new holiday.


Having mentioned Kalashnikov, it is impossible not to recall other talented creators of Russian weapons, which our country has always been rich in.

Among them is Sergei Mosin, who in 1891 gave his name to the famous rifle he created, known in Russia and abroad as the "three-line". It turned out to be such a perfect weapon that it served for over a century. One of the last countries to officially withdraw it from service was Belarus. And this happened in 2005.

It is also worth mentioning Vasily Degtyarev, who was the author of not only a whole line of machine guns, but also the creator of the formidable anti-tank gun PTRD, which caused significant damage tank units of the Wehrmacht. And in 2014, it again served the Donbass militia fighters, but already against the Ukrainian punishers.

And how not to remember Georgy Shpagin, who created the most massive automatic weapon of the Red Army in the Great Patriotic War - the PPSh submachine gun, which the soldiers affectionately called "daddy".

Let's not forget the name of the creator of the PM pistol Nikolay Makarov. He not only armed our army officers and law enforcement officers. In addition to weapons, he created a hand-held machine for closing lids during conservation, familiar to every Soviet mistress.

Let us also recall Evgeny Dragunov, who created the most massive sniper rifle in the world - SVD. Although it is already about half a century old, its modernized version is still used today.

With the development of technology, weapons also developed. And the latest examples of Soviet and Russian weapons, even the most high-tech ones, have always been at least at the level of foreign ones or exceeded them. And all of this happened thanks to our talented engineers in the defense industry. Among them, one cannot but recall Academician Anatoly Savin, who was involved in the creation of reactive guided weapons, global information and control systems used in the space industry, and many other high-tech developments.

In addition to these famous designers and gunsmiths, I would like to mention with a kind word the ordinary Russian and Soviet workers in the defense industry who forged Victory during the Great Patriotic War. And after the war, they helped to ensure the defense of our country.

Today the editorial board of "Voenny Obozreniye" wants to congratulate the valiant workers of the military-industrial complex of Russia. We congratulate the gunsmiths of Tula, Kovrov, Izhevsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur and dozens of other cities where the basis of our national defense is being created. We wish success in labor to the creators of the glorious Russian weapons!
Photos used:
https://kalashnikovgroup.ru/, http://www.kremlin.ru/
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  1. GTYCBJYTH2021
    GTYCBJYTH2021 19 September 2020 05: 24 New
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    GLORY TO SOVIET WEAPONS MASTERS !!!!!!!! soldier soldier soldier
    1. Ragnar Lodbrok
      Ragnar Lodbrok 19 September 2020 08: 32 New
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      Happy holiday, health and success!
      1. Michael67
        Michael67 19 September 2020 08: 45 New
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        The best technique in modern combat is the Kalashnikov assault rifle. All gunsmiths - Happy Holidays!

        And they also say - "Optimists learn English, pessimists - Chinese. And realists teach the Kalashnikov assault rifle."
        1. GTYCBJYTH2021
          GTYCBJYTH2021 19 September 2020 12: 23 New
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          Quote: Michael67
          The best technique in modern combat is the Kalashnikov assault rifle. All gunsmiths - Happy Holidays!

          And they also say - "Optimists learn English, pessimists - Chinese. And realists teach the Kalashnikov assault rifle."

          there are no bars to the remote control
  2. cost
    cost 19 September 2020 05: 26 New
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    September 19 - Gunsmith Day

    All those involved with a professional holiday drinks
  3. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 19 September 2020 05: 49 New
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    I join in the congratulations of the specialists and workers of the weapons sector.
    We have our own style, our own school, traditions and history. Keep it up!
  4. Kapkan
    Kapkan 19 September 2020 06: 34 New
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    All the holiday!
  5. Guards turn
    Guards turn 19 September 2020 06: 43 New
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    On September 19, Tula will celebrate the Day of the gunsmith. On this day, the city will host a bike ride, a book-illustrated exhibition, theatrical performances, quests, a master class and concerts. An exhibition of modern military equipment will be open from 11.00 on Lenin Square. It will present the developments of the Tula defense industry enterprises. At 21.00, city residents will see a festive fireworks display.
    Gunsmith's Day is a professional holiday for workers in the defense industry, celebrated on September 19 annually since 2012.
    1. Malyuta
      Malyuta 19 September 2020 18: 19 New
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      Tulyakov with HOLIDAY !!!
      1. Vladimir Demyanov
        Vladimir Demyanov 19 September 2020 19: 06 New
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        Tokarev was forgotten by: SVT, TT, Vladimirova;
        Goryunov, Simonov, Korovin, Fedorov and many, many others. Is it more "serious"? Anything in service? Happy Holidays everyone!
  6. aszzz888
    aszzz888 19 September 2020 07: 03 New
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    And there is a reason to remember the names of all our greatest gunsmiths! drinks I will not list their names and services - they are always heard and remembered! good Glory to our people !!! soldier
  7. Jack O'Neill
    Jack O'Neill 19 September 2020 07: 09 New
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    Airplanes are also weapons, so here you are. Chet came in vidos with music, in the morning it is!
    1. aszzz888
      aszzz888 19 September 2020 07: 55 New
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      Jack O'Neill (Argon-1)
      Today, 07: 09
      -2
      Airplanes are also weapons, so here you are.
      Have you read the article? Do you have any idea about gunsmiths? An elephant with a basket on its back, and also a weapon with spearmen? laughing
      Pi. C. And aircraft are developed by aircraft designers, I hope you don't need to explain the difference?
      1. ccsr
        ccsr 19 September 2020 09: 44 New
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        Quote: aszzz888
        Have you read the article? Do you have any idea about gunsmiths? An elephant with a basket on its back, and also a weapon with spearmen?

        As far as I understand, the day of the gunsmith is not only a professional holiday for our defense industry, but also for all those who were responsible for the creation of weapons and equipment for our army in the Ministry of Defense, regardless of the type and type of troops.
        All involved in the holiday!
    2. sedoj
      sedoj 19 September 2020 13: 16 New
      +3
      Quote: Jack O'Neill
      Airplanes are also weapons, so here you are.

      Oh well. A holiday of Russian gunsmiths, and in the video there is an advertisement for American weapons. Or do they also have a holiday on this day?
      1. aszzz888
        aszzz888 20 September 2020 11: 04 New
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        sedoj (Yuri)
        Yesterday, 13: 16
        +3
        Quote:
        sedoj (Yuri) Yesterday, 13:16
        +3
        Quote: Jack O'Neill
        Airplanes are also weapons, so here you are.

        Oh well. Holiday of Russian gunsmiths, and the video advertises American weapons... Or do they also have a holiday on this day?


        So this is the Merikatosian sang along. laughing
        1. Jack O'Neill
          Jack O'Neill 20 September 2020 15: 11 New
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          So this is the Merikatosian sang along. laughing

          And why such a conclusion? Will there be proofs?
  8. Astra wild
    Astra wild 19 September 2020 07: 19 New
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    I hoped that they would tell about Andrei Chokhov, the creator of the "Tsar Cannon" and other first Russian gunsmiths.
    The author mentioned the PPSh, but did not mention that during the Great Patriotic War Soviet women and children stood behind the machines.
  9. Ascold1901
    Ascold1901 19 September 2020 09: 52 New
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    I join in the congratulations!))) Forty years have passed, and I still remember the number of my Aksana (AKS-74U) - 762)))). Now would be at the shooting range)))).
  10. Alien From
    Alien From 19 September 2020 10: 17 New
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    Gunsmiths-shield of the Motherland! Happy holiday to all involved !!!!
  11. Catfish
    Catfish 19 September 2020 11: 23 New
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    All those involved in the creation of domestic weapons - Happy Holidays!

    Let us recall those with whom the creation of modern weapons began and without whom there would not be what our army now has.
    Mosin Sergei Ivanovich, we all knew about his rifle literally from the cradle.


    I also want to recall Captain Sokolov, who designed a machine gun for the Maxim machine gun, with which this machine gun successfully went through two world wars.
    Alexander Alekseevich Sokolov (August 10, 1869, Petropavlovsk - December 9, 1943 [1]) - Major General of the Russian Imperial Army, brigadier engineer of the Red Army,
    was born in 1869 in Petropavlovsk in a peasant family. - and at the same time became a general of the royal army
    In 1903 Sokolov was appointed head of the workshops of the Artillery Technical School. And he began to develop a machine for the Maxim machine gun.
    Unfortunately, I did not find a photograph of the inventor, so only a machine gun on his machine.
  12. VIP
    VIP 19 September 2020 13: 42 New
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    The author has probably not heard of: Simonov, Rukavishnikov, Goryunov, Gryazev, Shipunov
    I doubt that he knows the history of the creation of the three-line. For some reason I did not remember Fedorov, but he was indeed a talented gunsmith, who created the world's first machine gun.
    He does not know at all that the TT pistol is at the heart of Browning, and Tokarev really created SVT "light". The first wide-format camera in the Union.
    1. cat Rusich
      cat Rusich 19 September 2020 19: 11 New
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      Makarov - PM, Lebedev - PL, Yarygin - PYa, Kozlov ("Boa constrictor", "Poloz" - his "children"), Serdyukov - SPS (SR-1 Gyurza) ... And these are only those who are mentioned in the name of the weapon ( except for I. Kozlov - why?). And how many "nameless" gunsmiths every day modify, develop, and are named in honor of the "chief designer" or even without a name remain as PSS - V. Levchenko, Yu. Krylov, V. Petrov, E. Kornilova.
      Pss
      We do not forget YOU Guys good
    2. Vladimir Demyanov
      Vladimir Demyanov 19 September 2020 19: 14 New
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      A little clarification: not a widescreen, but a panoramic FT, a continuation of "Horizon". FT - Tokarev's camera.
    3. John22
      John22 19 September 2020 21: 02 New
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      Gunsmith Rukavishnikov is a closed topic for some reason. There is no information about him in any book!