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Armsman's Day of Russia

September 19 in Russia is celebrating Armsmaster's Day. This year, the holiday "celebrates" its own small anniversary - 5 years from the date of the festive dates of Russia in the calendar. The commemoration of the Gunsmith's Day (in 2010 year) is the merit of perhaps the most famous gunsmith of our country, Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov, Hero of the Russian Federation, Twice Hero of Socialist Labor, Laureate of the Lenin and Stalin awards, whose name has become a real symbol of weapon quality associated with the Russian defense shield. It is thanks to his enthusiastic merit of domestic masters who created and create weapon, were specially marked by the state - a professional holiday appeared, the absence of which in the calendar for many years may well be considered a strange misunderstanding.

Switzerland is famous for its watchmakers, France - for winemakers, Germany - for car manufacturers. Russia has a lot of reasons to be proud of its master gunsmiths. This is Mikhail Kalashnikov himself, who has created a truly massive and effective weapon, which after his death will remain for many years one of the most sought after on the planet.

Armsman's Day of Russia

The outstanding gunsmith of Russia (Soviet Union) - Yevgeny Fedorovich Dragunov. Mikhail Kalashnikov lived and worked in Izhevsk for a long time, and Yevgeny Dragunov was born in this glorious city of Russian gunsmiths. His offspring are also known around the world. One of the most branded (or, in Russian, recognizable) brands, SVD, is the famous Dragunov sniper rifle, developed by a group of designers led by Evgeny Fedorovich in the late 50-x and early 60-s.

The rifle is in service with dozens of armies of the world: from Uzbekistan and Mongolia to Venezuela and Nicaragua. The characteristics of this sniper weapon allow him and more than 50 years after the release of the series to remain one of the most effective in its class. It would seem that 50 years for weapons is an unthinkable period during which it manages to become hopelessly obsolete, but this is not about the Dragunov sniper rifle, and not about the Kalashnikov assault rifle. Time seems to have no power over these outstanding developments of the domestic masters, because the potential of these rifle samples is such that, modernizing and developing, they keep pace with time.

The first year of the celebration of the gunsmith day in Russia was marked by the appearance of a new sniper rifle. It's about T-5000 "Orsis", which is manufactured by Promtechnologia LLC. The rifle, developed by the specialists of “Weapon Systems”, has once again proved that the Russian small arms are the highest weapon aerobatics. In 2012, the fighters of the Department “A” of the Special Purpose Center of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation took the main trophy at the “Police & sniper world cup” competition using the very latest T-5000 “Orsis” rifles.

Arms Russia is also the design associations that created the nuclear shield of Russia. One of these associations is the collective of the enterprise, which today bears the name of OJSC Corporation Moscow Institute of Thermal Engineering, a team of research centers and institutes that worked closely with MIT. This is where the main work was carried out to create strategic missile systems Topol "And" Topol-M ".

MIT also developed a Russian mobile and silo-based solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile with a split head RS-24 Yars, which negates all efforts to create a missile defense system “friends” aimed against Russia. Work on the creation of "Yars" were conducted under the guidance of Professor Yuri Solomon. Yuri Semenovich is also the head of development of such a formidable weapon as the P-30 "Bulava". By decree of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin from 28 on April 2015, Yuri Solomonov was awarded the title of Hero of Labor of the Russian Federation with the award of the gold medal “Hero of Labor of the Russian Federation”.

The Gunsmith Day is a special holiday for the glorious city of Tula, which at one time received the unofficial title of the arms capital. The authorities and public organizations have decided not to limit themselves to a one-day celebration of the Arms Maker Day. Festive events in the city began the day before and will end on Sunday. The central event of this three-day holiday "marathon" is the sightseeing tour "Tula Arms". As part of the tour, an exhibition of military equipment. Residents and guests of the city have the opportunity to see on the square in front of the central park of the Smerch, Uragan, Grad volley fire systems and other equipment.

In addition, master classes of the Tula Gunsmith Guild will be held. This is a regional branch of the Guild of Craftsmen-Gunsmiths, which has its offices in various cities of Russia and not only Russia. There are representative offices of the Guild in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novokuznetsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Bryansk, Vladimir, and other cities. There are representative offices in Belarus and Abkhazia. The organization of one of its goals is to instill a sense of aesthetic pleasure in meeting with historical weapons. Representatives of the Guild often conduct scientific internships and training sessions in museums of the Moscow Kremlin, the State Historical Museum, and various weapons funds. Today, a master class is given in Tula.

"Military Review" congratulates all compatriots involved in the arms industry of the country on their professional holiday! Thank you for the reliable shield of Russia!
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  1. yuriy55
    yuriy55 19 September 2015 04: 47 New
    Congratulations to everyone who forges the glory of Russian weapons !!!
    1. pilot8878
      pilot8878 19 September 2015 10: 50 New
      I join in the congratulations. With wishes for new ideas and unexpected solutions for the glory of Russian weapons and fear of enemies!
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  2. wanderer_
    wanderer_ 19 September 2015 05: 12 New
    Happy Armsman Day! Would it be without your labors what would we arm ourselves with? So, thanks both from the country and from those who hold your weapon in their hands, of course, using it exclusively for peaceful purposes! I wish you happiness and longevity, augmenting the skills of workers of a special sort and fulfilling wishes!
    1. Kuzyakin15
      Kuzyakin15 19 September 2015 13: 02 New
      I join the previous speakers.
      Happy holiday to all gunsmiths of Russia!
      You deserve a holiday and congratulations.
      Good luck, success and long life to all of you, from general designers to WORKERS.
  3. exalex2
    exalex2 19 September 2015 05: 24 New
    Fedorov. Everything else doesn’t matter .. Respect the letter “ё.” Because we speak Russian and Russian.?
  4. bionik
    bionik 19 September 2015 05: 33 New
    Glory to Russian weapons and their creators !!!!! I would add the designers Gryazev Vasily Petrovich and Arkady Georgievich Shipunov even higher than the designers listed in the article.
    1. SRC P-15
      SRC P-15 19 September 2015 10: 09 New
      Quote: bionik
      Glory to Russian weapons and their creators !!!!! I would add the designers Gryazev Vasily Petrovich and Arkady Georgievich Shipunov even higher than the designers listed in the article.

      Simonov’s self-loading carbine, together with its inventor Sergei Simonov, is undeservedly forgotten in the article. This carbine is still used in ceremonial guards. He served in 1973-75 and had an SCS. Great weapon, especially for accuracy.
      All gunsmiths with a holiday!
      1. bionik
        bionik 19 September 2015 10: 23 New
        Quote: SRC P-15

        This carbine is still used in ceremonial guards.

        It is popular among many hunters, but there are also opponents. It is loved for its simplicity and reliability of its design, availability of a cartridge, as well as cheapness.
        1. bergma
          bergma 20 September 2015 22: 55 New
          Quote: bionik
          It is popular among many hunters, but there are also opponents.

          Why? It’s not bad for hunting. If only for small game. For a large one, it won’t.
      2. bergma
        bergma 20 September 2015 22: 54 New
        Quote: SRC P-15
        This carbine is still used in ceremonial guards

        Well, maybe for that. For the army (aoyna) is not suitable.
        Quote: SRC P-15
        Great weapon, especially for accuracy.

        Firing accuracy is not the only characteristic of weapons.
  5. Amurets
    Amurets 19 September 2015 05: 55 New
    Congratulations to all, all gunsmiths. Everyone who makes weapons. On this day, we need to remember not only the creators of modern weapons, but also our ancestors from Koval Ludoshi whose sword proved the antiquity of weapons in Russia to those who created the legendary weapon of our victories.
  6. Sasha75
    Sasha75 19 September 2015 06: 19 New
    The advantage of our weapons is excessive reliability, ease of use and production, all these advantages abroad are considered disadvantages. It takes a long time to buy a new one; you do not need a lack of simplicity of production means cheap construction complexity, so that it is more mysterious and tear money for exclusive. We do it for ourselves, so that it would be more convenient for us to protect our homeland; it’s just business for them.
    1. Buffalo
      Buffalo 19 September 2015 13: 06 New
      Reliability is never excessive, it is not strength!
    2. fennekRUS
      fennekRUS 19 September 2015 13: 22 New
      Yes, all marketing. Look at the “latest” samples — all from the 40-60s. Added plastic, trims, body kit. Inside, all the same M-16, AKM, M-1. G-3 and others. Unless glock, and the FN P90 offered something new. Shooting is the most conservative part of weapons. And IMHO will remain so until the advent of new ammunition.
      And to our gunsmithsGo with your head proudly raised! The prevalence of Russian weapons speaks for itself. Happy holiday! But do not rest on your laurels. Improve quality, think about user convenience.
  7. mirag2
    mirag2 19 September 2015 06: 19 New
    Congratulations to the creators of Russian weapons!
    And ingenious designers and gold-armed workers, in short, all those involved good
  8. Sasha75
    Sasha75 19 September 2015 06: 26 New
    M16 - The butt melts under the magnifying glass.
    AK-47 - Under the magnifying glass, you can see Vietnamese mud still working instead of grease.
    Mosin Rifle - Under the magnifying glass you can see the blood-soaked tree.

    M16 - Wedges when dirty.
    AK-47 - Works when dirty.
    Mosin Rifle - There wasn’t a clear moment of entering the troops in 1892.

    M16 - Hundreds of moving parts held together by dozens of bolts and screws.
    AK-47 - A pair of dozens of moving parts held together by a handful of rivets and the ugly seams of a drunken Russian welder.
    Mosin rifle - three moving parts, two screws.

    M16 - You are more likely to die than you will break this expensive rifle in hand-to-hand combat.
    AK-47 - Your submachine gun can beat off well in hand-to-hand combat.
    Mosin Rifle - Your rifle is a cool spear with the ability to shoot.

    M16 - If a striker breaks, you will return the rifle to the factory under warranty.
    AK-47- If a striker breaks, you buy a new one.
    Mosin Rifle - If a striker breaks, you spin it a couple of turns further into the bolt.

    M16 - More difficult to manufacture than some aircraft.
    AK-47 - Used by countries that do not have money for airplanes.
    Mosin Rifle - Aircraft were shot down from it.

    M16 - The owner's favorite drink is whiskey.
    AK-47 - The owner’s favorite drink is vodka.
    Mosin Rifle - Owner's favorite drink is brake fluid discharged over a frozen crowbar.

    M16 - Makes a small hole, neatly in accordance with the Geneva Convention.
    AK-47 - Makes a big hole, sometimes tears off limbs, does not comply with the Geneva Convention.
    Mosin Rifle - One of the reasons for the creation of the Geneva Convention.

    M16 - Perfectly shoots small rodents.
    AK-47 - Perfectly shoots enemies of the motherland.
    Mosin Rifle - Perfectly shoots light armored vehicles.

    M16 - Once in a river, it stops working.
    AK-47 - Once in the river, it shoots anyway.
    Mosin Rifle - Once in a river, it is usually used as a paddle.

    M16 - The grenade launcher is heavy, but can put a grenade in the window for 200 meters.
    AK-47 - If anything, the grenade from the grenade launcher can be thrown into the window with your hand.
    Mosin Rifle - Which Grenade? Hit through the wall, the cartridge pierces almost a meter of brick.

    M16 - You can put a silencer, a small cartridge does not give a lot of noise.
    AK-47 - In principle, you can put a silencer, but it’s better just to press enemies to the ground with continuous fire.
    Mosin Rifle - Nafig silencer, when after the first shot will everyone go deaf?

    M16 - Weapons of defense.
    AK-47 - Weapons of attack.
    Mosin Rifle - Weapon of Victory !!!
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  9. Tigrus
    Tigrus 19 September 2015 06: 40 New
    Our weapons are the best and most reliable!
    1. Wolverine
      Wolverine 19 September 2015 08: 52 New
      To all citizens of Russia in the trunk, in order to self-defense.
  10. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 19 September 2015 06: 59 New
    Recall Mosin, Fedorov, Degtyarev, Shpagin, Sudaev, Makarov, Stechnkin and of course Kalashnikov — and this is only for small arms. And how many gunsmiths worked on artillery systems, tanks, aircraft weapons. All remained in memory and brought Glory to Russian weapons.
  11. aszzz888
    aszzz888 19 September 2015 07: 32 New
    Huge and voluminous materials can be written about our Glorious Gunsmiths. Of course, in this article, which I put + EVERYTHING you can’t cover, but the meaning is clear and clear for a long time.
    All of our Russian, Soviet, Russian gunsmiths, collectives working on this important and necessary topic - Happy Holiday !!!
  12. Volga Cossack
    Volga Cossack 19 September 2015 08: 05 New
    Happy Holidays Creators of Weapons Who Defend Our Motherland!
  13. Tusv
    Tusv 19 September 2015 08: 07 New
    Sincere congratulations to the masters of a peaceful sky above our heads.
    I would like the adversary to grab a piece of the world called Russia, and here the birthday people created: Kalashi, Yarsy, Almaty, Sushi, Pinocchio, a bouquet of flowers, the world's best air defense systems. They’re scared, I don’t
  14. Reptiloid
    Reptiloid 19 September 2015 08: 26 New
    With all my heart I congratulate all Russians, and especially those who read Military Review, on Weapons Day !!! It’s good that we now have such patriotic holidays! Let’s recall Russian damask steel, which is still unclear how it was tempered! cannons with wheels --- Europe got to know them only after Mamaia! Recall rifles invented by the Russians, our Katyusha !!! Glory! Glory! Glory!
  15. bunta
    bunta 19 September 2015 08: 39 New
    Happy Birthday!
  16. DesToeR
    DesToeR 19 September 2015 08: 51 New
    Quote: Sasha75
    The advantage of our weapons is excessive reliability.

    Reliability is never excessive
  17. Barakuda
    Barakuda 19 September 2015 09: 06 New
    Who is involved - GLORY, HONOR and RESPECT! good
    And I have “flies” shot like toys were, my father’s makar and a bunch of all kinds of cartridges. smile It left an imprint on the brain. 6-9 years it was.
  18. Gray 43
    Gray 43 19 September 2015 09: 09 New
    Russian weapons are made according to the principle "tailored, but stitched tightly", for this they are loved all over the world, glory to Russian gunsmiths !!! Kalashnikov is one of the immortal geniuses of our "defense", no matter how much they argue about the authorship of his brainchild
  19. Wolka
    Wolka 19 September 2015 09: 13 New
    Happy holiday dear comrades and colleagues ...
  20. parusnik
    parusnik 19 September 2015 09: 20 New
    I bow to you, gunsmiths .. I have never failed .. Happy holiday!
  21. onix757
    onix757 19 September 2015 10: 18 New
    There are no Russian weapons yet. There is a Soviet and a Soviet-made work.
    1. Buffalo
      Buffalo 19 September 2015 13: 03 New
      Good morning, comrade! As the famous joke said: "Learn materiel, guys!" And statistics.
    2. bergma
      bergma 20 September 2015 23: 00 New
      Quote: onix757
      There are no Russian weapons yet.

      Yes? But what about PY? Nevertheless, the first real army pistol in the army for all the time of its existence. And it is Russian. True, on the cartridge of Steam. But there's nothing to be done. The domestic industry did not produce normal pistol cartridges.
  22. da Vinci
    da Vinci 19 September 2015 10: 21 New
    Quote: Tigrus
    Our weapons are the best and most reliable!

    Better is "One of the best, and will be - even better" (sorry for the tautology
    1. Buffalo
      Buffalo 19 September 2015 13: 13 New
      Exactly, exactly!
      We will not be likened to Santa Claus that “I myself will delete, sing a boastful song”! laughing
  23. AdekvatNICK
    AdekvatNICK 19 September 2015 11: 46 New
    Russian gunsmiths are our pride.
  24. sub307
    sub307 19 September 2015 12: 31 New
    Glory to Russian weapons! All involved with the holiday!
  25. Buffalo
    Buffalo 19 September 2015 13: 02 New
    Congratulations to domestic gunsmiths on their professional holiday!
    I wish you good health, prosperity and creative success.
    Especially, I want to congratulate my fellow countrymen-Tulaks. I myself have to do with the creation of weapons. The fact that many Tula defense enterprises, like a bone in the throat of the United States and its allies, cannot but cause legitimate pride. Enemies curse - it's cooler than any reward!
  26. wk
    wk 19 September 2015 13: 07 New
    Congratulations on the holiday and wish fair competition among domestic manufacturers, as it was, although not without costs in the Soviet era ..... and today, solid lobbyists and the trend toward monopolization, it is not sad!
  27. Jan Ivanov
    Jan Ivanov 19 September 2015 14: 08 New
    Thank you, home front workers. Only thanks to you Russia is remembered, Russia is still there, and they do not forget to reckon with us.
    Successes, opportunities, prospects. And let the battle for the buyer forever remain the harshest real battle for your weapons.
  28. python2a
    python2a 19 September 2015 15: 13 New
    The greatest merit in the development of automatic small arms belongs to General Major of the Tsarist Army, General Lieutenant of the Soviet Army Vladimir Grigorievich Fedorov. Without which there would be no remarkable Russian gunsmiths such as Kalashnikov, Sudaev, Degtyarev Shpagin and others.
    1. dimann271
      dimann271 20 September 2015 02: 02 New
      Hello dear! Ah, S.I. Mosin? I learned to shoot from this screw! I was 5 years old, hit back, but, right on target!
    2. bergma
      bergma 20 September 2015 23: 06 New
      Quote: python2a
      General to the Tsar’s Army Major, General to the Lieutenant of the Soviet Army, Vladimir Grigorievich Fedorov.

      Really? And can you recall some more or less suitable product of this "author"? The fact that the dude was authoritative is a fact. But such authoritative was full. But there was no one to make weapons.
      Quote: python2a
      Without which there would be no remarkable Russian gunsmiths such as Kalashnikov, Sudaev, Degtyarev Shpagin and others.

      What is it like? Was he friends with their mothers? Because in terms of designing weapons, he was somehow not noticed in particular successes.