Nikolay Mikhaylovich Afanasyev

Nikolay Mikhailovich Afanasyev
Born Nikolay Mikhailovich Afanasyev
(1916-11-14)November 14, 1916
St. Petersburg, Russia.
Died March 15, 2009(2009-03-15) (aged 92)
Occupation Weapons designer

Nikolay Mikhailovich Afanasyev (Russian: Николай Михайлович Афанасьев, also known as Nicolai Michaelovich Afanasiev) (November 14, 1916 – March 15, 2009) was a Russian firearms designer.[1]


Nicolai Michaelovitch Afanasiev was born in Russia on 14 November 1916 in St. Petersburg. In 1938 he graduated from a Tekhnikum of the Mechanization of Agriculture.

In 1939 he was drafted to serve in a tank corps in Mongolia, where he started to work on machine gun design. After the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, he volunteered for front-line service. He was allowed to be a fighter from September 1941 until the fall of 1942, when he was recalled to work on armaments, initially on improving fuses for 82- and 120-mm mortars.

After 1948 Afanasiev worked at the KBP Instrument Design Bureau.[1]

He died on 15 March 2009.


Honours and awards


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 "Памяти Николая Михайловича Афанасьева", КАЛАШНИКОВ. ОРУЖИЕ, БОЕПРИПАСЫ, СНАРЯЖЕНИЕ 2009/4, p. 24
  2. Руслан Учмак, "Не вписавшийся в классификации. Лёгкий пулемёт под пистолетный патрон конструкции Лютого, Афанасьева и Дейкина", Kalashnikov 2012/5, pp. 82-87; addendum photo with the belt and its box: Коробка и лента к пулемету ЛАД под 7,62-мм пистолетный патрон
  3. Monetchikov, Sergei (2005). История русского автомата [The History of Russian Assault Rifle] (in Russian). St. Petersburg: Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps. pp. 87–93. ISBN 5-98655-006-4.

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