By Lars Dalseide | November 15 2009 06:02

Jim Supica Some of you may have noticed that little has been heard from National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica after we highlighted him in our recent Trick or Treat at the Museum features. We have a good reason for that.

Jim left early last week for quite the journey. An itinerary calling for ten hours of flying, five hours of driving, and sixteen hours on a train. No, he isn't returning to Hogwarts to teach Defense Against the Dark Arts; he is heading to Izhevsk, the capital city of the Udmurt Republic, Russia.

Why Izhevsk? Because there lives Mikhail Kalashnikov – designer of the famed AK-47. And November 10, 2009 marked his 90th birthday.

Included in the birthday festivities promise to be an inspection of the plant, a tour of the museums, and a meeting with Mr. Kalashnikov.

But what really happened? Where did he go? What did he see? Who did he meet? We'll learn more over the next few weeks as we prepare for the return of Jim Supica.

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