Celebrate 2010 with a Kalashnikov

OK, we don’t mean emptying a full mag into the sky — that would be inconsiderate. This year, we’ll celebrate with a different kind of shot from a Kalashnikov: the 82-proof variety.

That’s right, Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov, inventor of the iconic AK-47 assault rifle, has lent his name to a brand of vodka. We don’t know what his licensing fee is, but Kalashnikov hopes that his favorite firewater will, uh, help advance world peace.

“I’ve always thought — and still think — that weapons should serve to promote peace between countries,” he says in a video posted on the Kalashnikov vodka website. “What I’m doing now is promoting this vodka, to strengthen peace and friendship between peoples.”

That’s a nice enough sentiment, so I think I’ll retire the snark for 2009. After the jump, three of Kalashnikov’s high priestesses of peace prepare to usher in 2010. Happy New Year, y’all!

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