Victor Alexander Kulikowski (born Wikter Aleksander Kulikowski) was a Polish firearms designer active in the 1940s. One of a number of Polish immigrants who worked for RSAF Enfield, Kulikowski was most known for a suppressor design for the STEN.
History[edit | edit source]
Wikter Aleksander Kulikowski was born in Poland in 1905. He, as with many other Polish engineers, fled to Britain after the German invasion of his country, and lent his services to the British Army, serving as an artillery officer. He was allocated to work at the design department at RSAF Enfield, where he and Col. John Henry Townsend Icke developed the suppressed Sten gun in 1942, which was adopted as the Sten Mk.IIS. He also designed his own submachine gun, the SPARC, which was not successful. While stationed in Britain, he married a British woman and anglicized his name to Victor Alexander Kulikowski. He and his wife moved to Argentina after the war.
In 1961, Kulikowski and his family moved to the United States, where he was employed by Winchester and continued working with small arms. He would later retire to New Jersey where he would die in 1991.
Works[edit | edit source]
Kulikowski is most well known for a suppressor design for the Sten which he designed alongside Col. John Icke while in RSAF Enfield. Kulikowski would also design a number of prototype submachine guns, including the SPARC and MCEM-4, both of which incorporated some form of suppressor.