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This is a guest post written by my buddy, CASES4CASES:
Every so often I come across a toy that I wish I had as a kid. Hell, there are many toys I didn’t have growing up that I wish I had today as an adult! But there are certain toys that, when you look at them as an adult, you just know would have made your childhood a few notches cooler . . .
Fifty years ago, the idea that armed people could not stop a mass killing would have been laughable. Throughout the past, as it is now, armed defense is the best protection against being slaughtered or enslaved en masse. If you were not armed, organized and pro-active, you ended up dead or someone else’s slave. In much of the world, including historical times, you were eaten. The claim that being unarmed makes a person “safe” is recent and wrong. As the United States Air Force has now acknowledged. From military.com . . .
“A superb Parker side-by-side ‘Lifter Gun’ manufactured in the heart of Gun Valley in 1869 has been restored to new condition to serve as the 2016 SHOT Show Auction ‘Western Heritage’ shotgun available for viewing and bidding on www.GunBroker.com,” the pre-SHOT Show presser proclaims. [Full text after the jump.] Huh. I reckon there are non-functional historical pieces that should stay that way. But I totally get the thrill of firing a historical piece. It’s visceral ballistic time travel. What’s the oldest gun you own? If it’s functional, how does it make you feel to fire it? . . .
Accuracy International isn’t a household name for most American shooters. But military snipers throughout the world revere the marque as it if it was divinely inspired. And with good reason. World’s longest sniper kill? Check. In use with 60+ countries, including British SAS? Check. First chassis system? Check. Industry leading detachable box magazine? Check. We’ve been able to spend some quality time with their AX-50 anti-material sniper rifle and can report now report to the Armed Intelligentsia . . .
In the summer of 1972 I was five years old. I don’t remember much from that time but I have a fairly good memory of the TV news reports of the Munich massacre, where the Palestinian group Black September killed 11 Israeli Olympic athletes. One thing that didn’t go unnoticed: the unique Walther MP series submachineguns used by first responder German Polizei units. They looked so sinister. It would take 42 years for me to actually fire one, an opportunity provided by Battlefield Vegas. Make the jump to get the G2 on this innovative historic firearm . . .
A few days ago President Obama signed legislation enabling thousands of 1911 handguns to be transferred from the U.S. Government stores into the CMP’s possession for sale to the general public. Naturally this caused something of a stir within American firearms collector community, and people have been loading up their wheelbarrows of cash ever since. There’s just one problem: the phrases “enable” and “may” are not exactly immediate directives, and not even the CMP knows when the blessed event will happen. In fact, they have sent out a pretty curt email to that effect . . .
Tom McHale writes [via ammoland.com]:
The U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30, M1 (a.k.a., the M1 Carbine) reached a total production of over six million rifles in just 38 months. As a wartime project, quantity and speed were both production necessities. The only other single WWII item made in greater quantities was the M1 steel helmet . . .
You may recall that an archaeological crew stumbled onto a old rifle leaning against a tree during a survey of the Great Basin national park last November. The Las Vegas reviewjournal.com now reports that “the park sent the Winchester Model 1873 this year to be examined and stabilized in its current, weathered condition. In the process, the staff at Cody took an X-ray of the rifle and discovered a cartridge tucked inside its stock where cleaning rods normally were kept.” And so . . .
We keep trying to get TTAG commentator Dyspeptic Gunsmith to write for us. He insists he doesn’t have the time…and then posts articulate, insightful material in the comments section. Go figure. So here’s DP’s take on the genius of John Moses Browning . . .
Russians have sent guns into space before. Back in the day, Russian astronauts carried a combination rifle, shotgun, and survival axe designed to keep them alive (and out of enemy hands) should they land somewhere other than Mother Russia. While weapons of mass destruction are banned from being placed into orbit, Russia didn’t have any second thoughts about placing heavily armed space stations into orbit during the turbulent 1970’s. Thanks to a Russian TV program, we’re getting a glimpse at the configuration of Russia’s orbital R-23 machine gun. The gun was intended to . . .