Have You Hugged Your AK Today?

Press release:

“I could not sit idly by and listen to such irrational prejudice and slander,” said Paul Markel, producer and host of Student of the Gun. “We are trying to combat the hate-speech and prejudice put out during the Presidential Debates this week. And so, we hereby declared Thursday, October 18, 2012 to be National Hug your AK Day.”  . . .

“We encourage free Americans and citizens nationwide to take a moment and hug their AK. If you don’t have an AK to hug, hug your Stoner or Garand. Find someone who does have an AK and offer to join them in a group hug.”

Markel continued, “While you are hugging your favorite Kalashnikov take a moment to consider all the AK’s that have been slandered, libeled, and the targets of hate-speech by self-serving politicians and their sycophant accomplices in the media. Assure your AK that you will do your very best to guard and protect it from such misguided hate and prejudice.”

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  1. avatar ChuckN says:

    Hugging groups for AKs? I’m in! I get a tingling up my leg
    imagining what this would do to a liberal.

  2. avatar Aharon says:

    This general idea is actually very good counter-propaganda or neutralizing messaging to all the gun-grabber anti-AK assault weapon attack messaging that has been going on lately, and well for decades too. If gun-owners were to pose in such warm cuddly embraces with their guns and post the pictures all over the Internet it would probably encourage lots of non-gun owners to imagine guns in a new way, especially young women. Suddenly, guns are warm and cuddly. Who’d of thought that before?

  3. avatar jwm says:

    I don’t have an AK. I don’t dare try to hug my Mosin. That’s a real man’s rifle. None of that touchy feely shit for “Boris”.

    1. avatar Wade says:

      Even ugly soviet lumberjacks need some love sometimes, jwm. I don’t have an AK either, and my AR gets plenty of attention, but my Argentine Mauser gets lonely sometimes, too.

    2. avatar 16V says:

      I have to agree with jwm, hugging your Mosin is like hugging your dominatrix – it just ain’t the way things work…

      “Mosin-Nagant not only punish enemy, Mosin-Nagant punish you.” – Yakov Smirnoff.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Yep, if I was in San Francisco I’d pay big money for the kind of beating my Mosin gives me for free. And when it’s done I gotta clean that sumbitch up again or I don’t get no more action.

        Beat me. Abuse me. And make me write bad checks.

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          Your Mosin is a pussy. Mine makes me watch Mets games.

    3. avatar Kelly in GA says:

      I hugged, fondled, caressed and stroked my Mosin last night. And all she’ll give me this weekend is a beating. I’m going to sure enjoy it, though. Does that make me a masochist?

      1. avatar Gyufygy says:

        Some rifles want to use you.
        Some rifles want to be used by you.
        Some rifles want to abuse you.
        Some rifles want to be abused by you.

  4. avatar RIGHT! says:

    I hug my Hello Kitty MSR on a daily basis, much to the consternation of my non-themed MSR

    1. avatar Human Being says:

      If you don’t treat all your guns equal, you’re going to come in one day to find a little pink bow sticker on the other rifle’s lower receiver and an achingly-desperate, half-despairing look in its sights as it hopes for some of your attention. Seeing that’s going to break your heart. Don’t let it get to that point: treat all of your guns the same.

  5. avatar Greg Camp says:

    It’s a gun. It ain’t the love of my life, nor is it a teddy bear. I’ll clean and oil my guns as needed, but I respect them as tools, not as something to cuddle.

    1. avatar Wade says:

      Geez greg, loosen up. Have a sense of humor. And some feelings.

    2. avatar Rambeast says:

      You hear that sniffling noise from your safe? You just broke their hearts. You big meanie!

      1. avatar Greg Camp says:

        They can handle it. They’re tough.

    3. avatar Human Being says:

      This view of guns as starkly-utilitarian is so unfortunate for both the guns *and* ones who keep them. If those men could learn to view their guns with some sentimentality and add just a touch of romance into the relationship, they would find the interactions with their firearms *so* much more rewarding…

      1. avatar 16V says:

        But what about those of us who can’t afford a 40mm Bofors?

      2. avatar Greg Camp says:

        I agree, but hugging isn’t my version of romanticism when it comes to guns. They’re an object of art and skill and power.

  6. avatar Gregolas says:

    I don’t have an AK. Can I just fondle my SKS?

  7. avatar Cameron S. says:

    I hope an M1 Carbine is good enough. I hugged it after reading this, and it felt good. I may have even locked the action back and played with the bolt release a few times… it sure is a satisfying feeling/sound 🙂

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Pervert. Violating that poor carbine like that.

  8. avatar ChrisN. says:

    I can’t help but be reminded of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman’s bedtime speech in Full Metal Jacket. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwMIAwrIeuY

  9. avatar Curzen says:

    sounds gay

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      You’re just jealous.

      1. avatar Rambeast says:

        It’s only gay if you push back.

    2. avatar إبليس says:

      It’s only gay if you’re on the bottom.

  10. avatar Chris Dumm says:

    I didn’t hug any AKs today, but I stripped two of them yesterday. It was all for legitimate scientific purposes, mind you; nothing icky or anything. Really.

  11. avatar 6 gunner says:

    Kalashnakitty doubts the existence of MosinBear.

  12. avatar Vid Luther says:

    I wish I had an AK to hug

  13. avatar doubleactiondan says:

    My State banned Ak-47s =(. So I have a Vz.58. I just put a railed handguard on it and it took some doin’ so we had lots of “us” time tonight.

  14. avatar Peter says:

    You may hug your ak but just dont trying to slip it the tounge!

  15. avatar APBTFan says:

    After I read this I had to open the safe and give my MAK-90 some luvvins.

    Rant *** I really wish Hogue would make a buttstock for AK’s. I have the pistol grip and hand guard which are tops but they won’t complete the trifecta. A NATO length Hogue buttstock would complete my MAK and make me a very happy man.

  16. avatar إبليس says:

    I fondled my Swedish model…500 that is. She claims to be American but I just see gold on blue.

  17. avatar Kelly in GA says:

    WAIT!!! Wouldn’t participation in this make us gun grabbers?!?!

    1. avatar Jfoster says:

      That would be gun gropers 😉

      Happiness is a warm gun…

      1. avatar Kelly in GA says:

        ***mock horror*** Pervert!

  18. avatar Joe Grine says:

    Where can I get that French Lizard Camo?

  19. avatar johndillinger says:

    lets see if you guys can hang onto them or use them when the new SS, the dept of Homeland Security comes like the Jack Boots to the door at one am and says “were here to pick up the guns’,, Its coming, this guy in the white house if following the Comunist Agenda, to the letter. Every word out of his mouth is a lie, or 100 year old Marxist bull that never worked anywhere. We have this one last chance, so wake as many of your neighbors as possible.

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