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The story of Mikhail Kalashnikov is of a life shrouded in mystery, myth and potent symbolism, all of which applies as well to his signature achievement: the AK-47.
That rifle which bears his name, the “Avtomat Kalashnikov,” will be forever linked to the man credited with designing it in the years following World War II. The official story from the Soviet Union was that Kalashnikov designed the weapon on his own while recovering from injuries sustained as a tanker while fighting the Nazis.
As such, he was held up as a hero of the people, and represented the Soviet ideal of a simple man who worked for the benefit of all, giving the Soviets a powerful tool to fight off the capitalists and other would-be suppressors that were angling to diminish or destroy the Soviet Union.
The truth was more nuanced than that. In all likelihood, Kalashnikov, who died earlier this week at the age of 94 in a hospital in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia republic where he lived, was part of a team of designers who created the AK-47. The full tale of what he did (or didn’t) do has resisted a complete telling, in part because of the secrecy that still permeates the Russian state and in part because of the inconsistent accounts Kalashnikov himself gave over the years. [ Read Full Post ]
In the early 1900s, the German military put out a call for a lubricant that a soldier could use to clean and maintain his rifle, including the metal, the wood stock, and leather accessories like the sling. The request mandated that it even be useful to treat minor wounds, sores, and scratches. [ Read Full Post ]
Pick any type of hunting or shooting sport that requires a double-barreled shotgun and there will be at least one, and more likely two or three Browning Citoris that fit the bill.
This prolific line of over/unders has added yet another member to the family in the past year: the Citori 725 Feather.
The “feather” designation carries more than one meaning. It refers both to the shotgun’s reduced weight compared to other 725s, thanks to an aluminum alloy receiver, and to other design features meant to maximize its suitability for pursuing game birds. [ Read Full Post ]
Florida's 1st District Court of Appeal sided with a 24-year-old college student and Florida Carry Inc. in a Dec. 10 decision that blocks state universities from regulating guns on campus.
In a rare ruling issued by the entire appeals court, justices determined that the University of North Florida violated state law when it prohibited Alexandria Lainez from storing a gun in her vehicle while she attended class.
The decision could be a significant precedent in Florida and nationwide, according to Lainez's attorneys. “This is a growing movement in a number of cases,” Jacksonville attorney Eric Friday told the Associated Press. "It’s one of many nationwide where anti-gun activists are trying to do at the local level what they can’t do in the statehouse -- restrict Second Amendment rights." [ Read Full Post ]
Support for more gun control nationally has declined by 6 percent in 10 months — from 55 percent in January to 49 percent in November — with momentum for stricter firearms regulations cooling significantly in urban areas and the Midwest, according to a poll conducted by CNN/ORC International.
The poll, released on Dec. 4th, was conducted in mid-November as a barometer of public opinion before the anti-gun lobby launches its anticipated media offensive to mark the one-year anniversary of the Newtown shootings.
According to the poll, since January, the percentage of those who say they “strongly favor” stricter gun laws has declined from 37 percent to 31 percent, and the percentage who strongly oppose them has risen from 27 percent to 32 percent. [ Read Full Post ]
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The biggest piece of news coming out of acquisition of Bushnell Group Holdings by ATK is that there isn’t much news here. Yes, big fish get eaten by even bigger fish and in the last year ATK has swallowed a couple sizeable morsels in the outdoor industry, first with the acquisition of Savage Arms and now with Bushnell and its family of brands.
With so many brand’s under the ATK umbrella (see list below) it isn’t unreasonable to worry that after a few rounds of tequila shots that the board of directors could sink the entire outdoors industry with an ill-timed investment in bitcoins or gluten futures. [ Read Full Post ]