“It is better to burn out then to fade away.” Thus it was for one of the shortest-lived standard-issued battle rifles for the U. S. military. A firearm sandwiched in between the great M1 Garand and the M16, historically speaking this gun barely made a showing on the battlefield. However, in its brief appearance it made such an impression that it is once again being called in the line of duty. That rifle is the United States 7.62mm M14.
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Many people love the AR-15. If you are not one of them, then a large number of gun enthusiasts might tell you to go pound sand. The platform is versatile, deadly, readily available, and somewhat affordable. When shoppers first start looking at battle rifles, they tend to start at the bottom and eventually work their way up. Would be owners quickly realize that like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Entry-level ARs are often .223/5.56 semi-auto rifles with few to no options, and sometimes-shoddy construction. Guns that are more expensive offer rails with endless accessories, as well as different calibers. Just when you thought you knew everything there is to know about the AR-15, they change it up. So is a high end AR chambered in a wildcat or alternative caliber a good idea?
Why is the .308 Winchester so darn popular? The answer lies in a convoluted maze of hard facts and half truths. The .308 Winchester is the civilian version of the military’s 7.62×51 NATO cartridge, which is not to be confused with the somewhat similar sounding 7.62×54R cartridge of old. The military developed the 7.62 NATO in the 1950s as an international standard for small arms. Following the success of the 30.06 round which the military fielded for decades, the brass wanted something that would be better suited to fully automatic fire. The 30.06 did a fine job with semi-automatic use, but was uncontrollable when fired from a fully automatic weapons platform due to the high amount of recoil.
Remember how cheap these used to be? Those of us who are fond of visiting gun shows and purchasing unique shooting irons, often more for show than plinking, have no doubt handled the Russian-made SKS 45 7.62x39mm semi-automatic carbine. A quick glance at this rifle, with its spike-bayonet folded neatly beneath its barrel, its canvas sling taut and its rear sight raised, calibrated to 1,000 meters, makes this little baby rather menacing.
Imagine its look from the receiving end, with the bayonet extended! We have Russian designer Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov to thank for the SKS 45. Comrade Simonov designed the SKS, and the Soviets produced it at the Tula Armory from 1949 until 1955, and at the Izhevsk Armory from 1953 to 1954. SKS is an abbreviation for Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova, Russian for self-loading carbine Simonov’s system, 1945. SKS 7.62x39mm M43 ammunition is the same round as the ammo used in the wildly effective, popular, and mass-produced AK-47. The AK-47 later became the weapon of choice for Russian troops over the SKS, due to its increased ammunition capacity and automatic capabilities.
The SKS 45 is a gas-operated, self-loading carbine with a wooden stock and no pistol grip. The Russians have distributed it widely, notably to Russian-friendly Warsaw Pact countries and China. In East Germany, it was adapted and named the Karabiner S, in North Korea, the Type 63, and in Red China, the Type 56. SKS versions have found their way into the hands of Yugoslav, Romanian, Albanian, and North Korean combatants. Most versions of the SKS 45 sport an integral folding, spike bayonet. The Yugoslav version, the M59/66 has been equipped with grenade launching capability. The Russian army adopted the SKS in 1949, but soldiers quickly relegated it to second-class status by the fully automatic AK-47 assault rifle. The SKS saw action in Vietnam—in the hands of the Viet Cong—and in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa. Still, the SKS lacked the firepower of the more popular assault rifles like the M16 and the AK-47.
In Australia, the Chinese SKS rifle (along with the Russian SKS rifle) was very popular with recreational hunters and target shooters during the 1980s and early 1990s before the Australian government banned semi-automatic rifles from legal ownership in 1996. Since the introduction of the 1996 gun bans in Australia, the Mosin-Nagant series of bolt-action rifles and carbines have now filled the void created by the now illegal SKS. In the early 1990s, the Chinese SKS rapidly became the “poor man’s deer rifle” in some Southern areas of the United States due to its low price, lower even than such old favorites in that role as the Marlin 336. The United States government banned importation of the Chinese SKS in 1994.
Empty, it weighs 8.5 pounds. With the bayonet folded, the SKS measures slightly more than 40 inches with a 20.5-inch barrel. The SKS loads from the top like the U.S.-made Garand. It has a 10-round internal magazine and boasts a muzzle velocity approaching 2,500 feet per second. The SKS has a hooded post front sight and a tangent rear sight that shooters can adjust to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet), although its effective range is realistically closer to 1,312 feet or 400 meters.
Federal 7.62×51 175 Grain Gold Medal Match
When I’m not tinkering with my droid collection or working on my sand speeder, I spend the sweltering summer days of August amongst the moisture farms popping womp rats with my trusty, old Springfield M1A. Nothing puts those wretched scum down quite like the 175 Grain Sierra MatchKing BTHP bullet loaded in Federal’s 7.62×51 Gold Medal Match.
The aerodynamic design of the legendary Sierra MatchKing bullet helps overcome the immense wind resistance and wind drift of the Tatooine dunes. This means flatter trajectory, higher down range energy and more accurate placement. Gold Medal’s brass cases, with specifically selected and engineered stick powders and match primers, deliver consistent accuracy and performance. The results speak for themselves. I’m known around town as “The Force.”
This load is simply the best, most accurate commercial load I can get my rebel hands on. Unfortunately, the Imperial trade embargo makes these a hot commodity in Mos Eisley, but I can get them to you for a really good price!
Gerber LMF II Infantry Fixed Blade Knife
When you have crash-landed on a strange swap-forest planet and need to bust out an X-Wing cockpit window, chop down a small tree, and fight off an infestation of swap slugs, you absolutely need the Gerber LMF II Infantry fixed blade knife.
The thick, partially serrated blade cuts webbing with ease, will chop piles of firewood and fends off small green creatures that may jump on your back at any moment.
The over-molded handle successfully limits blistering. There is complete separation between the tang and butt cap, so the knife absorbs the shocks from hammering and prevents the shocks of electricity. Smartly situated grooves and lashing holes let the LMF II convert to a spear for cave exploration.
The low profile sheath facilitates movement, limits noise, works for parachuting, and attaches to a belt or MOLLE vest. The patented, integrated sharpener means edge retention in the swamp.
Anytime I venture into the Outer Rim Territories the Gerber LMF II is strapped to my leg and ready for action.
Eagle Industries Personal Retention and Extraction Lanyard
How many times have you been in a light saber duel and nearly fallen to your death in the cavernous core of Cloud City? Too many times!
Every young Jedi needs to play it safe and the Eagle Industries retention and extraction lanyard is your most important piece of safety equipment. Strap yourself to a railing and call it good! No more losing hands because your mind was on the 200-meter drop below.
This nylon lanyard has energy absorbing bungee and tubular webbing construction with an internal “shock cord.” It secures with a heavy duty Climbing Technology Kong Tango double locking carbineer that will never let you fall (unlike your deadbeat father).
Win the day and keep your dexterity with the Eagle Personal Retention and Extraction Lanyard attached to your gear.
Surplus Magnesium Snowshoes and Bindings
As a veteran of the Battle of Hoth, I know a good snowshoe when I see one. Tromping around barren ice planets is no fun, but it can be easy with these surplus magnesium snowshoes and Bindings.
Although slightly used, these snowshoes are in great condition. Constructed with a magnesium frame, the plastic-coated twisted steel cable adds durability and the high-strength nylon bindings attach to any shoe or boot. These lightweight shoes spread out your weight and keep you moving when the snow piles up.
Don’t get stranded in a blizzard without a good pair of snowshoes. If your Tauntaun dies, you’ll be left for the Wampas to play with! Trek out of any sticky situation in style with these surplus snowshoes.