A soldier’s connection to his equipment is an odd bond. As a warrior your very life might hang on the effectiveness of your gear, and you need to believe that the equipment you use is the very best your nation can produce. In no other aspect of military service is this axiom better exemplified than in the case of a soldier’s personal weapon.
Posts Tagged ‘Machine Guns’
On a certain level, the Ruchnoi Pulemet Kalashnikova, or RPK, seems uninspired. The action is standard Kalashnikov, the barrel is fixed, and the magazine feed
We’re hoping the Cheaper Than Dirt! community can help us understand something: Why is the USDA soliciting the “commerical [sic] acquisition of submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W?”
The Rock Island Auction starts today, and hundreds of historical, collectible, and beautiful firearms will be sold off to their very lucky new owners. One of the guns up for grabs this weekend is this awesome MG-42 machine Gun.
The need arose on the battlefield for an easily transportable machine gun to compliment the German Blitzkrieg, a new type of warfare. The High Command placed the MG30, which had promise, into the hands of the artist Paul Mauser. This resulted in the Machine Gun of 1934, or MG34. However, as with most German weapons of that era, it was complicated and it did not react well to dust. Can you say Tiger Tank?
I just opened the box on this Suomi KP-31 parts kit. I breathed in the essence of cosmoline, instantly taken back to my days of cleaning friend’s SKSs and Mosins. Someone should make a cosmoline-scented candle, you know for the guys. What I found inside was not any great surprise. This is a parts kit.
The American Silencer Association (ASA) wants Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly to immediately make on-air corrections of factual inaccuracies he made about current firearm regulations during his July 24 interview with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). The debate, which focused on the validity of additional gun control measures in response to the tragic events in Aurora, CO, found O’Reilly calling for stricter oversight of the firearms transfer process. ASA pointed out that O’Reilly consistently misstated current gun-law requirements.
We all have one. That one gun we would love to own one day. There are many reasons why you still don’t have it in your possession—its über expensive, hard to find, you have to jump through hoops to own one, or you live in California. Your reasoning behind wanting to own one is irrelevant, because usually your dream gun is the one that absolutely serves no purpose but to be straight up damn cool.
Colt’s Classic Remake of the 1877 Bulldog Gatling Gun debuted at Media Range Day at the 2012 annual SHOT Show on January 16.
“A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.” –Alan Ladd in Shane
As champions of gun rights we try to show that firearms have legitimate uses for sport, self-defense, hunting, national defense, and to deter tyranny. But we must acknowledge that firearms have also played a role in infamous crimes. Some guns are forever linked to the criminals who wielded them and the crimes those men and women committed. Here are some famous crime guns, the crimes committed using them, and how some of those crimes led to the creation of new gun control laws in response.
Belgian Fabrique Nationale Model 1910
“The pistol that killed 8.5 million people” was a little FN pocket auto. Serbian nationalist and “Black Hand” member Gavrilo Princip was hanging out at an outdoor café after his organization’s attempt to bomb an official motorcade had failed. A motorcade driver took a wrong turn and Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s car stopped right next to where Princip was standing. Ferdinand was wearing a primitive bulletproof vest made largely of silk, but this did not help him as Princip shot him in the neck. Both the heir to the Austro Hungarian Empire and his wife died in the attack. After a flurry of last-ditch diplomatic wrangling, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia a month later and mobilized its army. Serbia’s tiny army was already in the field expecting this to happen. Under the Secret Treaty of 1892, Russia and France had to mobilize their armies if Austria-Hungary did this. Germany’s military policy called for mobilization if Russia ever mobilized, and there was a small problem with that—for Germany, mobilize was the same thing as attack. Using the von Schlieffen plan, Germany would knock France out of the war before Russia could bring its massive infantry reserves to bear on the east front. World War One didn’t work out well for anyone, and it was all started by a .380acp pistol at point-blank range.
The most infamous crime gun of all time must be the 1921 Thompson. Known as the “Chicago Typewriter,” its distinctive profile became synonymous with organized crime. The 1929 “Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre” saw two Thompsons and a pair of shotguns used to “rub out” seven members of the Moran gang, supposedly on the orders of Al Capone. Two shotgun-toting “police officers” had ordered the Moran gang members to line up against the wall of a garage to be “arrested.” Instead they signaled to the other two shooters, wearing plain clothes which concealed their Tommy Guns. One Thompson fired a 20-round stick magazine, the other a 50-round drum—against seven men taken by surprise, it was overkill. Massacre victim Frank Gusenberg held to the criminal’s creed of “no snitches” to the very end—despite receiving 14 gun shots he insisted to the police, “Nobody shot me, nobody shot me,” before dying three hours later. By the early 30s, the Thompson had become a favorite of infamous criminals such as John Dillinger, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Lester “Baby Face” Nelson. In 1934, the federal government passed the National Firearms Act in response. Its $200 “tax stamp” requirement to legally register a fully automatic firearm is said to be based on the Thompson’s price of $200, at a time when a new car cost around $400. Therefore, if you wanted to own a Thompson after the NFA became law, you still could—as long as you were willing to pay as much as a new car for it!
Bonnie and Clyde’s Browning A5 “Whippet”
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow used a wide variety of firearms during a crime spree so violent and infamous that John Dillinger once said they gave bank robbing a bad name. They had several 1911 .45 pistols, various revolvers, and even a few .30-06 Browning BAR machineguns they had taken in a raid on an Oklahoma National Guard Armory. But their most famous weapon was Clyde’s “Whippet” Browning Auto 5 shotgun. Its barrel had been sawn off to about 16 inches long, and its buttstock shortened as much as possible, too. The Auto 5 has a recoil spring inside the buttstock, so Bonnie and Clyde could not convert it to a pistol grip only configuration. A famous photograph of the pair shows Bonnie playfully “robbing” Clyde with this cut down 10-gauge monster. Shooting the “Whippet” must have been a painful experience, but in the end all their firepower was in vain. A posse of officers from Texas and Louisiana were taking no chances, since Bonnie and Clyde had already killed nine policemen. They set an ambush on a lonely road and sprayed the couple’s car with 167 bullets. Bonnie and Clyde died without firing a single shot.
6.5mm Carcano 91/38
According to official accounts, Lee Harvey Oswald used this rifle to fire three shots at President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository Building on November 22, 1963. Two out of three shots hit the President, the last shot striking his head and killing him. Oswald purchased the Carcano as a “6.5 Italian Carbine” from a mail order catalog for $19.95, complete with a 4x scope. Oswald had used it in April to shoot at retired Army General Edwin Walker, but had hit the frame of the window Walker was sitting behind. This particular configuration of Carcano was an odd choice of rifle, having been manufactured in limited numbers in 1940 to use an outdated cartridge that the Italian army happened to have a good stockpile of. It is not particularly accurate, powerful, or smooth to operate. All indications are that Oswald chose it simply because it was cheap. Despite the fact that Oswald had violated existing laws by purchasing the rifle under a false name, outrage from his purchase of the gun via mail order led to a political push for gun control. A few years later Congress passed the 1968 Gun Control Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, who had been Kennedy’s Vice President and was sworn into office on Air Force One the day of Kennedy’s assassination. The difficulty of making the shots on a moving target from the sixth floor with such a cheap, obsolete rifle has fueled the fires of assassination conspiracy theorists for nearly fifty years now.
I have a B.S.—Bachelor of Science, not the other B.S., though my father might argue that one—in Radio-Television-Film, so I’m a bit of a movie buff. I am also a gun nut. Needless to say, I love movies with guns in them. I equally love researching and writing about those movie guns. This is pretty much an endless topic, but the boss man only wants five, so I picked a couple of classics, one of my favorites, a military rifle, and a lesser-famous gun that shows up in a surprising amount of good gun-play movies.
PW Arms Yugo M48 Mauser Bolt Action Rifle, 8mm Mauser
The Yugo M48 Mauser is a post WWII bolt-action rifle based on the design of the original German 98K Mauser, but utilizes a shorter length receiver. Produced from 1950 to 1965 at the Preduzece Zastava Arms factory, the Yugoslavian Mauser saw service as a sniper rifle in the Yugoslav Wars, and was used during the Bosnian Civil War. Chambered for the 8mm Mauser cartridge, the Yugo M48 Mauser bolt-action rifle is a hard-hitter. Adopted by the German military over 120 years ago, the 8mm Mauser German cartridge is comparable to our .30-06 and is a highly sufficient round for big game here in the United States. It is an excellent rifle and well worth its price. Most parts are made from milled steel, with few parts being stamped to help cut cost in production. It has a 23.25-inch barrel, a five-round magazine and weighs 8.2 pounds. The Yugo M48 Mauser makes its most famous appearance in the 2001 film No Man’s Land about the Bosnian War. It won the 2001 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
CZ VZ 61 Skorpion Semi Automatic Handgun .32 ACP
When we first started carrying the CZ VZ 61 Skorpion, I immediately wanted one. I went to handle one, but could not bring myself to purchase it. I just wasn’t at the right financial place to purchase a for fun-only guns. And gosh darn it, I just purchased my for fun-only gun and so now my CZ Skorpion will have to wait. If you want one badly enough, just go ahead and buy one, as CZ discontinued the Skorpion in 2010. The CZ VZ 61 Skorpion is the semi-automatic commercial model of the classic fully automatic sub machine gun chambered for .32 ACP. In 1961, the Czechoslovakian Army issued the CZ 61 Skorpion to vehicle drivers as a side arm. Police and military units around the world still use the Skorpion. However, I am not really sure what the advantage of the .32 ACP cartridge is besides a plinking cartridge. The Skorpion has a 20-round capacity, a 4.5-inch barrel, and fixed sights. It makes an appearance in some of the best gun fighting movies ever, such as The Matrix, Equilibrium, and Smokin’ Aces.
“And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man.” Revelation 9:5 NIV
Auto Ordnance Thompson 1927A1 T1B Semi Auto Rifle .45 ACP
I’m pretty romantic about the gangster days; flapper girls, sultry singers, and bootleg liquor, so the Thompson is my ultimate dream gun. Plus Johnny Depp carrying a Tommy Gun is enough to make any girl blush. (Public Enemies. Good movie.) General John T. Thompson designed the Thompson sub machine gun to be a “trench broom.” Not only was the Thompson or Tommy Gun popular with gangsters like Al Capone, John Dillinger, and Baby Face Nelson, but the Thompson was issued to the U.S. Coast Guard and in 1928 a model for the Navy was used by the Marines in World War II. In the 1920s, the Thompson was sold in hardware stores, sporting good stores, and through mail order. Boy, wouldn’t it be nice to walk into your local gun shop and walk out with a Thompson sub machine gun? No paper work, no Class 3 license. I don’t even want to think about how much a Thompson cost back then. Now that Kahr Arms has purchased the rights to Auto-Ordnance and the Tommy Gun, they make sure that every part of manufacture of a current Thompson is historically accurate. The Thompson 1927A-1 is chambered for .45 ACP, holds 30 rounds, a detachable walnut stock, and has all the classic details of the original Tommy gun.
“That’s Tommy. He tells people he was named after a gun, but I know he was really named after a famous 19th century ballet dancer.” Snatch
Colt SP6920 Sporter Semi Automatic Rifle .223 Remington
No Vietnam War movie or any other war movie since Vietnam is complete without an M16—not to mention Full Metal Jacket, Predator (though everyone focused more on the mini gun in this movie), Rambo and Scarface (“Say hello to my little friend.”). It’s hard to say which is the most recognizable rifle in the entire world, the M4 or the AK-47. The Colt SP6920 is about as close as you are going to get to the Military M4 rifle, as seen in Proof of Life and Tears of the Sun. It is chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO, which accepts .223 Remington. It has a 16.1-inch chrome-lined barrel, a direct gas system, and a four-position collapsible M4 stock. Colt says, “The Colt M4 is the ONLY 5.56mm carbine in the world today that is manufactured to meet or exceed the stringent performance specifications (MILSPEC) required for acceptance and use by the U.S. Armed Forces.”
Beretta Model 92FS Semi-Automatic Handgun 9mm
Personally, I think the Beretta 92 is one of the most iconic Hollywood guns of all time. The Die Hard series made a lot of guys in the 80s want a Beretta. It has appeared in every genre of movie; drama, zombie, war, action, spy, fantasy/sci-fi, cop, and even in our personal favorite gun fight movie of all time- Heat. The Beretta model 92 was first designed in 1972 and is still currently in production in a variety of calibers and variations. The US military adopted the 92 in 1985. Its military designation is the Beretta M9. All five branches of the United States military were issued the Beretta 92/M9 until 2006. It is a proven handgun. CTD Martin owns a Beretta 92 and he says it is smooth, has zero issues, and it a fun gun to shoot. The Beretta 92 holds 10 rounds of 9mm with a 4.9-inch barrel.
“Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.” Die Hard
If you’re reading this, then you’re a survivor, because we all know zombies can’t read. And if reading this chapter saves your life, remember the name Earl “Duke” Jenkins, world famous photographer, journalist, and documenter, no wait, that ain’t right, documentarian? Is that even a word? Anyhow, I’m a world famous fact writer downer of this here zombie apocalypse, and ya’ll better remember the name of Duke Jenkins. So here’s some stories and advice from me to you about one of my very favorite topics: machine guns!
Even before the undead came (and monster truck shows ended) I knew all about machine guns. The littlest ones are called machine pistols, and I sure wish I had one. They’re just a pistol with a switch somewhere that takes it from pop-pop to yee -haw. The Germans and Italians made some HK and Beretta models that would shoot a 3-round burst, but the king daddy of machine pistols is the Austrian Glock 18, a true full auto that can dump its entire magazine with one pull of the trigger, if you’re desperate enough. Some machine gun dealers modified regular Glocks to go full auto in the past few years but I ain’t run across one yet. If I ever find one, my Viridian green laser and 33 round magazines will go right on it. Anyhow, 9mm ammo is real easy to come by and works great at close range, and a machine pistol can be shot with one hand while you do something important, like locking a door behind you, with your other hand.
Submachine guns are like little rifles shooting pistol ammo. They weigh less than a rifle, and they have a stock so you can aim better than with a pistol. Now, I think the ultimate submachine gun for the zombie apocalypse would be the American 180, which looks like a tommy gun but in .22lr instead of .45acp. It feeds with a drum magazine on top that holds, get this, 275 rounds of .22lr ammo. Remember, at close range .22lr does just fine to stop them zombies right in their tracks. The American 180 was mostly used by prison guards, so if you’re holed up in a prison keep your eyes open for one. Around here, you can find HK Mp5 submachine guns in police stations or even the trunks of police cars if you get lucky. You do always search police cars for good scavenge, right? The Mp5s are accurate and controllable and don’t use up your 9mm ammo too fast. When you’re faced with an undead mob of shuffling zombies outside a gas station ‘cause you took too long in the toilet laughing at the funny papers, one of these is just the ticket to carve yourself a path to freedom. That was a close one, I had to drop a whole load of snack food and flee for my life. I hate running, damn zombies.
One more step up bigger and you got yourself the select fire assault rifle. Far and away the most common are M4 carbines and M16 rifles, in places where the military made their last stands you can find ‘em lying around everywhere. Try to pick up a clean one, they don’t work as good with gunk in the action. With a good red dot scope aiming is fast and they are plenty accurate, so most of the time you’ll keep ‘em on semi auto, one shot one kill right? Except you can’t kill the undead, so heck I don’t know what to call it now. Anyhow, the .223 ammo they use goes through them soft zombie pumpkin heads real easy and if you take your time and wait for ‘em to line up, you can get a two-fer if you time it right. I do it all the time ‘cause I’m a real trick shot, sometimes if I get a two-fer I’ll reward myself with a candy bar right then and there. You gotta appreciate the little things in life, that’s what separates us from them.
The biggest machine guns of all are the belt-feds. I never got to shoot a belt-fed before the zombies came because the military was prejudiced against fat people and wouldn’t let me join up. One of the survivors I’ve been thrown in with totes an M60 and he showed me how to work it. You don’t want to have to load it in the dark or in a hurry, so he keeps it loaded all the time. I got to try it out once and it was more fun than a raccoon in a pillowcase. But it weighs 25 pounds, which is like carrying around four Mp5 submachine guns with you all the time, and the ammo for it is heavy too. The best thing about it when I tried it was that its 7.62 NATO ammo hits so hard. Let me tell you, zombie heads and arms were flyin’ off everywhere and the rounds just kept going through even more zombies behind ‘em. I got so excited I forgot to look down the sights and I just watched where the rounds were hitting instead, and with all the noise and smoke and the long bursts I was laying down, well it was the best Fourth of July show since Travis Tritt at the state fair. You gotta pick up as many ammo links as you can after shooting it though, because if you run out of linked ammo the party’s over. Honestly, I love the M60 but its not worth the weight if you’re on foot. Go with something lighter and you’ll move faster and you won’t be tired and crabby all the time.
Well, its time for some shut eye so I’m done with this chapter. Till next time remember, you can’t have too much fresh water, fresh batteries for your lasers and flashlights, or fresh ammo. And never, ever give up! Keep on going and maybe one day you’ll meet me, Duke Jenkins, out there documenting this here infested wasteland. I always have a candy bar to share and I don’t charge for autographs.
Do you remember the shocking images of the North Hollywood shootout? How about the days of prohibition when early fully automatic weapons such as the Thompson submachine gun and the Browning Automatic Rifle, were used to commit numerous crimes in our country? To some the banning of machine guns seems like a natural, moral act. To others, the perception is a violation of gun owners’ rights. Whatever your political view, in the early morning hours of May 19, 1986 the federal government did exactly that. The amendment was part of a larger act called the Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA). This law had many smaller portions such as the “Safe Passage” provision—which states that gun owners would not face incarceration for a firearms offense if they were considered to be “traveling.” This law also established a registry prohibition, forbidding the government from keeping a registry directly linking non-National Firearms Act firearms to their owners. Later revisions include a national background check, as well as a clarification of prohibited persons. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) interpreted the Hughes Amendment as a prohibition on the civilian possession of any fully-automatic firearm manufactured after May 19, 1986. This led to freezing the number of privately-owned fully-automatic firearms at about 150,000 nationwide. This freeze led to great controversy. At the time there had been almost no record of a legally owned, civilian fully automatic firearm used to commit a violent crime. The director of the BATF, Stephen Higgins, testified that the misuse of legally-owned fully-automatic firearms was “so minimal as not to be considered a law enforcement problem.”