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Posted on 08/04/2002 11:27:23 AM PDT by demlosers
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What are they teaching these Army guys? "Self-cleaning weapon?"
MikTim [Mikhail Timofey'vich] Kalashnikov is alive and well, and continues to maintain his position as dean of Russian firearms design engineers as a consultant to the Russian Izmash-avto arms factory at Izhevsk.
But that's just MHO.
Not quite. The purpose of the *barrel safety* [properly called the disconnector is twofold: to prevent the pistol from discharging unless the breech is in the locked position with the cartridge fully seated, since an out-of-battery discharge could rupture the brass cartridge case and injure the shooter, and to prevent unwanted full-automatic fire by requiring a seperate press of the trigger for each shot.
Note that such a feature is hardly limited to the M9, which certainly has its faults, though the presence of a disconnector safety is hardly one of them. It's one of the safety features of the earlier M1911A1 .45 autopistol as well, which, by the way can also be slapped in the muzzle to prevent it's firing, unless, of course, the shooter simply pulls his elbow back a few inches, in which case the result is a muzzle-contact .45 wound. Messy.
Been there, got the T-shirt, and had to have it professionally cleaned...repeatedly....
The technique we teach in bando is somewhat different:
Immediate horizontal level slash opens opponents throat, windpipe and maybe carotid artery, sometimes decapitating him, or at least severing neck muscles to the spine. Turn of wrist and downward diagonal cut likely breaks clavicle [collarbone] rendering strength of pistol hand useless, and opening pectoral muscles of chest during followthrough. Ow. Final third stroke is again a weak-to-strongside horizontal cutopening stomach cavity and probably disemboweling recipient. Entire three-motion Z-cut takes less than a second to execute, with practice, and results in massive shock to opponent, and big wide-opened surprise look in their eyes.
You can do pretty well with a field shovel or intrenching tool, as well.
Well, good! I needed a pleasant surprise for a change.
I could have sworn I'd heard on separate occasions that both he and Stoner had passed away.
And I'm still kicking myself roundly for not having found a way to catch the two of them on their NRA-sponsored tour a few years back. (I'd love to get a video...)
LOL! That would work.
But yes, he met with MikTim at one of the SHOT show gatherings before his demise, arranged by Ed Ezell of the Smithsonian, and there's a highly appropriate photo of the two of them then you might especially appreciate, holding not their own rifle designs, but the others.
Certainly gets their undivided attention! But sometimes ruins the shoeshine, and usually gets you off their next Christmas card list....
GI field shovel [*Omon nightstick*] is still an appropriate alternate, though. Versatile.
I'm not even gonna ask how you acquire a supply of practice partners!