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Posted: 11/26/2001 4:57:57 AM EST
This article, printed in the "Style" Section of the Washington Post, leaves Dolomite feeling uneasy. On the subject of our beloved AR: "It looks like a tommy gun designed by Mr. Moto, after reading Dostoyevsky and a favorable history of Peter the Great. The curved magazine is necessary for technical reasons, but it provides an aesthetic: It gives the rifle an Orientalized sensibility. Then there's the peasant thickness of the gas tube over the barrel like a Siberian pipeline, and that wicked high front sight that just keeps on going. It has no elegance whatsoever, and no wit. Its cleverness lies in its contempt for cleverness. It's a tractor of a rifle, a serious piece of work." [url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14195-2001Nov25.html[/url]
Link Posted: 11/26/2001 7:33:57 AM EST
You misread. The author, Stephen Hunter, was describing the AK-47:
The AK-47 is what might be called a rough masterpiece, with its weird choreography of slants and curves, the bluntness of its receiver. It looks like a tommy gun designed by Mr. Moto, after reading Dostoyevsky and a favorable history of Peter the Great.
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I have to assume that the writer is also the author of several gun-oriented novels such as [u]Hot Springs[/u] and [u]Master Sniper[/u]. His commentary on the M4 weapons system at the top of the article was pretty good.
Link Posted: 11/26/2001 7:22:59 PM EST
Yep, that's the same Stephen Hunter who wrote Point of Impact, Time To Hunt, The Master Sniper, etc. He is very pro-gun and an active shooter. Y'all might enjoy his books! I only wish he'd thought to mention that the Krinkov is loud as hell to fire, less effective ballistically, and not as accurate as the full size AK47/74's, which would further argue his point that Bin Laden is making more of a fashion statement than carrying a weapon chosen because he fully intends to RELY on it. John
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