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AmmoLand Firearms News October 30th 2010

AmmoLand Firearms News October 30th 2010

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AmmoLand Firearms News October 30th 2010

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1. THE GUN by C.J. Chivers
2. Valkyrie Armament Introduces Belt-Fed, Semi-Automatic AR-15 Rifle
3. When is a Rifle a Pistol?
4. Mexico Mayors & CNN Blame American Guns First
5. Holloway & Naughton Handmade Guns
6. R.A.R. Guns – Black Rifles from the Best Brands
7. Preserve Your Firearms Freedoms By Voting Pro Gun
8. Maryland Natural Resources Police Blotter
9. Yamaha Reminds Hunters to Register to Win a New 2011 Grizzly 450 EPS
10. Day 6 PlotWatcher Trail Cam Successes
11. Direct Components Announces the First & Only Black Tactical Light

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AmmoLand Firearms News October 30th 2010

Contents

1. THE GUN by C.J. Chivers
2. Valkyrie Armament Introduces Belt-Fed, Semi-Automatic AR-15 Rifle
3. When is a Rifle a Pistol?
4. Mexico Mayors & CNN Blame American Guns First
5. Holloway & Naughton Handmade Guns
6. R.A.R. Guns – Black Rifles from the Best Brands
7. Preserve Your Firearms Freedoms By Voting Pro Gun
8. Maryland Natural Resources Police Blotter
9. Yamaha Reminds Hunters to Register to Win a New 2011 Grizzly 450 EPS
10. Day 6 PlotWatcher Trail Cam Successes
11. Direct Components Announces the First & Only Black Tactical Light

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30October2010    
T o d a y s T a b b l o i d    
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THEGUNbyC.J.Chivers   
OCT30,201011:12A.M.  
THEGUNbyC.J.Chivers   
 HistoryoftheKalashnikovRifleorAK-47   
MikhailKalashnikovInventorofAK-47Rifle-readmoreinTHEGUN     byC.J.Chivers   
“…eye-openingitshardtoresistanarrativethatendswith   aworldawashwithaweaponthathaskilledmoresoldiers   andciviliansthanallthehigh-techplanes,missiles,bombs,  WMDsandAmericassophisticatedriflescombined.An   entertainingworkthatcombinestechnicaldetails,  biographies,politicalmaneuveringandinsightfulmilitary   history.KirkusReviews   TheGunisamodelofresearch,historicalwriting,military   expertise,andasoldier‘sungrudgingrespectforaweapon   thatreallyworks.?ThomasPowers,authorofIntelligence   Wars   “Thi  ssuperiorhistory.[is]writtenincisivelyand    rese   archedexhaustively.”–Booklist  “TheGundoesexactlywhatthebestarthistoryormusic   writingdoes—itopensoureyestoseeanewthefamiliar.  Chivers’reachandscopeissyncretic,omnivorous—heis   dazzlinginhisresearchandreporting.Thisisabookabout  connectionsbetweenpeopleandculture,peopleandhistory,  nationswithnations.Chiverspullstogethervastthreadsof  anexpandingportraitandwhatemergesisstartling.
T h e    G u n     
isfilledwithasenseofdiscoveryinthewaythatJohn    McPheesworkisfilledwithdelight,tribulation,and    surprise.DougSt  anton,authorofHorseSoldiers   “TheGunisforthosewhowonderhowwefighttodayand    whywefightthatway.C.J.Chivershasgivenusaseminal  workthatwillberespectedbyfuturegenerationstryingto   understandus.”JamesBradley,authorofFlagsofOur    Fathers,FlyBoys,andTheImperialCruise   
Simon&Schuster   
Roseburg,OR-  
-(Ammoland.com)-Itisthemostnotorious,   widespread,andlethalfirearmintheworld.  CreatedintheSovietUnionatthestartoftheColdWar,theautomatic   Kalashnikovrifle,orAK-47,asitwasfirstcalled,wasabreakthrough    weaponacheap,simple,andreliabledevicethatallowedordinarymen   tokillothermenwithoutextensivetrainingorunduecomplication.  ItwasusedtocrushanticommunistuprisingsinEasternEurope,to    battleAmericantroopsinVietnam
(whofounditfarsuperiortothe   earlyversionsoftheirownM-16s)  
,andasasymbolicstatementby   OsamabinLadeninhisfirsttapedmessageaftertheattacksof   September11,2001.Todayitremainsaleadingcauseofbattlefield   deathsforAmericansoldiersinAfghanistanandIraq,andterrorist-  trainingrecordsshowthatanintroductiontotheKalashnikovisoftento    bethefirstclassgiventotheyoungIslamicmenwhosignonforthe   Jihad.  In
THEGUN     
(Simon&Schuster;October12,2010;$28.00),Pulitzer   Prize-winningNewYorkTimesreporterandformerMarineinfantry   officerC.J.Chiverspresentsarich,engrossing,andcomprehensive   narrativehistoryofthisground-breakingweaponnotonlyasakilling   toolbutasastrategicandpoliticalinstrumentthathaschangedtherules   ofwarandinfluencedsecurityanddevelopmentinlargesectionsofthe    world.Somesixdecadesafteritsinvention,thearmiesofmorethanfifty   countriesemploytheKalashnikov,asdomyriadpolice,intelligence,and   securityagencies.Butbydesignandbyaccident,ithaslongsincepassed    beyondthecontrolofgovernments.Authoritativeestimatesplacethe   
 
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numberofKalashnikovsandtheirknockoffsashighas100millionone   foreveryseventypeoplealive.Itisnowaneverymansgunthatmarks   theterrorist,theguerrilla,thechildsoldier,thedictator,thedrug   trafficker,andthethugasmuchastheprofessionalsoldier.  THEGUNbyC.J.Chivers   
THEGUN     
isawell-organizedandfast-movingnarrativethatoperates   atseverallevels.Atthemostbasiclevel,Chiversfocusesontheoriginal   AK-47anditsmanyderivativesandcompanionfirearmsthathave   floodedarmoriesandarmsbazaarsaroundtheworld.Heexaminestheir   origins,design,production,distribution,stockpiling,export,anduseas   oneofthepredominantinstrumentsofwarofthepasthalf-centurya   statustheyarelikelytoretainforatleastahalf-centurymore.Buthe   seeksalargercontext,andtoequipthereaderwithafullunderstanding   ofhowwarhasevolvedandwheretheassaultriflefits,hetracesthe   developmentofautomaticweaponsfromtheAmericanCivilWar   throughtwoworldwars,theColdWar,andVietnamtothepresentday.  ChiversshowshowtheKalashnikovbecametheproductofevolutionary   processesinfirearmsandammunitiondevelopmentandchangesin   militaryandeconomicthinkingthataccompaniedanindustrializingand   polarizingworld.Butthisisnotmerelythestoryofaweaponandwhere   itcamefrom.Itisachronicleofhowwarhaschanged,arichworkof   historyandajourneypopulatedbygeniusesandfools,ruthlessvillains   andnaïveidealists,self-promotingsalesmenandincorrigibleprofiteers,  apantheonofkillersofallstripesand,nowandthen,peoplewhowanted   thekillingtostop.Thebooksvividandrigorouslyreportedcharacter   sketchesofexpeditionarymilitaryleadersinthelopsidedcolonial  fightinginnineteenth-centuryAfrica;ofafamedarmsdesignerwhowas   atrigamistandapparentdraftdodger;ofWinstonChurchillreactingin   horrortoindustrializedwaralongtheNile;ofthetreacherouslivesof   officialsinStalinsSovietUnion;ofthefirstknownguerrillatocarrya   Kalashnikovinanuprising,inHungaryin1956;ofanenragedyoung   Marineofficerwhostakeshisnameandhiscareerinanactof   conscience;ofabodyguardshotbyIraqiassassins23timesatclose   rangemake
THEGUN     
afeatofstorytelling,andelevatethestoryof   theAK-47toanengaginghistory.  
 Whatisthisrifle?
 Atfirstglance,thenewAK-47wasanoddity,arifle   deviatingfromtheclassicformsinmanyways.Amidsizedweaponthat  firedamedium-sizedcartridge,itwasnotpowerfulenoughforlong-  rangesnipingduty,butitcouldpushoutblisteringautomaticfireforthe   lengthoftwoorthreefootballfields.AsAmericanMarinesfoundin    Vietnam,asingleguerrillawithaKalashnikovcouldslowanentire   company‘sadvance.Itwassoreliable,evenwhensoakedinwaterand   coatedwithsand,thatitsSoviettestershadtroublemakingitjam.Itwas   sosimplethatitcouldbedisassembledandreassembledbyschoolboys   inlessthanthirtysecondsflat.Weighinglessthantenpoundsandeasily   concealed,itwasaneminentlywell-conceivedkillingtool,whichcould    beeasilywieldedwithefficiencyevenbythesmallofstature,the   mechanicallydisinclined,thedimwitted,ortheuntrained.  
StalinsContest:TheInventionoftheAK-47   
Drawingonyearsofresearch,atroveofexclusivesources,and   declassifieddocumentsfromboththeWestandtheEastaswellason    battlefieldreportageandinterviewswithrevolutionaries,terrorists,child   soldiers,armsdealers,conventionalgrunts,andMikhailTimofeyovich   Kalashnikov,themancreditedwiththeweaponsdesignChivers   travelstheworld,establishesafirmhistoricalrecord,anddemolishes   manymythsabouttheAK-47.Legendclaimsthatitwasbornoutofan   epiphanyattheworkbenchofaRussiansergeant,MikhailKalashnikov,   whowascompetinginaweapondesigncontestinStalinsSovietUnion.  Infact,theacronymAK-47abbreviatestwoRussianwords,avtomat  kalashnikova
(Kalashnikov‘sautomatic)  
,whichpaystributetothis   proletarianheroofSovietpropaganda.Thenumeralssignifytheyearthe   Sovietarmyacceptedtheprototypeformassproduction.  ButasChiversshows,thepolitical,military,andindustrialsystemofthe   SovietstatewastherealinventorbothoftheAK-47anditsfables.  ChiversalsorevealshowtheUnitedStates,theincubatorforrapid-fire   armsinthenineteenthcentury,repeatedlymisreadthepathof   automaticarmsdevelopmentinthetwentieth,leavingAmericansoldiers   andMarinesbadlyoutgunnedbythe1960s.TheVietnamchapteris   rootedinground-breakingreportingandresearchthatrevealsthefullest  storyeverdocumentedofthedebacleofthePentagonsintroductionof   theM-16(ahurriedreactiontotheAK-47).Thechapteruncoverssham     scienceandofficialembarrassmentandfolly,includingsecretU.S.Army   lethality?testsagainstdecapitatedhumanheadsandseveredhuman   legsfromIndia.Thetestshadbeencoveredupforalmostfivedecades.  Thechapteralsorevealsinternalmemosandcorrespondencefromthe   manufacturer,aswellassecretPentagoncorrespondence,showingthat  themenwhopushedtheearlyM-16intoserviceknewitwasafaulty    weaponthatneededtobereworked,andyetsenttheriflestoVietnam     nonethelessandkeptquietabouttheirchoicesastheriflesfailedinthe   handsofG.I.s.  Chiversrejectsallmyths,andresistsrepeatingthereceivedwisdom     surroundingtheworldsmostvisibleandabundantfirearm.Heexplains   howtheKalashnikovbecamethemostimportantlineoffirearmsin   historynotsimplybecausetheyworkwellandareeasytohandle,but   becauseWarsawPactmilitarystandardizationmandatesandtheir   productioninplannedeconomiesassuredtheyweremanufacturedin   outsizedquantities.Asitsnumbersgrewandreputationspread,andas   theKremlinandtheWhiteHouserealizedthattheirstockpilesofnuclear   
 
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 weaponshadmadetotalwarunwinnable,Stalinsriflebecamethe   definingweaponoftheColdWar.Smallwarsandproxieswouldbethe   meansthroughwhichtheColdWarwouldbefoughtandtheautomatic   Kalashnikovwouldbetheperfectweaponwithwhichtofightit.The   KalashnikovErahadarrived,?Chiverswrites.Wearelivinginitstill.?   
EverymansGun    
 Withitsstubbyblackbarrel,dullbrownstock,anddistinctivebanana   clip,theKalashnikovisthemostrecognizedweaponintheworld.Ithas    beenusedprolificallynotonlyinarmedclashesbutalsoinpoliticalart  andritualdisplays.Morethanaweapon,ithasalsobecomeasymbol–    firstoftheindustrialsuccessofStalinsSovietUnionandthesocialist   way,laterofpopularinsurrection,armedliberation,ganglandstature,  andmostrecentlyofjihad.KalashnikovsguardSouthAmericancoca   plantations,serveurbangangsinLosAngeles,arehoardedby   survivalistsinthenorthwesternUnitedStates,andhavebeenusedby   ivorypoacherstonearlyexterminateelephantherdsinAfrica.   AsChiversobserves,intheaftermathoftheColdWar,the   overabundanceofAK-47shasremainedapersistentfactorinterrorism,  crime,ethniccleansing,andlocalandregionaldestabilization.The    weaponsubiquitouspresenceempowersundisciplinedforcestocommit  humanrightsabusesonagranderscale,raisesthecostsandexacerbates   thedangersofpeacekeepingmissions,emboldenscriminalsofmany   sorts,stallseconomicdevelopment,andincreasesthesocialburdensof   caringforthewounded,theorphaned,andthedisplaced.Shippedbythe   millionstoregionsrifewiththetensionsofpoverty,poorgovernment,  andhighethnic,religious,ornationalistsentiment,theAK-47has   helpedtoinstigateandexpandconflicts.  Ominously,specialistsinarmedconflictlooktothepriceofKalashnikovs   inanationsopen-marketarmsbazaarstodeterminethestateofrisk.   Whenpricesrise,publicanxietyisconsideredhigh.Whentheysink,the   declinecanindicateaconflictisebbing.Chivers,aveteranofcombat  zonesaroundtheglobeasbothreporterandMarine,writes,Anywhere   largenumbersofyoungmenincivilianclothesormismatcheduniforms   arecarryingKalashnikovsisaverygoodplacenottogo;when   Kalashnikovsturnupinthehandsofmobs,itistimetoleave.?The   Twenty-firstCentury’sRifle   TheAK-47isaColdWarweaponwithalegacyasyetunresolved,a   legacythatcontinuestothreatenpeopleandsecurityacrossmuchofthe    world.Chiversproposesthatbecausegovernmentshavefocused   elsewhere,Kalashnikovsandthepeoplewhohaveputthemtoilluse   havekilledandmaimedmorepeople,anddraggedmanyregionsdeeper   intodisarray,thantheymighthaveotherwise.Helooksatcertain   programsthathavemetwithlimitedsuccessinamelioratingtheeffects   ofassaultrifleproliferation.But,unalignedwithanyinterestgroupor   side,heleavesthequestionofthebestmeansofreliefandabatement–    ofmethodsthatmightbringadegreeofpeaceandstabilitytomany   troubledlandstootherhands.   With
THEGUN     
,award-winningreporterC.J.Chiversgivesusa   gripping,exhaustivelyresearched,andfar-reachingassessmentofthe   mostimportantweaponofourtime.Itissuretobeofintenseinterestto   readersfascinatedbymilitaryandinternationalaffairs,thehistoryof   firearms,thelegacyoftheSovietUnion,theevolutionofmodern    warfare,orofawell-toldtalethatfurthersanunderstandingoftheworld   today.Andwithitsprobinghistoricalanalysis,vividreportage,and   provocativemoraldimension,itwillbeequallycompellingtothose   concernedwiththeorigins,dynamics,andresolutionofglobalconflict.  Fartoomanypeopleregardthestudyofweaponsasanilliberalart,?   Chiverswrites.Thechronicleofautomaticfirepower,viewedthrough   theAK-47anditsinfiltrationacrosstheworld,suggestsotherwise.?   CLICKHereforVideoofthisbook   
 AbouttheAuthor   
C.J.ChiversisaseniorwriterforTheNewYorkTimesanditsformer   MoscowBureauChief,aswellasafrequentcontributortoEsquire.From     1988to1994,hewasaninfantryofficerintheU.S.MarineCorps,and   servedintheGulfWarandintheLosAngelesriotsbeforebeing   honorablydischargedasacaptain.Hisworkhasreceivedseveralprizes,  includingaNationalMagazineAwardforReportingforthe   reconstructioninEsquireoftheterroristsiegeinBeslanandashared   PulitzerPrizeforInternationalReportingforcoverageintheTimesof   combatinAfghanistan.Hiswarreportagefrom2003to2009inIraq   andAfghanistanwasselectedbyNewYorkUniversityasbeingamong   theTopTenWorksofJournalismoftheDecadeintheUnitedStates.He   liveswithhisfamilyinRhodeIsland.  
MorePraiseforTHEGUN     
C.J.Chivers,abrilliantwarcorrespondent,isanequallycapable   militaryhistorian.Bytellingthestoryofagunwell,notjustany   gunbutarguably?the‘gunherevealsmuchaboutcrime,war,and   terror,andhedoessoinconvincingandcompellingfashion.?   EvanThomas,authorofTheWarLovers   ThankstoC.J.Chivers,everyG.I.andMarineinVietnamwho   threwdownhisjammedM-16indespaircantracethedevelopment  ofthebetterweaponheenvied.TheGunispartabiographyof   MikhailKalashnikovandhisAK-47,partgrimsocialhistoryand,in   allitsparts,entirelyabsorbing.?   A.J.Langguth,OurVietnam:TheWar1954-1975   C.J.Chiverstellsaremarkablestoryofhowthisone,superbly   reliablefirearmbecamethemostabundanteverproduced,andwas   toexceedtheconsequencesevenofSovietnuclearknow-howinthe   Cold   War,andbeyond.?   AlistairHorne,authorofThePriceofGloryandASavageWarof   Peace   
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THEGUN    ByC.J.Chivers   

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