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Tuesday, 12 August 2008


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2024 - That didn't take very long...

The City Pages story hit Fark not too long ago. The comments are mostly more of the same (though I'm amused by the subset that accuses me of giving Farkers too much credit by equating them to 6th graders), but one sharp-eyed commenter noted "That's not an AK-47. It looks like an NHM-91 by Norinco."

He's almost right. It's an SA-85M. The Bulgarians did a better job of cloning the weapon than the Chinese did, IMAO.

If I decide to buy another nasty eeeeevil "assault rifle", however, it won't be an AK clone, but an AR-15. Those scare gun grabbers even more than AKs, and are a better weapon all around.

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From:unix_jedi
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it won't be an AK clone, but an AR-15. Those scare gun grabbers even more than AKs, and are a better weapon all around.

Hey, hey, hey, now that's bullshit. :)

The AKish* platform fires a much better round**, is more reliable***, and is scarier to gun-banners. (Witness the preponderance for "Nobody needs an AK-47 to hunt deer" in the gun-banner repertoire.) (By the way, the AKish round is suitable for deer hunting, unlike the standard AR round. And I've shot 2 with my Romanian SAR-1.)

* AKish, because a "real" AK-47 is full auto (thus illegal), during the Cold War weapons were embargoed from Russia (thus illegal). But they're using the same action and round.

** The 7.62x39 is a far better round than the 5.56x45 unless you're shooting groundhogs in most categories. From a standpoint of non-target-shooting, the 5.56 is not as good. That being said, there are many other options, and the 6.8 SPC has, in particular, a lot of promise, being better ballistically and effective than the 7.62x39. But right now AR usually means 5.56.

*** Keep the AR clean, and it'll be reliable.
Yeah. But you don't have to keep the AK clean to get reliability. I used to work with a Green Beret (ret). He loved the AR. Hated the AK. Said the reliability complaints were bullshit. "When you're out, and you take a break, first thing you do, is oil the gun, and it'll be perfect". Me: "So, do you need to do that for the AK?" "Oh, hell no. Clean it once a week, it'll be fine"
In the vernacular, it craps where it eats, with the direct gas impingement. That's not a failure but it does mean the AK wins the "reliability" category.****

**** Which it should - it's the M-1 Garand action slightly modified. All Hail John C. Garand! Second only to the sainted John Moses Browning, Hallowed Be His Name.
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From:unix_jedi
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By the way, congrats on the article.

Looks to be pretty well written. The slideshow wasn't as well written. But still interesting.

Speaking of AK-variants, I've been meaning to look into the Czech variants.. It's *not* an AK. Just looks like one. Supposed to be much better.
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From:icyphoenix
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Geek respect!

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Dear Tron Guy,

I lurk a lot in the Fark forums and was directed to this post through there. If you haven't checked recently, there are a whole BUNCH of posts commending you and your ability to live life the way you choose (along with the usual idiots).

I'm one of the many who shares that opinion. Just thought you should know- not everyone on the Internet is out to make fun of you! Plus, the gun and the plane are freakin' awesome.

Best,
Monica
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From:jmaynard
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Re: Geek respect!

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Thanks, Monica.

I've been watching the (now 555) comments...and it's devolved into a bash-the-furries thread. Yawn. They can't help but see furry fandom as being all aboue sex in fursuits - which misses the entire point.

There are some folks who've said they respect me and my attitude toward it all. I do appreciate those, even though they're buried in an avalanche of the usual Fark negativity.

The guy who commented that I obviously need therapy because I let costuming run my life got a good laugh, though...whatever gave him the idea that I do anything of the sort? Like many of the bashers, he leaped to a conclusion based on far too little evidence.
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From:wingywoof
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You sir have yourself another watcher!
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From:heliumbreath
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Is that a custom stock on the rifle? Certainly looks like one, and a nice one at that.

As for a second rifle, yeah, collect 'em all, but you want to keep an AR clean; if you need to go near any mud you want an AK or a Lee Enfield.

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From:jmaynard
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No, it's the stock the rifle came with. It's one of the better features, IMAO: both attractive and well made.

I think the AR's initial bad reputation is unjustified, myself. If I can find it, I'll link an article Mad Mike Williamson wrote online about just why it's the best battle rifle around.
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From:vakkotaur
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I wonder if this article (See #4) is part of what Jay is thinking of.
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From:jmaynard
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Part of it, but I think he wrote a more serious and longer article somewhere as well.

In any event, that one's well worth clicking through to, if only for the picture of his daughter with her cute pink AR-15.
Its fark. What do you expect. As long as I still have a sense of humor, Ill always like FARK despie some of the most asshattish fights that start on an article thread.
Oh and the idea of you not getting laid because of the kooky hobbies. What a lie.

What gal doesnt like a guy in spandex? ;)
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From:jmaynard
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I've been told more than once that Randy Constan (the Peter Pan guy) has women hanging all over him when he goes out clubbing in tights...

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