I picked this up from one of the gun sites, maybe THR, I don't know.
Supposedly, a Russian General was asked about the rather awkward and almost unusable safety on the Mosin-Nagant, and he replied "Why safety? Is for killing. Not need safety," or something like that.
Is this a real quote, or was this a (rather good) made-up joke about Russian practicality?
Is it actually attributable to a real person, and if so, to whom?
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January 21, 2008, 10:01 AM
Cooper reports a third hand conversation involving a Russian in which the Russian was asked about a particular gun, "Is that safe?" and he replied "Ezz gun, ezz not safe." Might be the source of your story. I believe it is in the Commentaries somewhere.
January 21, 2008, 10:02 AM
"It is a weapon, it is not supposed to be safe" - Fedor Tokarev, on the TT-33 handgun.
January 21, 2008, 10:07 AM
"In America, you shoot gun. In Soviet Russia, gun shoots you." - Yakov Smirnoff
January 21, 2008, 10:27 AM
Charlie Miller, a Texas Ranger inthe 1950's, carried his 1911, with a leather tie disabling the grip safety. When asked, "Isn't that Dangerous?" He replied, ""I wouldn't carry the son of a bitch if it wasn't dangerous!".