Source of quote? "Not need safety. Is for killing."


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230RN
January 21, 2008, 10:25 AM
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?

--Terry

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Tim Burke
January 21, 2008, 11:01 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.

Vaarok
January 21, 2008, 11:02 AM
"It is a weapon, it is not supposed to be safe" - Fedor Tokarev, on the TT-33 handgun.

strat81
January 21, 2008, 11:07 AM
"In America, you shoot gun. In Soviet Russia, gun shoots you." - Yakov Smirnoff

adobewalls
January 21, 2008, 11:27 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!".

http://www.shootingtimes.com/gunsmoke/miller_0730/

Pigspitter
January 21, 2008, 12:07 PM
I do believe I said that quote on a thread about a french rifle when some people were whining about it not having a safety.

Caipirinha
January 21, 2008, 01:47 PM
I've never seen that as an actual quote. It was featured in this entertaining write-up that's made its rounds through the various gun boards. Look in the section on the M44.

http://www.arthurshall.com/x_2007_manly_firearms.shtml

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