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

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by 230RN, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. 230RN

    230RN Marines on Mt. Curibacci

    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?

  2. Tim Burke

    Tim Burke Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. Vaarok

    Vaarok Well-Known Member

    "It is a weapon, it is not supposed to be safe" - Fedor Tokarev, on the TT-33 handgun.
  4. strat81

    strat81 Well-Known Member

    "In America, you shoot gun. In Soviet Russia, gun shoots you." - Yakov Smirnoff
  5. adobewalls

    adobewalls Well-Known Member

    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!".

  6. Pigspitter

    Pigspitter Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. Caipirinha

    Caipirinha Well-Known Member

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