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Guns used in the Olympics

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Skillet, Feb 17, 2010.

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  1. Skillet

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    As we all should know by now, the winter olympics are on every night. but as a shooter, one particular sport caught my eye. the biatholan. this is where the athletes ski and then shoot both prone and standing four times total.

    These guns are interesting. the sights, and action are unique. they seem to have an easy action bolt action design setup, and some very advanced peep sights. any info on them?

    this is what they look like-

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  2. Skillet

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    rats, looks like someone beat me to the thread post.
    adds to it anyways (I need to start looking at the posts further down the line)
     
  3. CoRoMo

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    Does the Olympic Committee allow the 'USA' emblem? I know an athlete recently got his chops busted for having a "Support the Troops" logo on him.:eek:
     
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    Fourth Place Medal says most of them are the 1827 Anschütz Fortner. Article here.
     
  5. rmfnla

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    "USA" and "Support the Troops" are miles apart.
     
  6. Shung

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    there was a time they used military guns in the olympics.. lots of sport were derived from military disciplines...

    Now, the shooting as a sport is totally politically correct with guns looking like spacecrafts..
     
  7. CoRoMo

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    Only in the eye of the beholder.;)
     
  8. cskny

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    ...miles apart.
    Only in the eye of the beholder.





    I assume you're kidding right?

    International athletic competition - One is the country NAME and the other is a message.
     
  9. rmfnla

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    Yeah, but those guns look so damn cool!

    I saw part of the biathalon; the shooter had a bolt action that required only a flick of a finger to operate. I Googled it; it's called a toggle bolt and here's an example:

    http://www.mtguns.com/biathalon.htm
     
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    Skiing and shooting

    BEST JOB IN THE UNIVERSE
     
  12. skiking

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    I couldn't agree more
     
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    pshaw those olympic guys need to read this forum more. If they did they would realize that the only gun you need is a Glock/1911/HK , :neener:
     
  14. brausso

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    well, we don't want to offend all the illegal aliens here in our country now do we? God forbid a USA logo or an american flag. As a matter of fact, we probably shouldn't accept any of the medals awarded to our country's athletes either because that wouldn't be fair to all the other countries. What we probably should do is divide all the medals up evenly to all the countries participating because the athletes that work hardest and earn the medals...well that's just not fair that they get to stand on a podium and receive a medal.
     
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    Shung: Of course, all sports tend towards brightly-colored uniforms and equipment (skis, racing shells, sailboats, helmets, etc.).

    However, I wouldn't chalk up everything to political correctness. What the military uses these days, apart from being black or some drab color, is every bit as much a "space gun" as a biathlon rifle.:)

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    The big problem is that in a lot of these countries anything bigger than a .22 is pretty much illegal then the ammo cost issue. That and it allows spectators to stand around and watch without having to have hearing protection.
     
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    M4's are not a "space gun", just how OLD are you?
     
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    If it was only warmer.

    How about water skiing and skeet shooting? :)eek:Shooting while still on the move.:eek:) Now there's a sport for 2012.

    Well maybe it'll make the Redneck Games.:neener:

    Wyman
     
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    I was responding to Shung's post above about "military weapons" being used in the past, compared to the "space guns" used now.

    The M4 has various grip options, a collapsible stock, a scope with a fiberoptic and tritium reticle, rails everywhere for convenient accessorizing, basically all sorts of features that don't look "traditional", but contribute to its function. The Biathlon rifles are exactly the same: built to be adjustable and optimized for their purpose.

    The "military" rifles that were once used were wood-stocked rifles that bear less resemblance to modern military weapons than biathlon rifles do.

    How old are you, anyway?:rolleyes: Or are you just short on reading comprehension?
     
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    The Olympic rifle is a piece of sporting equipment built for that purpose... and the military rifle is a piece of fighting equipment, built for that purpose. Important to note: those purposes are not the same.

    "Is the USA logo allowed?" Well... duurrrr.. it will be carried by an athlete representing the USA, with "USA" stamped in 80 different places on his gear. What do you think? :scrutiny:
     
  22. ArmedBear

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    Exactly true.

    And each has evolved a lot in the past 86 years, to better fulfill those purposes.
     
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    I was amazed when I got my Anschutz 1813 supermatch, how many of the newer rifles like the 2013 and the 1913s were aluminum stocks. Those are goofy looking rifles.
     
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    exept that biathlon should have remained a "military discipline" , even in a competition, but not become a "sport"...

    that's how I see it.
     
  25. flyinrob

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    No sport can stay entirely true to the original discipline. Some competitor will always be looking for an edge. The envelope is pushed further and further and the game changes.

    Hey, any training/competition is a compromise. You will never completely simulate the real thing. Take what you can get.
     
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