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What is it about Soviet Rifles...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by InkEd, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Senior Member

    Aug 23, 2007
    I thought Britain supplied the technology of the MiG 15? The Rolls Royce engine?

    I guess the innovation of the swept wing has its aegis in Nazi Germany...
  2. YZ

    YZ member

    Nov 10, 2012
    You are looking down a whole other can of worms. Yes the British gave Stalin the Rolls Royce engine. From the insider memoirs, the Soviet Government placed the request expecting it to be denied. Stalin was lukewarm to the idea, saying why in the world would they do it for us. The new Labour Government did. One has to remember, at the time there were strong advocates of sharing the atomic bomb blueprints too. Only the Korean conflict cooled it off.
    "For the right price the capitalists will sell us rope on which we shall hang them". Lenin, in my translation.
  3. InkEd

    InkEd Senior Member

    Oct 16, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    That is a great quote. I don't like it but it is powerful.
  4. sakimoto

    sakimoto New Member

    Sep 5, 2005
    Watch "Enemy at the Gates" for a 91/30 fix!
  5. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Senior Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Los Anchorage
    This highlights one of the main reasons east bloc guns have a mixed rep stateside. And it has little to do with quality control in the former Warsaw Pact. The problem comes because US law makes it extremely difficult to just build these firearms and ship them over. They have to be assembled here or re-assembled to include new US made parts, non-auto receivers, etc. The stateside assembly plants run by certain importers have a very mixed record with these things. It's in the assembly that you end up with badly canted sights, wobbly furniture and even the wrong barrels. The image of angry apes with ballpeen hammers comes to mind when you pick some of these guns up. But really it's a matter of importers who don't really want to be in the gun making business and try to cut corners on it.

    If you can get to a quality outfit building off quality receivers, then you can judge the final product in its intended form--or at least the semiauto version of its intended form. I just picked up an AK-74 clone from Waffen that's very nice. The sights are square and the parts all fit together. Best of all it doesn't keyhole the bullets.
    Last edited: May 10, 2013

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