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Firearms News Volume 74, Issue 5

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KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
30 Issues

in this issue

2 min
steve mcqueen: the king of cool

Steve McQueen was a tough unhappy man who arose from an absolutely brutal childhood. He never knew his father and was ultimately remanded to the California Junior Boys Republic, a reform school of sorts, as a teenager. Once he became wealthy and famous he returned to the school on numerous occasions to speak to the boys and present gifts. McQueen worked as a bouncer in a brothel, a roughneck, a carnival barker, and a lumberjack. In 1947, he joined the Marine Corps but struggled to assimilate. He was demoted seven times for behavior problems and once spent 41 days in the brig. However, he saved the lives of five other Marines when their tank broke through ice during an arctic exercise. He was ultimately assigned to the honor guard on President…

16 min
the fn-fal rifle part ii “the strong arm of the free world”

In Part I of this series, we discussed the development of what is probably Fabrique Nationale’s most famous product, the Fusil Automatique Léger (FN-FAL or simply FAL). Development between 1937 and the early 1950s by FN’s chief engineer Dieudonné Saive (1888–1970). It was introduced on the market at a time when most armies were seeking a replacement for their WWII era semiauto (e.g. M1 Garand) and bolt action (e.g. No. 4 Lee-Enfield) rifles. The FAL was a gas operated, selective fire rifle that was fed from a detachable 20-round magazine and was chambered for the, then new, 7.62mm NATO cartridge. It was first adopted by Canada in 1954 as the Rifle, 7.62mm, FN (C1) followed in quick succession by Belgium, West Germany, Austria and Israel. The U.S. Army considered it but eventually…

1 min

1 Cashner, Bob. The FN FAL Battle Rifle. Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK. 2013. Page 19. 2 www.kommandoblog.com/2017/04/27/rhodesian-fals-a-brief-history- and-how-to-spot-one-in-the-wild/ 3 www.kommandoblog.com/2017/04/27/ rhodesian-fals-a-brief-historyand-how-to-spot-one-in-the-wild/ 4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FN_FAL 5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckler_%26_Koch_G3 6 Hoare, Michael. The Road to Kalamata: A Congo Mercenary’s Personal Memoir. Boulder, CO. Paladin Press, 2008. 7 Black African volunteers made up approximately 80% of the Rhodesian armed forces. 8 The Rhodesians also used numbers of H&K G3A3 rifles reportedly obtained from Portugal. 9 https://infogalactic.com/info/FN_FAL 10 www.quora.com/What-happened-to-all-the-materiel-captured-during- the-Falklands-war 11 Some rifles are fitted with muzzle brakes/flash hiders which increase their lengths. 12 Weights will vary depending upon stock material, barrel length, accessories, etc. 13 Some manufacturers offered the Para model with a 20.9 inch barrel. 14 Canadian and Australian rifles used rotating disc aperture rear sights…

14 min
the howdah pistol

Captain Obadiah Sutcliffe crouched low over his horse and stroked the sweaty animal’s neck. His mount was both tired and frightened. Truth be known, so was Sutcliffe. In the recent chaos, the man had bloodied his saber but was now separated from his unit. Though the sounds of battle reverberated in the distance, amplified and distorted by the undulating Virginia forest, all seemed momentarily peaceful nearby. Captain Sutcliffe answered to one General James Ewell Brown Stuart, and his mob of Confederate cavalrymen was playing holy hell with Major General George McClellan’s blue-coated regulars. However, cavalry combat is a terrifying chaotic thing that ebbed and flowed like some kind of sentient animal. Sutcliffe this moment found himself disoriented, lost, and alone. Obadiah Sutcliffe was the eldest son of Jeremiah and Edith Sutcliffe, members…

9 min
the star z-70 submachine gun

I was considering awhile back my favorite submachine gun (SMG). More specifically, I was considering the SMGs that fire a pistol caliber cartridge, thus eliminating short carbines such as the AKSU. I like some of the more recent designs such as the HK MP5 or the FN P90. However, the Star Z-70 kept nudging its way into my list of favorites. Spain is one of those countries that have issued SMGs for police and military units for decades. This doesn’t always mean that the SMG issued in many countries is all that good, but in the case of the Star Z-70, Spanish soldiers and cops were well armed. The Star Z-70 actually evolved from the Star Z-62. Introduced in 1962 as an improvement on the Z-45 SMG, the Z-62 was designed…

2 min
product showcase

INTRODUCING THE GRIZZLY MODEL G0897 4" X 48" 2-WHEEL METAL BELT GRINDER/SANDER MACHINE HIGHLIGHTS • Motor is 2 HP, 110V, single-phase, 13.8A, 3400 RPM. • 4500 FPM belt speed, 43/4" x 11 1/8" graphite-coated platen with work stop, and a 4" wide x 5" dia. contact wheel with work rest for rapid material removal. • Features spring-loaded quick-release belt tension and single-knob tracking adjustment. • Equipped with a removable spark trap, transparent safety guard, and 3" dust port. • Weighs approximately 75 lbs. The Model G0897 is available for $499.95 and is covered by a one-year warranty. For more information, call 1-800-523-4777 or visit Grizzly.com YHM RESONATOR SUPPRESSOR COMPACT, LIGHTWEIGHT, AND CONFIGURABLE Enter YHM’s .30 caliber “K-Can”, the Resonator® K. Care, attention to detail, and a love for the industry helped to shape this remarkable piece of engineering. It was designed…