I'm getting really tired of all the nonsense the MSM is putting out about the Russians. This week it was a big story about Russian Bear reconnaissance aircraft in the Bering Straits. They've been flying those patrols forever. We've been intercepting the patrols forever. The air crew take pictures of each other, and depending on their temperament either hold up signs saying things like "Happy fourth of July" or expressing cruder sentiments. None of this is new. But over the weekend of the fourth, one of the Bears came near our airspace. When intercepted, someone in the bear held up a sign that said "Happy Fourth of July."
|These routine patrols have been going on since before I was born. We intercept them, they intercept us.|
Fox put out a big segment featuring some twit of a Representative who waxed eloquent about how this "new evidence" of Russian aggressiveness boded ill for the future. I felt like throttling him.
Russia is a big country, it's a powerful country, and just like us it has to deal with all kinds of aggravations. Sometimes we don't like the way they do it, but there are always sources of friction between countries. I honestly think that Obama and his cabal of left wing stooges do this just to distract Americans from the reality of how bad things are getting in this country. I grew up hearing the Russians were going to get us one day. I served my entire time in the service practicing to fight the Russians. But it never happened, and enough is enough. With medieval fundamentalist Islam on the rise, we better start focusing on what really represents a danger, and it isn't Russia.
Bill the Bastard banned the import of Russian weapons in November of 1997. Before that, you could buy SKS rifles, Mosin Nagant rifles, SVT rifles, Tokorev semi-automatic pistols, Makarov semi-automatic pistols, Nagant revolvers,and all kinds of good gear. It was robust, reliable, easy to maintain, and cheap to buy.
I took advantage of this before Clinton came along, and got some very nice weapons for very little money.
Today, the same guns would cost you an arm and a leg. You can still get Mosin Nagant rifles, because they come in through Ukraine and are not banned, but even these are drying up now.
Russian 7.62X54R ammo was very inexpensive and easy to get. I bought it by the case. It's berdan primed so you can't reload it, but when you could get a full case of high quality ammo for $50.00, who cared?
You can still get ammo for all these weapons. The only ammo I use that I don't reload is the ammo for the Nagant pistol, because it's in the too hard category.
Several companies make the dies, and the brass is easy to get. I just don't want to mess with it, since the surplus ammo is available from SOG for peanuts.
I really like my Russian weapons. Some are elegant and real works of art in their own right. Some are plain and utilitarian. But one thing you can count on, if you pull the trigger they all go "boom."