Kalashnikov vs. Schmeisser: Myths, Legends, and Misconceptions [GUEST POST]

The following is an article that was originally written in Russian by TFB contributor Maxim Popenker, and Andrey Ulanov, and translated to English by Peter Samsonov. With their permission, I have replicated the text here, and edited it, for the enrichment of you, our readers!

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GLOCK BEATS SIG: P320 The ONLY Pistol of 11 That FIRES When Dropped in Comprehensive Omaha Outdoors Test

The SIG Sauer P320 – scion of the Army’s new M17 MHS pistol – is the only handgun out of eleven different weapons to fail a comprehensive test released today by Omaha Outdoors. The testing protocol involved dropping the handguns at different angles with a primed case in the chamber (no bullet or propellant). None of the ten other handguns – which included four Glocks, two H&Ks, two S&Ws and a 1911 – tested after the P320 fired when dropped. The video released by Omaha Outdoors describing the tests is embedded below:

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MHS M17 ALREADY Fixed P320 Drop Failure Issue; "Voluntary Upgrade" Pistols Will Receive MHS Triggers

Those who take advantage of SIG’s recently announced “voluntary upgrade” may soon be taking home a little piece of the Modular Handgun System program: The company evidently plans to introduce a new trigger design developed for the MHS program as part of the upgrades, as relayed in a recent article published by Eric Graves over at Soldier Systems Daily:

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BREAKING: NRA Disallows 1911s As "Primary Handguns" From Its "Carry Guard" Classes

Released to quite a bit of controversy at the NRA show, the NRA’s Carry Guard program is again the focus of controversy. As listed on the NRA’s Carry Guard website, instructions for prospective students of their “Level 1” program are specifically asked not to bring revolvers or 1911s as “primary firearms” to the classes.  This instruction is added as a note to bringing a full-size or compact handgun:

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Frankly, Pistol Caliber Carbines Don't Make a Lot of Sense – Here's Why

I know that I am not going to make any friends by writing this, but that never stopped me before, so why not? Here goes: Pistol caliber carbines don’t make a whole lot of sense for the American rifle buyer, or at least not most of the offerings on the market right now.

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Kalashnikov Conspiracy Theories and How to Refute Them, Part 2: Schmeisser vs. Mikhtim

Continuing on from where we left off yesterday, in this article we’ll address the arguments that center around the Sturmgewehr’s designer – Hugo Schmeisser – and his career in Izhevsk. Let’s get on with it:

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BREAKING: Taurus Executives Charged with Knowingly Selling Arms to Yemeni Arms Traffickers

Brazil’s premier small arms manufacturer is in hot water: Two former executives of Forjas Taurus SA have been served with charges of arms trafficking by the Brazilian government. The executives, Eduardo Pezzuol and Leonardo Sperry, allegedly negotiated deals to ship 8,000 handguns to Fares Mohammed Hassan Mana’a, a Yemeni arms trafficker active in Africa. Reuters reports:

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BREAKING: German Defense Minister in HOT WATER Over G36 Controversy, Koblenz Court Sides with H&K

On the heels of Heckler & Koch announcing their suit against the German government regarding statements about the company’s G36 assault rifle, comes news that the German court in Koblenz has issued a statement that the German gun manufacturer cannot be blamed for any problems the rifles may have, as the rifles were delivered conforming to government specifications. From Der Spiegel:

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BREAKING: Heckler & Koch Takes the German Government TO COURT Over G36 Accuracy Question

The firestorm over the Bundeswehr’s G36 assault rifle has reached a new fever pitch: Heckler & Koch, maker of the embattled rifles has sued the German government in an effort to clear its name of any wrongdoing. The company’s G36 rifles have come under fire in the past few years for having a flaw in their construction that reportedly causes great shifts in the rifle’s point of impact when sustaining temperature or humidity changes. DW.com reports:

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Lithuana Stops Buying G36s, Pending German Investigation

In response to the German government’s declaration that the G36 rifle had “no future” with the Bundeswehr, the Lithuanian government has announced it has ceased all procurement of the rifle, also used as standard by their armed forces, pending further results from the German investigation. 15min.lt has the story:

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Grunts and Co. Tackles M855A1 & Mk. 318 Myths

A while back, I received an email asking for my input on the M855A1 issue. It was from Will, a reader of mine who was working on an article trying to cut through a lot of the myths (on both sides) about the round. I assisted him as best I could, and now the product of his hard work has finally been published at Grunts and Co. A sample is below, but I highly recommend the reader follow the link and read the whole thing:

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Armatix "Smart Gun" Manufacturer Files Chapter 11 Restructuring

Controversial “smart gun” manufacturer Armatix has filed the German equivalent of Chapter 11 restructuring. From Fortune:

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BREAKING NEWS: H&K Admits To Asking MAD To Investigate Journalists

Shocking news today, as German arms manufacturer Heckler and Koch has admitted to in 2013 attempting to use the German counterintelligence agency MAD to investigate negative press of its G36 rifle in the media. Deutsche Welle reports:

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BREAKING NEWS: G36 Cannot Hold Accuracy, Bundeswehr Report Confirms

German news media have been on fire over the past couple of days over a report that is expected to be released to the public soon. It is apparent that the audit report of the G36 rifle, conducted by the Ernst Mach Institute and Bundeswehr’s Technical Center for Weapons and Ammunition, is especially damning. A report summary from faz.net is replicated below, first in machine-translated English, then in native German:

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French Mayor Criticized For Arming Police