Manufactured by Inland Manufacturing Division of General Motors, scope by American Optical Co. c.1944 - serial number 345402.
7.62×33mm/.30 Carbine 15-round removable box magazine, gas operated semi-automatic, 20k Volt infrared light with 175m range infrared scope, additional foregrip. Developed at the end of WW2, but also used in the subsequent conflicts involving America, the M3 scope resulted in one of the very first nigh-vision firearm with the German StG44 Vampir system. As far as I understand it wasn’t mounted on the M1 Garand because of its limited range being better suited to its carbine counterpart.
Belgian semi-automatic rifle that was produced in several different calibers for various nations that adopted it for military use. The particular example in the photo is desirable Argentinian model that is chambered in 7.62x51mm. It differed from it’s counterparts by using a detatchable 20-round proprietary magazine. Though an excellent design, the FN-49 arrived far too late to the world stage and was overshadowed by the FAL, (GRH)
Ribeyrolles, Sutter, and Chauchat - made by the Manufacture d’Armes de Tulle in France c.1917~18. 8x51mmR Lebel five-round en-bloc clip, gas-operated semi-automatic, loaded from the bottom. Made with several Lebel parts, the RSC Mle1917 was the first semi-automatic military rifle to be mass-issued and used during a major conflict, namely World War one. It was a far cry from the revolutionary designs of the French rifle trials of the early 20th century, but it was decently reliable and provided a lot more firepower than the old Lebel Mle1886.
A Finnish semi-automatic rifle chambered in 5.56x45mm/.223 that is sometimes referred to as the M76. You’ll notice that the M76 shares some similarities to the Galil; notably the trigger guard, oversized mag release, and the front and rear sight. The Galil family of rifles is slightly based off of the Rk 62, which is the parent platform of the M76. Uses it’s own proprietary magazines, although some owners say you can modify Galil mags to work. They are quite rare in the U.S and easily run in the $2,000+ price range. (GRH)
Manufactured by Berlin-Lübecker Maschinenfabrik c.1943-45 - serial number 2753k. 7,92x57mm Mauser 10-round removable box magazine, can be fed with stripper clips, gas-operated semi-automatic fire, ZF4 scope. Following in the steps of its American and Soviet predecessors, the G43 cements the look for future post-war battle rifles. Initially a much more complex design, the G41(W), it was simplified when Walther Waffenfabrik analyzed a captured Tokarev SVT-40 and decided to get rid of the silly gas-operated-phobic requirements of the German army.
was a chilly winter morning in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As women were
nervously sitting in the Planned Parenthood clinic, they started to hear a loud
“pop pop pop” coming from outside. Staff inside the clinic rushed those in the
waiting room into a different room with a lock on the door and called police.
As police arrived they were met with gunfire by Robert Lewis Dear, who was now inside the clinic.
police fired back and a five hour standoff ensued. Dear was armed with a
semi-automatic rifle and by the end of the standoff, three people were dead:
police officer, Garrett Swasey and two passerbys, Ke’Arre M. Stewart and
Jennifer Markovsky were shot numerous times and succumbed to their wounds. Beside
Dear’s car, police discovered several propane tanks. It’s believed that he had
intended to open fire on the tanks and cause an explosion.
his apprehension, Dear expressed the belief that he would be met in Heaven by aborted
fetuses who would thank him for his murderous deed. None of the people he
killed worked in Planned Parenthood and none of them were planning on having an
abortion, but he had intended on killing those inside the building. Thankfully,
they were quick on their feet and managed to get themselves to safety before he
entered. In 2016, he was deemed incompetent to stand trial.
Romanian semi-automatic rifle chambered in 7.62x54R. Although more commonly known as the PSL, some U.S importers made up new names or designation codes, one being the SSG-97. You’ll sometimes see PSL’s marked SSG-97, FPK and even Dragunovs. Note the internal parts which are nearly identical to your average AK, just a bit enlarged. (GRH)
Short Magazine Lee-Enfield MkIII conversion, manufactured in 1916 by Birmigham Small Arms company, serial number 2. .303 British, 20 or 10 rounds box magazine, gas operated semi automatic, stamped sheet metal hand and face guards and pistol grip. Although obviously more reliable than the Chauchat, the Lewis gun was not available in sufficient quantity during WW1 and the British army had to rely on some other ways to provide superior firepower to its soldiers. This was one such unfortunate yet awesome way.
Before Adam Lanza, who perpetrated the “Sandy Hook Massacre,” there was Patrick Purdy and the “Stockton Massacre.” Patrick was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1964. When just 2-years-old, Patrick’s mother divorced his father after he threatened her with a gun. As a student in Cleveland Elementary School, he soon turned to alcohol in an attempt to alleviate his problems. After slapping his mother in the face, he was thrown out of her home and was homeless for several months before being placed in foster care. Patrick was eventually adopted by a family and shortly thereafter, started to take hard drugs as a coping mechanism.
When Patrick was 17-years-old, his father died in a traffic collision and Patrick soon started to accuse his mother of stealing money that was left behind for him. Throughout his adolescence, he was in and out of trouble with the law. He was a known drug addict and as a way to finance his drug addiction, he turned to prostitution. He was arrested on several occasions, from drug dealing to robbery, he was seemingly constantly serving a sentence for something. On one stint, he attempted suicide and was diagnosed as having “‘mental retardation.” After his release in 1987, he started to collect books on white supremacy and could often be heard complaining about the high volume of Asians in the area he lived as well as San Joaquin Delta College where he attended welding classes. Friends would later describe Patrick as suicidal, adding that he seemed to have a particular hatred for those of Asian descent, adding that he never came across as violent. His apartment in Stockton, California, was filled with toy soldiers - he was peculiar, they said, but nothing hinted he was dangerous. He often complained he was upset that he never made anything of himself and was a failure. On 17 January, 1989, an anonymous caller contacted Stockton Police Department and warned them that the young pupils of Cleveland Elementary School, Patrick’s old school, would be dead. Nevertheless, classes carried on as usual but that day would be anything other than “usual.”
At approximately noon, Patrick parked his car behind the school. His car was packed with fireworks which he then set alight, causing his car to explode. From here he walked to the school playground, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, he shot indiscriminately. Within three minutes, he shot 106 rounds, killing five children and wounding another 30. All of the children who were killed and a vast majority of the injured were of Cambodian or Vietnamese descent. The parents of these children had immigrated to America in search of pastures green. After the shooting, Patrick shot himself dead.
The shocking murders begged the question: “How could a man with a history such as Patricks, walk into a gun store and leave with an AK-47, no questions asked?” The sole purpose of weapons such as this is to end human life, so why was he so easily able to purchase one? Following the murders, measures were taken to ban assault weapons in California, paving the way to the Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act or 1989.