Know Your Guns: History of the East German Makarov

HISTORY OF THE EAST GERMAN MAKAROV

 

When I was hot and heavy into Curio and Relic collecting fifteen or so years back I had several different flavors of Makarov, including a true East German PM (with original DDR markings) a Polish P-64, A Hungarian FEG PA-63 and a very rare Bulgarian PPK clone.

As with all Eastern Block C&R Military pistols, the double action trigger on Mak’s were atrociously bad, somewhere between 15 and 25 pounds. This was a purposeful design however to keep peasant conscripts from shooting their own dicks off.

Other than that, they were a real pleasure to shoot with a caliber I would describe as a “.380 ACP on growth hormones”.

 

 

De Oppresso Terminare (To Terminate the Oppressed)?

H/T WRSA

De Oppresso Terminare (To Terminate the Oppressed)?

 

He could have used examples like “Antifa”, “BLM” (“Burn, Loot, Murder” cuz they earned that moniker), “Crips”, “Bloods”, “Murder Inc.”, or even the Damned Al-Qaeda turd-burglers (And yes, the goats in that part of the world are always scared). But no, who did he disrespect? The two groups that probably have the highest percentage of “Pro God”, “Pro Morality”, “Pro-Law”, “Pro-Constitution”, “Law Abiding”, “Tax Payin’”, and “Rule Followin’” (to the point of mask wearin’ ridiculousness) People in the Nation, as demographics go. So no, this Imbecile doesn’t get a pass. As I said, from all the indicators I’ve seen, this is more of a norm in the SOF Community, than not, and that is tragic and sad.

Preppers were the original Americans, till people felt safe and comfortable, then they got fat, happy and stopped planning ahead and preparing for bad times. It has had to be relearned through the last couple centuries, but for the most part, that’s as “American” a trait as you can get, from a practical living standpoint.

Time is getting short.

Harden your hearts, toughen your bodies, and steel your minds.

Remember Jerry Shriver

 

 

Finland Winter/Continuation War Movie Recommendations

 

Since my post on The Winter War I got to thinking about a couple of movies that are definitely worth watching on the subject of Finland’s fight against Communism and true independence in the 20th Century.

FYI: As is the case with finding QUALITY movies lately, both of these are foreign productions made out of the sphere of Hollyweird and are subtitled in English.

 

Talvisota (The Winter War)

Set during the early days of World War 2. After Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Russia attacked Finland in November 1939. Finnish reservists leave their homes and go to war. The film focuses on two farmers from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Ostrobothnia, brothers Martti and Paavo Hakala, serving in a Finnish platoon. Released in 1989.

 

 

Tuntematon Sotilas (Unknown Soldier)

Unknown Soldier tells the largely-ignored story of The Continuation War, a massive conflict between Finland and the Soviet Union that lasted from 1941-1944.

Probably the most realistic depiction of WW2-era infantry combat ever filmed.

A film adaptation of Väinö Linna’s best selling novel The Unknown Soldier (1954) and the novel’s unedited manuscript version, Sotaromaani.

June, 1941: Trapped between two repressive regimes, Finland has little choice but to ally itself with Nazi Germany against its traditional foe, although it manages to remain a democracy throughout. Virtually unknown in the WW ll arena, a brutal war against Soviet occupation takes place in the Far North. As the men of a Finnish infantry unit march through the forests of Karelia to regain territory lost to Russia in the Winter War of 1939, each of them soon realizes the horror and pointlessness of war. Except for their officers, more concerned about medals and personal glory than the lives of their men. A diverse group of men, all at odds with how they see themselves, each other, and the common cause–yet they are strengthened by a growing bond of camaraderie to each other and their loved ones. After huge personal sacrifice and a prolonged trench war, the outcome is inevitable, ending with a ceasefire in September 1944.

Know Your History: Russian Invasion of Finland, The Winter War 1939-1940

H/T VikingLife Blog

 

 

Never under estimate a people that want to defend their culture and homeland.

Holding out for three months against the might of the Soviet War Machine is not bad.

Of course you cannot discuss the Winter War without discussing The White Death, Simo Hayha.

Simo Hayha is proof that cultivating the mantra “Every Man a Rifleman” Works!

History has proven time and time again, that to produce deadly snipers and soldiers, nothing can replace the self-sufficient and practical hunting/gun culture in which they were raised.

Their prowess with a rifle was directly related to their upbringing and the traditions handed down from their fathers.

Nothing could be a better teacher than that!