During WW2 and Korea, militaries generally favored larger, heavier bullets. The thinking was power is good. Over time, people realized that carrying weight is bad, and volume of fire is usually better than the power of a single cartridge – so the US moved to the M-16 (M4, AR-15) and the Soviets to the AK-74.
The sticking point is you have to have the money for BOTH:
1. Mass caliber conversion (rifle replacement, new ammo, new tooling...), AND
2. Purchase of additional, larger caliber weapons to replace the capability you lost when switching most of your forces from the intermediate cartridge to the newer, smaller bullet.
So, poorer countries tended to stick with the AK-47, and wealthier Soviet-bloc countries went to the AK-74...but there aren't too many wealthy communist countries, so the AK-47 remained the standard.
That's straight out of Scifi.
I knew a guy years ago who kind-of described it as a right of passage that you would take a trip out into the woods and build your own cabin/dacha.
A Finnish friend sent me his pictures of building his, including the obligatory sauna.
• “rite of passage” = “a ceremony or event marking an important stage in someone's life”, “when an individual leaves one group to enter another”. (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rite_of_passage&o...)
• “right of passage” = right of way, “(approximately) a country's right for its ships to pass through the territorial seas of foreign states and straits used for international navigation”. (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Right_of_passage&...) Seems to be more often a typo for “rite of passage”.
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Soviet laser pistol
My bet is that the laser pistol never existed.
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Now whether it worked or not is up to the debate (most likely not).
Still looks goofy, though.
Assuming the gun fires 28 gauge shotgun shells and standard AK74 ammunition, I can't see why the original ammunition failing would be a problem. Is there something I am missing here?
They weren't standard AK74 rounds. They were a special soft point version (5.45x39 SN-P) that were only used in these survival guns.
More interesting is the laser pistol the USSR attempted to design for cosmonauts to carry.
I'm surprised I've never seen these in an FPS. Seems like a unique and versatile sidearm.
Because I'm a nerd who grew up shooting, I've taken several runs at a "guns for writers" primer, because it's hard to get right if you don't know anything about firearms. The best rule is to avoid specifics here if you can, because naming a brand (e.g.) can back you into a corner if you don't know anything about the brand. (Case in point, I read a book a year or so ago that included a character cocking a SIG Sauer, which isn't possible.)
Point being, choosing a LeMat is a risky option for the writer because it's so unusual, so I was really happy to see they did so knowing what it was. We wouldn't really have LOST anything if they'd just given the MiB a bog-standard 1851 Colt or Single Action Army, but the LeMat adds a little depth/spice/eccentricity. It's a nice choice.
Long may these random articles continue!
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