POP QUIZ: REACH FOR THE SKY, PARDNER (answers)
And the big guns this week are John D and Susan McL! They shot to the top of the leaderboard this week with tied 5/10 scores. Susan runs a company that stages murder mystery shows, so it’s no surprise she knows her way around lethal weapons. Way to go both of you!
1) To determine the calibre of a gun, what do you measure?
THE INTERNAL DIAMETER OF THE BARREL (accept: the diameter of the ammunition)
2) What company manufactured the MP5, the most widely used submachine gun of the twentieth century?
HECKLER & KOSCH
3) What company was founded in 1852 by two men named Horace & Daniel?
SMITH & WESSON
4) Who patented the first revolving pistol in London in 1836, before returning home to America and mass producing the guns?
5) What is the first name of Russian General and gun designer Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47?
MIKHAIL (you thought it would start with ‘A’, didn’t you?)
6) What brand of rifles, standard issue throughout the Commonwealth from 1895, was still being used by Canadian Forces Rangers Arctic Reserve unit up until 2012 (a 4th edition model, updated in the ’30s)?
7) What was unusual about the “Liberator” handgun designed (and the designs were distributed freely online) by a group called “Defense Distributed” in 2012?
THEY WERE DESIGNED TO BE ‘PRINTED’ BY A 3D PRINTER
8) The United States has won more Summer Olympic shooting medals than any other country, with 107. The old Soviet Union came in second, with 49, tied with what other nation?
9) According to official reports, who was the most famous user of a Carcano Model 1891/38 short rifle?
LEE HARVEY OSWALD (early reports called it a ‘Mannlicher-Carcano’, but it was in fact a different model)
10) A 19 year old man identified only as Rashaad won the 2000 Darwin Award when he died playing Russian Roulette with what type of gun?
A SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL
For anyone not in the know, a semi-automatic takes the mystery of Russian Roulette by ‘automatically’ chambering any round in the clip. Odds of winning: nil.
Lots of folks thought the ‘Liberator’ was unusual for being entirely plastic, but there have been many previous models of plastic handguns. The liberator was new and terrifying because anyone can make one in the privacy of their own home, if they have a 3D printer. Countless numbers of untraceable firearms. Hooray, technology!