Meh. You guys want to derail the thread? Talking to Chaz and Tradman here, (not Phil or Joe Hedge). Just remember that it takes two to tango. It won't derail unless you take it there. And Chaz, why not delete that garbage?
They made some good ones. (OK should have said "formerly Commie"
And they made some lemons. If you ever get offered a deal on a Baikal shotgun, or worse yet, ammo, resist the urge. The communist era guns were ugly and heavy, but probably indestructible. The ammo was at best amusing, typically one misfire/hangfire per box of 25, and the occasional shell had so little powder the shot would all land about 20 feet ahead. I was flat broke at the time, but splashed out on the second-cheapest brand after a few boxes of those.
Well, Gary, the T-34 certainly was a good tank and its 75 mm gun ruined
the day for many a Panzer II's and III's which only had 37 or 50's. Against
the Panzer IV's and Panthers it was an equal only in capable hands, at best.
The great success of the T-34 was that over 57,000 were built compared to
45,000 Panzer II-IV and Panthers many of which were lost in N Africa. Those
numbers contain the 26,000 Panzer II's and III's which were not a match for
When we went to Bulgaria a few years ago for a friends wedding (and to ski-mighty fine skiing too I might add) I met the brides father. Nice guy. He had my family over for a x-mas dinner and we stayed close by at the ski resort where the wedding took place.
Over drinks (home made booze) and cigars we talked about the general state of affairs in their country as they were closing on the possibility of joining the EU.
Found out he continued to make much of his money in arms manufacturing and sales. When I asked him what kind of arms he replied, 'pretty much the full range. From tanks and missiles to pistols.'