Mosin Nagant #4
I know people on a few online boards do this, and a very good friend of mine who is also a Mosin owner does this with me: Talking about Mosin Nagants means you slip into a fake, horrible Russian accent and talk about the glory of the U.S.S.R. (now defunct). It’s all silliness. The Soviets were huge on propaganda, and everything was FOR THE GLORIOUS MOTHERLAND. It’s fun to talk about your rifle in a Yakov Smirnoff accent and give voice to various cold war stereotypes. And type in all caps. Like you’re shouting.
SO IS SAYING THAT MOSIN RIFLE IS BEST RIFLE. IS BEST RIFLE FOR WORKER’S PROLETARIAT, AS KOMRADE MARX DISCUSSED. IS RUGGED AND NOT EASILY BROKEN – LIKE SOVIET WORKER. MOSIN RIFLE IS TOOL OF WORKER, TO HUNT FOOD AND CAPITALIST PIG DOGS. IS FOR THE PEOPLE. IS FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF SOVIET MOTHERLAND. ENEMY WHO INVADES CCCP TERRITORY WILL FIND WORKERS WAITING IN MOCKBA, TO DESTROY INVASION AND TREAD UPON INVADER’S SKULLS. RIFLE IS BEST.
I’ll stop now.
See, some of my readers don’t remember the Soviet Union. I feel fucking OLD about this, even when describing it to them. The Cold War is about as current to today’s 21 year olds as Vietnam was to my generation. Hell, even I grew up at the tail end of it all – my mother’s generation REALLY remember a time when the USSR was a big bogeyman, ready to doom the world into nuclear mutually-assured destruction. I remember Gorbechov – they remember Kruschev. Once upon a time, the USSR was our biggest enemy. Then they kinda imploded, when I was in my teens, and now they’re lucky if they can manufacture a decent wristwatch. Now the big enemy is Al Qaeda, or the Taliban, or the TERRISTS, and it lacks the glory of a proper enemy of old. Dammit, as a kid, it was kind of romanticized that the Russians were our enemy. Somewhere out there, on the other side of the planet, was a giant military-industrial nation that wore fur hats and wool overcoats, made potatoes into booze, and liked to yell “NA ZDROVYE” while dancing on hot coals in Siberia or some shit. I miss that, in a way. Our enemies today apparently can’t afford shoes half the time, are illiterate, and live in caves. Or so I’m told by the modern American media.
Here’s how it used to be – because Chicago was such a target for the Soviets, and helicopters were SERIOUS SHIT YO, heh.