Friday, March 9, 2007
Newington H.S. and the Mosin-Nagant Rifle
MOSIN-NAGANT 7.62 COMBAT/SNIPER RIFLE
The Hartford [Connecticut] Courant reported today that 16 year old Newington High School Student Frank Fechteler, with a 20 person "hit list" was video-taped firing weapons at a range and blowing up pipe bombs in the woods. In the video, the teen is able to fire five rounds from a Mosin-Nagant Rifle in less than 25 seconds.
Luckily, this troubled youth was brazen or stupid enough to put these videos on YOUTUBE for all to see. He even emailed the video as a threat to a student in Canton, Connecticut. Thankfully, police in both Canton and Newington swiftly investigated the case and stopped another Columbine.
Questions remain concerning where a 16 year old gets a Mosin-Nagant rifle, who lets him shoot it at a range, and who videotaped all this.
Contrary to the Courant article it is not totally accurate that, "The Russians used the Mosin Nagant (sic) in World War II and some gun enthusiasts consider it a real man's rifle." It may be a "gun enthusiasts real man's rifle" but to report it's use as only in World War II is incorrect.
The Mosin-Nagant (Russian: Винтовка Мосина, also known as the Moisin-Nagant) is a bolt-action, five-round, military rifle that was used by the armed forces of Imperial Russia and later the Soviet Union and various Eastern bloc nations. It was in service in various forms from 1891 until the 1960s, when it was finally replaced in its final function as a sniper rifle by the Dragunov SVD
During the Cold War period, Middle Eastern countries under the sphere of Soviet influence—Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Palestinian guerrilla factions—received Mosins. The Mosin-Nagant has also seen action in the hands of the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan during the Soviet Union's occupation of the country during the 1970s and the 1980s. Its use in Afghanistan continued on well into the 1990s and the early 21st century by Northern Alliance forces. The Mosin-Nagant is currently being used by insurgent forces in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
So much for the "Assault Rifle" ban in this Country. The difference between the Mosin-Nagant which can pop off five rounds in 25 seconds by a teenager, and the M-16 that (if on fully automatic mode) can send 30 rounds in a few seconds is somewhat meaningless. The definition of an "assault rifle" is lost on anyone at the receiving end of this combat weapon. It becomes a matter of how many cartridges the shooter has. If Fechteler had 10 cartridges he could shoot 50 rounds in around 4 minutes. Ask anyone who has been shot at, one round is too many.
Once again a deadly assault was not stopped by "gun-control" but rather by concerned citizens (this time another teenager) and good police work.
Fechteler got his hands on the guns and ammunition, was able to keep them in his bedroom and practice at a range, He was able to get someone to video-tape this;an eerie similarity to the Columbine shootings. This should be yet another wake-up call to parents to take a minute and inspect your kids room and computer. Yes, it can happen here.
This one almost got us.