Double post! He said in the UT announcer voice.
Why a second post? Well, I wanted to do this Wednesday wishlist now, as it pertained slightly to the previous rant about Benelli and California.
So, what is it today? A PTRS-41 anti-tank rifle.
First, this gun has history. Vasily Zaitsev put a scope on one of these monsters (these had a reputation for breaking shoulders on unwary users) and used it to snipe a nazi bunker. Having people fear a legendary sniper wasn’t enough, he needed armored concrete fortresses to fear him as well.
Secondly, it isn’t any good. The rounds are powerful, more so than a 12.7x99mm. They will blast through engine blocks, metal plates, and other things. But the gun was already ineffective against tanks shortly after it was introduced, given the rate at which tank armor had grown in thickness and the newer technologies that made for better armor. So the gun couldn’t actually be used for its intended role, which is funny.
Third, the gun is unusual. You load a clip (rarely get to say that) of ammo into the receiver through the open magazine, then close the magazine underneath it.
Fourth, I can have one in California. While the U.S. in all its wisdom defined destructive devices as anything over 12.7mm, California in all its wisdom defined destructive devices as anything over 15.24mm. I woudl need a permit for anything over 15.24mm in California (which they won’t give to me since I am not important enough) or for anything over 12.7mm for a federal permit.
The PTRS-41 fires a 14.5mm bullet. It is a federal destructive device, and would require a permit and fees, but it is not a destructive device under California law, and it is more powerful than the feared and banned by name 12.7x99mm round.
My intention would be to take inspiration from Vasily Zaitsev and mount a scope on it. Not just any scope, a PPN-2 night vision scope, with the big infrared spotlight.
See, infrared spotlights are illegal to have attached to night vision scopes in California, but any night vision scope without an IR illuminator is okay. Which means the brand new starlight scopes are fine, but a Gen. 0 antique is not.
But the PPN-2 can take off the spotlight and attach it to the backpack, it does not need it to operate. So I can take off the spotlight and not use it in California, which obeys the letter of the law, but I can then travel to a free state and attach the spotlight and have some vintage fun.