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The .220 Russian

Back in the 50s’ and 60s the USSR decided to come out with a new round for the running deer competition. This competition was a pretty big deal in the shooting world at that time. Taken seriously enough that some AMU members would compete in it. One even showing up with an M14/optic combo that would help develop the XM21.

The round was intended to be used for medium and small game and to be very accurate. The Russians did what they do and used the 7.62×39 case for this new round.

3.5 g (54 gr) SP2,993.4 ft/s (912.4 m/s)1,074.6 ft⋅lbf (1,457.0 J)

The round turned out to be successful enough that it was used by Finland and ammo was made by Sako and Lapua.

The 220 Russian isn’t heard of much anymore because it gave birth to something that took the case and turned it into something so good that accuracy records would be set with it for years to come. This happened when a couple of Bench Rest shooters named, Pindel and Palmisano decided to neck up the 220 rusisan case to .22 and 6mm, change the shoulder angle and fire form the case walls into the .22PPC & 6MMPPC ( Pindel & Palmisano Cartridge). These two wildcat rounds dominated the BR world for decades and still are. Dozens of variations of these have since spun off in a seemgly endless parade.

Calico M950

Last week I talked about the Goncz auto pistol. This time we will take a peak at the Calico. This one was one of the more radical ideas for the 1980s and one I handled quite a bit back in the day. The pistol fed from a helical mag attached to the top and ejected from the bottom. You could get them in 50 or 100 rounds. I didn’t find it to be very handy or easy to use and not at all reliable. But it looked cool to a lot of people.

They made some variants in .22 long rifle. I handled one of those as well but never shot it. Other offerings were some carbines and submachine guns. You don’t hear much about them anymore but they actually still exist and make products.

American Made Calico firearms incorporate the Helical Feed System with the option of using a 50 or 100 round drum magazine. Even fully loaded with the 100 round capacity, in the 9mm versions, they are lighter than the UZI or MP-5. The Helical feed magazine can be loaded and stored indefinitely without spring fatigue, and with the Calico speed loader, the 50 round magazine can be loaded from an open box of ammo in less than 15 seconds and 30 seconds for 100 rounds

Both the pistol and carbine have virtually no muzzle climb, even with rapid firing. Spent cases are ejected straight down in front of the trigger guard for close quarter operation. This is very important in a combat or law enforcement tactical operation as shells ejecting to the right give away your position. A fully ambidextrous safety, a static charging handle with no external moving parts, and a comfortable nylon web sling offer superior handling of the Liberty III pistol and the Liberty series. All models field strip in a few seconds without tools and feature an adjusted front sight for windage and elevation. The Liberty III pistol is comparable in weight to a big bore pistol, except the Liberty III pistol has 50 rounds of ammunition.

The Liberty I and II carbines have a comfortable sliding steel butt stock that locks solidly into position for added accuracy. A full length, glass filled polymer butt stock is available.

The bolt is a delayed blowback type similar to the ones used on the MP-5 sub machine gun, except ours was specifically designed for the 9mm cartridge and is significantly smaller and lighter. It is manufactured from high strength, heat treated, S-7 tool steel that easily withstands shock, wear and corrosive fouling. The bolt, striker, springs, and buffer drop out of the receiver as a single unit with no loose parts.

As exciting as the 9mm Calico firearms are, don’t forget about our line of .22 firearms! All models feature a lightweight aluminum alloy frame and helical feed magazine, which are available in 50 round and 100 round capacities and can be stored fully loaded indefinitely without spring fatigue. The magazines are constructed of space age, high impact, fiber reinforced, and thermoplastic – the same material used in the 9mm series. The M-100 carbine has perfect balance… The placement of the magazine puts the center of gravity above the recoil, which counteracts muzzle lift and improves accuracy.

If you liked plinking with a semi-auto .22 when you were a kid, then you’ll love taking one of our M-100 series .22s on your next camping trip or weekend at the range! TIN CANS BEWARE!! All our products are Made in America

Since it was a unique looking gun and anti-gun Hollywood loves them some cool looking guns, it showed up in several action movies.

Like the Goncz, the Calico is in Total Recoil. In perhaps the saddest point of the film, it kills the hooker with three tits.

My favorite film to feature the Calico is the Sci-Fi action classic, I Come In Peace. A fun action film about an alien drug dealer.

Soviet Use Of M16 During Afghanistan War

Over the weekend one of the boys on the Colt AR15 Resource FB page shares some pictures of Soviet military personnel using M16 and M16A1s during the war in Afghanistan. Captions made best guesses on units. Mainly paratrooper and special forces troopers. The guns seen using M60 machine straps as slings oddly enough.

that’s right Kommrade, the M16 is better than the AK

I don’t really know any context about these. There could be many reasons for seeing Russians using them during the war. Interesting none the less.

The Goncz Auto Pistol

Goncz GA-9 pistol, with 30-round magazine, left side view

Goncz GA-9 pistol less magazine, right side view

The Goncz pistol is one of those oddballs that is all but forgotten. Produced during a time when more than a few companies popped up with The Next Big Thing. A time when Calicos and Streetsweepers could be seen hanging on the gunshop wall.

The Goncz GA-9 High Tech pistol was developed by the Goncz Armament Inc (North Hollywood, California, USA), and manufactured in very limited numbers between circa 1984 and 1990. The Goncz GA-9 pistol belonged to the almost useless class of “assault pistols” which, while having the size and weight of a submachine gun, offered the same firepower as a much more compact and comfortable “standard” pistols, used by various military and police forces, as well as by civilians (where allowed by law). The Goncz GA-9 pistol, for example, had the size of Mini-UZI submachine gun, but lacked the folding shoulder stock and full automatic firepower. The simple blowback operation, also borrowed from submachine gun world, resulted in increased felt recoil, and compromised rapid-fire accuracy. In general, GA-9, like many other “assault pistols” (such as Intratec DC-9 or Wilkinson Linda), was some sort of a “poor man’s submachine gun”, and, like others, did not succeed in this field. Unlike some other “assault pistols” the Goncz was apparently well made, but this, maybe, was one of its failing points, as the assault pistols were most attractive for marginal public, which was not ready to spend a lot on weapons.”

The Goncz GA-9 is a semi-automatic, blowback operated weapon. The tubular receiver, reminiscent of a submachine gun, was machined from steel and was integral with barrel jacket. Cylindrical bolt was located within the receiver, with charging handle attached to the left side of the bolt. The grip frame, integral with the trigger guard, was also made from steel. The Goncz GA-9 pistol featured no bolt hold-open device. Manual safety was located at the left side of the grip. Standard magazine capacity was 19 rounds; extended magazines held 30 rounds. The Goncz weapons were also available in carbine form, with longer barrel (about 16″ / 40cm long) and with permanently attached wooden buttstock.”

Type: Single Action
Caliber: 9x19mm Luger/Parabellum
Weight unloaded: not known
Length: 381 mm (15″)
Barrel length: 229 mm (9″)
Capacity: 19 or 30 rounds

One of the few things I didn’t at least handle back in the 1980s but always wanted to. I have no idea why now, but I guess because it looked cool to me back then.

The gun has a bit of a complex history to not be many made , with another company making pistols that were basically the same. Claridge Arms being the name. The gun made by them known as the Claridge Hi-Tec. All gone now once Kommiefornia banned them in 1993. Most people, if they do recall. remember it from the film Total Recall.