Over twenty years ago, Neal Knox teamed up with Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America to try out the latest technology: A VHS video recorder. Their object? An experiment in comparative terminal ballistics: Shoot watermelons and see what gun makes the biggest splash.
The hot issue of the day was the awesome power of the AK-47. Keep in mind the context of the times, massacres in Stockton, California, Louisville, Kentucky and elsewhere were raw memories. The media, as Josh Sugarmann had predicted, was in a frenzy over “para-military” weapons and “assault weapons.” Even today, it’s not unusual to see a nicely groomed news-reader gasp over the power of the AK-47. And let’s just forget about the crime dramas.
It’s amazing how little has changed over the past twenty years. Every TV station’s news department has the consumer reporter who investigates extravagant claims. But I’ve never seen one of those guys investigate his colleagues’ claims of the over-stated power of an AK. This despite the fact that it makes for some really cool video.
I finally got around to digitizing a copy of The Truth About AK-47 Firepower and, with the kind permission of Larry Pratt, posted it to YouTube. To comply with YouTube’s file size restrictions, I had to cut out Larry’s narrative. The, uh, juicy parts are all there. Just follow the link below: Continue reading Blast From the Past — AK-47 Video