The photography was, of course, done by the inimitable Oleg Volk and the props, including the Hummer, were provided by Wolf Arms (except the Vera SBS Saiga, which was, of course, provided by Coal Creek Armory), who are coincidentally owned by the same folks as Tennessee Guns International; I only mention the latter because I am vaguely interested in seeing how this lawsuit turns out.
Unfortunately, we did not get the chance to do any live fire over the weekend – the weather was not terribly conducive to spending long periods of time outside – but I did get the chance to fool around with a rather large inventory of interesting firearms. I have to say that I think I have concluded I will never own a Dragunov; for its length, it is surprisingly light, but still front-heavy (predictable with a barrel that long), and the entire grip/stock arrangement spells nothing but skinned knuckles for me. On the other hand, the VEPRs definitely increased my interest in the overall notion of procuring an AK-pattern rifle, but I have to wonder about the current batch being imported – one and all, no matter the barrel length, comes with a heavy barrel, which will definitely help with accuracy at extended ranges and such, but still makes the guns very front-heavy. Granted, the magazines were empty, so that extra mass back by the pistol grip may help things, but for all but the 27" .308 and 7.62x54r monstrosities, the heavier barrel really is not necessary, in my limited and untrained opinion.
‘Course, on the flip side, I have a serious hankering for a folding-stock SBR’d Krinkov now (the Wolf owners had one kicking around their house), and I really need to find the time/money to take a serious carbine course in the future – holding those blessed guns in the right positions for extended periods of time was more than a little bit of a workout.
All that said, I am currently considering a .223 Saiga option… they seem to have the most magazine options out there of the non-standard calibers? I swear, you sell a firearm design to third-world countries, and nothing is standardized any more… Yes, I know, I should just succumb to the inevitable and go for a 7.62×39 model, but, damnit, I already have too many calibers as it is!