It Was A Chinese Assault Rifle Before It Wasn't

Jodi Wilgoren in the the New York Times gets to the bottom of the “rifle controversy”

Senator John Kerry’s campaign said yesterday that Mr. Kerry did not own a Chinese assault rifle, as he was quoted as saying in Outdoor Life magazine, but a single-bolt-action military rifle, blaming aides who filled out the magazine’s questionnaire on his behalf for the error.

Michael Meehan, a spokesman for the campaign, said Mr. Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, owns two guns, a double-barreled 12-gauge shotgun and the rifle, which Mr. Meehan said Mr. Kerry “keeps as a relic” and had never fired. Mr. Meehan said the gun had no make or model markings on it and that Mr. Kerry “got it from a friend years ago,” adding that such rifles were first manufactured in Russia more than 100 years ago and were used by the North Koreans and the Vietcong.

The clarification came in response to an article yesterday in The New York Times quoting Mr. Kerry’s response to a question by Outdoor Life: “What is your favorite gun?”

“My favorite gun is the M-16 that saved my life and that of my crew in Vietnam,” said Mr. Kerry, a veteran, according to the October issue. “I don’t own one of those now, but one of my reminders of my service is a Communist Chinese assault rifle.”I’m no rifle expert, but based on the description I believe they’re talking about a Russian Mosin-Nagant.

Update: Much more on the story from Michelle Malkin.

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