Guns of the Silver Screen: V20N3, Red Dawn: “Robert’s Gun”
By Kyle Shea
In 1984, World War III broke out. Washington D.C. was hit by a nuclear weapon. Cuban and Nicaraguan Paratroopers attack from fake commercial airline flights over the US and take over the Midwest. The Soviet Army invades Alaska and takes control of the western half of Canada. American and Canadian forces manage to halt the advance of these armies, and guerrilla factions cause the Communists a severe headache that would eventually lead to their defeat.
That is the world of Red Dawn. Released in 1984, the movie has become a cult classic, especially with conservative Americans. It starred the late Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, and C. Thomas Howell as a group of high school kids who form a resistance movement called the Wolverines. The movie didn’t do well in theaters, and had mixed reviews by critics. Still, it has a cult following and even had a remake starring Thor’s Chris Hemsworth.
In the movie, the character Robert Morris, played by C. Thomas Howell, loses his parents to the communists, and becomes angry and vengeful. In a later scene in the movie, he is shown marking his “kills” on the buttstock of an AKM he captured off the enemy. An older American Air Force Colonel, played by Powers Boothe, tells him that fire of hate is going to burn him up, to which Robert responds that it
The Ak-47 was invented by the late General Mikhail T. Kalashnikov. It is one of the most common rifles on the planet, and the weapon of choice for countless countries, and due to its proliferation, as many rebel and terrorist groups. In fact, the country of Mozambique has the AK-47 on its flag, because of how important it was to their war for independence. It is a very easy gun to clean and operate, and can take a world of punishment. It has many variants and some caliber changes, including the AKM, AK-74, and the RPK-47 machine gun.
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