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Old March 31, 2019, 17:57   #1
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Yall Need To See The Bolt Guns on "The Polar Sea"

Netflix has a show called "The Polar Sea". Yall ought to watch it. EXPECT the typical tirade of global climate warming shit, BUT it shows how this cyclic heating this time around is affecting the Northwest Passage. Not everyone is upset with it getting warmer up there for a while.

For you FALaholics, what is interesting is the show on the Eskimos and how they hunt. What I want yall to notice is the condition and manufacturer of their rifles. They have a bunch of Enfields too.

Let me know what yall think.

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Old March 31, 2019, 18:19   #2
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My best friend's father was in both the USAF and the Army. He did a stint in Greenland monitoring the GIUK gap. He went on a Polar Bear hunt with one of the natives. Guy had a single-shot .22 that had seen better days.
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Old April 01, 2019, 13:23   #3
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My best friend's father was in both the USAF and the Army. He did a stint in Greenland monitoring the GIUK gap. He went on a Polar Bear hunt with one of the natives. Guy had a single-shot .22 that had seen better days.
He carried that .22 in case the bear charged. So he could shoot his client in the leg, and make his escape.

I've heard tell of Eskimo's using 5.56 as bear medicine too. Can't say I'd concur. It might do the job, but why tempt fate? A full grown polar bear is huge.
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Seen pics of locals in Alaska bear hunting with 5.56 AR 15's. It baffles me, my AR 10's in 338 Federal maybe but most likely a 30 caliber or 338 caliber magnum turn bolt with a compact slug gun backup.
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I seem to recall that none other than Robert E. Peterson went on a hunt with the Inuit back in the day and managed to take a polar bear with a 357 Registered Magnum. Then again, I'd trust 180 grains at 1300 fps more than I would 55 gr at 3100 fps against a polar bears hide. I'm guessing they use the ARs for seals and wolves, not bears. Arent the "indigenous peoples" the only ones allowed to hunt seals by law?
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Seen pics of locals in Alaska bear hunting with 5.56 AR 15's. It baffles me, my AR 10's in 338 Federal maybe but most likely a 30 caliber or 338 caliber magnum turn bolt with a compact slug gun backup.
There's another show where some Inuits used Mosin rifles.
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Old April 15, 2019, 08:36   #7
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Many of the Canadian Inuit are also in the Rangers, and still use issued Lee-Enfields. It seems most modern rifles do not survive in the arctic, and they have not found anything as reliable as the Lee-Enfield. Having once trained with them, I tend to agree as my C1a1 has a few issues up there.

More info on the rangers here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Rangers
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