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OK – GUN NEWS – Annual event offers chance to fire unusual weapons — and blow stuff up

The long drive from Jackson, Mississippi, to this rural community in northeast Oklahoma is one Houston Hardin doesn’t mind taking each June. It’s always a blast. Thousands of Second Amendment advocates and gun enthusiasts have gathered in this tiny town each June for 19 years to meet up with friends, shoot fully automatic weapons, ride in helicopters, and even blow up broken-down cars at the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show. Above all, they say, they hope to educate people about firearm safety and demonstrate why the Second Amendment is important. Hardin, owner of Xray Guns, is one of dozens of vendors who showed up to the event Saturday to sell firearm-related merchandise — and to send some bullets flying downrange. A radiologist by trade, he uses a medical-grade CT scanning machine to take pictures of firearms, print them, and sell them. He comes to the show in the hopes of peddling a few prints. But he’s mainly there to teach others that guns, when used safely, aren’t scary. Hardin owns a number of vintage military machine guns, including a Browning M1919. He’s happy to teach people how to shoot them, he said. “These are actual machine guns from World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and everyone’s safe with them,” he said. “That’s the most important thing, safety and people not being scared of them. People can own these and be regulated, and it’s perfectly safe. Nobody’s endangered from this, and it’s the only country in the world where you can do this.” Coby Snyder, a trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and owner of Salt Fork Armory in Tonkawa, brought several machine guns with him to the show. Included in his arsenal are a Heckler & Koch MP5K and a World War II-era British military machine gun called a Sten.  [full article]

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