Larry Vickers Says He Has a ‘Soft Spot’ for Canadian Guns
TheGunBlog.ca — It’s rare for Canada’s gun industry to be mentioned by firearm celebrities, let alone appreciated by them. In a world dominated by Austrian pistols, Italian shotguns, and Russian and American everything, Canada often goes unnoticed.
That’s why the maple syrup in my veins flowed a little faster when I heard Larry Vickers tell the Forgotten Weapons channel that he has a “soft spot” for Canadian-built guns.
Vickers, the firearm trainer, designer and former member of the U.S. military’s elite Delta Force, made the comment in a Q&A with Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons, one of YouTube’s most-popular gun channels. They were discussing Vickers’s new book on German weapons of World War II.
The last question is whether Vickers prefers Hi Power pistols built by John Inglis & Co. in Toronto during the war, or models made by Fabrique Nationale in Belgium. The 43-minute video was published on Dec. 11, and this question starts at 39:35.
Here is part of Vickers’s response:
I like Inglis-built guns. I just have a soft spot for them.
I like a lot of Canadian-built guns. I’m a fan of Diemaco, Colt Canada, the Inglis guns, the Brens and what not. I’ve just got a soft spot for them. I don’t know why.
They make good stuff. It’s good-quality stuff, the stuff was reliable. I’m a fan of Canadian military small arms in that regard.
Vickers, based in North Carolina, also has one of YouTube’s leading gun channels. His slow-motion video showing the operation of an AK-74 rifle has more than 3.5 million views.
Highlights From the Q&A With Vickers
- Delta Force: How he got in
- Glock: His favourite models, and why
- AR-15: gas vs. piston
- AK-47: why he likes them
- Full Auto: Why Delta Force rarely used it, and when it makes sense
- Getting It Right: It’s Not a Browning ‘Hi-Power’ or ‘High Power’
- Colt Canada C8 SAS Rifle Gets Technical Review by Chris Bartocci
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