As this thread seems to be getting derailed away from its focus which is the weapons the CT State Police have identified as being used in the Newtown
massacre, I wanted to again raise something I uncovered yesterday and posted about that frankly I find somewhat troubling:
In researching Connecticut gun registration laws, reporting on the types of guns owned by Nancy Lanza and the CT police press release titled
STATE POLICE IDENTIFY WEAPONS USED IN SANDY HOOK INVESTIGATION; INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
is a big red flag that jumps out:
The Connecticut State Police list:
#4. Izhmash Canta-12 12 gauge Shotgun (seized from car in parking lot)
When one searches "Izhmash Canta" the results are countless pages of articles, discussion board posts and blog reports referencing the CT State
Police press release I've cited above; however if you are looking for information about or even a gun store selling a firearm called "Izhmash
Canta" only a handful exist.
In my search I found a saiga-12 message forum and a thread from January 2009 asking "what is a canta 12?"
The answer: "canta" is the russian spelling of saiga.
The Saiga 12 is classified in MANY articles as a "semi-automatic smoothbore shotgun".
It was VERY weird when I searched the Izhmash company itself I discovered the company DOES NOT and has not previously manufactured a firearm model
called the Canta.
Why would the CT State Police go out of there way to mislead the public by calling a Saiga-12 a Canta-12???
Oh yeah, one last thing about the Saiga 12 and why it might have been identified as a Canta in the CT Police press release... I think that this might
interest many folks:
From January 31, 2012:
U.S. Police to Buy Izhmash Shotguns
Izhmash, the manufacturer of the legendary Kalashnikov AK-47, will supply Saiga-12 semi-automatic smoothbore shotguns to a number of police forces
in the U.S., Izhmash reported on its web site on Tuesday.