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So is AI in receivership or not? I thought they went down in Feburary, but got bought up in March (of 2005) Attakmint 04:49, 6 December 2005 (UTC)
At pp. 1005-6 of Reamde, Stephenson has Richard Forthrast refer three times (within a page-worth of text) to "the A.I." (or is there a blank, i.e. "the A. I."?), a weapon captured from Jahandar, in a context that suggests a sniper rifle. The book [doesn't seem to have used the name or abbr elsewhere, and arguably NS acknowledges that, cryptically, by following the first of the three (addressed to Seamus) with the continuity-preserving (or -restoring) sentence fragment "For he had recognized Jahandar's rifle and assumed Seamus had done the same." But he comes close to clarifying the abbreviation only to the extent of insinuating that RF was familiar enuf with at least the appearance of the weapon (and with its prominence within its specialty) that he wouldn't bother to focus, in his own internal conversation, on what the letters stand for. (This is a grade of carefully-crafted writing that obsessive-compulsives like myself heartily admire!)
I don't think that is sufficient evidence (of widespread use of "A.I." as an abbreviation for the manufacturer or its product(s)) to justify mention of it on the accompanying article, A.I. (disambiguation), or A. I. (disambiguation), but perhaps some of my gun-nut colleagues will be in a position to add it to the Dab page.
--Jerzy•t 05:35, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
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