Monday, July 21, 2014

SWAT abuses!

We... me... I, I grumble about SWAT abuses from time to time here.  I yearn for the good old days, when cos were more like Barney Fife.  And then LA Police Chief Gates invented Special Weapons and Tactics and everything law enforcement went to Heck in a Hanky!

Not like in the 30s.  When cops were honest, and the innocent were safe from such heinous behavaior preformed under the color of law or summat.

Oh wait.  The best romantic comedy ever filmed, never since surpassed, came out in 1940.  If you and missus/mister ain't seen it, give yourself a treat.  See His Girl Friday, starring Ralph Bellamy.  Also Rosalind Russell. Some British guy named Archie Leach, too.  It about a newpapermen.  A Red is about to be hanged in New York City.  Hilarious!

Annnnnnyway, they gotta catch that murderer. And he's loose!  They send out the Rifle Squad to bring him down, shoot to kill!

A ha! They had SWAT teams back in time of Laguardia...   they just called it something else.  And they had a reputation of being heavy handed.  Though I can't find any other references to them, apart from the colloquialism from a movie from the era.  Seems there was a Tactical Patrol Force in the 50s, but that looks more like a riot squad.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cops and Revolvers

Huh.  Another blogger that has internal question on the wisdom of arming Barney Fife with semi-autos back in the 80s.  And how it is one of the early steps involved in the militarization of the police forces of the United States.  He is talking about China's cops going from nothing to a 6 shooter, so I guess, in a way, the cops THERE are escalating too.  They are just a step behind.

Really.  What does 12 rounds of 9mm in a semi solve that 6 rounds in a revolver didn't?  I mean really.   Actual outcomes.  Yes, police had a bad resolution when they needed a 7th shot with a 6 round revolver.  But police have a bad situation when they need a 13th round out of a 12 round magazine.  Or a 19th round out of a 18 round magazine.  And it is probable mathmatically more common to need that 7th when you only have 6, than if you need that 19th when you only have 18.  But is it statistically significant, really? 

Of course there is the cost consideration, and I don't poo-poo that.  It's harder to keep costs down per unit!  Ruger did do a bit of it, and, presumably, if the cops stuck to revolvers in the past 3 decades I imagine there would be more along the lines of cheaper revolver construction and procurement.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Zombie Survival Guide

From here.

No, not how to survive the Zombacalypse. How they can survive their new unlife against YOU, you trigger happy gun nut.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rights and Emotions

"Your right to self defense?!  You right to keep and bear arms?!  What about my right to feel safe?!"

You don't have a right to that feeling.  It's a feeling.   That's on you.  It's not the goverment's job to make you feel feelings or protect your feelings or check to see what stimuli makes you feel certain feelings and then make policy to increase or decrease such stimuli.

The gov't is only supposed to not interfere with your pursuit of happiness.  It's not some bureaucrat's job to stalk, run to ground, dispatch happiness, then field strip and quarter happiness and wrap it in butcher paper and deliver happiness to your chest freezer. 

But lets say we are on the hook for each other's feelings, through the filter of government.  Why do YOUR feeling to feel safe trump MY feelings to feel safe?  A firearm in the home is what I use to keep the zombies, flash mobs, rogue SWAT teams, King George III, and home invaders away.  It makes me feel safe.  Oh you think my worries of undead monarchist ERT cops is silly?  How DARE you question the validity of my feelings.  That's a HATE crime.  Two can play at that game.  Well I think YOUR feelings are silly, too. 

So we are at an impasse.  No wait, we aren't.  Because there is no such thing as a right to feel some way, but there is a natural right to defense yourself.  Game, Set, Match.  Checkmate.  Stragego!  Yahtzee!  Pente.  Boo yah.  GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Now, I looked these up

Tam called out a dude that confused the .38 Long Colt with the 9mm NATO standard, somehow.  He thought 9mm was much weaker than it actually is.  So I looked em up. Did the legwork.   Pistol energies, average-ish, with FMJ bullets, in general, are:
  • 9mm 400 ft/lb
  • .45 ACP  360 ft/lb
  • .38LC  175 ft/lb
  • .38ACP 330 ft/lb
  • .38Super  480 ft/lb
  • .38Special  200 ft/lb

You all know the stories...  .38 Long Colt blackpowder revolver cartridges seem inadequate again drugged up Phillipine insurreectionists over 100 years ago, so we got Browning to make a semi-auto 1911 in God's own caliber for the world.  Yay.

Later, in the Reagan era, we switched to 9mm to make our allies happy or something.  At least simplify supply issues in the event of a hot war with the Soviets pouring through the Fulda Gap.  Right.

Plus, we must remember, the Hague conventions restrict bullets to full metal jacket only, and maybe we should unilaterally pull out of that part of the agreement, yada yada yada.  Modern ammo would be better, yes. 

And foot pounds of energy doesn't tell the whole story, no, yes, we all understand that.

What surprised me with this exercise that I had done before, was how close .45ACP and 9mm were in energy.  My assumption up to now was that there was a much bigger gap in foot pounds of energy with 9mm head and shoulders way above .45.  I was mistaken.  The two were closer than I thought.  That detail slipped by me up until this point.  I like when I learn junk.

Ok, ok, ok...   Ok.  How bout this?  185 grain .45 ACP.  But a semi-wadcutter.  Still fully jacketed.  Or with a tungsten carbide needle like core. Much gentler recoil with thems, I've found, but the speed might get north of 1000 ft/s with a subsequent bump of energy.  Nah, that hard tip will mess up any gun's feedramp.  Forget I said anything, I don't know what I am talking about.  Those gentler recoils I experienced were prolly from less propellant as well as less bullet weight.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Or has EVERYONE to the left of center gotten a little dummer lately.  Tam calls it "Gun Derpes".   Now it's Rolling Stone.   The world's deadliest guns are the ones that shoot things out of them, apparently.  huhWha?...

I KNOW!  I didn't know that either.

  1. Pistols
  2. Revolvers
  3. Rifles
  4. Shotguns
  5. Derringers

(yes 'dummer')

Blue on Blue

Conservative outlet complains about another conservative outlet getting details wrong on firearms, while getting a lot of details wrong on firearms.

I sorts can see what the Fox story is trying to say that the PJMedia story brings up.  Fox did a poor job explaining, but their point stands when you decipher it.  But then PJMedia starts comparing pistol bullets to "a rifle’s larger and faster bullet..."  well... yes, faster...  But 230 is still a bigger number than 165 or 55.  And I don't think the PJMedia guy has ever field stripped a Beretta.  The slide is... not usual...

Sheesh.  A pox on ALL of our pedantic houses!

Women are Weak

And shouldn't carry a gun.  If a gun gets involved in a squabble with a rapist or robber, heck, he'll just take the gun away from you and shoot you with it.  Silly dames.  Thinking above their station.  Be a victim like the Democrats taught you.  Them Leftists can't even exist without a created Proletariat. 

In other news:  Woman Snatches Carjacker's Gun, Shoots Him


Lethal Weapon


Turns out I had never seen this movie until this past weekend.  I've seen 2 and 4, but somehow this got past me. 

This is the one with the dirty cop/ex-cop dealing guns to street gangs, and it has a few of those big gunnie bugaboos.   Cop killer bullets and closed bolt semi-autos being readily converted to submachineguns.

Both make sense.  Or would to a person unfamiliar to the gun-o-sphere.  "Sure, I don't know how to convert a semi auto into a machine gun but I can imagine how that could be easy," would have been MY thought, when the movie came out.  And it would have seemed common sense that a submachine gun is much more dangerous that a pistol, right?  And a special pointy 9mm bullet that go through a vest like butter?  I knew nothing of ballistics (or proper feedway loading from a magazine...) back in the mid 90s, I'll have to take the movies word for it, then.

But hey, there IS a cut the red/blue wire to disarm the bomb dealie in this flick.  Bonus! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Solve This Military Problem

It's age old.  And the Army is sorta dipping into it again with thoughts of a new model pistol.

Rifles are effective weapons, but are too bulky to port about when you are doing non shooty things.

Pistols are portable, but inneffective.  The bullet isn't nearly as lethal as a rifle bullet, and it is much harder to be skilled enough to deploy a pistol to full potential.

So, throughout time, they try to shrink the rifle down or embiggen the pistol up, but no one has nailed that sweet spot.

How do you equip non-direct-combat types with a weapon that is both portable AND effective?  No one has penetrated this barrier.

The laws of physics weigh against you, I fear.    THANKS A LOT, NEWTON!  If that apple/gravity guy hadn't invented that cookie I'd have no use for him.  But I failed Calculus twice

T-Bolt waves a magic wand and solves it somehow...  Let's say you could solve the problem?  Wouldn't the regular old combat-type trigger-puller, tip of the spear folks, just take up this new thing?  Heh.

But the answer is simple the 1911 pattern Colt .45 is nigh perfect.  We just need to make a Colt .46.  People have been talking about this for YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEARS.  Just do it.  Bam!  Solution!  You're welcome.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Army's New Pistol

Let me right now highly encourage the US Army to go back to the 1911 for their sidearm.  Yes.

Oh, not for the usual reasons.  It's .45, it's a superior pistol, it's the sentimental favorite, it's downright nigh perfect.  No none of that.

The 1911A1, admittedly, needs a bit of armorer support.  and in 6 year or so I want a LOT of discharged E-5s with that MOS back in the civilian world.  Competent 1911 pistol smiths.  At least some of them will be.  And it will drive gunsmithing costs down to me, the user.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


So how many of you own one of of those ticking time bombs known at the Remington 700 bolt action rifle?  Five million rifles!  That could go off at any moment! 

It looks like 2006 might be the cut off date.  And since I only started to think about shooting stuff much around 2007.  So I would have been ok, if I had bought a new rifle. 


For those few of you unfamiliar.  There have been claims that the trigger in a Remington 700 bolt action rifle of a certain vintage could malfunction and cause the gun to fire with no manipulation of the trigger.  Remington has settled some lawsuits after decades of denial.  Might be a recall of all those rifles now.  All of a sudden, 5 million rifles somehow feel less secure somehow, but those owner had be confident up to that point.