Monday, March 30, 2009

Why a revolver?

I carry a revolver. A J-frame .38special. It has only 5 shots, but I trust it. Why? I've had 3 semi-auto pistols that regularly jammed. My first handgun, a Star Model B Super, was repaired by smith to work perfectly. My second handgun, was a EAA Witness polymer in .40 S&W. It jammed like a fiend. 300rds down the pipe and still jams. When I decided to get my CCW, I bought a keltec p-32. It had a problem with light strikes. I needed a pocket carry handgun for CCW. I ended up handling a S&W j-frame snub. It fit perfectly, and it was light weight. I've put nearly 400rds through it without a single problem or malfunction. I trust it. Its only got 5 shots, but it hasn't failed me once. Every semi-auto I've owned has either stovepiped or jammed at least once. Even my beloved Makarov. I know that its only 5rds, but I trust it. It will shoot those 5rds regardless if I hit or miss. Whether there are 10 attackers or just 1. If it fails me when I need it, I am dead regardless if it was a semi-auto or a revolver.

I am not opposed to semi-auto pistols. I carry them on occasion. I want to find some that I like and would carry more. I love all guns. I just think that they're all useful in their own way. I think a person armed with a revolver is not exactly something to sneeze at. Some folks will and do, and they do so at their peril. We all stand more of a chance of dying of a puny .22lr than we do any caliber bigger.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

What would the World Do?

If we have to fight against our own government to restore our liberties, what will the rest of the world do? Will they stand by and watch what happens? Will they be too concerned with their own unrest? Will the UN send peace keepers to help the federal government? Or perhaps will the more militant countries take a chance and jump us?

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Desert Turkey

I'm really sick of seeing Desert Eagles in the movies, on TV, in video games, and in books. How many kids have wanted a 'Deagle' so they can pwn zombies or counter terrorists and look awesome doing it? I do not really want to know. It would depress the hell out of me.

The truth is the Desert Eagle is one of the LAST 'weapons' I would want to own for impending zombie hordes, civil unrest, home defense, every day carry, concealed carry, and/or nazis. It should be one of the last ones YOU want either!

The Desert Eagle is a semi-automatic gas operated pistol designed by Magnum Research. Its Wikipedia article is available if anyone is interested in specifics. It is designed to fire high caliber and magnum cartridges. It can be found in .357 Remington Magnum, .41 Magnum, .44 Remington Magnum, and .50 Action Express.

First off, most of these calibers are rimmed. The .357,.41, and .44 were all designed around use in a revolver rather than a semi-automatic. The protruding rims are not designed for use in a vertical magazine. They have done very well in horizontal magazines such as on lever action rifles. However, inside a vertical magazine there is the possibility for the rims to catch on one other, causing a rimlock jam. The .50 Action Express is rimless as most automatic cartridges.

The size of the cartridges causes another set of problems. The cartridges are all very long. At 33mm for the .357 and only slightly under that for the rest, these cartridges' cases are longer than a loaded 10mm auto or a .45 acp. Having been designed for use in a revolver's cylinder, length was not so much issue. However, in a grip magazine its longer than most people can comfortably can hold.

The next problem is ergonomic. All of these calibers of Desert Eagle are single stack magazines. The capacity is limited to single digits. A mere 7rds for the .50AE version. Despite this, the grips are still massive. They are as wide as many double stack automatics and considerably longer. Considering the problems folks with smaller hands have with Berettas and Glocks, the Desert Eagle is downright unfriendly. Next, the weight of a Desert Eagle is monstrous. At 4lbs 2.5 oz. its heavy enough to break open doors or crush small children. Well, at least its nearly as heavy as the classic m1-carbine! It weights 50% more than a classic steel framed 1911 and nearly double the weight of many modern alloy and polymer framed handguns.

Reliability is going to be a major issue. Care must be taken to select the proper ammunition if the rimmed cartridge versions are used. Revolvers can take just about any shape of bullet and fire reliably. Lead, semi-wadcutter, full metal jacket, jacketed soft point, hollow point or whatever will fit in the hole will work. Automatics are not so forgiving. They must smoothly slide from magazine into the chamber. Anything that might hang is a risk even in the best of autos. If that wasn't enough, the rounds must be powerful enough to engage the slide to go fully back. Revolvers never had to worry about this, so some .44 mag you find in some drawer might be a light load, when your Desert Eagle needs a full house load! The gas system is also unusual and will need watching. Its complex, and will need cleaning.

Cost is another issue that demands attention. The DE starts out at $1,300 USD for any model. Depending on options, it can escalate beyond $2,000. Wait, it gets worse! I think anyone wanting a combat pistol, needs to think about having at least 50rds in magazines and or speed loaders(including in side the pistol) rounding up. For the .357's 9rd mags thats 6 magazines. .41 and .44 mag get 8rd mags so 7. The .50 AE needs 8 magazines to be ready to go. CDNNInvestments has these magazines for any caliber marked for $38.99. We can deduct one from the count for the single magazine that would come with these monsters. $233.94, $272.93, and $311.92 plus shipping! And ammunition? Good lord.

For a minimum of 100rds of quality defensive ammunition we hit up AmmoEngine. For the .50 AE its Hornady HPs, for $1.26 at shot. So $126.00 for quality ammo. Well how about for training? $1.25 per round.

The .44 magnum is much more reasonable. Its only 56 cents per round for the cheap Jacketed Hollow Point. If it works out for you. If you want better like the Speer Gold Dot, expect around $25 a box of 20. For training its FMJ, its .56 cents a round again from Magtech.

The .41 magnum doesn't have a big following, nor do I think they actually make the DE in this caliber anymore, but its still out there. Winchester silvertips will run you $1.14 per shot. Making the 100rds rounds of HPs pricey. The cheapest load for plinking with this semi-auto might be another JHP from Ammo direct for only 63 cents a round.

.357 magnum really has the advantage here. Its less expensive than the others as its wildly used still for self-defense. At a mere .38 cents per round of training ammo its much cheaper to shoot more. Quality defensive rounds are less than double that per round. And theres a lot to choose from! Sadly, the DE cannot take .38special like a .357 revolver can.

The Desert Eagle is not a military weapon, its a big loud TOY. It has a niche in sport shooting, and some utility in hunting. If you want a powerful fighting handgun, either go with a tradition double action revolver or a semi-automatic in one of the more common higher powered automatic calibers such as 10mm auto or .45 super.

The .357 version would be the 'best' choice the shortbus group due to its larger magazine size and the commonness of .357mag. But is it worth it? Why not spend less on the gun, and more on the ammunition and equipment? Why not a nice revolver? Like the 8shot Smith & Wesson 627 line! The subject of my next post.

Edit: I think Turkey is a better word than sparrow.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

In Competition with the Cops!

While toiling endlessly for the good of my Dark Corporate Masters, a customer service page sent me scurrying over to Sporting Goods as the usual stocker was at lunch. A passing cashier told me a policeman was wanting some ammunition. I slipped behind the counter and asked what he needed. He just asked me what all handgun ammo we had. That is kinda unusual, usually we get asked. I told him what we had .25 acp, .357 sig, 9mm, .40 S&W, 44 remington magnum, and 45 ACP. Thats just all we have left. He asked specifically for .38 special repeatedly, but I had personally bought that out days before. He even asked for .357 magnum. So he asked to see a box of the .44 mag and then he asked for all 8x100rd boxes of 9x19mm we had left. He didn't ask for any .40 S&W, which is the caliber of Kentucky Law Enforcement. He told me that "We can't find this stuff anywhere."

Judging by the purchasing, its for qualifying with their Back Up Guns. I assume that their .40 S&W is bought in bulk through direct contracts. But for the personal weapons that cops like to keep around just in case, they're buying it from Walmart like everyone else. While its all fine and dandy that police want to qualify to the minimum required standards, it also means that they're in direct competition with us civilians for an already scarce resource.

As far as walmart's stock goes... We carry 3 different brands of handgun ammuniton. Winchester, CCI Blaser, and Remington. I very roughly estimate that when fully stocked a SuperCenter will have over 6,000 rds of 9mm alone, and usually more. An additional thousand can be neatly stored under the counter, and even more in the strong room in the back. Now consider that .45 acp, .40 S&W, and .38 special are terribly far behind the 9mm. Now we have hardly anything left.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Shooting Again! FINALLY

I haven't been out shooting since the great ice storms hit Kentucky back at the end of January. The range located in a state run park is out of commission due to the massive amount of trees down throughout the park. There simply isn't the money or manpower to restore that range any time soon. Rangeless, I've been trying to join a private gun club down in Tennessee.

The application system is a bit arduous, but the facilities are excellent and the people seem really nice. My only real complaint so far, is that I am not allowed on site unless I am either there for an event or with a full member. I found this out the hard way. The president claimed there was no foul and let me shoot anyway, but he seemed annoyed. He ran though the list of requirements again 'to make sure we were on the same page'. The way he looked through it made me wonder if he was looking for the very thing he told me. As if to prove that I had just been careless or forgetful in my reading of the process. I have to wonder if this will effect my attempts to join.

My anti-social tendencies scream to me to just give up and wait for my quiet public range to reopen. One of the reasons I am trying to join, is to get resocialized. Having worked the midnight shifts so long, I feel like some dog that just not used to people, and doesn't know how to act with them.

On to the good part, I got to put 100rds of .38 special through my revolvers. My GP-100 is an easy to shoot but a bit harder to line up than the S&W model 15. The 15 has a red ramp front sight and adjustable white outline rear sights. The GP is just all gray, with fixed sights and its plain gray front sight. The tiny jframe was of course hardest to shoot, so I shot it the most. It my EDC CCW, I need to be able to use it better. Overall, I think I'm getting better. I do enjoy the revolvers a lot. Getting good at loading 2 at once. The HKS speedloader for the GP... It leaves a lot to be desired. I need to try the Safariland type.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cowards and Hospital Beds

My wife and I just got back in yesterday afternoon after spending a few days in the hospital sitting with my grandmother. My grandfather had a mild heart attack and then surgery to fix it up. He's already up and moving, but my grandmother had a fall the day of the surgery and is now bedridden. They're pretty old folks. Nearly 89 years old for my grandmother and 85 for my grandfather, a world war 2 veteran. Sadly, my grandmother is now well under the affects of dementia. My wife and I spent an entire 8 hours just trying to keep her in her bed during the course of a night trying to get home to her mother who has been dead for over 50 years. It was impossible and very sad. She's been in decline for several years and this is largely expected. My grandfather has taken care of her and well during this decline, but now he can't do it by himself and needs care for her nearly 24/7. The heart attack may have been brought on by his use of ladders and repeat trips with said ladders back and forth from his shop. He has kept his health all his life. Despite diabetes and other health problems he's more fit than many 20 year his junior. Will there be anyone left like this after the ww2 vets are all gone?

While I was trying to iron out care details with my grandfather and my mother, the shit hit the fan in Alabama! A cowardly shithole went on a brutal shooting spree that ended with his suicide. I'm conflicted with how my first thought about this was not one of concern for the people and families damaged by this coward, but rather how this event would affect my rights to defend myself with the best weapons available. Worrying about the eventual knee-jerk first, and the people last, is just not how I want to be a good human. But I can't help it. I blame the sissy-bitches in power. Well shit. I just learned that a gunman killed and/or shot 10 students in Germany. There's a lot of gun control there. I expect a knee jerk total disarmament for their citizens shortly. Lovely. This has not been a good week.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Bad Doggie! No Donut!

Over on the waronguns blog, I found this article about a police dog attacking an innocent man taking out the trash. It ran 2 blocks from its handler and viciously attacked a man following him into the bed of a truck to continue its assault. I try to imagine myself in that situation. What would I do? If a random dog attacked, I would shoot it. If that failed, I keep a very vicious little claw knife and I'd be doing my damnedest to slice that dog a new asshole. But trying to save my own life would be dangerous in such a case. What if the cop shot me? What if I went to jail for assaulting and murdering an officer? Furry as they may be, hurting a police dog will land you extra time in jail or extra punishment. They are officers and thus above us.
This idea that officers are superior to civilians... Its wretched. Anything done to them, will net you extra punishment. They are not superior to us! They work for us! They should treat us with dignity and respect as ANY service industry worker is expected. They should not get away with so much. Local cops will take what they want from late night gas station service marts. These stations usually have a deal to provide coffee and certain snacks to any cop that comes in. But instead of limiting themselves legally they will take beef jerky, cookies, and pretty much anything else they want. Its their right as our Overseers? Okay... So you want to give the Police these superior rights and trust them above the normal citizen? Ok. Then give us something to work with. Double the punishment for Law Enforcement personnel for doing something that betrays the public's trust. When a cop uses his badge to force sex out of a woman, he must be punished twice as much as a normal rapist. When a judge sends children to detention for money, he should be rotting in jail for the entire time he illegally sentenced those children to. If a drug cop lies to get a warrant, murders an old woman lawfully defending her home, and then plants drugs on the premises to try to hide their crime. They should never see the light of day. If they are going to get these special privileges they must truly PAY for their misbehavior.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Good ideas and poor skills

I have this awful problem. I'm a pretty creative guy. My brain at times goes really fast, and suddenly I get these ideas. Once several years ago, I had the idea for laptop pads that sucked out the heat from the laptop away from your legs and groin. Now someone has made a lot of money on those. Today's current idea is for a house robe that has holster and magazine pockets for when you go to check out a noise, or just puttering around the house. One of the guys from the Gunblogger Conspiracy IRC room suggested MOLLE mountings too. How the HELL can I make money off my ideas?! I also had an idea for a rail bayonet before CZ went and made one. One of the 'smart gun' technologies that Colt is working on now, I had the idea before I knew they were working on the same thing! On top of these product ideas, I have several books worth of sci-fi and fantasy stories inside my noggin, but have so far lacked the willpower to write it all down. Getting back into the writing habit is one important reason for this blog. Oh yeah, and because it makes me feel pretty on the inside.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Free the MeatBees Within!

Ok guys.... The entire meat bees thing. It comes from a really awesome flash animation known as Crazy Pete and the sequel Crazy Pete seeks help. The reference is to the latter, but you must watch the first to get it.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Every Day Carry

A few weeks ago on the excellent GunNuts Radio, Caleb and Breda talked about carry gear. I really hated to miss that one, so I'm posting my EDC gear. This is the stuff I generally carry on any given day.

The pistol is the Smith & Wesson 638-3 Airweight. It is an aluminum framed model of the 5rd J-frame revolver family. It is chambered for .38 special, rated for +P use, weighs only 15oz unloaded, and has a bodyguard style hammer. The holster is one of Mika's excellent Pocket Holsters. I highly recommend Mika's product for comfortable carry. My reload is in an HKS speedloader.
The particularly vicious looking little knife is an Emerson made version of Fred Perrin's La Griff. It is my backup to my paltry 5rds of .38 special and rides on my left side in a kydex belt sheath by On/Scene Tactical in Canada. The finger hole makes this thing damn hard to drop or loose grip of. It is an effective little claw.
Next on the list is the Fenix LED P2D. Great light. It served me well when the power went out during the ice storms back in January. I have a nice full write up over at I recommend the Fenix line to anyone looking for tactical, EDC, or utility flashlights.
My other knives are two that I currently carry depending on mood. I feel very naked without a good folding knife. There's always tape, plastic, or lunch that needs cutting at work and I'd rather not dull my fixed blade until absolutely necessary. One with the worn black clip is a Benchmade 530, a 3inch folder with their nifty axis lock system. The blade is very thin and is in 154cm. Its done well enough for cutting but I've been nervous with it with heavy plastic zip ties that I run across. The other is a new addition as of this past week. Its a Kershaw Skyline. Its the first Kershaw I've carried since I had to retire my excellent Leek due to a bent tip. It opens purely from the flipper and has a nice thick and wide blade. Its also half the price of the Benchmade, thus more expendable. The finger groove gives it a good grip that feels like it'd stay put if really jabbed something that needed it...
The multitool you see is a Swisstech Microtech 6 in 1. A tiny pliers, and both normal types screwdriver heads. I'm not impressed by the Philips though. I had a Leatherman Skeletool for a short time, but thats a story for another day. Maybe later this week?
The final tool I got from CountyComm. Its a micro-wedgie tool. I mainly use it for pulling metal out of pallet jack wheels. CountyComm has a LOT of neat stuff over there. Take a few min to check out the rest of their site.
Most of the time, I have this stuff on me, or next to my computer. I'm still looking for some other things to carry or upgrade. The multi-tool isn't too great. Still looking for an upgrade there that isn't total crap but doesn't weigh a crapton. Screwdrivers seem to always be the breaking point there. Also always looking at knives. Most likely the next knife I get will be a Benchmade Griptilian. Good feel to the hand and sturdier blade than the 530. Some cash in my truck maintenance fund must be replaced first. I feel that the S&W model 15 is well worth the wait for a new knife!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Welcome! I want a FUBAR!

Howdy folks. You can call me Roadkill or RK. I got that nick back in '99 or so when I first started playing Quake 2. It was my first FPS handle, and still my favorite. I use it on the gunblogger conspiracy IRC room and malodorousroadkill is my nick on the old HighRoad forum. I know, its run by a thief. I really need to join the one.

I'm currently preparing for the coming zombie apocalypse, and other various disasters that may befall Kentucky. Be it another crushing winter storm, quakes, or the fruits of an anti-constitutional government. This provides a good place to organize my thoughts and get some meaningful discussion and feedback. Guns, knives, holsters, gear, foodstuffs, shelter, cheese, clothing, and even eye wear! So many delectable subjects to beat like a dead horse! I almost pity you, my sweet sweet readers. On to todays first topic. The FUBAR!

Sadly, I work at a walmart while I and my wife are trying to get finished with college. Sometimes, we find some pretty neat stuff in the halls of my Dark Corporate Masters. Sunday morning, I found a nifty tool in Hardware.
The Stanley FatMax FUBAR. It describes itself as a "Functional Utility Bar." This is a vicious looking beast that looks to be the product of a drunken orgy of a hammer, a crowbar, and some sort of strange claw-like fixed wrench. This is the most basic model. Its about 2.5 lbs with a hammer head, a claw wrench(I can not really think of other ways to describe it), and a pry bar at the end. It is designed for demolition work mostly. Where the claw can tear apart boards and rip through dry wall, while the hammer can smash through walls and windows, and the crowbar can pry stuff up. I saw this thing, and I started thinking what it could to do to some zombie skulls. Afterwards, it could be used to nail boards to secure a doorway. Then off to pry open a cabinet full of goodies. All those things in one relatively light package. There are larger and heavier versions.

The Extreme series features an 18inch(pictured above) and 30 inch versions. 4lbs for the smaller and a whopping 8.5lbs for the 30inch! These are meant for heavier duty demolition. Ripping through houses like a Grabiod through alluvial soil. Then there are the Forcible Entry versions.

These are nasty looking monsters designed for use by rescue teams, firemen, etc. They will also open and close various valves as necessary. According to some forums, firemen will modify these with window breakers and other tools of the trade. A very convenient tool for these folks and for you too! Check 'em out at Now, I have to consider which one I want. My BoB is getting kinda heavy as it stands though...