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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

because the hate you 2 of 2


BECAUSE THEY HATE YOU 2

Before we continue on today over the theme of Avoid Over Hyped Guns, a quick word on the author of yesterday’s linked article ( we are the HK marketing department, you suck, and we hate you ).  He has a series “Monster Hunters” which one would normally avoid if you prefer your fiction more attuned to reality than zombies ( barely accepted only because of the survivalism included in some stories such as The Walking Dumbasses ) or spell casting wizards or vampire romance or other drivel.  I certainly never would have chanced reading such if the aforementioned article hadn’t been so expertly crafted.  It of course helped that the first in the series is a free offer.  Let me tell you, this boy can write like nobodies business.  Recommended.

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Choosing a firearm is not easy.  Half the people tell you each and every one is the bees knees and the best thing to come alone to western civilization since sliced white bread, and the other half tell you that this particular firearm is the worst thing ever invented, far worse than Nazi concentration camp poison gas, the Ford Pinto or James Patterson novels.  Some time ago I spent series coin on a Paladin book on all the war surplus rifles ( back when they were all still both available and affordable ) and the silly twat had glowing recommendations for ALL the types ever issued by any government of the era.  Surely you can’t believe the Austria-Hungarian empire which was in decline and straddled with a central government both overgrown and inefficient could procure a personal infantry rifle on par with the Germans?  Evidently so.  You certainly can’t rely on military veterans and their recommendations-you get the same he said/she said contradictions.  As soon as one vet claims it habitually took three rounds to drop a Skinny ( Ethiopian combatant ) because the 223 blows fecal soup, another chimes in with reams of data showing how this couldn’t possibly be true, or if it is it can only be because a brand new barrel twist or super secret improved gunpowder would easily solve the issue. 

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And survivalist writers?  You can’t trust any of them unless you know if they are just parroting previous decades old advice  or actually have a few random spare neurons firing in their brain pan and can think rationally.  For instance, in my case, I have NEVER heard one disparaging word on the HK91 as far as reliability ( not a claim the M16/AR15 can ever dream of matching ).  Different clone manufacturers, of course, can get a bad reputation.  Heck, a 1911A1 .45 can be easily screwed up by a shoddy manufacturer.  But as far as a designed system, nary a one.  Nobody can argue that the HK isn’t as reliable as can be in the field ( where it counts-not on the firing line ).  And as accurate as any other general issue battle rifle.  No, the legions nay saying focus almost exclusively on the ergonomics.  Oh, the mag release is awkward.  The charging bolt is hard to operate.  Okay, let me see if I have this correct.  Your battle rifle that you intend to use as a post-apocalyptic weapon does not reload as fast as other types.  Yes?

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And?  It is a friggin long distance rifle.  The whole point in having this over powered cartridge is to reach out past assault carbine ranges.  This isn’t a fully automatic gun, so you aren’t using it as a squad automatic weapon.  You are far away, so why does it matter if a magazine change takes twice as long?  Why is recoil an issue if you are conserving ammo?  You are NOT equipping yourself for nation state combat.  Your parameters are different.  High rate of fire consideration is a BAD thing, once the ammo factories are molten glass.  So, all things considered, even without testing I can probably safely assume the HK91 lives up to its reputation. 

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But, again, most guns are not as easy to figure out.  Nobody can test all of them ( and when some did, their work is far out of date if from nothing else all the manufactures have changed or the models are no longer available ).  You almost have no choice but to slog through all the hype and desperately try to weed out the BS and keyboard commandos.  You can’t necessarily listen to those that have field experience, either.  They are, once again, using nation state military equipment and tactics.  And, they have Big Bucks.  Sure, you are a High Speed operator and Uncle Obammy pays you a hundred grand a year to protect VIP’s, you can afford high dollar equipment.  The rest of us live in the real world where no matter how obvious it is to us that the world is ending, the spouse could give a crap ( no budgetary love ).  Hillary could give a crap ( lots of extra gun control) and neither could The Donald ( extra taxes to pay off his rich buddy’s ).  In short, even if your life is worth Big Bucks, you don’t have them.

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The Internet is infamous for burying us in data.  Mindless drones hammering on about nothing desperate to cling to your ability to generate ad dollars.  Too much data and almost no information.  And even less knowledge.  Yet even before we all hooked up to the Matrix, face to face word of mouth being replaced with its electronic equivalent, there was still very little real world information on how to choose a firearm.  You had far fewer sources to use as a study guide.  New York decided to publish their choice of a survivalist book and you got their approved information.  At least now, despite all the headaches of information overload, you can judge for yourself from far more sources.  Yes, listening to hype can be a lazy shortcut to research.  But in this case it is also a way to avoid wasting money, IF you study both sides of the issue and make up your own mind.  Hype is unavoidable, just trace it back to its source and judge THAT.  Everyone is guilty of being a Fan Boy.  You find something that actually works and you want to tell the world ( but, believe me, the ingrate suns a bitches won’t thank you.  How many of you have an Enfield?  Right, more like one of those whore dog Russian bolts ).  Look at picking a firearm like a free education.  Put in the work, unlike in “real” college don’t trust the approved text book, apply logic, trust in your own judgment.  You won’t avoid hype.  Everyone is guilty.  And always remember, They Hate You.  Add cynicism to your choice.  Too cheap?  Too expensive?  Approved by the Thought Police as a perfect weapon?  Why?  Who benefits from the hype?  Who profits off your decision ( as in, why did this periodical approve this weapon? )?  Follow the money.  Hype is a given, don’t focus on that.

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21 comments:

  1. "You had far fewer sources to use as a study guide."
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    That is NOT a bad thing.
    I've spent untold hours researching stuff on the web and came away with less than I started, for all of the reasons you've stated and more.

    You can't even walk into a store and get credible info cause the low wage earners that work there know next to nothing, except what they are picking up as they go along, which is from their customers who are the same people with all the click bait websites. ARGGGGGHHHHH

    And quality control, across the board, has left the building.
    After all the pre-work that you do, when you actually purchase an item there is still a 50/50 chance it's junk and you can't find out until after you've spent the coin, and maybe not until after the warranty has ran out.

    A reset is definitely and desperately needed.

    And a whole bunch of air wasters need eliminated.

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    1. The desire to eliminate air wasters is one of the few real motivators keeping me prepping.

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  2. This comment is for ghostsniper from the post the other day.

    “No reloader company makes dies for the .348 that I am aware of.”

    Midway makes them ghostsniper, and apparently they make more than one set. The set below is $28. Now from what I gathered in my limited reading on this round, the bullet size is also an unconventional size. You would want to try and find a mould also if you could, and then you're all set and can fire the .348 to your hearts content. If you can find a bullet that is close in size, there is a process for resizing bullets, I think it's called “swaging”? So you might get away resizing it in such a fashion?


    http://ads.midwayusa.com/product/331933/lee-pacesetter-3-die-set-348-winchester?cm_mmc=pf_ci_google-_-Reloading+-+Dies+%26+Shellholders-_-Lee-_-331933&gclid=CLKdlYjlh9ACFQ6bfgodA7sPvA

    Bullet mould:

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/182924/rcbs-2-cavity-bullet-mold-348-200-fn-348-caliber-349-diameter-200-grain-flat-nose-gas-check

    $125.00, so about 14 rounds breaks even.

    Keyword search: .348 cheap loading dies, .348 bullet mould.

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    1. Thanks man, I appreciate it. I'm going to check that out right now. I've bought from Midway before but not lately. Also gonna email your post to myself for future ref.

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    2. Minions helping minions. It does my heart good. Seriously.

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  3. Marlin lever in .357.
    design has been around forever, although a little pricey.

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    1. I still prefer the break open single shot. That is of course just me.

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    2. If you look at a cut away diagram of a leaver action they appear quiet complicated and fragile yet in practice they seem to be very reliable and robust. There are plenty of old leaver actions laying about that have been abused for years and just keep on functioning.
      Aussie

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    3. You used to be able to abuse cars. Now, fuggitabout it.

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  4. A lot of the gun talk is about JND (just noticeable differences). Small preference for this trigger pull or that ergonomic feature. Whatever you practice with you can learn to work. But that philosophy doesn't generate new sales. Last decades best gun needs to become inferior to the new one.

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    1. Buy more, and buy more often. Support your consumer economy.

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  5. I wish I had discovered it earlier. Gun Tests magazine ( www.gun-tests.com/ ) is not fancy or slick, and they can't afford fancy gel block tests. But they don't take advertising and they now have a huge online (to subscribers) data base of firearms they've tested. And tested with an eye toward affordability as they buy the weapons they are testing themselves.

    Without advertisers/manufacturers to keep happy, you will see some negative comments and reviews.

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    1. That might be worth a sub. If they are the guys down in Florida, I subscribed to the print version years ago. I stopped because I didn't have access to the reviews of guns I was interested in. A web site with archives solves that issue. Thanks!

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  6. Forgive me your High Hairedness if this is a bit off topic but I was just pondering the "wood stock vs. plastic stock" argument. I've heard you state several times that you want a wood stock because it will hold up better to rough use (true enough). However, if one did have a plastic stock gun AND it broke through rough service (assuming they live to tell the tale) it is about the only part on a gun that someone can manufacture themselves. With a log, a rock and enough time anyone can carve out a passible replacement. While the counter argument would be "why not have the wood stock to begin with and avoid the trouble" (again, true enough) if everything else was great on the gun (i.e. accuracy, reliability, price) I wouldn't let the stock be a deal breaker. What say you?

    -Novice

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    1. The problem with wood stocks is the swelling issue effecting accuracy. Everything else about them, such as the ability to buttstroke the enemy, is good. So, really, while I prefer wood, I acknowledge the utility of plastic to conserve ammo through marksmenship. Also, you can jerry rig up a plastic stock through melting and molding plastic buckets ( given the fuel and tools-it isn't exactly a campfire hack ).

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  7. James, have followed you for a year or so and have used your links for a purchase or two. My thoughts on a forever rifle is a good used lever 30-30 with a bullet mold and some simple reloading gear. Cases last practically forever with mild cast loads and a pound of powder can do 800-1000 rounds. Its quiet, effective, and reliable. And reasonable in $$.
    steve

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    1. Why buy a used one? Unless it really saves you the bucks. Just seems there isn't that much of a mark down, usually, to justify its shortened life.

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    2. Because the older Marlins are much better guns than the new ones.

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    3. Okay, good point. Still having a hard time wrapping my head around widespread gun manufacture quality control issues. My whole life, it was one "bad apple" after another, not the whole industry. Not sure why I'm having a mental block on this one.

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  8. The last WWII era bolt gun that lived up to the hype was the Swiss K31. Very well manufactured (like most things Swiss) and accurate. I just wish the ammunition was easier to find - like finding unicorn shit that stuff is.

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    1. I had thought about the Swiss gun but was too heavily invested in the Enfields by then. I would have had either problem of not enough guns ( I like two or more of my main rifle-another reason I'll never switch over to HK91 types ) or not enough ammo.

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