Friday, May 1, 2020

zombie apoc weapons book 6


ZOMBIE APOC WEAPONS BOOK 6
Chapter Two ( pistol )
Just as with a rifle, your pistol needs to be economical with its ammunition. So let's just get this out of the way. You are NOT John Wick. I don't even know why you would want to be John Wick. Hell, just watching the actor play John Wick exhausts me ( have you seen Bruce Willis in a movie lately? He looks like a corpse was dug back up and reanimated by Disney, using not microchips but their supernatural power from their deal with the Devil. As an aside, I trust Sonny Bono is roasting in Hell, punished far more than Hitler or Nixon, for his part in The Mickey Mouse Copyright Act ).
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The best gunfight to survive is the one you avoided. Yes, I get it. Given a choice between watching John Wick or reading Sun Tzu, I would probably watch the movie. But one is much better at strategy and tactics than the other. Can you guess which one? Gun Fu is not the greatest martial art to learn. So forget all the horse apples about leaping and twirling and shooting each guy point blank three times and then fighting the next guy waiting his turn in line, using your semi-auto pistol like a submachinegun, unlimited ammo on your person. Did you already forget that you are on foot?
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A pistol is not a magic talisman such a policeman would wield among the disarmed population of serfs. It is not an Austrian get out of the morgue free card. When did guns made of plastic go from a point of ridicule to a quest to use plastic in every part except the barrel ( and they are working on that one! )? I won't refuse to use plastic guns, and yes, light weight is paramount as Ultra Light Infantry ( more on that very soon. Oh, yes, VERY soon ), but there is a point where going light goes too far. Especially when it does no good, you carrying more ammo.
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I prefer revolvers. No, I don't insist on them to the same degree of religious fanaticism as I do for bolt guns over semi-auto carbines or rifles. To me, a pistol is for emergency use only, not part of an essential arsenal. I say, carry whatever you are comfortable with. For me, that is a revolver for the simple fact it is a load and forget weapon. At the very most, you flip your wrist and see the cylinder is loaded. None of this checking the magazine and the chamber. I like simplicity. Call me strange that way.
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I do NOT like pistols as a combat weapon. Infantry has been doing fine without them for a half a millennium. The only reason they might-MIGHT-be needed is that a Congressman from a district with a gun manufacturer in it was bribed to suddenly discover ground troops needed to have an extra weapon that cost three times civilian retail price. Now, I know I'm prejudice, carrying the damn things in the field, along with the Pig M-60 and its barrel and other accessories, and adding a 45 to that was just insult to injury ( I saw the need as we had live rounds if any LEO functions were required, but while playing infantry I hated the extra weight ).
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Light Infantry in the Army is anything but light. They just don't have the heavier weapons. Whoopie humping pickles. Humping sixty pounds ( as mechanized ) instead of 150. Yes, the heavier weapons do the most damage, I grant you. But regardless of your good intentions, once you overload a soldier with equipment, they lose mobility. You might be RoboCop with all that armor and weaponry, but you move as fast as he does also, which negates most of that advantage.
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You want to be truly light? You dump all that weight that you think you need but is merely contingency crap. Twenty pounds is about max to retain mobility, and that includes the weapons and ammunition. Everything but your clothing ( which does NOT include armor ). That doesn't leave room for a pistol, unless you sacrifice food, water ( I could see being slightly over the weight in water if you consume that extra weight quickly, hydrating ) or ammunition for your long gun. Let us not forget that this is the zombie apocalypse. Weight weighs more the longer you carry it, and you'll be carrying ALL the time here.
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If you do insist on a pistol, I don't think it matters much which one you choose. For the simple fact that it's main purpose is probably going to be to eat a bullet rather than be eaten alive ( or, tortured to death by OpFor's ). I wouldn't spend a butt ton of money on it, since it won't be a primary weapon. And revolvers are usually no longer cheap, except in rimfire. On a budget, most likely you'll buy a plastic 9mm. The lower capacity ones ( the only ones you'll really need ) or even the ones in 380 should be plentiful in the under $200 range, and I've seem some as recently as just before the Commie Cadre Panic Buying going for $159.
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I don't recommend those because they use everyone's favorite caliber, or because they are semi's, but because they fit into everyone's budget. IF you simply must have a pistol. Now, for the Boogaloo? Yeah, pistols are great, for urban stealth and ambushing. Spending more for increased capacity and reliability makes sense, as they then become your only weapon. But for zombies? Go three days without finding food, and tell me how macho you are lugging all the extra weight around. Hint: your Beard Boy Tactical Tommy gear takes extra fuel of a higher order. Just as a knights heavier mount cannot survive on grass but needs oats and other hauled fuel, troops carrying extra weight need a specialized diet. Which foraging ain't going to deliver. Just saying.
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40 comments:

  1. The pistol gives you an opportunity to go 'big' in caliber, yet lightweight and compact enough even for stealth concealment. Think: short barrel .357 Mag in an ankle holster or pocket. .357 Mag will kill most anything down dead. A true fact.

    It's the best weapon for anyone 'on foot' in a bug-out situation. Having two would be better.

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    1. If you didn't carry a long gun except a light weight rimfire, I could see the need for the heavy caliber. I made the ( perhaps ) mistake of ONLY buying a short barrel, hammerless 357. Limited in range. I wonder if I should have had more barrel, less concealabity. I don't sweat it, since a pistol is Nice rather than Needed. I just ponder.

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    2. Hammerless is what a pocket revolver needs most. You WILL fire through your jacket pocket, way too close.

      Holstered semi auto or single-double hammer revolver is safer, but requires "presentation", when you just need some lead in their gut without warning. They are expecting your hand to get the wallet, or maybe you are down preparing to roll and shoot up? .38sp is enough, .357mag is fine. Even .22 or .22mag with 9 rounds might be good enough. pdxr13

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    3. Although, if you're not wearing a suit, I would think it is a little tougher to carry successfully. And I won't wear a purse :) I actually bought it at the time because it was dirt cheap and on layaway. Cheap enough I didn't stop and think. Glad I have it anyway.

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  2. Semi issues aside, I can understand why a lot of dude’s prefer the AR platform, due to weight alone. If you’re anti-semi, and don’t require long ranges, then get a lever or a pump gun. I can actually fire my Rossi .22 gallery gun, nearly as fast as a semi, if I had to. So if you can find a pump gun in the caliber of your choice, go for it. That same gallery gun, by the way, is nearly silent, when firing the CCI .22 short CB (It has to be this specific label. Regular .22 shorts are much louder).



    “As an aside, I trust Sonny Bono is roasting in Hell, punished far more than Hitler or Nixon, for his part in The Mickey Mouse Copyright Act”



    Interesting. I was not aware of this, and was actually under the impression that Sonny Bono was an alright guy. Which would explain why his marriage to the leftwing Cher, was rather short lived.

    As an aside, I hear tell that Chaz Bono is coming out with a new line of Erector Sets for children. And no, my binary, cisgender nephew, won’t be getting one this Christmas :D

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    1. They married during the wrong time. Today, Dems are just as greedy for corporate money as the Right. Hilary paved the way, freeing her Poverty Oh-Pressed girlfriends from having to live with the proles. Cocaine and hookers, all around. But back then? Yeah, pretty much "pro-business" politician move. I have no idea what party he belonged to, but I'm glad the dingus sucker left his face on a tree at high velocity.

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  3. After talking to customer service @ Lucky Gunner, I found out their website updates in real time. If you see it, you get it. If you don't find, they are out. Much better than all the rest of them that puts your request on back order.

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    1. I guess I have no reason to ignore them anymore.

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  4. For an inexpensive 9mm Parabellum that works, look at the Taurus PT111 Millenium (NOT the 1st one, those sucked ass hard !) Here is a link. This one is small enough to be used as an EDC hide-out pistol, and holds a dozen rounds in the magazine. Thats a lot of firepower in a small package. FULLY adjustable rear sight so can be zeroed to ammunition, rather than semi-adjustable sights and have to hold off to point in space to hit targets.

    https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/taurus-pt111-millennium-g2-9mm-luger-pistol

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    1. I had one of Taurus Pt 111 that I got for under $200 including tax. I have put over 1500 rounds through it with one malfunction. The round didn't fire first strike, fired the second time. Could of been the ammo, maybe the gun, or operator error. Probably the cheap ammo.
      I liked it enough that I bought another one just like it for $180 including tax. I would rather have two semi auto's for $380 dollars then a revolver that most likely cost at least $500, if not more.
      Most revolvers are heavy and hold 6 rounds, with slow reloads. A Pt111 holds 12 rounds and weighs 26 ounces loaded.
      If you look around you can find 32 round magazines that work flawlessly. I have a couple just in case.

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    2. It is hard to argue for a revolver at today's plastic semi prices, I grant you. Might be why I haven't bought a pistol in 20 years.

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  5. A word about pistols, having been in the Navy, we found very little use for them. Even shipboard security usually used shotguns. I did get issued a 1911 a couple of times for specialized boat runs, along with an M14, but the pistol was for the cargo I was hauling in case we came under the threat of capture, the M14 was to help prevent that. Sorry, can't say more than that.

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    1. I want to make a joke about recoil and limp wristed Seamen, but ever since my son became a jarhead, it isn't as fun to poke fun at the other services anymore. That, and the Army lowering standards of almost special forces units to allow women in, I'm almost more embarrassed for them more than any other branch.

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    2. Yes, the seaman joke never gets old. In reality, I worked with several branches of service while I was in. I did New Years in Izmir Turkey. I doubt that I am allowed back there even to this day.A state of emergency would have been a mild comment on what we did there.

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    3. Pistols are for getting to your rifle if you don't have it on you. They are great for carrying where you can't carry a long rifle and being lighter to carry. Great to have a pistol in a fight if your rifle malfunctions.

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    4. Much is made about having a pistol, because you can't always have a rifle on you. Even former military say this. But in the military, when you had your rifle, you ALWAYS had your rifle. Always.

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  6. I don't get the Sonny Bono, Mickey Mouse joke. Please explain.

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    1. Not a joke. Bono the politician was bribed by Disney to extend the terms of copyright, because the early Mickey cartoons were about to go in the public domain. This not only killed a lot of publishers ( boutique publishers printing old books-and as you know, a lot of the old stuff is much better than the propaganda today ) a lot of stuff already used in the public domain was suddenly copyrighted again. I know, less evil than say, a nuke plant bribing a politician to ignore pollution, but I took it personally as that is the business I'm in.

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  7. when was the last time you shot a firearm?

    the PUNISHER

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    1. When was the last time you left a helpful comment? Asking for a friend

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    2. Tying shoelaces and riding a bicycle skills don't evaporate, neither will shooting skills. Even a mediocre minion will rise to the occasion. Side arms are going to be much more of a uniform of the day necessity in spicy times, than the casual indifferent barely casual wear and sock drawer gun storage behaviors of most proles. Have instinctive tactical practices so as to be high strung like a doberman pinscher, grasping that gun grip at any curious sounds or disturbances in the force.

      I intend to use a crude assed makarov in 9×18 commie caliber for capital crimes cranial shot placement punishments in the new empire. Would I thus be referred to as a punisher? Asking on behalf of many friends. Stay frosty with those thinking crimes.

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    3. Not having shot a semi for 22 or so years, I had forgotten how I did it, but now I'm hearing the "teacup" position is frowned on. Wasn't this standard military training? Drawing a blank. Anyone?

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    4. Yeah, that off hand under cup support of shooting hand in a two handed pistol position is dated. Support hand best counter wraps along and over shooting grip of strong hand on gun grip. Some folks lock the support hand wrist with a bit of push forward for recoil absorbtion say as in matches or drills. I just balance out equal torque or grip of hands for nuetral controlling under firing sequences. Just watch john wicke, good to go. :)

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    5. Meh. I look at the bizarre over the handguard hold on carbines, and think, what in the name of sweet jesus? I think I'll assign the same wonderment to any "improved" handgun hold.

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  8. So good to see the punisher back, he is so insightful and helpful.
    I know your eyesight is going, and your getting old, but your hair is Great.

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    1. I plan on leaving a good looking corpse, baring Molotov Cocktails or Necklacing.

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  9. Yes. The plan is coming together nicely. 412k unemployment 'claims' in nevada this year. Economy is like a downed game bleeding out into the dirt. Our Vegas Smith's grocers are limiting meat purchases to two packages. The choke points in systems have commenced. Revolvers for rolled oats bulk buying, pistols for pork butt shopping forays, rifles for the rib eye steak take downs. Grenades for the getting home spiciness diversions. Stay frosty.

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    1. I guess Elko is still in a bubble. I haven't noticed any new, post quarantine, business closures, nor any limits except TP at Fam $. Of course, I don't get out much, so limited reporting.

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  10. I had one of the first generation Taurus PT111's when I didn't have the money for a Glock. It ran fine, but seemed like cheap junk when I disassembled/assembled it for cleaning. I ended up selling it after I saved up enough for the Glock. The new owner ended up complaining that it was causing him all kinds of problems, so I guess it wore out quickly. I haven't done any research on the Gen 2's, but I do NOT like that manual safety. You're just asking for problems when you're all flustered and trying to get it into action in an emergency. NO MANUAL SAFETIES FOR PISTOLS!

    Regarding the first comment suggesting a snub-nosed .357. I have two, one that weighs 25 ounces empty, the other that weighs 18 ounces. I used to carry the 25 ounce one on my ankle for years. The weight never bothered me until I got older and the inbalance did start bothering me. I could shoot full-power .357 and get hits at 50 yards. The 18 ounce one has too much recoil to shoot anything above .38 Special +P. On the other hand, I can get semi-reliable hits with it out to 100 yards. I used to CCW the 18 ounce one in my pocket, but later changed out to something else.

    If money is tight, I vote for a used Glock 9mm, 26, 19, or 17.

    James, it seems like you adjusted your personal schedule to do your last comment updates at 5:30 instead of 6:30? My vote is to return to the 6:30 time so I could more reliably add a comment in time. Just a suggestion, I'm not offended if you don't.
    Romans 14:11

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    1. It really just depends on how things went that day. Early for dinner, I usually fold up the blog early. If I never got to some Internet reading, I'll give the blog one last check later than usual. Now that summer is here, there is more outdoors chores and my schedule gets all kinds of messed up. I don't mind trying for 6:30-I'm probably more mentally alert than at 5 AM ( I miss exercising in the dark, before I ever turned on the computer. Blood flow works better than multiples of coffee ), so prefer to take care of them in the evening rather than morning. No guarantees, but I will strive to adjust. If some days I'm just mentally wiped, you'll know why it was an early close. I try to accommodate. As I've said before, most article ideas come from minion comments. It is in my best interest to cultivate them.

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  11. 1st gens Taurus were recalled and 2nd gens started in 2014 when they were redesigned. And since dropped the pt 111 to g2 and now g3. So really they are in the forth model now. Just because a gun has a safety don't mean you have to use it. I removed mine.

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  12. One of my biggest regrets in life, was getting rid of my Ruger .357 service six, with a 4” barrel. I sold it to get my Ruger P95DC, 9mm semi auto. I’d rather have 6 shots from a .357, then 10 shots from a 9mm, but I was young, and didn’t think about that at the time. A .357 snubnose, can still reach out to about 50 yards, with decent accuracy Jim. The problem with the hammerless models, is that they don’t allow for the slow, controlled, single action mode, of steadily squeezing the trigger for better accuracy. But up close for defense, not as much of an issue, but at greater ranges it is. Now the Ruger LCR (double action only) is said to have a very smooth double action firing mode. But most of these hammerless guns don’t.

    Here’s some stats that I thought you might find interesting Jim.


    “The average and median number of shots fired was 2. When more than 2 shots were fired, it generally appeared that the defender’s initial response was to fire until empty. It appears that revolver shooters are more likely to empty their guns than autoloader shooters.” (This took me by surprise, as I’d think that the opposite would be true)


    Guns save lives, by Claude Werner (I’m not sure what it is about dude’s named Claude. But I’d have to highly recommend that no one ever get into a gunfight with one :D )

    http://gunssavelives.net/self-defense/analysis-of-five-years-of-armed-encounters-with-data-tables/

    Keyword search at DuckDuckGo: “Typical number of shots fired in police encounters”.

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    1. You go through childhood with a name like Claude. Clod. Claudesdale. Bitter, resentful, dangerous,

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  13. Here’s another good one Jim:

    “Next, it’s important to understand that firearms realistically stop a low amount of crimes, and are present in the commission of many more.  For example, in statistic 3 we see that there were 259 cases of a civilians defending themselves, and killing their attacker. In that same year there were over 8300 cases of homicide, where a firearm was used. Now, I know some people might think that I’m anti gun because of these stats.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Facts are facts.  A non criminal is much more likely to be killed by a firearm than they are to kill with one.  That does not mean that we should not be ready and well trained to use them, because as we saw in stat 4 they were key in stopping over 67,000 criminal acts.

    https://www.tierthreetactical.com/17-most-important-gunfight-stats-backed-by-data-and-real-world-experience/

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    1. I'm sorry-is this Beard Boy tactical? Otherwise I'm not sure I can endorse it :)

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    2. It could be Jim? These are sites that I’ve never been to before. I only looked it up, because someone in the comments section, mentioned something about the superior firepower, and fast reloading, of the semi-pistol, over the revolver. But I seemed to recall that statistically speaking, that very few real gunfights, ever warranted needing spray and pray numbers of rounds being exchanged (i.e. It’s very unlikely that you would even empty your 6 shot revolver).

      To be honest Jim, I don’t know what a beard boy is? But right off, it sounds an awful lot like a lumbersexual. And from what I gather, they can be a real pain in the ass :D

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    3. A minion coined "beard boys". All the cool kids, copying the private contractors over in the sandbox, who inevitably wear beards. Makes you look more tactical, just like the new side grip on the AR handguard. Jesus Weeps. Perfectly good types of razors around and we want to look like dirty hippies.

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  14. People who would rely on out dated weapons (revolvers), for a SHTF situation will die first.
    They will tell you they need to put down a bear. If I'm going on a bear hunt I'm using a slug in a shotgun or a rifle. It's called using the correct tool, this isn't the old west anymore, John Wayne.
    They quote people saying that average shots in a gunfight are 3 or 4 or what ever number you choose. In SHTF they will be working in teams and the cops won't save you. You have a 6 shot revolver and they have 17 shot glocks, you are dead. Think about two people shooting 17 rounds and one reloading while the other guy shoots 17 rounds at you with your 6 round bear killer.
    Outdated Josey Wales fairy tales.

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    1. Look how quick we defeated the Indians with out superior firepower. Look how the Japs and Germans were instantly overcome with our superior firepower. The AK would have won the Vietnam war for the Indigs, except we quickly got the M-16 into service. Look how all those LEO's were destroyed by the gangsters outgunning them! Look at our victory in Afghanistan with air superiority!

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