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Saturday, October 15, 2005

The Right Gun for the Job

There are many different types of guns in the world, and each one has its’ strong points and its' weak points. The following is a list of what I believe are the best guns for specific jobs.

Home Defense: For protecting your home nothing beats a 12-gauge pump shotgun with the shortest legal barrel loaded with buckshot. The sound of chambering a shell alone is enough to make most intruders pee-pee in their pants. If you do need to fire on anyone the shot spread should be wide enough that you will not miss as long as the gun pointed in the same general direction as the bad guy. Buckshot is large enough to have the stopping power to kill a human on the first shot.

Bird Hunting: An over-and-under shotgun of the gauge of your choice can’t be beat. Some people prefer semi-autos, but I think that over-and-under shotguns are more accurate, less likely to jam, and you never have to worry about the game warden interrupting your hunt to inspect you gun to ensure it can’t hold more than 2 rounds.

Personal Defense: I suggest a snub-nosed .45 ACP revolver. The snubbed nose makes for a lighter, more easily concealed and drawn weapon. I say ACP instead of magnum because the snubbed nose will make the gun deafeningly loud, literally. People have burst their eardrums firing high caliber snub-nosed magnum pistols. Revolvers are superior to semi-autos for self defense because they never need to be pre-cocked with two hands. A simple thumb-cock or just squeezing the trigger will do. People are large animals, and you need significant stopping power to guarantee your safety when you shoot someone. This means big bullets that transfer a lot of energy. Therefore go with a .45.

Varminting: A .22 cal rifle provides all the power you could need for varmints without turning them into pudding. My personal favorite now that the assault weapons ban has expired is a Walther G-22 rifle with laser sight and scope, loaded with Stingers. This has to be the MANLIEST .22 in the world. Stingers are by far my favorite .22 LR bullet. I tested them against all lead .22 LR and magnums as well as the same bullets with copper jackets. I took a rifle and a box of 20 of each bullet out to a place where people do some illegal dumping. I chose an old stove as my target, and shot it up, checking the penetration and expansion of each type of bullet I used. The Stingers penetrated deeper and expanded more than every other bullet I tested. These bullets rock!

Big Game: I use a .338 magnum bolt action rifle. At this size you can shoot anything from pronghorn to elephants and get a kill without ruining too much meat. It has a long range so you can really reach out and touch someone with it. A bolt action rifle is both more accurate and more reliable than a semi-auto. Sure you can only expect to get one shot off before your target runs away, but if you hit with this rifle you won’t need a second shot anyway.

Fun: Can you say machine gun?
If Civil War Breaks Out: Again, can you say machine gun? Barring that get your hands on a .45 ACP semi-auto pistol or bigger so you have stopping power and a large clip size with fast reloading capability. Get at least a 30-06 semi-automatic rifle, but it would be better to stick with a .308. Now that riot shotguns are available a 12-gauge riot shotgun would definitely come in handy. Having trouble getting a machine gun? Buy any semi-automatic model of a fully automatic weapon. Go online and buy a trigger modification kit for that particular gun. Install the trigger mod. You can also take your gun to a local gunsmith. Some of them will modify triggers into full-autos. Now the world of real MP-5’s, Tommy Guns, CAWS, AK-47s, and the like is open to you. With all of these semi-autos and fully-autos there is one other you need to know. Do not waste your time with a gas operated gun. They jam easily. Stick with mechanically operated guns.

Have I missed anything?

10 Comments:

  • Hee hee! I don't think you missed anything, Dan. But you sure are going to piss a lot of people off.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Hooah!

    By the way, I'll link your site if you like. Let me know. I'll be back later to check on your answer.

    By Blogger Gayle, at 5:35 AM  

  • Ahhh... Gun Talk.. you gotta love it.
    You covered all the important points, Dan. Now my two peso's worth.

    I like the 12 Mossberg 500 for home defense,at night, except I use #4 buckshot, which is .38 cal. and uses about 12 of them. The pump is also less subject to malfunction than an autoloader if a bit of crud gets into the mechanism.
    Screwed to the righthand side of the slide is a Pickatinny rail, which holds a Walter tactical light with pressure sensitive switch. When illuminated, the patch of light covers the pattern of the shotgun, and is blinding to the target. Makes it easy to shoot from the hip at night. It's an 18.5 inch slug barrel.

    For birds, I put the Mossberg longer barrel on with Polychoke, use #7 1/2 shot for small birds, BB's for turkey.

    Walking around and automobile defense, and answering the door during the day, I carry a .38 Smith Airweight with Glasers, 2- inch barrel. It's much easier to conceal than the Ruger 9 mm I also have. That one's usually available readily inside the house, though. Yes, its true you can get a concealed carry permit in NY, but you may have to pull some political strings, and have some reason to carry concealed outside of self defense. (i.e. being a person who carries cash to the bank, gas station owner, etc)I use a wallet holster most of the time, except for the Ruger which I carry inside-the-pants crossdraw so seatbelt won't interfere.

    For general plinking, few guns beat the venerable Ruger 10-22. I have the stainless version, which I've camoed with tape.

    For serious close-in encounters, I have a war prize my father brought home from France -- An Inland .30 M1 carbine with multiple magazines loaded with hollowpoints. It weighs 5 pounds unloaded, has a maximum range of 300 yards, and impacts harder than a .357 at 200 yards. Has very little recoil and can be rapidly fired.

    It is a gas gun, but I've fired a hundred rounds at a time thru it before it needed cleaning. Just keep it oiled and there's little problem.
    (No oil in chamber or barrel, of course). A family heirloom which will be passed down to the Lieutenant.

    Not much big game here (although moose have been sighted, and there are bear -- but I won't shoot them),
    but were I to go big game hunting,
    I'd take along a magnum Holland and Holland of .300+ calibre.(I know where to borrow one). I use the carbine for deer.

    Locked N Loaded in the Catskills,

    Phantom_Driver
    Proud father of an American Soldier

    By Blogger meesterjoneser, at 6:47 AM  

  • Hey, That's the same shotgun I have!

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 7:21 AM  

  • Excellent inexpensive piece. I've had this one about 30 years and thousands of rounds thru it -- everything from skeet loads to sabot deer slugs, and it's performed admirably.

    Great value for the bucks, and they're everywhere. Think I paid less than $100 for it way back when.

    By Blogger meesterjoneser, at 8:07 AM  

  • I'll stick with my glock 26 for home defense. No bigger than my hand with enough punch to level any intruder

    By Blogger Haximus, at 12:14 PM  

  • As far as personal defense goes, I like my Glock 23. It holds 14 rounds of .40 S&W, it's small, and has very little recoil. It's not as easily concealable, but it is double-action only, so no need to cock or decock anyhting. Also it has a trigger reset so you don't have to completely cycle the trigger pull. You can easily get three rounds off before the first empty cartridge hits the ground.

    What about ammo? I've heard the FBI different types of ammo and found the Federal Hydrashock to be the best performing. What do you think.

    By Blogger fmragtops, at 7:03 AM  

  • Ammo's a complicated subject since there are so many different types for so many diiferent guns and uses. The Hydroshocks are excellent rounds though.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 8:49 AM  

  • Since I have multiple kids, I prefer the .410 Shotgun in the house. Less chance of wall penetration and accidental wounding of others seeking concealment. It is a tradeoff, but it will still take a man to his knees. I'd just have to shoot him twice.

    By Blogger Cove Rebel, at 4:46 PM  

  • Great stuff, except for this:

    Go online and buy a trigger modification kit for that particular gun. Install the trigger mod. You can also take your gun to a local gunsmith. Some of them will modify triggers into full-autos.

    Are you out of your freaking mind? Or was your tongue firmly planted in cheek? We SHOULD have unrestricted rights to full-autos, but the reality is the BATF*ckers take a real dim view of unlicensed FAs, and I for one don't want to mess with them until serious SHTF. Besides, anyone making a mod like that ought to do it themselves and keep their freaking mouth shut about it.

    Not bad overall, though. I'll make it a habit to check in fromtime to time.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:57 AM  

  • OK, I just saw the magic words:

    If Civil War breaks out...

    Start Emily Littella:
    Never mind.
    End Emily Littela.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:04 AM  

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