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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Steel Revolver v Polymer Pistol: Old v New:

News is that NYPD is ending forever the use of revolvers by it's officers - but individuals may retain their wheel guns as back-ups.

 31 August 2018 marks this notable retirement.

  Glocks - both G17 & G19, - and Sigs will be the rule.

Technology has progressed considerably in my lifetime - as an illustration - compare an MG TF sports car that I wanted as a teenager, - to my current wee Honda Jazz:

The closest I got to owning one of these was when I rolled into the rear of one in my mini van (slow speed - no damage) at some road works in the rainy Edgeware Road, London in 1966.

The MG TF  was a 2 door convertible car with a front mounted engine powering the rear wheels. The 1.5 litre engine is a naturally aspirated, overhead valve, 4 cylinder that develops 65 bhp (66 PS/48 kW) of power at 5500 rpm. Having a claimed kerb weight of 912 kg, the MG TF can dispense with the 0-60 mph  sprint in 16.3 seconds. Top speed is 137 km/h, which equates to 85 mph. While fuel consumption would average around 30 mpg.

My (1070kg.) Honda Jazz RS knocks-out TWICE the MG's power @ 97kW/155Nm from the 1.5 litre 'Earth Dream Technology' ivtec DOHC motor. - I'm getting 5.7 litres/100k - that's within a sniff of 50mpg in Olde English - and the 0-60mph (that's 0-100k) is 9 seconds.

And this wee "Jazz grannymobile" has much better comfort, braking, steering & handling too.

Likewise ... my current technology Glock 17 out-scores my revolvers (even my latest Ruger 327 caliber) and for serious work it would rate as being superior in many facets. 
But both the cars and handguns ..  are very different & desirable in their own way - and pleasing to use. Revolvers can fire a variety of 'odd-ball' loads that would never function a semi-auto.

- & we do need to remember that the old tech versions continue to be mostly effective - as being old doesn't mean that everything stops working eh. 

New-Tech & Old-Tech .. Both Great.

Marty K.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Ruger LCR Design (& A Meaty Question):

One of the most frustrating regulations invented by our New Zealand Police is the minimum barrel length requirement for handguns - that they set at four inches.

I'd love to try one of Ruger's LCR or LCRx revolvers (or both) - particularly a six shot in 327 Fed Magnum - but the available barrel lengths are rated here as too short for a 'B Category' firearm.
A .38 Ruger LCRx
Ruger's Lightweight Compact Revolver is "groundbreaking" in it's use of plastics in the grip & trigger housing - BUT the constant force trigger pull that incorporates a low-friction cam into the fire control system is a true advance in ease of function.
LCR Trigger & Fire Control Group.

- Advanced materials used are glass fiber filled polymer, - stainless steel, & a 'synergistic hard-coated 7000 series aluminum forging'.

Kiwis have to get used to looking at pictures of Ruger's LCR - as there won't be (m)any coming through our Border Protection..

It seems that although we Kiwi endorsed pistol shooters are examined & certified - not once but TWICE - as being Fit & Proper to own and safely shoot guns of many types - we may not to be trusted with any barrel shorter than four inches in case we want to do ... what?

- Meanwhile the "nutters" can hack-saw their barrels to what ever length spins their wheels or 'tickles their Pickles".

What does the shorter barrel length have to do with anything - other than being louder and slower shooting?
... how about I swear to go vegetarian or vegan - can I shoot a snubby then?

Perhaps there is a link between eating meat and guns. - I don't mean the obvious one that if you want to eat organic non-genetically altered wild food animals not injected with growth hormones & antibiotics - you have to own a gun & get out into the fresh air to hunt for yourself .. Mmmm - rabbit & mushroom pie with mixed herbs & flaky pastry - yum.

No .. what I'm referring to is that some of the countries with the highest recorded gun crime figures seem also to have the highest levels of meat eating.

Don't laugh - there might be something in my theory eh.

It seems that US residents swallow 120.2 kilos of chicken-fried steak, burgers & hot-dogs each every year, - while UK's inmates chew through 84.2 kilos of meat in their industrial TV dinners.
Must Be Something In The Additives ..
(Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)?)

- Contrast that tonnage of dead animal carcass consumed by 'westerners' with the folk in Bangladesh and India who get by on 4 kg and 4.4 kg a year each while quietly doing their yoga.

- soon be Christmas eh - all that reindeer, ham and turkey with gravy, yeah, - New Zealand is ranked up there at seventh for meat consumption worldwide - at around 106 kg. per head.
LCR Would Be Fun To Shoot.

The LCR is a credit to Chief Revolver Engineer Joseph Zajk, who designed it - My only 'contra' is that I dream that they might go one further giant step and one day build a revolver firing from the bottom chamber.

The Ruger LCR & LCRx are the total opposite of a "TOP-SHELF GUN". They are affordable and shootable - small & light to carry and keep - comfortable grips - in practical calibers with acclaimed good triggers. I have a mate I've known around 30 years ... he is the proud owner of a S&W 44 Magnum revolver with the original wooden grips - in that time I reckon he's had it out on the range at least once .. but I've never seen him shooting it.
 (Shot Once & Then Left On A Top Shelf)
Hand-Stingingly Good D.I.Y Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Kit.

Marty K.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Indian NIRBHEEK Revolver Sales:

The Indian Ordnance Factory introduced the NIRBHEEK (Fearless) .32" revolver for women in 2014 and I have blogged it twice before:

I believe that India bought the Webley revolver rights and manufacturing equipment in a similar way to how the Royal Enfield motorcycles changed countries.

The Nirbheek seems to be a Webley Mk IV expensively made of titanium in .32" caliber and 'aimed at' sales to women for self defense. I think that this revolver costs in the region of $2,000. to buy - as a 'lakh' is worth around US $1,500. (a 'lakh' is 100,000 (eg. rupees) I discovered).

. Billed as India's first "firearm for women", the Nirbheek weighs just over 500 gm, and the short-muzzled revolver packs inside a women's clutch or handbag. 

I found this story written by Shailesh Menon in the Indian ECONOMIC TIMES:

Since its introduction, IOF has sold more than 3,000 Nirbheek revolvers, priced about Rs 1.35 lakh apiece, to gun licence holders in the country. 
The sales figures may appear small, but considering the limited number of gun licences issued across Indian states, any civilian firearm selling over a thousand units is considered a blockbuster. An email sent to IOF seeking data on sales figures had elicited no response at the time of going to press. 

Ironically, this revolver that comes in a decorative velvet box, is being purchased by men. If dealer logs are to be believed, just over 
a 100 Nirbheek revolvers have been sold to women gun-licence holders to date. "The reason could be the lower number of women gun-licence holders," says a Delhi-based IOF gun dealer. "Only about 3-5% of Nirbheek's owners would be women...," acknowledges Prasad Kulkarni, proprietor of Gunmark Armoury, a Pune-based weapon retailer. 

According to IOF officials, most Nirbheek orders come from Punjab, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh: India's most populous state accounts for almost half of India's 26 lakh gun licences, and has the dubious distinction of topping the charts for gun crimes. The applicants are mostly politicians or businessmen. Among women buyers, many are sarpanches, (sarpanches are elected heads of a village.) business women, members of erstwhile royal families, and a few doctors and lawyers. 
For a three-year-old locally made firearm, the Nirbheek is considered expensive. At launch, it was sold at Rs 1.22 lakh, and the price of each revolver has risen about 10% since its introduction. "Nirbheek is an expensive gun in its category... A normal person may not want to spend that kind of money for a firearm," says Milan Soni, owner of Ahmedabad-based Smit Gunhouse. "Buyers also have the option to choose from other variants... 0.32 MK-3 and MK-4 revolvers are available for much less." 

According to dealers, affluent clients would always prefer to buy an Italian or German handgun instead of a locally made revolver. Now that the government has restricted the import of foreign handguns, the second-hand foreign firearms market is thriving. Foreign-made handguns are traded at prices ranging from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 12 lakh. This, in a way, creates room for Nirbheek to sell more to the 'not-so-brand-conscious' consumers. "Nirbheek is a decent gun for self-protection... It is lightweight .. 

I'd love to have one of these rarities in my gun safe - but I seriously think it might better be made in 327 Federal Magnum caliber - but probably Indian caliber restrictions would prevent this.

Another IOF revolver .. The 8 shot .22" NIDAR revolver is likely a better & cheaper gun for self-defense carry.

IOF Nidar Revolver

There is a whole world 'out there' that we know so little about eh,

Marty K.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Korean Peninsular Nuclear Weapons:

Is there any history of Nuclear Weapons in Korea?

B-29 bombers were based in Okinawa with nine nuclear bombs under command of  General Mathew Ridgway, Commander of US Forces on the Korean Peninsular during the Korean War 1950 - 1953 ..

The First Nukes were deployed in "South Korea" in 1958.

M442 8 inch howitzer shell fitted with 12 kiloton W33 warheads having an eleven mile range.

Honest John tactical artillery rocket , W7  10 kiloton warhead or 60 kiloton W31 warhead having a range of up to 15.7 miles..

20 kiloton yield SADM & MADM Atomic Demolition Mines - back-pack portable.
MK-54 SADM Back Pack

Matadore Cruise Missiles (x16)  - 60 kiloton with 620 mile range.

Nike Hercules missile with W7 and W31 warheads of 2, 20, & 40 kiloton power.

Mace & Sergeant (200 kiloton) Missiles at seventyfive miles range ..

 M28 / M29 Davy Crockett tactical nuclear recoilless rifle with ten to twenty kiloton yield 

M454 155mm nuclear artillery shell with the W48 warhead (sub kiloton yield).

 Air Force F-4D Phantom II fighters carrying B43, B57 & B61 nuclear bombs stored at three South Korean bases.

Most of these above had been withdrawn by 1991 - but under the current tension between the respective "supreme leaders" - who could guess what is being deployed into the area? - And we certainly don't want Kim Jong un to introduce nuclear weapons to the Korean peninsular .. do we?

Would You Buy A Used Car From Either?

Marty K.

NAA Ranger II - NEW Top-Break .22 Magnum Revolver:

Now here's an intriguing new revolver release .. in US gun shops in time for Xmas.

The North American Arms Ranger 2 is a neat wee "Top-Break' revolver with a 1.625" barrel in .22"WMR but there will be extra .22" Rim-Fire cylinders for around US$75.00. extra.

NAA Ranger II

NAA's web site says that there will be a FOUR INCH BARREL version made for the California market - so that might be good news for the possibility of exports to NZ.

The 'break-open'  design goes way-back into time and is a very logical and convenient system to use. It seemed to go out of fashion when hotter larger cartridges developed and these more powerful rounds tested the designs hinge & latch strength beyond the early guns metal strength .. but I've always felt that issue shouldn't be an issue ๐Ÿ˜‡ when using the current metallurgy and better design features.
Smith & Wesson Model 1 'TIP-UP' Break Action Revolver Dates From 1857:

The Russian Izhevsk Mechanical Plant seemed to reckon that it would work when they designed a .357 Magnum break-action - The MP-412 REX - but it never went into production as the US imposed an import ban on Russian product.

Russian Izhmech MP-412 REX .357 Magnum 'Break-Action' - Never Got Off The Blocks.

The five shot Ranger 2 may well be a *HIT* with 'merican' shooters,

Marty K.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Small Stuff Does The Job - Israeli .22"s:

Shot placement (accuracy) first or "stopping power"?
Some 3,000 years ago in the 9th century BC it is recorded that a small shepherd boy permanently sorted a giant warrior who is variously reckoned to have been six foot nine tall in his armor .. or maybe 9ft. 9 inches. - Either way David is recorded as using the stopping power of a small stone slung from his birding sling-shot to terminate 'Goliath'.
..the bigger they are ..

Check-out this article about Israeli small bores: Link:

"Back in the late 1960s and 1970s even the Israelis were still learning how to improve security. Israeli’s selected the Beretta 70/71 because this .22 caliber pistol is a compact, accurate and flawlessly reliable performer that could easily be used to quickly and accurately deliver multiple rounds into vital parts of a human body. The Beretta Model 70/71 in .22 Long Rifle has virtually no recoil and can be easily controlled in rapid fire. There was also little chance that a .22 caliber bullet would cause significant collateral damage inside the crowded cabin of an airliner. No group of armed professionals ever used a .22 caliber pistol as effectively as Israeli Mossad operators and Israeli sky marshals."

- The Beretta Model 70 and the functionally identical Model 71, both in .22 LR, have served with great distinction as the signature terminator pistol of the Mossad, the premiere intelligence agency of the State of Israel. The Beretta 70 was also carried by Israeli Sky Marshals.

There is also well authenticated history of using .22" R/F rifles (Ruger 10/22s) for riot control where this "less lethal" caliber may be used safely & quietly to neutralize mob leaders in situations when use of a full bore battle weapon is thought unwise.
Ruger SR-22 Tactical Rifle.

Use the right tool for the job eh .. and the ammo is cheaper for training too.

All that being right - I do understand that Mossad has now standardized on 9mm handguns - but I don't have any direct evidence of that๐Ÿ™‚.

Marty K.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Gun Crime UP 27% in England:

You've heard the story about mushrooms haven't you .. kept in the dark and fed on bullshit.

UK national figures reveal the number of crimes involving firearms in England and Wales increased by 27% to 6,696 in the year ending June 2017.

But .. But I thought guns were BANNED there?

Their police reaction to this horrendous increase in gun crime was to announce a firearms amnesty asking Grannies and widows to check their lofts for antiques, collectibles and any old air guns that they can find ... to get them off the street !

I'd say that it's about time that our British & NZ leaders get-off the 'GUNS bandwagon' and face the real issue of CRIME and proper resourcing of LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Basically what folk need (and pay taxes for) from government are FOUR issues:

Law & Order and Defense.

Health Services.

Social Services (inc. Pensions).


- Aren't ALL four of these suffering badly from cuts and under-funding?

- Didn't some bullshit artist recently offer to "Clean out The Swamp"?

Marty K.