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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 πŸ˜‡ 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 thatπŸ™‚.

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.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Criminal's Guns - Only 1/100 Was Licensed:

The excellent 'KIWI GUN BLOG' has managed, after appeals to the Ombudsman, - to get some answers from the Police... Result:

Only one gun used in a hundred firearms crimes here was legally owned by a Firearms Licence Holder.


Only two guns out of one hundred weapons used in crimes were classed as 'MSSA's. (so called "assault weapons")

- Good to get to the truth eventually eh.

Marty K.

Guns, Drugs, & Weddings?

US Drug overdose deaths due to opioid use increased 21% in 2016; 64,070 Americans died as a result of opioid use in the last year.
How's The War Against Drugs Going Then?

While any violent attack on the innocent is horrible & shocking - the figures are fact ... twice as many Americans are dying from drugs as from guns:

There are roughly 33,000 US gun violence deaths each year (- of these nearly two-thirds are suicides or accidental).

Donnie Trump says that he will announce a drugs State of National emergency.

Meanwhile back in the UK of E,S,W & N-I the BBC reports that 1 Billion Pounds of tax is being fraudulently avoided every year by imported goods not paying VAT - but don't worry about it as there's going to be a Royal Wedding. - YIPPEEE - Prince Harry and Meghan have told Granny that they are going to get spliced.
We're In The Money - We're in ...
- That should ensure a few more PEERS.
 Including the 26 bishops - there are  799 unelected LORDS being paid to sit in the UK's "House of Lords" - properly called 'The Right Honourable the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled'.

(There are 650 elected representative commoner MPs).

Austerity ... Brexit ... Guns ... Opioids  - New Headline ...

Here in British New Zealand - It's not unusual to hear complaining about our 120 MPs !

Marty K.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Sentences For Gun Crime:

I'm not claiming that my thinking here is particularly original or singular. Many others may have voiced similar sentiments - I've said before in a couple of my x808 posts - it's hard to be an original eh:

 - One Tiffany Sutcliffe has just been sentenced here in New Zealand for killing a  her male companion (flatmate) with a single barreled shotgun. - She pointed the illegal gun at her victim - asked if it was loaded, then pulled the trigger - blasting her victim just under his armpit. - As he died, Williamson answered “Of course it’s loaded, you stupid slut” 

She then hid the gun and dragged the dead body out to the door step.

23 year old Sutcliffe was sentenced to three years and one month prison for manslaughter?? .. meaning that she will likely serve around ONE YEAR.

You might care to contrast that with South African 'blade runner' Oscar Pistorius who shot his girl friend and has just had his prison sentence increased to thirteen years & five months.

I am so old that I can remember a time when shooting and killing someone was regarded as a serious matter.

No wonder gang members and other disadvantaged persons seem to laugh at the law ... and their victims.

Marty K.

P.S. I had a friend who's home was burgled and damaged by a misguided disadvantaged youth. - He was subsequently called to attend a "youth justice family group conference" or some such slap with a wet bus ticket - and when the presiding youth aid or probation officer left the room for a minute the burglar/raider sat there repeatedly giving his victim "the finger" and pulling faces.
.. When told of this .. the Official just shrugged.

I have heard of scum 'disadvantaged young citizens' such as these described as "a waste of space".

Friday, 24 November 2017

Auckland Shooting Club Cleared To Operate:

I am pleased to hear that the four 25 meter ranges at the Auckland Shooting Club are open seven days a week:
Auckland Shooting Club Certificate of Compliance was challenged and I am pleased to announce that the Certificate of Compliance has been upheld following a dispute with Auckland Council. The Club is open and operating as normal.

Marty K.

Domestic Security Requirements - All Heart:

I recently responded by e-mail to our NZ Police regarding their proposed further security requirement for legal licensed firearms users.- They are suggesting that the standards contained in current law need to be changed to much more expensive & inconvenient storage security levels. The Firearms Office staff have an ongoing history of imposing "regulations"  and "policy" that do not exist in law.

- They want to exclude lockable Gun Racks and timber construction Gun Cabinets .. and they seem to propose that there should be two classes of  'A' category long-arms - semi-auto and other.

"If crime is at such a level as to produce a genuine problem of burglary & theft of legally owned firearms from the homes of F.licence holders - the Police would be well advised to step-up their patrols in the near locations of the licence holders as a law enforcement initiative - as required by their statutory duty. 

To fail to provide the required level of police activity to protect Firearms Licence Fee Payers from being targeted by criminals must surely expose The Commissioner Of Police to being served a Writ Of Mandamus."

**Mandamus ("We command") is a judicial remedy in the form of an order from a superior court, to any government subordinate court, corporation, or public authority, to do (or forbear from doing) some specific act which that body is obliged under law to do (or refrain from doing), and which is in the nature of public duty, and in certain cases one of a statutory duty. 

One analysis of current NZ Police home gun storage preferences seems to require that fit & proper firearms owners remain defenseless - with their guns locked away and disassembled - when armed thugs invade their homes and assault them to steal more weapons for their gangs to use in crime.
This Safe Complies With NZ Security Regulation For Guns - BUT WRONG
Our Police Forbid Lawful Owners From Securing Their Ammunition In The Same Safe !

There are interesting differences in various nations views of "home security":

UK Authorities do not permit their citizens to own any form of handguns or "weapons" for sport or self defense. (Handguns still seem to be increasingly available there for the nutters).

USA citizens are allowed & encouraged to arm themselves with guns to defend their families & enhance their home security.

NZ requires a Firearms Licence and Endorsements for fit & proper gun owners - but wants all firearms to be inaccessible at all times (except for the criminals).

The last time I had an ultra-sound heart scan - the excellent & funny technician told me - on request - that I qualified for his usual Commercial Full Life-time Guarantee of  .. two minutes after leaving, or 25 meters distant πŸ˜. I seem to recall that he came from the 'Breaking Bad' territory of New Mexico.

- That TV series 'Breaking Bad' and it's spin-off  'Better Call Saul' are excellent entertainment eh.

Marty K.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Dirty Fuggers:

Did you know that one of the richest men ever was a Jacob Fugger living from 1459-1525.?

The now three branches of the German Fugger family are Bankers who took over the De' Medici family assets and political influence after the foundation of their wealth was laid-down by Johann Fugger around 1367 when his name first appeared in the Tax Register.

He continued the Fugger dynasty's interests by specializing in copper mining & foundries - the spice trade - Slaves from Africa to America and selling Papal Indulgences & benefices ('Get out of Hell Free' cards).
Jacob Fugger The Rich.

- One current modern branch Fugger von Kirchberg und zu Weissenhorn is today represented by Countess Maria-Elisabeth von Thun und Hohenstein, nΓ©e countess Fugger, heiress of Kirchberg Castle at Illerkirchberg (bought in 1507 by Jakob Fugger). -  She also heads the charitable family foundations including the Fuggerei in Augsburg and Welden monastery.

That other famous German banking family The Rothchilds - were also engaged in slavery ..

Old money.
Fuggerei in Augsburg.

I thought that you would like to know that.

Marty K.

There is a Golden Rule that does not appear in the bible and it goes like this:  “Right or wrong, them’s with the gold, - rule.”

Monday, 20 November 2017

Three? Kinds Of People:

I heard a lovely "West Indian" sounding lady 'Pauline' on LBC Radio the other day .. she was saying that there might be three kinds of people:


I really miss those lilting Caribbean accents & music from London. - Another caller said that as a 'have-not' - When he made a mistake - He paid for it.
 - When the Bankers made a mistake - He paid for it.
 - When the Government made mistakes - He paid for it ... When could he stop paying for everything?

Sorry Mate, but that's the "right wing" City establishment's version of social - capital. 😁

Like the radio presenter says: "People? - I've met them, - & you wouldn't like them."

Down here, near Australia and The Antarctic we also have two other kinds of people .. those who can prove that they are law abiding & 'Fit And Proper Persons to have Firearms' (some 247,000) ... and the rest - who can't.

- Strange to say - but these most legitimate and finest members of society seem to be regarded by some as potential law breakers because they have lawful access to a firearm.

There are two other groups of citizens entrusted with use of firearms and other destructive weapons - They are the Police & The Defense Forces.

I have met members of both organisations who should never be allowed near any weapon and certainly would fail to qualify as 'Fit And Proper'.

Then, of course there is a further category of armed & sometimes violent persons & nutters who are illegally using 'guns' in gang warfare and commercial criminal drug commerce - but they all had bad childhoods and deserve to be treated sympathetically as disadvantaged persons.
Charles Manson - One Down.
Marty K.