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Thursday, 17 August 2017

The "All-Round" or 'Beginners' Handgun:

You can't buy a new Ruger 'Standard' .22" rim fire semi-auto for US$37.50 any more (as you might have back in 1962!) - but the latest iteration - the Mark IV - is still an excellent choice for both new and old shooters.
The Ruger Mk. IV will set you back anything between $500 - $700 nowadays in US depending on the model .. I'd guess comfortably double that in NZ dollars here. But it's a gun than you can learn how to shoot with, maybe use for hunting & pest control where permitted, self-defense, and for competitive target shooting & fun plinking.

A good solidly made 'Two-Two' of this type is a piece that might be passed-on down through generations of shooters. You won't wear-out the barrel of this type of shooter.. A great all-round gun with affordable ammunition. - We shoot "Economy IPSC" at our club using 'two-two' autos.

Going up towards the centre-fire pistols .. this is where personal choice and interests start to direct where you are going. If you get serious about "bulls-eye" ISSF target shooting - (International Shooting Sport Federation) there are specialist pistols that come with special grips - and everything else - including special prices.

 but if you are "into" practical pistol or self-defense you'll likely be needing a high capacity auto-pistol ..
- perhaps a standard Law Enforcement arm such as the Glock 17 or a "race gun" for the enthusiast gamer ..

- There's plenty of choice around - and specialists happy to take your money 😊😊 - but I'd like to suggest that the one gun that has a claim as the most versatile - second only to a 'Two-Two Auto" is a full sized revolver - perhaps in stainless steel:
A Ruger GP 100 357 Magnum.

There's not much that you can't do with a versatile centre-fire revolver. My choice is for stainless steel over blued - as scuff-marks & scratches easily polish-out on stainless. Some folks love S&W or Colts .. some, like me, get tumescent over Rugers 😍 - but any decent revolver is a pleasing work-of-art that is both good to admire, - handle, and shoot.

Shot loads, duplex loads, wad-cutters, lead-nosed hollow-points, can all safely work in the "clockwork" action revolver .. with a double-action or single-action choice.

  A revolver in your chosen length barrel 3",4", 5" or 6 inches - and probably in the most versatile caliber of .357 Magnum (or even 38 Special) will let you shoot light fun, target loads - or when the mood is on you .. blast-off big megaton deafening explosions to rattle your teeth. There is no likely-hood of ammo shortages in .357" - ever - as many millions of these guns have been sold since 1934 - the first magnum.

A close relation to the 357 Revolver is the-new-kid-on-the-block and I reckon that The 327 Federal Magnum is maybe even more versatile than the 357 .. as it will shoot 327 Magnum, 32 H&R Magnum, 32" S&W Long, 32" S&W, and even the .32 ACP. - But the 327 has only been around since 2007 / 2008.
Ruger have made 7 shot GP 100's, 6 Shot Sp 101's,

 EIGHT SHOT Single Actions - and the compact 6 shot LCR..

- All made possible by the 327 Federal Magnum. This cartridge has been around ten years and it's still regarded by many as 'new'.

Marty K.

P.S. Here's a link to video of a guy getting 20 inches penetration from an old Nagant revolver in 7.62 x 38R (a 'thirty-two').

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

32 Or 44 Magnum? Frontal Area & Stopping Power - Pt.2:

Some more rambling thoughts on the possible effects of projectile impact areas:

Typical Handgun Calibers, Diameters and Surface Areas:

32 Caliber, 327 Fed. Magnum  (.312")      = 0.076 sq. inch.

9mm, 38 Special & 357 Magnum (.356")  = 0.1 sq. inch.

44 Magnum   (.429")                                = 0.14 sq. inch.

45 ACP          (.45")                                  = 0.16 sq. inch.

.50 S&W Magnum  (.500")                        = 0.20 sq. inch.

Always remembering that the bullet's area is but one factor in 'Stopping Power' - I'm noting that the two pills from a duplex loaded "Thirty-Two" will more than equal the impact area of a 44 Magnum projectile.

- On the other hand .. the massive .50 S&W Magnum (that needs a very large revolver) standard loading -
                               (I thought X-Frames Are Five Chamber Revolvers)

 - has twice the impact area of a 9 mm or 38 Special.

... while you might reckon that the small 9 mm can produce very similar power / energy levels to the larger cased 38 Special - due to it's higher pressure loading.

Ballistically Similar.

So, maybe, - if two projectiles of a duplex loaded 'thirty-two' round both achieved the FBI suggested minimum 12 inch penetration in 10% Ballistic Gelatin - a trouble-maker like me might think that this compact 'thirty-two' was possibly being as effective at "Stopping Power" as a standard 44 Magnum round - except without the bulky weight, muzzle blast, roar, and felt recoil of the big magnum.

Am I being mischieveous or controversial here?  😈

- No way am I saying that the 'thirty-two' is as *POWERFUL* as the .44" Magnum. It certainly won't knock down a heavy 100 yard steel RAM silhouette target like the magnum..

- But will it do the job on a 'CQC' soft target ?

Again - please pause to consider, that rounds from an 'evil' 7.62 x 39 AK round (or a British .303" SMLE) are exactly the same diameter (.312") and frontal area - as that from the wee "thirty-two" pistol rounds - and there would be no question regarding their 'Stopping Power' - the differences here are Mass and Velocity - relating to kinetic energy and retained velocity.
Marty K.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Frontal Area of Duplex or Multi-Bullet Handgun Loads:

I'm extending my library of old shooting books .. mostly Gun Digests with a scattering of other "digest" type collections. Old friend 'J' is helping by searching online auction sites regularly and bidding on any books that either of us is missing .. whoever eventually nails-down my lid will have a fair tonnage of musty smelling books to move-on from my living room.

- Naturally I read all these ancient writings before they stack onto the book shelves and gain a few ideas (before then forgetting them):

STOPPING POWER: It seems that this question has exercised minds 'for ever'. One early standard was the figure of fifty-eight foot-pounds, which was reckoned by early military ballisticians to be capable of delivering a disabling wound from a .49 inch standard shrapnel ball weighing some 167 grains delivered at 400 feet per second.

Multiple "Experts" have over the years applied themselves to pseudo-scientific formulas that might be applied as a means to confirm their own beliefs .. by combining weight, velocity, and bullet frontal area, sometimes mixed complete with various fallacious 'factors' to give a formula.

We all generally feel that bigger, heavier, & faster contribute to increased chances of an effective hit .. but the exact relationships are in question - Are they linear, exponential, logarithmic, square or - are they even proportional at all - as 'street records' seem to suggest that smaller calibers are recorded as often performing well beyond expectation - and their bigger relations.

Further - there are so many other unrecorded external factors & variations that affect the result of a shot as to make even the actual recorded outcomes confused and at best only indicative.

The next consideration is the obvious limit on the size and power of any practical and portable firearm. It is not possible to just keep-on physically increasing the mass, the caliber, or the velocity "ad infinitum" - but recently advances in technology are managing to increase the FRONTAL AREA by bullet expansion or "mushrooming" on impact.

- Yes I know - if the pill is bigger to start with you don't need as much expansion ! A .40-caliber bullet is 11 percent larger in diameter than a 9 mm projectile and a .45 caliber bullet is 11 percent larger than a .40-caliber one.

- There is a second way to increase the frontal area of impact .. Multiple projectiles.

I have worked-up duplex loads in three different handgun cartridges and they have worked well in my sporting applications. 10 mm Auto, 357 Magnum, and 327 Federal Magnum. These Duplex loads immediately DOUBLE the frontal area of each shot fired - and at practical handgun ranges the individual projectiles separate to a controlled degree.

Links to my earlier stories:

- What reminded me of this topic was a story 'DOUBLE BULLETS' by V R Gaertner that I've just read in the 1978 Gun Digest. This author was making his double bullet loads by cutting bought bullets in half with a hacksaw or a band-saw before stacking the pairs for inserting into the case! He reports good results bisecting jacketed .357 and .44 bullets and experiencing reduced felt recoil.

In his eight page article Gaertner used a simple wooden jig to clamp four jacketed hollow point bullets securely before feeding them sideways through the band saw.. and he thought that he might be effectively increasing the stopping power for defensive application.

I wonder how much of his reduced felt recoil was down to the reduced weight of the duplex load over the original bullet's mass .. as the saw blade's cut would remove the weight of the 'swarf' shavings.

You can buy a Digital PDF version of this Digest for $9.99 from their site linked below:

Here are some representative frontal areas in square inches:

32 Caliber  (.312")                                     = 0.076 sq. inch.

9mm, 38 Special & 357 Magnum (.356") = 0.1 sq. inch.

44 Magnum   (.429")                                = 0.14 sq. inch.

45 ACP          (.45")                                  = 0.16 sq. inch.

.50 S&W Magnum  (.500")                      = 0.20 sq. inch.

Marty K.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Nagant Alternative Revolver For 327 Federal Magnum?:

- I've been at it again - finding things to waste money oninvest in..


CLUE: - Well it's a revolver that's been threaded (half inch x 20) for a silencer .. No front sight either.

Here's another photographic clue ..

- So it's roughly the same overall size as my Ruger SP 101 six shot 327 Federal Magnum and the barrel bore is exactly the same size (for bullets measuring .312") diameter. - But it's cylinder does have seven chambers.

Of course you are right .. it is an M1895 NAGANT revolver - somewhat modified .. and I plan to likely further modify it, as it is not in original condition anyway.. "I used to be indecisive - but now I'm not sure".

My idea (- maybe?) is to parallel bore just a touch (say approximately .343"? diameter) each chamber to a depth of say 1.2 inches and then electroplate (Nickel or chrome) the chambers down (or back 'up' - depending on which way you think) - to the correct clearance fit for the thirty-two caliber brass.. IF I go ahead with this chamber caliber conversion I do believe that there needs to be a 'forcing-cone' cut at the start of the barrel bore too.

The original chambering for the 7.62x38mmR is a little sloppy for the wide range of  'lesser' straight walled 'thirty-two' cartridges - but many shooters have fired these rounds in original Nagants without any recorded disasters.

This altered Nagant was made in Tula in 1934 having the date and an arrow within a star mark.

- So that's my plan .. it seems that 'hard chrome' plating can be applied up to .005" thick and that nickel plate may be even easier to have done?

I don't plan to fire any full power 327 magnum ammo through it. You can frequently read warnings to not use powerful ammo in Nagants due to their age - but I don't see any similar and equally valid warnings about older 1911 pistols in .45" ACP.

Ahhh - here's a thing. - Hands up all of you who have read that the 327 Federal Magnum was so named as to sound much like the 357 Magnum ?

Well I read that anyway .. and it's taken me a year or two for a light to flicker in my Anglo-Irish skull - Why didn't they call it the 337 Magnum - as 337 is actually the measurement of the 32" caliber's brass case: I don't see 327 anywhere .. but I guess it's too late now anyway.

"337" would have had a closer matching relationship to the round than 327 does.

Marty K.
Supposedly Joseph Stalin's Own Nagant Revolver.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Charles Darwin's Guns In Australia:

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) - well known for his theory on the 'Origin of Species' spent 90 pounds buying two pistols and a shotgun one month before sailing off into the blue on the ten gun brig 'The Beagle'the voyage began on 27 December 1831 - and it lasted almost five years.
Charles Robert Darwin.

Darwin's pistols were fairly low cost and may have been second hand - but they were anyway not 'London Made' - said to have been made by provincial gun maker Hanson of Doncaster.

This pair of side-hammer box-lock percussion single shot pistols, fitted with belt-hooks, were of 18-bore (.637") having six inch barrels - and were later given to Syms Covington, - Darwins manservant and assistant - at the conclusion of his service.

 Syms Covington settled on the south coast of  New South Wales some time after the end of the Beagle's Historic voyage - where he became the second Postmaster of Pambula, near Eden.
The above image is not correct as I have been unable to find an authenticated photograph - other than a poor quality shot in the "dead-tree" book 'Australian Antique Arms & History' - a collection of writings by John W Swinfield.

Quote from Charles Darwin:

"In the latter part of my school life I became passionately fond of shooting, and I do not believe that anyone could have shown more zeal for the most holy cause than I did for shooting birds. How well I remember killing my first snipe, and my excitement was so great that I had much difficulty in reloading my gun from the trembling of my hands. This taste long continued and I became a very good shot." 

Link to an article claiming that Darwin had an unhealthy obsession with killing animals:

 In August 1863 during a spirited exchange of ideas with Joseph D Hooker, the prominent botanist at Kew Gardens, Darwin wrote:
"About New Zealand, at last I am coming round & admit it must have been connected with some Terra firma; but I will die rather than admit Australia."
The Media Of That Era Were Very Rude to Darwin.

- I wonder which was he defending .. the independent history of  New Zealand - or of it's "Western Island" of Australia eh?

Marty K.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Remington HYPERSONIC Shotgun Pressures:

  12  GAUGE  3-INCH.

During the 8 – 11 June Molesworth Station goose shoot, discussion among the nine shooters inevitably got around to shotgun shells.

Apart from Mark & Col, none of the other shooters load their own shot shells and naturally used only factory loads. As the rules for these goose shoots stipulated only ‘steel shot’ Mark & Col also used factory shells.

One of the shooters mentioned that he was using ‘Remington Hypersonic Steel’ shells which Remington claimed achieved 1700 feet per second.

1700fps???? That’s the highest velocity shot-load that we have ever heard of. What level of pressure was required? The shooter then very kindly gave Col five rounds to chronograph.

A couple of weeks later these rounds were chronographed and recorded an average of 1655 fps from a Mossberg M930 semi-auto with 28-inch barrel.

An intriguing aspect of this is that the hulls are stamped MAX 1050 BAR which equates to 15,229 P.S.I. while the American Sporting Arms and Manufacturers Institute (SAAMI) states a maximum allowable pressure level of 11,500 P.S.I. for 12 gauge 2-¾ and 3-inch shells. For obscure reasons, the exception to this is the 12 gauge 3-½ inch shell which may be loaded to 14,000 P.S.I., although still way short of these Remington shells at 15,229 P.S.I. and .410 bore shells may be loaded to 13,500 P.S.I.

If, in fact, these Remington shotshells ARE producing pressures in excess of 15,200 P.S.I. as indicated by the hull-stamp, then that is clearly a matter for some concern.

We are not suggesting that modern well made shotguns will NOT withstand these 15,200+ P.S.I. pressures, as SAAMI allows an average of 19,800 P.S.I. for ‘proof -loads’ for the purpose of testing shotgun barrels.
While on the subject of ‘steel shot’ (which is actually iron) it may be worthwhile to remind shooters of the possible dangers involved when firing ‘steel shot’ through a full choke.

Quite simply, it is NOT recommended and can be detrimental to the barrel and choke tube.

Obviously, ‘steel shot’ does not compress as readily as lead shot and can produce a ‘pressure ring’ behind a tight choke tube. In a worst case a ‘steel shot’ load can blow a tight choke tube completely out of the barrel. This problem is naturally exacerbated with high pressure shells.

Anyway ‘steel shot’ produces tighter patterns than lead shot through any given choke size.

Some shot-gunners may not realize that ‘steel shot’ produces tighter patterns than does lead shot through any given choke constriction.

Additionally, for safety reasons there is less choice of chokes recommended for use with ‘steel shot’. However, this fact does not necessarily restrict the shooter to appreciably shorter ranges.

Assuming a shooter is using two sizes larger of ‘steel shot’ than they would when using lead shot and the ‘steel shot’ load is driven at considerably higher velocities in order to partially compensate for steel’s inherent lesser density, weight and penetration capabilities, it is then possible that the ‘steel shot’ will approximate the terminal effect of lead shot.

Colpepper Aramberri

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Broad Arrow British Markings:

The British 'Broad Arrow' mark used to denote Crown or Defense Department property is perhaps an iteration of the Heraldic Pheon figure that is associated with Sir Phillip Sidney - who was the Joint Master of Ordnance 1585 - 1586 at The Office of Ordnance founded by Henry VIII in 1544.

Broad PHEON.

The Heraldic 'Pheon' is known in connection with the Sidney family of Penshurst from earlier times ... however this broad arrow mark may also be related to a similar "anchor" stamp that was used to mark Naval properties.

I recall seeing many military items marked with the 'Broad Arrow ..
but I can't really bring to mind handling any firearms so marked :

- but they are obviously around.

I'm just not very observant I guess (one of my many faults, - ask my "ex").

Marty K.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Slugging Bores - Pt. 2 - A Winchester Story:


Greetings Mister K.

Yep, 'slugging the bore' can certainly be beneficial, particularly if done
before the actual purchase.

Years ago having spotted several traditional style lever-action Winchester M94 angle-eject 'trapper' models with 16 inch barrels in .44 Magnum at a major firearms retailers shop we decided that this was a short, handy & desirable carbine that was worthy of a closer look.

A 'Commemorative' M 94 Winchester - Should Be 'on -Spec'?

Turned out that every one we looked at had the sights misaligned and they leaned to one side. We then ordered one from Richard (a firearms retailer) which duly arrived from the agent and this one had the same problem, although the agent was prepared to pay for a gunsmith (Rod) to rectify the problem. Before Rod commenced the work we asked him to 'slug the bore'.....and shock horror..... the bore turned out to be .4315 instead of .429. Hell; who makes .432 diameter projectiles?.....Anyone?

Bugger that; the rifle was returned to the agent and a replacement supplied. This one had the sights aligned and the bore slugged at .4295, which we figured was possibly as good as we were likely to get. We somewhat reluctantly accepted this although with serious misgivings regarding 'quality control' or lack of, at the Winchester factory.

We then scoped the Winchester with a new Tasco 'World Class' low powered 1x-5x variable which proved to be a huge mistake. While testing various hand-loads the Tasco was found to arbitrarily adjust the point of impact in pronounced curves instead of just vertical and horizontal, which made it impossible to 'sight in' the carbine.

A credit was duly obtained on the Tasco and a Leupold 1x-5x variable with aftermarket pop-up scope caps was fitted. However, no matter what load & brand of projectile was tried, we could not obtain acceptable groups at 100 meters.

We then found that Richard-The-Retailer had several boxes of a particular discontinued Winchester .430 diameter 240 grain JSHP projectile which he was jealously hoarding for a future Ruger .44 Magnum semi-auto project. He offered to let us try a few with the warning that additional stocks would be unobtainable.

A Nosler .44 Magnum JSHP

Bingo.....the groups shrunk from around 3+ inches at 100 meters to 1-1/8 inches. Certainly not bench rest accuracy, but quite acceptable given the range limitations of a .44 Magnum carbine.

We then figured we had to coerce Richard into selling us his remaining stock of these projectiles. After several horses had changed hands in the trade, thankfully, we ended up with around 700 of the projectiles.

As a 'bush rifle' and for general use out to around 150 meters this particular Winchester is superb. Being so short it's also very handy to carry and great when crawling through scrub.

Colpepper Aramberriberri.

- A bloody good story Col, well done,

Marty K.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Slugging A Rifled Bore & Measuring the Result:

I was inspired to research this skill (Me? ..inspired?) when I last had to use my brass knocker to remove a popped bullet from stuck in my Ruger .327 Federal Magnum revolvers 4 inch bore .. I was shooting-off the last of the way-under-powered .32" Long wimp rounds that were loaded to the Manual's supposed MAXIMUM LOAD recommendation! - and had fired the primer only squib load that had arrived in the guns cylinder.

- I dropped the spent pill into my pocket thinking that it might be interesting to mike-it-up when I got home .. then later I found an informative story 'SLUG, MIKE, MATCH' in the 1979 Gun Digest. that aroused my interest further.

- Well my particular slug came-out at .312" as measured by my old Mitutoyo - as it should I guess.

Slugging a bore is fairly simple task of hammering into the bore a soft lead ball or cylinder (slug) and pushing it through and out of the barrel to then measure the groove diameter .. which will strongly indicate the best size bullet to use for maximum accuracy in that particular barrel.

Note: Best that you use a metal rod rather than a wooden dowel .. wooden rods have been known to splinter and jam the slug into the barrel almost permanently/ solidly!.

A Slugged Bullet With An Unused One.

Piece of cake - easy-peasy .. until you find that your bore has an odd number of grooves eh.  Then you can't just mike or simply measure a slug from a 3 Groove or 5 Groove barrel.
- because there is a 'land' opposite each 'groove' -  remember the 'slug' is a reversed image of the bore.

I did not have that problem with this SP 101 Ruger in 327 Fed. Magnum but you never know when it might arise in future.
There are somewhat complicated ways of doing this measurement using a V-Block of known angles and dimension. Link:

- but I reckon to use a vernier or dial/digital type caliper for this job because the narrow jaws will fit into the slugs 'groove' and over it's opposite 'land' too. This will give a measurement for the known bore diameter plus one groove depth ... all you need to do is add that figure (groove depth) again and you've got the groove diameter or desired bullet diameter. Maybe.

- or perhaps you could use known size precision drill blanks (+- expected size) to sit in the V and measure-compare with your slug in any unknown V-Block?

- Will that work? - I'll try it someday - when I take-up long range rifle shooting eh.

- Or you could find a real expert engineer with decent measuring facilities or ring gauges to voluntarily take-on the task.

Marty K.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Sensory Overload:

I've not posted for a while as I've been overwhelmed by other activities .. Builder 'Hugh' spent five days knocking-out approximately one & a half tons of concrete chimney from my living room and substituting a new free-standing log burner for the old earthquake effected one... concrete rubble, grit and dust everywhere.
That'll warm the "Cockles-of Your-heart" Eh.

- Then I updated my wee Honda for one eight years younger - a process more stressful than taking-on a female eight years younger.

.. now I am having to learn how to cope with driving a "key-less entry with button-start" that can brake for me in traffic, a 'touch screen' "GPS navigation system" that also seems able to link-up to NASA while playing UK radio station LBC Radio (in NZ) and accepting mobile calls (the car) via a 'Blue Tooth' linkage to a (also new) "smart phone" that is about as smart(not) as some of my old fellow trade-union members at Air XX.

Hey Ho - I guess that I'll get used to it eventually - practice, practice eh.

I'll work on some shooting stuff shortly - provided the p.c. doesn't consume too much plaster dust and get constipated.

Lessons Learned: First I've found that I can learn new tricks if they are explained to me .. and second I've been reminded that my useful working day has reduced from 12 hours hard labor that I could laugh at when I was a 20 y.o. - to around 2 or 3 hours light work now before I feel the need for a 'granny-nap'.😊

Marty K.

2017 Mainland Arms & Militaria Show:

Now I'm betting that some of you locals will be surprised that it's that time again!

This year's Christchurch MAMS show is THIS Saturday July 22nd .. two large rooms of displays and sales tables of all things firearms related, and books.


Be there or miss it for ever eh - Remember that This years Rooster is next years Feather duster.

Marty K.

Change of Telecoms Supplier NZ Style:

- How very refreshing for SPARK to send me a record of my recent conversation eh:

00:00:03 Spark : Question:Un-connect
00:02:14 Donna-marie : Hi there, how are you today?
00:02:46 Martin : very patient.
00:03:21 Donna-marie : yes thank you, we are having system issues which is causing delays currently, so how can help you today?
00:04:38 Martin : I waited 73 minutes on my landline before giving-up. - I want to cancel my mobile phone 027 4313812
00:05:24 Donna-marie : I am really sorry Martin, let me have a look for you, can I please get your full name and date of birth
00:06:04 Martin : Martin xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
00:06:48 Donna-marie : Thank you, and can I please ask for your main reason for cancelling?
00:08:06 Martin : Because the mobile is DEAD and I dont use it & SPARK is completely USELESS and seems unable to run a booze-up in a brewery.
00:08:31 Donna-marie : Okay sure, let me do that for you right away, hold one moment please
00:10:04 Donna-marie : Okay so that has been done for you on order number 1-123083083119, have a lovely day, my email is
00:12:39 Martin : I will be surprised & gratified IF this instruction IS carried-out. NO other amendment yet has been correctly conducted.
00:13:33 Donna-marie : Okay sure, well you have my email if you need to email me, is there anything else I can help you with today Martin?
00:14:33 Martin : Thank you but I will be fine with VODAFONE.
00:14:58 Donna-marie : 😇
00:15:20 Martin : ;-) 

The Team at Spark

Marty K.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Right-handed Guns & Swords To Blame For Driving Direction?:

News of yet another horrific head-on road accident caused by an overseas tourist has started me thinking again about this left-hand-drive versus right-hand-drive nonsense.

Some folk here are demanding a driving test for visitors from foreign lands .. supposedly to prove that they are "safe". - When driving in constant traffic this issue disappears - as you just need to follow the flow ... but the open road with no other cars around has tricked many otherwise fine drivers into rolling along on their home nation's preference until *CRASH*

There are various arguments about the historical reasons for the left-hand driving option - such as the right-handed norm human mounting his horse from the left so as not to poke the horse with the left hung blade.. and riding on using that same side of the road.

It further seems that the majority right-handers tend to be (some two thirds) right eye dominant so re-enforcing the wisdom of passing oncoming strangers with your best 'strong' hand and eye towards the perceived threat ..

There is also the matter of the coach guard riding shotgun seated beside the reign & whip man ..

Fine Red-Blooded Americans.

- It may be that that nasty American man - the first Henry Ford , - decided to give the finger to British and Europeans by directing his cars onto the other side of the road - The right side.

Considerable discussion on the rights'n'wrongs may be found here. Link:

Whatever! - The Point is that it is damn Stupid, Dangerous and Expensive, to have 65% of the worlds nations driving on the Right and 35% of us driving on the Left.

One might think that in this 21st century some august body like the United Nations could find this a practical issue ripe to be resolved readily - and all the delegate politicians could walk-away with satisfied smug grins on their smooth faces for a well deserved break on some corporate billionaire's luxury yacht.

 - Fixed.

An ugly but wise young fellow once impressed me (a stupid but good-looking lad) - by saying .. "Every practical problem has a practical solution - the only real problems in life are people."

- He became a millionaire.. Hi Roger,

Marty K.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

UK Police Finally Charged After 38 Years:


The recent tragic Grenfell House high rise fire in London is raising the possibility that Manslaughter charges may be filed about the safety issues and the use of flammable exterior cladding. The 'official' death toll is currently around 80 souls but volunteer helpers suggest that the true figure is more like 120.. perhaps the official inquiry that is instructed to limit itself to only the events on the day of the fire - will clarify the figures in some 30 years time.

The UK is suffering huge disruption to the usual 'civilized calm' British way of life..


- After 38 years of lies - six people are at last to answer for their part in causing the deaths of 96 innocent soccer fans at Hillsborough.

'Lies, altered statements and extraordinarily bad failures': Charges against four policemen, lawyer and safety officer' 
The British Crown Prosecution Service have announced that Hillsborough match Commander David Duckenfield is to be charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 of the 96 Liverpool FC fans who died at the FA Cup semi-final in 1989 and former Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison has been charged with four counts of misconduct in public office.

Sue Hemming, head of the CPS's special crime division, said former South Yorkshire Police officers Donald Denton and Alan Foster, as well as police force solicitor Peter Metcalf, are charged with doing acts with intent to pervert the course of justice.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced that David Duckenfield is to be charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 of the 96 Liverpool FC fans who died at  the FA Cup semi-final in 1989 and Sir Norman Bettison has been charged with four counts of misconduct in public office.
 Former Sheffield Wednesday secretary Graham Mackrell is also charged with three offences relating to health and safety at sports grounds.


- Here in "British" New Zealand - there seems to be  concerted and repeated efforts among senior Police officers to not answer questions about recent firearms events and their actions around the published & then withdrawn Police Arms Code.

Check-out recent reports in the Kiwi Gun Blog: Link..

New Zealand Police senior firearms officers might do well to consider that while lying of itself is not an offence - 'misconduct in public office' apparently is a criminal offence.
Transparency International, a Berlin-based anti-corruption organisation, uses World Bank data, the World Economic Forum and other institutions to rank 176 countries by perceived levels of corruption.
New Zealand and Denmark were jointly ranked as the two least corrupt nations.

Marty K.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Shot Dead Through Book - With .50 Cal :

- Only in America ..

A 19 year old pregnant Minnesota woman killed her boyfriend Monday by shooting at a book he was holding over his chest, in a YouTube video stunt gone wrong. Monalisa Perez,19, was attempting to make a viral video with boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III, 22, to post to their YouTube account, according to a Norman County Sheriff's Department arrest report.

Oh yahh (in a "Fargo" Minnesota accent) - I can maybe imagine a dope trying this with a .22"  handgun AFTER testing it on an identical book .. I mean some people think that stuff they see in the movies is all true and that they can't miss - but it is reported that they used a .50 Caliber Desert Eagle..

Well - the rest is history & this female is out on bail - due back in court July 5 on 2nd degree Manslaughter charges.

.50" Action Express Round next to a .32" ACP. The .50 AE makes Around 1,500 foot pounds Muzzle Energy at + - 1,500 ft. per sec.

- Is there hope for mankind?

Marty K.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Glocks Are More Gun Than 1911s:

- I'm feeling the need for a giggle ..

A 9 mm Glock 17 is nearly three times more powerful than a .45" caliber Colt 1911.

Well - work it out for yourself: 20 rounds (+2 Mag) of 115 grain 9mm @ 335 ft/lbs each at the muzzle equals 6,700 foot pounds gross (.. that's x10 "snake-eyes").

- Whereas 7 rounds of 230 grain .45" @ 356 ft/lbs makes only 2,492 gross foot pounds.

.. even if you jack-up the .45"s energy to 415 ft/lbs and let it's owner stuff an extra round up the antique barrel - you still only get eight shots totaling 3,320 foot pounds of energy - half that of our Glock 17..

Note: The so called pip-squeak .32" ACP achieves up to 170 ft/lb per shot making it renowned for European law-enforcement purposes and it is well proven as the veterinary 'Humane Killer' standard for use on horses and cattle. - My "32 cal." Ruger 327 Federal Magnum revolver knocks-out standard muzzle energies ranging from 452 - 640 foot pounds per shot using factory ammo.

However - for the correct answer as to which handgun is powerful enough .. get a long-arm or rifle .. check-out the below table:

Even the .223" 'mouse gun' gives 1296 ft/lbs per shot.

Try the .50" BMG round at some 2,799 ft/lbs energy per shot .. fairly conclusive eh.

- Mind you - *HE* is apparently on the 1911's side😱:

Consider, a .22" rim fire might measure around 126 foot pound and that cartridge has done plenty of damage .. while even an air rifle pellet at say 26 ft/lb (.177 = approx. 16 ft/lb) is recorded has having been fatal. - And I do like air rifles for small game 'survival' hunting.

- do I dare sign this? 😈

Marty K.