Saturday, July 12, 2014

.40aphobia

Now I do carry a .40, it honestly has nothing to do with the round or the ballistics or the fact that I hate the 9 or the .45 (I don't hate the .45 I do think the people who carry it are amusing tho.) I'm not to deeply rooted in any cartridge I also carry a .38 from time to time. But I digress, I can't seem to understand why people hate the .40 so much. I have a list the arguements I keep hearing, and I'm gonna offer reasons why I disagree.

1. Increased chamber pressure that wears guns faster. No, now I'm not what you would call an expert (I'm a self appointed internet gun expert but not someone that other people would call an expert.) However SAAMI is and the fact that they list max standard pressure at 35000 pounds psi for each means that it obviously isn't higher pressure. So there you go facts and numbers prevail. Well not really because the gun industry is more fueled by hearsay and rumors but still at least the 2 people who read this will know better.

 2. And this one comes mostly from 10mm guy. Who has this envy/ hatred that the .40 is more popular than the 10mm, it's the .40 short&weak argument, it basically comes from like I said envy. I don't know who else is as mad that a round came from their parent cartridge. 10mm guy is the hipster of the handgun world and there like " Ya I carry a 10mm it's basically a .44 mag in an auto, ya you probably haven't heard of it no big deal but it'll blow a whole in you twice what a .45 can do." I have never seen so much hate/ envy From the parent case. Bubba who has shot a .30-06 his whole life doesn't make fun of his buddy who shoots a .25-06 or a .270.

3. " the .40 answers a question Noone asked" arguement and this comes from the guy who is already rooted in their caliber. To this I say most of the police departments in the nation are obviously asking that question being that it's the most carried caliber by police in this nation. Also there are a slew of folks who trust their lives to the .40 every day it must be doing something right

All in all I'm not a .40 guy I just have never understood all the hate maybe just cause it's the new guy on the block or that people refuse that something can come around better than the technology of ww2 but I see nothing but more popularity for the .40 as time goes on.

A Case For The .243 Service Round

Now I'm not gonna lie I did originally get this idea from Chuck Hawks, however I feel like it's the perfect answer to a question people have been asking since it's inception. That is what to replace the 5.56x45 NATO with, now I look at this like I look at the service handgun debate the 5.56 is the 9mm and the 7.62 is the .45 one is small, fast, you can carry a lot of them, but they are less lethal than the alternative which kills well but are heavy and you can't carry too many on patrol. Now were just gonna talk rifles here today because I will do another post on the handgun calibers but most folks want to look at one or the other I don't understand. I don't understand why people think that its one or the other, I say that the answer is a 3rd party. Now most folks will say that hands down the 7.62 is the right answer, if it hits you your going down period. Well most, not all but most of those folks have never been in a gunfight cause honestly you don't think of terminal ballistics when your getting shot at you only think "man I really wish I had more bullets.". That being said in the m4 platform with 14.5 inch barrels the 5.56 performance is unacceptable. In the 20 inch m16 it does the job (that's why you don't hear the brits bitching about caliber.) So there has to be an alternative, a stop gap between the existing rounds. Enter the .243 or the 7mm-08 either would suffice but we will use the .243 for now. The round has negligibly more recoil than what were using now, also to swap to the .243 would retain the ability to carry the same amount of ammo and have 30 round mags but increase the lethality of the round also you could tailor the load for a 14 inch or whatever you wanted. Also if you do a short mag you could keep the same lowers and just re barrel the uppers. And as we all know the government isn't going to adopt something unless they can do it for cheap which is why they are just throwing full auto trigger groups in m4s and not adopting a piston gun which I think we should do but that also is for a different day. Not only is the .243 going to increase lethality due to larger bullet size (and not thanks to the Geneva convention because we all know that something that would kill better is less humane .) But it also has the ability to be tailored for a new weapon if the army were to do something in conjunction . Also it would also diminish the need for a DMR the .243 can be pushed out to 600-700 yards and still retain some of its energy. The Army says that the 5.56 is effective out to 600 yards but any look at ballistics chart will show you that's a lie, especially out of a shortened barrel. The fact that we have to take one man out of the squad to become the DMR diminishes squad firepower, yes the rifles are .308 but they are issued with 20 round mags and cannot employ fire with the frequency as an m4. Now the DMR was dragged out of the armory because of the need to engage at longer ranges in Afghanistan, the .243 would give every man in the squad the ability to reach out and engage the enemy at longer ranges and once it gets there it retains the energy to kill someone. As I've stated I think that would be the perfect round for our soldiers however as we all know the global military system is bigger than the US and getting NATO to adopt the .243 would be a task especially considering the last round the US brought and was adopted is the reason I'm writing this article.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

cartridge nostalgia

The .45 ACP you know it and either you like it or you carry a 1911, have a jmb bobblehead on your dash and wear shirts that say "how many glocks killed nazis?" And if you enjoy antiquated technology go for it doesnt bother me any but I have a question for .45 guy. Why is it that you love the .45, and I know the typical answers. "Cause they don't make a .46" and "because if it's good enough for grandpappy in the trenches killing Nazis or dad clearing tunnels in Vietnam then it's good enough for me" and I take the same approach as before go for it not my style. But ok now why do you own an ar 15? I mean grandpappy carried a .30-06 a man's cartridge and daddy either carried a .308 or he wish he did cause your .22 is for children and women. Why is it that people love to carry this nostalgic notion that everytime they go to the range (and pay .20¢ per round more than me) that an eagle flies out of the barrell and somewhere across the world a Chinese flag catches fire. Yet at the hunting club or at the gun shop no one is like "I own a .30-06 cause they don't make a .31-07" most people can agree that the round created over a 100 years ago is ballisticly inferior to many rounds created more recently, yet god forbid anyone badmouth the .45 or the Nazis may take over again like it has some supernatural abilities that kill people by looking at your 1911. (One last thing, if grandpa was given a glock 17 he wouldn't have bitched about the grip being too wide or the angle hurting his wrist.)