A few years ago the term Weapon of Mass Destruction, had a legal and international policy meaning.
Weapons so horrifying and indiscriminate in their effect that they were either banned by all nations ( except Soviet and Chinese evil Empires ) or the subject of serious effort to prevent their use.
The U.S. policy until Barry was "a germ is a gas is a nuke". Mutually Assured Destruction applies. You release anthrax or poison gas on Anyone and we retaliate by turning your palace to glass. We will respond in kind. And since the US has renounced and destroyed all stock piles of gas and germs, we'll use hydrogen fracking bombs to stop you. Period fracking dot. Don't even think about it.
Barry canceled that. And now we have poison gas victims besides the U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians poisoned by "accidental" releases of Saddam's poison gas shells. ( accidental because the poison gas shell, having had it's label removed to hide it among normal artillery shells by Saddam's officers, was used as an IED by AQ who thought it was explosive, or released by allied troops who were demolishing stock piles of Iraqi shells that had poison gas hidden among them. The accident nature of the exposure doesn't make you less crippled or dead. )
Then the idiot journalists starting calling car bombs WMDs. They aren't. Not even the 757s used on 9/11 were WMDs. Just car bombs and suicide planes.
So-called liberals live in an alternate reality where government is compassion, welfare is empathy, and rights are government programs and subsidies. The mere mention of such shuts down any conversation immediately, with suggestions that one gets "educated" (I.E. indoctrinated) followed by the usual charges of being a hateful racist bigoted misogynistic Russian fascist Nazi white supremacist.
On a lighter note, the November 2017 issue of Guns magazine has 3 articles on obscure calibers, and 2 are favorites of mine.
the .280 Ackley Improved is a 30-06 spinoff, that Remington somewhat neutered with it's initial offering of a loading that was intended for their pump action & semi-auto hunting rifles. This relative of the .270 Winchester "coulda been a contender" but never really caught on except with the gun geeks. The Ackley Improved version has a sharper shoulder, more case capacity, and has the ballistics of a 7mm Remington Magnum without the Magnum's reduced magazine capacity and recoil. Today, the original factory loading is probably more rare than the hot rod version, when it comes to rifles actually in stores and ammo on the shelf, so the .280 A.I. is weirdly just as viable a choice today. And since it's a cult caliber, it's chambered in some really nice guns, but sporadically. If I could find one of the rare Ruger #1s in that chambering, I'd have to buy it just for geek cred.
The other "didn't get popular" cartridge is the .41 Magnum. This was marketed originally for police, as a more powerful weapon than a .357 magnum, but with less kick than the .44 Remington magnum, which is, despite it's movie fame, a much better hunting cartridge than defensive arm. ( not that it won't do the job, It will, Just fine, but then it will go on to kill the neighbor's Prius. )
The trouble was, the .41 was also marketed as a hunting caliber, with less recoil and a flatter trajectory than a .44, all true. But with limited sales, the lighter police loading went out of production, leaving the high power loading the only non-handloading choice, and that was too powerful for police use, and it then devolved into a cult caliber, and shows up sporadically chambered in Rugers and S&Ws usually as a distributor's only model. I've tried a .41 magnum, and it's everything it's supposed to be, the .019" diameter difference in bullets is really too small for any target to notice, and it's hoots darn flat for a hammer suitable for Bear. The odds on finding ammo at Gander Mountain are slim, though so it's going to stay a Cult Classic.
The third cartridge, one I'd never tried, is the Colt .44. I didn't notice that there are Cowboy era guns out there that allow shooting the .44 colt/.44 Russian ( same but a little longer ) and .44 S&W special ( longer still ) Or just one or two of the combinations depending on action length. Any of the variations, especially the .44 Special, are more than adequate for self defense, and good enough for deer. The reproduction .44 Russian pistols out now offer a quirky self defense carry option in a break action revolver, that is safe, more than powerful enough, and weird enough that just pulling one out should make a semi-sane mugger, decide he doesn't want to mess with a steampunk Airship Crewman type in the real world.
I've had and shot some .41 magnums over the years. Probably one of the finest wheel gun calibers ever made. All of them printed well and remained all day shoot able. I have nothing but good to say about them. Only complaint is in the lack of ammo on the shelves.
Untrue. Once you've disarmed the peasants it's much easier to change the morality. No one was going to smash all the Jewish 'hood's windows in a torch lit orgy of hate until after gun confiscation. Likewise no one will send rioters to protest police fairness outside gun restricted zones unless they want an excuse.....
Just for fun, I'd argue the big revolver ( shorter barrels exist ) vs. 1911 choice isn't as easy as some think.
Power levels of both are adequate. If .44 Russian isn't quite as potent as .45 ACP, It's still a proven man stopper and army issue.
Revolvers don't spray evidence in the form of brass around. Sure, saving the brass marginally slows reloading, but not that much, just dump it in your shirt like in some action shooting rules encourage. ( empty magazines in that case, but same technique and practice gives speed )
Revolvers tend to be "bulging, irregular" shapes as opposed to angled slabs. Edge to Autos.
Reloading is the main disadvantage of revolvers. Pros with full moon clips aside that's just the way it is. Advantage Auto.
Evidence spray? Advantage revolver. Range of projectile choice? Advantage revolver. Close action, grappling combat? Advantage revolver.
There's a reason auto loaders dominate sales and the service sector. But wheel guns aren't that obsolete.
I see Remington is trying again with their new R51.
This is a second attempt at a reprise of the old model 51, a .380 pistol of the 1918-27 era. A John Pedersen design using a hesitation principle action unique in function.
The first attempt a few years back was a 9mm pistol with art deco staying and a modified version of the 1920's action. Low bore height, easy to cycle, high accuracy with a fixed barrel, it showed great promise.
But it didn't work. Blamed on poor magazines and sloppy tolerances, many of the pistols that reached the public failed to feed, malfunctioned oddly, didn't start working again with the "tap rack" drill, & generally were jamming junk. As in literally jamming solid on video when the slide was operated. The R51 did serious damage to Remington's reputation, with experienced gun smiths unable to unjam the pistol even with a service manual at hand.
To Remington's credit, they gave refunds or promises of replacement to all buyers. And, 2 years later, they delivered. The first guns are going, as promised, to the loyal customers who chose to wait instead of taking a refund.
It appears they've got it fixed. Although American Rifleman had issues with the supplied 2 magazines feeding, Remington replaced them quickly and then the gun functioned flawlessly thereafter.
So there's a new, compact, and reasonably priced 9mm choice on the market. I'm looking forward to try one out. I'd insist on putting a few hundred trouble free rounds through one before trusting my life to it, but that's just common sense and actually the recommended way according to modern manufacturers. Break in, Verify, then trust.
RP9 looks like a bit of a turd. Being so late to the market is usually an advantage, but it's a big stupid pistol with no redeeming qualities.
It's hard to practically give them away.
On the R51, a lot of manufacturers have problems with first year pistols. To fail so miserably takes dedication.
Since Remington has been under the Freedom Group they've managed to bung up most everything they produce. The RM380 is an exception, but it's not their design. It's a less expensive Rohrbough. I miss the CF grips and the original finish. Those were nice touches.
The Remington mega group has been dealing with sudden expansion, new quarters, and quality issues galore. The Marlin company seems to have put off modernization of everything, including tooling older than many nations.
I do have hope, though. Marlin is getting it together, reportedly, and Remington acted responsibly to the R51 screewup.
I've worked at companies going down the tubes. First thing to get neglected or axed is research. Throw away the future. Advertising and QC getting cut is ruining the present.
There's a bunch of acres of former industry that one company locally demolished to stop paying taxes on empty factory space, then defaulted, leaving immense toxic waste to the City. For example, a friend who stayed longer than I did, tells me he scraped dirt away from bedrock outside the window of his office and applied a volt/ohm meter to the rock. Got current when the sun hit it because of Selenium contamination. He spent over a year mowing lawns for the company when they decided they didn't need a physicist.
I'll spare you the part where they declared bankruptcy after they stole the pension fund and then gave management bonuses. In twenty years some court is going to untangle the mess and order graves desecrated since the perpetrators escaped reckoning so long.
I want the side charging handle to make a bolt action variant with a screw plugged gas block ( w/top picatinny rail ) & no gas tube. All other parts normal AR with mid length gas location.
This is to OBEY the unconstitutional and self conflicting New York State "SAFE ACT" law passed in the dead of night secretly with no public comment. On direct orders of the Governor who didn't want a rush on the stores before he had the gun confiscation & instant felon law passed and enforcement began immediately.
Bolt action rifles are not limited in stock shape or magazine capacity. As long as I do not possess a semi-auto compatible rifle, and I gave my old one away before the law ( expecting a ban. But not the method, I admit ) Then I have no banned items.
I admit the legality of possession of a standard capacity magazine used only in a bolt action rifle has not yet been tested in court. But several AR magazine compatible bolt action rifles are currently sold in New York legally.
As long as I only take reduced cap mags to the range I'm golden. ( per multiple Deputies and Troopers charged with enforcement )
Show up at a New York range with most of the above pictured items? Not even counting SBRs. Arrest and much trouble.