Archive for June, 2017

I Watched With Surreal Fascination

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

During my charity self defense days, I chose only those in extremely dire financial straits as students.  If they had money, they could afford to pay for a standard course of instruction.

This meant I would have to pay for just about everything needed for the self defense course out of my own pocket.  Safety equipment, ammunition, targets, range time.  All came out of my meager disposable income.

One thing I would never do was give away firearms.

 

The reason for this is way obvious, as the potential liability was too great if the gift would be used in an irresponsible manner.  Besides the fact that I am hardly made of money myself, and guns are rather expensive.

This means my students would train in the classroom and at the range using my firearms, under my close supervision of course, but then would have to obtain their own guns to provide for their defense.  This resulted in a lot of old family heirlooms being cleaned up, checked out, and put into service.  Long after the original owners had become less than memories, their firearms would still be safeguarding the lives of their descendants.

But sometimes there were no old guns lurking in attics, or tucked away and forgotten in basements.  When that occurred my students would buy new, but they didn’t have a lot of cash to spend.  So they would try to something that was serviceable, effective, and devoid of expensive extras.  I would suggest Hi Point firearms.

Ugly, blocky, clunky, heavy.  All these things and more.  And yet they were also reliable, dependable, and chambered for effective calibers.  Although they look like they will come apart after but a few shots, they are rated for +P ammunition in case you want to load up something with extra punch.

And they are inexpensive!  At the time of this writing in 2017, one can buy a brand new, factory fresh Hi Point chambered for the 9mm Parabellum cartridge for about $200.0 USD (£155.00).  Those chambered for the adequate .380 ACP cartridge are even less dear, with a new model coming in at $180.0 USD (£140.00).

Can one get a better gun for more money?  Yeah, sure, of course one can get a better gun for more money!  But you can’t get any better for this kind of money!

Bottom line is that a lot of my students were able to live their lives free from fear due to Hi Points.  But one thing I never knew was that they are just about indestructible!

Watch to the end.  You won’t believe that the gun can still function, but it still goes bang.

Keep in mind that I don’t recommend anyone treat their firearms the way that the gun in the video was treated, so viewer discretion is advised.

What Are Pocket Pistols?

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

The answer to the question posted above is rather simple.  Pocket pistols are handguns that are small enough to be carried around in your pocket.

The quest for small handguns that were easy to conceal has been around for centuries.  The first successful design that was cheap enough for purchase by someone of average income has to be the Deringer, otherwise known as the derringer.

Extremely short barrel, extremely small grip, extremely short range, but still chambered for an effective caliber.  You might only be able to hit a violent criminal attacker if they are within leaping distance, but you had a good chance of putting them down if your aim was true.

It is the large caliber that distinguished the original Deringers, as most pocket pistols were chambered for teensy little calibers that were less than potent.  When revolvers became popular, manufacturers were still offering firearms chambered for small and underpowered calibers in an effort to keep the guns small and light enough to be unobtrusively carried everywhere.  One sterling example is the Velo Dog revolver.

Riding through the countryside on bicycles used to be a great deal more popular then it is today.  As bicycles and the like were once known as “velocipedes“, you can guess by the name that the Velo Dog revolver was designed to be carried by bicycle riders in order to defend against any overly aggressive canines that might be encountered during a bucolic pedal-powered interlude.

Velo Dog revolvers and their ilk were very small, very light, and presented a snag-free profile with the folding trigger swung up out of the way.  They were perfectly designed to be concealed handguns that could be carried anywhere.  They were also chambered for cartridges that were of marginal use.

This drawback was addressed with the introduction of bulldog revolvers.

Very short barrel, very short grip, only effective at very short range, yet chambered for a potent caliber suitable for defense.  This is kind of like a revolver version of a derringer.

So one can see that the desire for small, concealable handguns is pretty much constant.  Another constant is the trade off between small and concealable versus effective.

Nothing has changed in modern times.  The most popular pocket pistol today are probably tiny autoloaders chambered for the puny .25 ACP cartridge.

Small frame revolvers chambered for the .38 Special cartridge are very popular, and a firearms company named Charter Arms even produces a bull dog revolver chambered for more potent cartridges.

 

Recognizing the desire for smaller, more concealable handguns, most gun manufacturers offer different sizes of the same gun.

(Picture source.)

The picture shows the three sizes available for the Beretta Px4 Storm, with the smallest being called a “subcompact” size.  Most subcompact autoloaders would fit the bill as being pocket pistols.

So what is the lesson to be learned from all this?  If you want to put some bang in your pocket for emergencies, you might as well make sure that it delivers a decent punch.

The Writer’s Guide To Weapons

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

You might be interested in a blog I stumbled across titled The Writer’s Guide to Weapons.

As you might imagine, it is an attempt to educate professional writers about various weapons.  Not only will this keep the author from sounding like an idiot if their work is read by someone in the know, but it also will keep those same educated readers from swearing off the author’s work in the future.

If you are interested in writing for a living, you could certainly do worse.

 

You Say Saber, I Say Scimitar

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

I have no idea what kind of sword is pictured.  Might even be a wall hanger fantasy thing for all I know.

UPDATE –

Long time reader knirirr sent me an email, stating that the sword appears to be one of these.

Sure looks like we have a match!

 

If You Would Have Peace, Prepare For War

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Interesting talk from 2012 by General Peter van Uhm, who was the top military commander for the Netherlands at the time.

General van Uhm explains why it is important to have effective armies, and how the armed forces of a country go a long way towards promoting a peaceful world.

Worth a few minutes of your time, I would think.