Wednesday, May 9, 2012

the czars janissaries

THE CZARS JANISSARIES
The first week of May the Yuppie folks over at Rawles got to talking about the Mosin Nagant bolt action rifle.  One reader reported his experience with the gun, which involved exploding parts and serious reconstructive surgery.  It makes sense that his was the first word in recent memory raised against the weapon.  If you are part of the Yuppie Elite and are silly enough to go firing said rifle, and it blows up on you as has been warned about repeatedly here at Bison, you can afford to actually pay for medical treatment.  Us regular redneck trailer trash folk go out playing with dangerous toys and we just take our own lives into our hands.  We can’t afford medical care outside the old women down the holler who dispenses herbs and magic potions (  the cure for impotence is of course her number one seller and it must work because the place is lousy with curtain climbers ).  So when one of us has a bolt action from a hundred years ago detonate, we just die in obscurity.  Of course, word gets out to kin and neighbors so the weapon of choice stays the single barrel shotgun, but the city folk stocking up on the gun bargain of the century never hear of these events and so its undesirability is underreported.  Until today!  Glory be, a stand up Yuppie Scum stood up and demanded to be counted!  He took out time from serious Mammon worship to spread a very important message.  The MN Russian bolt gun can be a dangerous bastard.  It has no gas bleed safety, a feature deemed by the Queen and the Kaiser to be important enough to be included in their armies primary weapon.  In short, the Czar deemed his Slave Soldiers to be so unworthy of consideration that their rifle was as dangerous to its user as the enemy.
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Now, kindly refrain from blowing an ass gasket here.  I don’t mean that the Russian bolt isn’t survivalist worthy.  Obviously, a gun that has a chance of blowing up once every ten thousand firings ( I have no idea of the odds of malfunction, I’m just spitballing here ) is dangerous to the user, but far more dangerous is NOT having a rifle you can fire for the first nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety nine times.  Better a potentially dangerous hunk of crap than no weapon at all.  Buy your Russian bolt, 800 rounds, all $300 worth, and you should survive the apocalypse in style.  Just use the bastard long enough to score a decent weapon made by anyone else ( even the French or Italians ).  So why 800 rounds?  Why not 400 ( reducing the cost to $200 total )?  Well, I wouldn’t be testing the fickle bitch Fate.  She can chew you up and spit you out just out of spite.  Compared to any ex-wife throughout history, or perhaps any minor deity,  Fate is one mean mo humper.  You stockpile the extra, just in case.  Hell, it would be a good thing to have nobody around to steal a weapon from.  That means there is nobody to harass you.  Also, beware assuming you are on the bottom of the food chain with your Russian bolt.  There might be dudes with nothing more than bows and arrows or chunks of rebar as weapons.  In a battlefield where everything is equal (  let’s assume for illustrations sake, for instance, two fools are hunkered down behind a wall exchanging potshots back and forth ) weapon selection is critical.  But come partisan/guerilla warfare, attitude is more important at times.  If the rebar club guy is skilled and patient, you don’t stand a chance against him.  So don’t let your guard down!
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Anyway, We’ve established the parameters of Mosin-Nagant ownership.  Only own one if you can’t afford anything else.  And don’t be drawn into the false economy of the ammunition.  You can reload most other calibers just as cheaply as buying another steel cased Russian round.  And here is an important consideration.  If ammo is a disappearing species, you don’t want to rely of overseas imports.  If oil goes to $200 or whatever, who says Russian ammo will still be shipped over here?  What if the Rubel becomes much more valuable than the Dollar?  You’ve lost your ability to buy any more ammo, at least affordably.  And since all your cases you already own are steel cased, you can’t just reload them.  You have worthless cases.  Any other caliber/round you can save the cases and reuse them.  Factor in the cost of a lost potential to reload if you are using Russian ammo.  For a weapon to bury and forget, or for a weapon you will use to steal another better rifle, they are fine.  But they are a Better Than Nothing.  I love Better Than Nothings, in all forms and shapes.  But you must keep in mind their limitations, trade-offs and true costs.
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Now, I’m a pretty darn nice fellow.  Sure, a bit rough around polite society, but that’s just ma lack of proper lernin, ya see.  Actually, its because I’m just a regular Joe that doesn’t much take to putting on airs.  I’m rude and crude and you don’t get any polish with that.  There is no free lunch and polish cost real cash money.  Anyway, being so damn nice that I almost offend myself, I repeatedly try to warn folks about most military hardware.  I’ve yelled at you dozens of times about the danger of the Russian bolt, and I’ve tried to debunk the legend of Extreme Super Duper Military Gear.  Some military gear is very well made.  Other hardware is just pure crap.  There is no rhyme or reason to it.  Personal clothing, rugged and long lasting.  The Hummer, a mechanical piece of junk.  Compared to the Jeep, an embarrassment.   The M-60 squad automatic machine gun, one of the worst designs in modern military history.  The M-16, the second worse design of all time.  Yet so many folks are enamored with military equipment.  They think that just because the military bought it, it must be the very best.  They also think that since the United States was once a Constitutional Republic, we are the best government on Earth.  This is called a brain fart, or to be more precise, a brainwashed fool.  Don’t believe everything your forth grade teacher taught you.  We might be the best government around in relation to other socialist paradises and Third World crapholes, but we ain’t crap compared to the country we used to be.  Explain to me where the Constitution allows its own suspension just because the leading elite wish it to be so.
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And the military is notorious for being given crap, especially when money is involved.  You think the Russians are the exception?  They are just following the general rule.  Armies have almost never given much thought to keeping their troops alive.  The infantry is a replaceable commodity like bullets or beans.  I’m of the mind that the Russian bolt action rifle was churned out by the tens of millions, and a gas bleed safety would have cost an unacceptable amount of money in the process.   The British and German armies only produced their rifles by the single millions, their troops were more expensive to train, and so more thought was given to the quality of the rifles.  Not that those governments cared more for the lives of their troops, just that the rifles were too expensive to produce in vast quantities as were their operators.  In those armies, you couldn’t afford to have the rifles blown up.  It took too long to ship in another operator, and the rifles could only be produced using scarce supplies.  Russia on the other hand had an almost unlimited supply of young men and undreamed of amounts of raw material.  It was cheaper to replace both the rifle and man ( the troops received almost no training ) than to train them properly or produce quality items.  In short, Russia had material and could skimp on quality.  Other armies had little raw material and had to substitute quality for quantity.
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The United States had a bit of a mixture of these two extremes.  It had ( and I use the past tense to denote a condition that no longer applies ) unlimited raw materials, but it also had unlimited manpower.  We churned out fair to middlin quality equipment, but applied men poorly trained to the meat grinder.  This went on from the War Of Northern Aggression to the middle of the Vietnam War.  During that last conflict we saw an economic crash and a petroleum supply issue ( we went from self-sufficient to import dependent.  There was plenty of oil after 1970, it just wasn’t ours ).  We no longer could waste supplies indiscriminately, so we went to the older mode the western Europeans had always followed, turning to quality since we couldn’t afford quantity.  Our manpower went from ill trained mass to better trained and in much smaller groups.  But oddly, our equipment didn’t follow the quality rule.  Oh, we turn out very little.  The number of ships or tanks or any other weapon we turn out is piddling compared to what we used to field.  But we turn out mostly crap.  The men are better trained, and we have roughly one tenth what we used to even as our population has doubled, but it seems we are determined to kill them off with inadequate equipment. 
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I don’t know for sure why this is, other than the military has roughly followed the trend of the rest of our society which is “form over function”.  Since we don’t have the resources to actually produce anything anymore, we have taken to building cheap facades that offer the illusion of our former wealth.  Can’t build a sturdy house, given the shortage of good lumber and other material?  Gum and glue and green wood and sheetrock and plastic sheets to seal the cracks.  It looks really good, even if the material are, at best, substandard.  Can’t hit the enemy?  It looks pretty awesome when each weapon can fire hundreds of rounds downrange.  We don’t have the resources to supply battle rifles to the troops, but don’t worry- we can supply three rounds of carbine ammunition to every battle rifle round we used to use ( remember, one tenth the troops we used to have means far less supplies even if they are wasted now ).  The M-16 looks cool, it is easy for our new female infantry to use ( because, hey, it looks good when we pretend we don’t discriminate ), so everyone can pretend it isn’t a foul hunk of crap.  No wonder everyone likes the Russian Mosin-Nagant.  It also indiscriminately kills its users.  There must be something about playing Russian Roulette with your personal firearm that appeals to some folks ( again, if it is all you can afford, I can see where you are forced to play the game.  My scorn is reserved for those people than can afford a better rifle but refuse to believe their rifle is dangerous.  They place way too high a level of belief and faith in military organizations ). 
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There were widespread reports of failures in the field with the M-16.  In response, the military changed the ammunition for the worse but lined the barrel to stop rust in a jungle environment and added a bolt assist so you could force a round around the fouling into the chamber.  Hey, problem solved!  And every little lapdog Yuppie Scum survivalist lapped it up like mothers milk.  Oh, we love you, mighty military.  We want to be just like you.  Give us an exact copy of your crappy carbine!  Please, people, it is all form over function.  Looking good ain’t the same as performing well.  The military hates its members.  It doesn’t value their lives.  The peons are cannon fodder to be replaced as needed.  If the opposite was true, they would be issued decent weapons.  Okay, I can see how mistakes can be made.  The military thinks, hey, we want to be like our little fag buddies over in, say, Holland, and use a standard pistol round.  Never mind the military went from a 38 to a 45 because the 38 wouldn’t kill our little brown skinned terrorists over in the Philippines, and the 9mm is probably worse than the 38.  Forget all that ancient history.  We must look good by pretending to like fags, and the 9mm is a fags best friend.  Very easy on the limp wrist.  So, you made a mistake thinking if you are going to keep a full metal jacketed round you could go to a much smaller round.  Once your troops are reporting back to you that this thing couldn’t topple a chipmunk, admit your mistake and go back to something that works. 
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If you wanted to stay with a carbine round because your new volunteer army had about zero marksmen amongst then, fine.  If you must go with spray and pray, okay.  At least replace the rifle that keeps jamming in all environments from jungle to desert.  You can’t tell me it is because “we are getting our monies worth”.  The Garand saw less service time than most service rifles and by most reports it was a kick-ass rifle ( most negative things I read relate to loading it ).  So we keep a piece of crap Mattel Toy rifle over twice as long as the Garand?  There are plenty of other designs out there that don’t jam, yet are accurate and light weight.  Use one of those.  It can’t be because you want it American made.  The pistol we carry, the squad machine gun, both are Belgium ( so is the beer we serve on base ).  And it can’t be because a certain Senator got bribed to force the Colt design through.  Surely he is dead by now.  If our troops were valued they would not be issued the M-16.  Because I don’t think troop safety is in the equation.  Everything but.
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Just as in Czarist Russia most of the population was worth nothing more than servants to the royalty, here in this country the poor are nothing more than shoe shiners to the one percent and cannon fodder in the wars to retain control over cheap raw materials.  For every ounce of plastic a business is forced to pay double, for every worker that receives medical insurance, little Richie Rich is brutally and unjustly denied a second Porsche to ride to Yale in.  The poor are scum.  The rich hate them for being their inferiors, thinking they themselves are placed on the top of the heap by Darwinist selection ( and, they fear the poor if they were ever to get out of control ).  The middle class hate the poor because they themselves are two paychecks and one denied credit card away from joining their ranks.  As a result, many and varied obstacles are placed in the way of the poor.  Both to keep them in their place and to deny them easy upward mobility ( by setting the bar high ).  Oh, no one is denied access to the ladder.  If you play the game you are allowed to ascend.  But if you are forced into perpetual poverty, or are silly enough to embrace it, you are hated by one and all for that condition.  So, when you are conscripted into the military, no one else cared.  And when your weapon jammed on you, surely it wasn’t that fine high tech weapon American workers toiled to construct, a weapon designed by an American college trained engineer, oh no.  If the weapon jammed, ultimately it was the fault of the operator.  He was after all a poor uneducated brute.  Unable to learn how to clean his weapon.  It was all his fault.
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And to this day, a piece of Shitte weapon is revered and worshiped as a wonderful military designed instrument.  The military, run by those wonderful officers from the better families, or by those wishing to join said elite and willing to play the game of Hump The Poor Worthless Enlisted, certainly is not to be blamed for acquiring anything other than perfect equipment.  They are after all rather the perfect leaders, burdened with the task of prodding along the unwashed masses of Poor.  Is it their fault that after all the money they graciously donate in unfair taxes that the idiots refuse to learn?  The Rich Mans Burden.  I almost feel sorry for them. 
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Look at the history of weapons made illegal.  The Saturday Night Special.  The SKS from China.  Cheap guns are declared illegal.  First, to deny the truly poor the ability to both defend themselves and to arm themselves for insurrection.   And mainly because that is just what the rich and wannabe rich do.  They throw up obstacles.  Try building affordable housing in almost any section of this country.  Try building your own car.  Try raising your own food.  Try running your own business cheaply ( read, no expensive regulations and taxes ).  Anyway, the only reason we were “allowed” to buy cheap rifles was because, hey, they aren’t REAL rifles.  Bolt actions, such relics of a bygone era.  Why, our troops will rain hellfire down upon the heads of insurgents who have the audacity to defy us.  Even if half of them jam, we will win since we are righteous and look cool spraying lead downrange.  Sure, you guys look good.  Especially with those dickhead looking Kraut helmets.   Which is why I think we really went with all those doodads and gadgets attached to them.  It broke up the phallic shape.  We are indeed led by idiots.  Who think they aren’t.
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Okay, enough of that.  Two minor additions.  One, thanks whole big bunches to Sam, you beautiful bastard, for the generous donation.  Just don’t do it again unless 1) you are golden with preps and can afford it, 2) you realize I’m almost free of supporting the ex-wife and will soon have 8/11’s of my paycheck free and clear and 3) you like my new weekly format and believe you are getting value from it in some form.  Next, canned corned beef.  I dug deep in a cupboard and pulled out ten year old cans of the stuff.  It had started to get rust spots so I’ve been eating one or two a month in homemade corned beef hash.  The ones that have the key to open, where you open in a line around the bottom half an inch up, they were all fine and tasty.  The ones that had a pop top bottom were all bad.  You could see where a tiny amount of juice had leaked through the perforation.  I threw away six cans, afraid to open them.  Do NOT buy pop top cans.  If you did, and they are still okay, make certain they are stored right side up so there is no pressure on the opening.  Eat quickly and replace with better cans ( I’ve not had any problems with generic Spam and their pop tops- just beware stacking them too high and putting pressure on the bottom cans ). 
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9 comments:

  1. The M-4 (the short barrel M-16 replacement) is for all intents and purposes, a more effective submachinegun. Since our military in real shooting wars (versus police actions) releys on other larger weapons for its killing power, the use of an effective submachine as a sidearm would be perfectly acceptable.

    It is only when we get in situations where the carbine becomes your primary weapon again that the shortcomings (not failings) of a submachine/carbine come back into play. So our special forces don't have to use the M-4.

    None of which has a whole lot to do with why an individual, for their own self-defense (or if they are of that nature - to fill their stewpot), chooses a weapon.

    The M-16/M-4 strikes me as being a very effective submachinegun. It has more range, and the cartridge weight is close to identical. The AK-47/AK-74 type weapons are roughly similar in usage. You can only carry so much ammunition on your person. Maybe 200 rounds of carbine, and 120 of rifle caliber. If you are going to be doing something else while you are carrying around your weapon, the lighter load will mean that you are better able to keep it with you and handy. It is also more easily used by people (women and children) with a lighter build, although the same can be said of various varment style hunting rifles, and lever action rifles.

    The rifle caliber weapons are going to work very well in the situations where they do for the military. When they are the primary weapon being used, and you don't have something else you need to be doing. A bolt action will keep you from shooting off all your ammo in the first 5 minutes of battle. Instead you will shoot it off in the first ten. The biggest problem with bolt actions is that they don't drive people down into cover. The spray of semi-auto (and particullarly full auto) works very well in putting the other guys head down so that you have time and space to maneuver yourself. It also works very well in close quarters reactive situations. All of which goes a long way toward demonstrating why the Germans used so many captured Russian SMGs even on the relatively open Eastern Front during WW2. It also goes a long way toward indicating why you need to have a lot of ammunition on hand. If you are defending in place, one of your biggest advantages is that you have a ready resupply of ammo. They walk in with 200 rounds, and if they go crazy, run out of ammunition in 5 to 10 minutes, while you with your 1000 rounds are still going at it.

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  2. Epic rant.....this makes the once a week format acceptable. BTW, the Ruger Mini-14/Mini-40 are excellent Garand style rifles. Very dependable and able to adapt to the collapsible style after market stocks.

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    1. I, too, prefer the Mini 14 over the AR clones.
      And, it's just a typo on the Mini 40, it's a Mini 30.
      Semper Fi

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  3. Yeah I read that article about the mosen that blew up. No details as to why. He might have been using hot reloads. He might have dropped the barrel into the dirt. He might have had a sluggish round stuck in the barrel. Truth is, there are very few instances of blow ups using surplus milsurp. Having used both, I would pick a mosen any day over the sweet 16. Gas bleed or not. That piece of crap that they issued to me was so far below the M14's that we trained with in boot that it boggles the mind. 223 and 9mm are both garbage. Sure they can do the job if well aimed and with multiple hits. So can .22 for that matter. Smaller caliber ammunition is cheaper to procure and use less resources to make. Same with plastic rifles as opposed to wood and steel. Sux to be us. As far as our benevolent guvenment, they have lied to me my whole life. From single magic bullet and Gulf of Tonkin to the current spate of FBI/CIA created "terrorists" that get marched out every other day to try and justify our police state. Waddafuk run amok. -SemperFido

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  4. I agree wholeheartedly with Anon @ 10:43. No explanation for the reason the rifle blew up. It must be the rifle's fault. For example, if you do a little bit of reading about the Mosin you learn you must check the headspace on the rifle before using it. How many of the people out there slobbering over their cheap $90 rifle actually do this? My #1 guess is that the headspacing was too large. The user did not use the tool that comes with the rifle for measuring headspace and... kaboom! Ignorance is bliss until it kills you.

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  5. I'm betting quite a few people will be potted with someone hidden nearby with a .22 rifle, waiting for the schmuck to poke his head out - then lights out.

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  6. Ah, my dear James! You are becoming such a crotchety, cantankerous,venomous tongued old devil.Are you sure we aren't related. Any weapon you can still buy for 100 bucks at Big 5 sporting goods is bound to give you problems. I prefer a bar of soap in a sock or a big rock. More personal,you know? still got an old single 12 for when I get serious about trying to hurt ya..
    good post!
    the rat

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  7. James;

    Not that you give a fig one way or the other, however I've owned seven variants of the Mosin Nagant rifle over the past fifteen years and have shot over ten-thousand rounds between them. In that space of time and effort, I've used ever type of Com-Bloc ammunition ever issued by a government for these rifles; the ultra-cool 7.62mm X 54R. Ancient round nose turn of the century Imperial Russian Corrosive, World War I vintage "spitzer" point Corrosive Finnish, a whole boat load of World War II Soviet Corrosive, Post War Albanian, Polish, Hungarian, Romanian, Chezch, East German, and Chinese Corrosive and my current favorite; 1970's vintage Yugoslavian (Serbian) Non-Corrosive non-magnetic FMJ manstoppers. Needless to say; Russian Roulette, I don't think so. More than likely the idiot who blew up his MN more than likely didn't do a complete cleaning of the weapon prior to sending rounds down range. Even the most backwards of Soviet Central Asian knew that prior to use, the entire weapon is to be cleaned of preserving cosmoline! No if and's or buts about it. To take a shortcut on this most important step, is a real quick way to land in a shallow grave cut into the Central Asian Steppe. This cleaning is accomplished with readily accessible cleaning compounds; the tools that are issued with the weapon and the issue cleaning kit. Some might pull out the stainless steel dental tools to get in the nooks and crannies of the receiver and the stock, but the issue tools work just as well. Needless to mention that when the weapon has been cleaned and a visual check will do the rifle is ready for use without incident. Just ask the Finnish Army who whacked 320,000 Soviets in the Severe Winter of 1939-40 in the Winter War. They used their MN's to devastating effect against the Soviets. Case in point Simo Häyhä, aka the "White Death" the top Finnish Sniper in the conflict. Five Hundred and Five Confirmed Kills in One Hundred days of fighting or an average of Five Soviets a day. All done with a White Guard M-28 "Pystykorva" civil militia variant of the MN. Not bad for a rifle that so-called blows up in your face. Next Time stick to Direct Gas Impingement weapons to hack on and leave the proven weapons out of the trash talk, Thanks.

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  8. If the problem is that it needs a gas relief, then why can't you just drill one into it? My enfield's gas holes (there's 3) are overlapping each other...not looking very precise, and looking like they just randomly picked a spot and drilled. Would it weaken the receiver to drill one into a mosin?

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