Monday, October 22, 2012

AGP-intro

AGP
Apocalypse Gun Porn
Introduction- Militia Porn V. Apocalypse
Pretty much any book you buy or read on the subject of apocalypse guns is in fact a mislabeled guide to militia guns.  Usually the illustrations and photo’s take up more space than the text, and the whole book, while titillating and providing a vicarious thrill, is really nothing more than a rich mans catalog that the proletariat masses may gaze upon in wonder, for a relatively small entrance fee of course.  Now, please don’t get me wrong.  I love militia weapons, weapons of war, infantryman guns and all the rest.  But they are made for two purposes.  Primarily, they are well designed tools for a very specific purpose which industrial nations have.  Namely, for mass armies to protect the mass of heavier weapons such as tanks and artillery ( and even entrenched machine guns ).  These heavy weapons are what win the war.  The hand held individual weapons are there to provide support to defend those heavier weapons ( the secondary purpose is to make a profit off the civilian fantasies ).  And, this is very important so please pay attention, all of these industrial war weapons are totally useless without an industry behind them.  From the fully automatic five pound carbine to the intercontinental ballistic missile, none of these weapons work without petroleum and coal and trains and highways and all the other infrastructure of the modern world. 
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Think back to Vietnam, not because the Sandbox isn’t illustrative or important, but because Vietnam was our last conflict as a oil dominant, industrial powerhouse where we still used the logistics of World War Two ( all wars since have utilized the principle of high tech and low numbers of war material.  Prior to that we were like the Soviets in that the entire economy mobilized for war and turned its factories and resource surpluses into war production.  For us, when our oil production peaked, we had to abandon this mode of fighting.  For the Soviets, Afghanistan was the exact same thing ).  The boots on the ground had as much firepower as they could carry, perhaps an average of about two hundred rounds of ammo.  They were primarily there to scout out enemy positions and report to helicopter gunships and artillery ( or even naval vessels ) to inflict the actual damage.  In effect, their own weapons helped in the extraction of the unit from the enemies firepower.  You hear the figure “twenty thousand rounds fired per enemy KIA” and are astounded at the number.  But, it is far worse than that.  First, because the body count was inflated, so it actually took more rounds per casualty.  And second, that doesn’t take into account the number of helicopter and jet hours flown and their munitions expended and the rounds of artillery fired and then on top of that the vast logistics trail behind all that.  In short, it had to have been millions of dollars ( in today’s inflation adjusted dollars ) per casualty, at least.  It makes you wonder about Iraq.  Perhaps it was intentional that we had them under sanctions for a decade, then bombed all the civilian infrastructure during our Shock And Awe.  That way, we killed off guerilla support amongst the civilians through famine and disease before we sent troops in.  We don’t have the economy or the military to duplicate Vietnam, so soften them up first.
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But to get back on track ( although you might want to ponder what that means.  The FedGov will kill millions of Iraqi civilians.  I don’t think they would have much problem with killing you ) the infantryman’s personal firearm is merely a small cog in a vast machine of industrial war making.  It alone does not win the battle, and certainly not the war.  Now, you might agree with me and then start to argue.  For instance, you’ll say that after civilization crashes, there won’t be any tanks are artillery, so rifles will win the war.  Okay, so you are saying what?  That our two hundred million civilian automobiles can’t be turned into armored vehicles, perhaps running on human feces methane or bio-diesel?  That no one could figure out how to make black powder cannon again?  But even if that were true, you are missing the vital point.  Modern military personal weapons are totally useless without an industrial infrastructure.  They are high performance machines that require high tech ammunition.
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Brass is made from ores that are in a state of depletion right now, using high temperature smelting that uses depleting hydrocarbons.  They are dependent on petroleum or petroleum extracted coal for electricity to machine the cases to high tolerances.  The powder is manufactured on an industrial scale to achieve similar ballistics performance, and the primer to ignite the charge is made from chemicals using the same degree of sophistication.  In short, while a backyard scale industry can duplicate black powder military weapons and ammunition, it can’t do the same for modern arms and ammunition.  Your $800 AR-15 is useless without modern ammunition.  Which you can’t duplicate.  The modern military and the post-apocalypse military is two very different animals, and to base any recommendations for firearms by looking to the modern military is retarded.  Yet that is what all of the books do.  Certainly, they also recommend that you stock ammunition by the pallet, but that is certainly no solution.  First, there will never be enough if you are the average wage earner.  And second, when this simple fact is combined with the modern tactics taught ( heavy on the suppressive fire and never imagined without semi-auto fire ), you have a recipe for very shortly being disarmed after the apocalypse.  The ideal post-apocalypse firearm is NOT based on rate of fire, or a copy of a military model, or what makes you all warm and fuzzy security wise.  It is based on one very simple premise.  What weapon lasts the longest on the stockpile of ammunition I can put aside in the short period I have left?
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7 comments:

  1. THe only deviation from that train of thought which I might add is that a Ruger 10/22 is the only semi auto rifle to own for survival. It is a rugged dependable weapon that has capability for 25 rd magazines. One 22 rd to the guts and party is over ! Excellent defense and hunting rifle. Has the capability of sending lots of lead down range if it becomes desirable. Yet I do indeed follow James advise in preserving those bullets and using them wisely as no more will be made. The huge advantage is that even a poor man can stash away a few thousand rds. of 22 easily.

    Don't waste your bucks on a stupid poodle shooter just so you can look cool. Buy a real bolt action heavy weight for the long stuff. Use that 10/22 for the close in gotta spray lead fight. Cuz believe me having been there done that, when it was coming down range I didn't wonder what damn caliber the bullet was ! 22 will make ya run just as fast as a 50 ! You gonna die from both ya get shot, just one is faster to kill ya than the other. Both end up making you dead...

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  2. Don't worry, rimfire will be covered. If I have time I'll type up a table of contents so you know what's coming next. Plus you'll know what I haven't included for free and you'll have to buy the book or you'll really feel bad about yourself for not getting ALL the blather. I'm hoping I can get it up to 20k words ( same size as the $3k Homestead book, half the size of Frugal Survivalist ).

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  3. Lord Bison;

    It's about high time you celebrate the demise of industrial era weaponry. While rimfire is great, it will still run out and then is it time to grab the atlatl's and their darts or like King David of old and get out the leather sling with its associated brook stones? Perish the thought, as the old saying goes; "God made all men, but Sam Colt made all men equal." Sam Colt along with Eli Whitney introduced interchangeable parts as a viable manufacturing technology, when applied to weapons, all could afford them. Tomorrow when all the cartridges are expended and hordes are on the march with their broadswords, what's the small group to do? That's easy, if they had like Frank Belcastro and his family did prior to the collapse, and that's develop and master percussion repeater black powder technology and its successful tactical application. With percussion cap repeating black powder revolvers, while your opponents are standing there looking like a bunch of militia pricks in the T.V. Show 'Revolution' ramrods in hand attempting the tactical reload, Belcastro and family would be on their second tactical reload (changing the cylinder) gunning down the next six idiots, who thought they had the upper hand, no flipping contest. The best part, provided that one has access to bird or bat guano, wood ash and sulfur, then one has the means to fuel the weapons. Couple this with salvaged lead, from tire weights, wrecked battery plates and other home scales with the common potassium perchlorate and now you and your team have a sustainable source of ammunition that will last until all the wood is burnt (even then charcoal can be obtained from other sources), much longer than your oppositions who ran out of cartridges 18 months ago. For the Love of Pete; James do a post on Black Powder Firearms. Keep keeping it real James!

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    1. Good post! I'm thinking that it would be very handy to have a few flint long arms; Smooth bore for in close forested regions, (as they also double as shotguns) and for longer range requirements, a rifled flint gun.

      I also believe that one cannot acquire too many flint pistols.

      I think that the percussion cap is a wonderful invention, but producing the caps with out modern manufacturing would provide quite a challenge.

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    2. Of course not, the percussion caps are made from salvaged aluminum pop cans, and the potassium perchlorate is from currently roll caps (like in a kids cap gun), until I can secure the knowledge to manufacture it on my own. Along with a wax sealant, you have a percussion cap primer which is the equal of a Remington or a Speer CCI commercial percussion cap, without the logistics burden associated with the commercial stuff. In other words; You can do this on your own, without depending on anyone else, the essence of independence and liberty! Keep, keeping it real James!

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  4. I will look forward to the section on black powder arms after the apocalypse and die-off. Gunpowder has been being made by humans for hundreds of years. Consider all the loss of life during the War of Northern Aggression due to black powder arms and artillery. Firearms used that level of technology until smokeless powders and higher tech guns and ammo surpassed them just over a hundred years ago.
    Until we are reduced to mixing our own, I agree with Spud that the "lowly" .22 cal will be a survivor's best friend.

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    1. San Pedro;

      I recommend that you begin now as opposed to having to play catch up with persons who are more experienced in the tactical and manufacturing aspects of Black Powder weapons. Especially the manufacture of the propellents and the percussion primers, with enough practice you will be ready to perform at a level above your peers since those jerks will be reduced to atlatl's and slings and you'll be mowing them down with precision fires, from black powder repeaters.

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