Wednesday, October 24, 2012

AGP semi-auto part two

AGP
Apocalypse Gun Porn
Evil Semi-Auto, second part
Having established that I love semi-auto all to pieces, we still run into the problem of ammunition.  I love the whole concept of petit bosomy  nymphomaniac Sugar Momma’s that enjoy cooking as a hobby.  But even when you find one, a dubious proposition, she wouldn’t be interested in you.  Likewise, you MIGHT be able to save all your pennies and eventually be able to afford the ideal battle rifle ( most likely you’ll need about two grand or more, with mags and spare parts ) but I imagine by the time you buy it ammo prices will have doubled again, so you can’t afford much, then the ass end of civilization falls out and at most, best case scenario, you can barter it for a rusted single shot twenty gauge, two boxes of birdshot and a bucket of rancid brown rice.  If you can’t stockpile thousands of rounds of ammunition, at a minimum, I would not recommend a semi-auto battle rifle.  If you have the terrain that does NOT penalize you owning a carbine, and even if you can find ammo at half the price of thirty caliber, you must still spend the same amount of money on ammunition IF you are planning on conventional tactics, given the likelihood of multiple hits needed to inflict the same casualties ( not that I necessarily want to get into the controversy of souped up rimfire carbine rounds verses thirty caliber, but I’ll get to it at a latter time ).  The point being, if you don’t have the money for both a semi-auto and a serious stockpile of ammo shortly thereafter ( very shortly.  Notwithstanding the most likely contrived nature of the ongoing European Union economic “collapse”, I think we can all agree that the global economy has passed the point of no return long ago and it is merely a question of time before trade and paychecks grind to a halt from a monetary implosion.  Then, ammo will no longer be for sale, but merely barter if you are lucky, and the price will be beyond steep ) don’t get a semi-auto.
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Everyone has their own definition of “enough”.  I have two thousand rounds for my bolt action, and do not consider it anywhere near enough ( to be clear, we ARE talking about the Apocalypse, the total collapse of global civilization.  Not a mere disaster or disruption.  What you take in with you is what you get, forever ).  Granted, reloads will triple that, if I’m lucky, but it is nothing I want to bank my life on.  I have at least ten thousand rounds of rimfire, and I certainly don’t think that is enough.  Then again, I have a thousand rounds of 357/38 and feel that is sufficient, but only because I have back up pistols in rimfire.  But putting aside personal preferences, I still don’t see how anybody would be comfortable with less than ten thousand rounds of semi-auto long arm ammunition, and three thousand rounds of semi-auto pistol ammo ( give or take on the pistol ammo- given how much or how little you envision using ).  These are Donald Trump/Bill Gates level investments.  Back when rifle ammo was ten or twenty cents a round in bulk, it was certainly a difficult but doable amount to come up with but it ain’t anymore.  I don’t know about you, but my pay has declined and my purchasing power has taken a big squishy dump.  I used to buy new ammo-for a relatively obscure caliber- at a quarter apiece ( you get middle age, fifteen years seems like just last year ).  Today, it is harder to get even Russian steel ammo for that cost.  As goes the cost of oil, so goes every single thing you buy.  Please try not to forget that in the very near future.
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Now, please read carefully.  Perhaps read it twice.  This is the core of this book.  The average survivalist ( ninety some odd percent ) is incapable of fire discipline while under stress.  Is that difficult to understand?  It isn’t a criticism,  it isn’t a bad thing.  It is human nature.  Under stress, such as in combat, unless you have extensive, expensive training, recent training, repetitive training, you will be panicking and you will be jerking the trigger of your semi-auto weapon as fast as you can.  Your brain is screaming at you- I DON’T WANT TO DIE, I DON’T WANT TO DIE!!!!!  And it will probably be screaming at you louder that that, and adding far more explanation points.  You will have no options but to comply because, hey, after all, you might just die.  And you have zero time, far less than a fraction of a second, to analyze or process any of this.  Look at this example.  It isn’t perfect, because in the back of your mind you think you always have a fifty/fifty chance of surviving, but consider driving on ice in a car at high speed.  You are driving along, minding your business, most likely cold and unable to see far out of the windshield, when suddenly without warning you lose traction and start to veer into danger.  No warning, no time to think.  You do one of two things.  You panic and slam on the brakes, or training ( in this case, experience at lower safer speeds ) takes over automatically and without you willing it, and you stay away from the brakes and steer properly. 
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Under stress, you WILL, regardless of your intentions, act instinctively.  You won’t say to yourself, gee, self, I really ought to slow down my rate of fire because this is all the ammo I have left.  No.  If anything, your mind will be arguing with itself, without your input, saying “I don’t give a crap about tomorrow I want to live today, shut up you horrid little bean counter, WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE, FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!”.  A bolt action rifle will not encourage you to do any of this.  A bolt action will see your brain saying “good golly crap on a cracker, I get one shot and one shot only, no need to panic, if I panic I’ll die, make this shot count”.  Instinctively.  It won’t make you a marksman automatically, but it won’t make you a spray-and-prayer either.
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10 comments:

  1. Now, please read carefully. Perhaps read it twice. This is the core of this book. The average survivalist ( ninety some odd percent ) is incapable of fire discipline while under stress.

    YOU MADE THAT UP. WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION? DIVINE INSPIRATION? I DON'T THINK SO.

    IF YOU PANIC WITH A SEMI THEN YOU WILL PANIC WITH A BOLT. WHAT'S THE USE? JERKING THE TRIGGER YOU WILL HIT NOTHING. IT DOESN'T MATTER.
    YOU'RE MAKING THIS STUFF UP.

    OK SUPER DUPER MINION MARINES TEAR ME APART. DAKIN HAS A COMMENTS SECTION BECAUSE HE WANTS COMMENTS. IF HE DON'T LIKE IT HE CAN DELETE IT.

    THE 45ACP IS OK SO IS A 9MM. THERE IS NO MAGIC CALIBER. A 9MM IS CHEAPER AND THIS IS FRUGAL SURVIVAL.

    MR BROWN

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    1. I wanted to say 100%, but odds are one or two actually has experiance under combat so 99% is probably better. I could have interviewed ALL the survivalists out there, their polling would NEVER include bragging or wishful thinking, then I could give you a scientific number like 91.876%. Did you catch the sarcasm? 99% is a wild ass guess with a high probability of being factual.

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    2. Actually I agree with you that bullet placement is all important. There IS no magic caliber. However, bigger chunks of lead make bigger holes and tend to stop people better. This is an odd fact that those who have actually shot other people have noticed over the years. The other option is multiple smaller holes. That might tend to cost you more then fewer large hole shots would. Depends on how much you panic when you find yourself in a serious social situation. EVERYONE gets panicky when they are being shot at. That is why you train and train often so you will react on autopilot. Hey Brownie, try getting out of your mamma's basement a little more often. Maybe you can learn how to type without the CAPS button on with a little fresh air. -SemperFido

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  2. If you have the discipline to buy only ten round magazines, you have the problem solved.

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  3. People will still panic when facing the elephant even when using a bolt. We should also mention that if you succeed in defending your area in a fire fight you get to resupply off of the bodies of your fallen attackers. 10,000 rounds for feeding a semi in a SHTF scenario? How would you use them all up? Nobody is good enough to last through a hundred firefights. Well, maybe a Marine could but I think after awhile your aim would be affected by all that giggling. -SemperFido

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  4. Recently bought an SKS because you can have the best of both worlds. Semi auto or you can shut the gas off to enforce single shot fire discipline. Plus, 7.62x39 is maybe the only "cheap" ammo left. At my age reaching out two hundred yards will likely be good enough so I'll most likely stick to iron sights. Or, I'll break out my Enfield that I can't afford ammo for...

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    1. check out shotgun news. there is a company in hartsvillr sc that has a add on peep site for about 55 bucks. goes through the dust cover pin. gotta a couple on order. delr

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  5. Hey Bison, what's the deal with your blog feed? Everything after 9/19 never went through RSS readers? I enjoy reading your posts but can't access your site at work.

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  6. it's not the "master bedroom closet"; it's the Ammo storage bunker. seriously if ya still walk in you ain't got enough. anything below 26k is fartin in bathroom[while appropiate not much fun].whatever you can get is better than a rock. then build up.keep it up jim! delr

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  7. Bolt action vs semi auto is a hardware issue. Fire discipline is a software issue AKA training. To your credit it is noted that a bolt action rifle does not make you a marksmen. As a final thought I can (at least in theory) exercise fire discipline with a rifle that has a 30 rd mag but it is pretty hard to rapidly engage targets at close range with a bolt gun. There is a reason WWI soldiers desperately sought shotguns and handguns.

    As to AR-15 reliability I humbly submit to you Filthy 14. Filthy 14 is a Bravo Company AR-15 that is a bit over 30,000 rounds with little cleaning, less than a handful of malfunctions and only a part or two replaced. Here is a link to the article http://www.slip2000.com/blog/s-w-a-t-magazine-filthy-14/. Have you seen anybody do that with an Enfield or a Mosin? I'm not saying it can or can't be done, to be honest we don't know.

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