My boy just completed boot camp and is now a gen-u-ine Jarhead. While the Marines have always been my nemesis ( as much as I disliked the Army they are still the best branch ) I recognize the more elite nature and am proud as can be of his accomplishment.
Apocalypse Gun Porn
Auto V. Revolver
The lowly revolver don’t get no respect anymore. Every time you read about Apocalypse gun recommendations the revolver is accepted, if at all, as a fun novelty “hark back to yesteryear of Cowboys and Injuns”, only to be stocked by fools too rich in dollars to have any cents. The 45 auto is recognized as having a near universal ownership and following but their owners are sadly admitted to being dinosaurs unable to worship at the one and only alter of Glock ( I don’t disagree necessarily. While I love the 45 it does have the glaring fault of being single action ). It is never really explained why the auto is so desired other than they put far more rounds downrange much faster. I think the authors also have erect nipples and tingling sphincters over the autos just because they are so cool. Revolvers are SOOOO last century. But if you’ve paid any attention at all so far, ammunition use is a game of conservation. It is not one of a drunken sailor vomiting his paycheck as quickly as possible. And I submit to you that while capacity might be important, reloading in a firefight is overrated.
I make a lot of fun of 9mm. Nazi limp wristed pussy round, etc. I also understand the appeal of having eighteen or twenty rounds to protect yourself with. But I also believe that with the near universal accepted concept of suppressive fire that this many EFFECTIVE rounds is merely another myth. If you are double or triple tapping each target, firing to keep their heads down and otherwise wasting most of those rounds, you don’t really have all that many more killing shots than you would with a six shooter. And with the illusion of nearly instantaneous magazine reloading you will have no subconscious desire to conserve ammunition but rather a very happy trigger finger. All in all, with an auto you will run out of stocked ammunition long before the user of a revolver will. As far as speed loaders for revolvers, while I have them in limited quantity I don’t trust them nor rely on them. With a magazine in an auto you can grab and slap. With a speed loader they are much less forgiving of rough use ( not necessarily breaking but instead spilling rounds ). As far as reloading any handgun in combat, I think you will be shot at close range if you are in a position where seconds count. If you are behind cover, surely the reloading time is not as critical. But all this is almost irrelevant. The issue of money, ease of use and cartridge reloading is far more important.
Auto’s in general with the higher demand in sales, the number of magazines needed and the amount of practice ( which mostly involves wasting lots of ammo and then clearing jams from subpar ammo ) burning through boxes of ammo, all mean that auto’s cost a lot more money. Your auto is just like your carbine or your battle rifle. Outstanding in Industrial Age warfare, sexy and cool, but high priced and a definite hothouse flower ( peak of perfection under very tightly controlled environmental conditions, totally unsuited for real world, less than ideal conditions ). The revolver is just an ugly brutish workhorse. In fact, I’ll compare the contrast between weapons platforms to Mongol and Nobile Knight conflicts. The Mongols swept in from the plains on short stubby ugly ponies and confronted the knights on impressive looking muscular tall steeds. The ponies ate grass and the steeds required harvested grains. While one was adapted to battle admirably but required a lot of infrastructure, the other was a semi-wild beast needing about zero maintenance. Stop trying to impress your damsel in distress with your horse. A revolver, once oiled and loaded, just patiently sits around waiting to be used. You can pretty much forget it and only worry about it as needed. And then anyone, not needing to worry about safeties or levers or worrying if one is in the pipe can pick it up and defend themselves instantly. And if it ever jams it isn’t because of quality impaired ammunition.
A very important point favoring the revolver is that once the ammunition choice is down to old or improvised ammunition, that bad boy still works flawlessly. The auto, which performs brilliantly, does so only with near flawless ammunition. Take away that ammo and the auto dives in effectiveness and reliability. An auto is what you want for modern warfare, the revolver is what you want for the apocalypse. Granted, if you are rich you can super-stockpile the best quality ammunition and store the auto ammunition in controlled environments. But if you are rich you don’t buy a cheap book authored by someone with mere ENLISTED military service. You pay big consulting bucks to a former military officer since obviously they are oh so better educated and more intelligent ( vomit! Puke! I’m retching even as I attempt to turn off sarcasm mode ). For poor boys, that’s you and me ( I can almost guarantee you I won’t get rich off this or any other of my books ), we have to count our pennies and the revolver is the best bang for your buck which also stands the test of time much better. As far as caliber, although not the ONLY answer, I really favor the 357. It is widely available, both gun and ammunition, and the smaller family members can substitute 38’s for far less recoil. And the 38 also uses less powder for stretching out your reloading supplies. The revolver. Not sexy, not cool. Just works.
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