Tuesday, February 5, 2013

m44 urban ninja carbine


M44 URBAN NINJA CARBINE

A minion helpfully suggested an article on the Mosin Nagant M44 as an urban bug out weapon.  Normally I would scream like a little girl with a clamp on her ovaries about how that Commie piece of crap ( okay, it was a Czars weapon to start, but it is too much fun to call Chinese and Cubans and Russians commies whenever the occasion merits ) has no gas bleed and hence is a danger to all who so much as glance at it askew, but I think you are all quite aware of how I feel about this ( as far as the last argument made by a minion that the accident mentioned in Rawles Blog was due to the lack of Cosmoline removal and how even the most ignorant pig farmer from Siberia knew to clean the piece properly prior to use, I’ve been having some thoughts.  Let’s say this is true.  There would hence be no need for a gas bleed.  But the faulty ammo was what was the danger.  The fact that England and Germany had weapons designs that included the bleed- and make little mistake, those countries had zero additional concerns for the safety of their troops than Russia did- makes me believe that what was a concern was the ability of the rifle to have a long life, not the peasant that was firing it.  Those other countries had too small of a resource base to waste on faulty rifles that blew up.  The Russians had way too many peasants and way too many mountains of ore and forests of trees, and husbanding those never entered into the equation ).

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But the times they are a changing and not in a good way.  I honestly can’t think of any plausible scenario that saves our ass or even slows down the decline.  On the contrary, everything done to date kicking the can down the road is going to exasperate the coming conditions.  Implausible scenarios being kicked around are just that, from the Glen “I’m a bloody wanker” Beck claim that frack oil will last a thousand years to the hope that aliens will land and share the secret of room temperature fusion.  I could be dead wrong and we still have years and years left to prep, but I still think it is simply stupid beyond belief to bet your life on that.  The time to prep like mad is now, and as such if the only thing you can afford is a Russian bolt, the small danger of defective ammo is far outweighed by the danger of not being armed.  My only other word of warning here is that you NOT buy the Mosin Nagant unless you can buy most of its ammo you want at the same time.  Any day, Congress could outlaw ammo imports, or a terrorist attack ( read, false flag attack to expedite the die-off )  on the Saudi terminal could send oil prices to the $500 barrel mark immediately and no imports would thereafter be available or affordable.  The ammo now is one quarter the price of American 308 or 30-06, and hence the non-reloadable nature is irrelevant, but the supply chain is very fragile.

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Now, the things I don’t like about the M44 is that it IS a carbine, the same thing that makes it desirable for an urban weapon ( the shorter length is necessary for vehicle egress and clearing doorways, etc. ).  The carbine length makes it kick like a mule on meth and the flash light up brighter than a whores eyes at a passed out drunks stuffed wallet.  The only way around this would be to buy an insert that takes the smaller round 762x39.  Of course, you then sacrifice four extra rounds that load quicker than a buttstock bandoleer.  Plus, your round cost goes from 17 to 22 cents ( the 54R cost being less due to the lower demand.  The x39 is going to all the dudes globally using AK’s ).  The power sacrifice isn’t really an issue at short ranges.  The other thing about the M44 is the bayonet really sucks.  Rather than a big honking sword, you have a little folding flimsy tent stake.  Yet, as with all things, there is no free lunch.  If you need a compact weapon and can’t afford much more than $300 for a carbine and a thousand rounds, what else can you do?  The urban areas are where all the people are, and where 90% of the preppers are ( I’m guessing, it could be higher ), so at this point using a single shot shotgun or a rimfire is suicidal ( these options are for after the die-off when ammo conservation reigns supreme ).  Using the Mosin Nagant of any variety is like choosing wheat for your food storage.  The option basically sucks, but if you keep the limitations in mind the advantages should outweigh them. 

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Okay, on to another subject.  The Stupid Bowl.  Unless you hooked my genitals to a 12 volt battery and threatened to turn it on, I’d never watch the SuperBowl or any other professional sports show.  Nonetheless, I feel qualified to talk about it.  If you bought an ad for your company, what in the heck were you thinking?  You just spent four friggin million bucks, and your entire viewing audience was totally crapfaced drunk before the show even started.  As they were puking up pizza, fried chicken and malt liquor, you were trying to sell laundry soap.  Okay, if the ad was funny ( the Montana face on the T-shirt ) it gets talked about the next day, or repeated on the news, and you get the exposure you wanted.  But if you put out a dull and boring ad, you got diddly.  And from the word around the water cooler, most were dull.  Idiots.  As far as the power outage, priceless.  The idiots hold the game in the worst gutted ghetto of America, then are apparently surprised the surrounding infrastructure doesn’t work.  Or, it could simply be a Chinese hacker attack.  You couldn’t make this kind of stuff up, and I don’t care who you are, that’s funny.

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14 comments:

  1. Your growing soft Jim a few years ago you could have made this rant into a week of articals.I respect your opinion but i favor a mossberg 500 and 1000 homemade slugs rounds for around 300

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    1. Of course, everyone has differant needs. I wouldn't endorse the M44 for every swinging dingus.

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  2. Alex Jones talked about lots of illuminate signs in the last few half time shows. The power was out for 33 minutes a powerful number for the masons. Never heard about the cause Enron getting us used to future black outs prior to the big shut off? Bread and Circus I don't watch sports either. L Erie Pirate

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    1. Never wanted to try AJ- he seems like a time sink.

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  3. In Minnesota and Wisconsin the Mosin Nagant is advertised in a weekly Fleet Farm flyer at least once per month for $98. They have more pallets stacked with canned Russian ammo for them than anyone could ever imagine. No shortage here. And I've never heard of one 'sploding on anybody. If it did happen, you could bet the media would sound the alarm non-stop for days on end. It's never happened even one time in these parts. So chill on that topic dude.

    Sad as it may be, Super Bowl ads work. Else the big-boys wouldn't spend for it. No product in the world is better known than Coca-Cola, yet they spend billions every year to 'advertise' their product. Why? Because it sustains/increases sales. They have the infiltration of the mind of the consumer reduced to a few simple formulas. We are sheep.

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    1. You know I can't give up on a subject if its a bee in my bonet. Believe me, I lust after the MN's myself, but I can't get the nagging safety concern out of my head ( not that the MN is even close to the Lee, but the ammo differance is a Siran call ).

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  4. Jimbo,

    Things will limp along as long as the US Petro dollar exists. Peak oil is peak oil, not end of oil production. Gas will go higher, food with get sized smaller with sawdust added.

    If it wasn't for the current gun-grab, I'd say that there is plenty of time. But it's starting to feel like the beginning of the end.

    Though it might be a few years before the end of the end. Pops was prepping back in the '70s. Da boys/TPTB managed to get this far along. Might be another 40 years...

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    1. By all means things could limp along forever. Look at England. Point being, I think it is a sucker bet putting your life on the line assuming the future will be just like the past.

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  5. thanks for the article i like the comparison about the muzzle flash but i think you give the bayonet a bad name maybe you just ran into a junk one i know there easy to find for a commie gun but the one i got is quite sturdy i hadent thought about the import thing either any recomendations for a pistol im a big boy so i could handle the kick of a 45 and the nagants mule kick aint so bad on me it was made for use over layers of wool so a good thick coat is all you need

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  6. The M44 would be a much better tool if the ammo were more along the lines of 30-30 Win instead of the full power cartridge (muzzle flash can be flame-thrower like). I know at least one guy who buys up the surplus ammo, then uses his reloading equipment to take out about 1/4 of the powder to save and puts the cartridge back together. Easier to shoot. Less flash (which is just wasted powder anyway). Still plenty of power. You get some extra powder for your efforts, which is nice if you keep some reloadable brass and primers around.

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    1. Good idea, then you can keep all five rounds loaded, and the cheaper ones at that.

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  7. My favorite .30 bolt job that USED to be available was the Spanish Army FR-8. Chambered in standard 7.62NATO, still in use by our military as well as many others. Other bolt gun (now having difficult to find ammunition) is the Swiss K31. Extremely accurate quick loading straight bolt. The Swiss loaded match grade ammunition for it from the get-go. When you miss with it, its your fault, not the gun.

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    1. The Swiss ammo is half the price it used to be at least.

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