Sunday 31 March 2019

Licensed, Law-Abiding & VICTIMIZED:

You should check the facts here as this news was heard on the radio MEDIA .. but following the dreadful Christchurch Mosque Massacres I have heard that yet another Courier Service says it will no longer carry firearms or parts .. and the biggest print magazine importer / distributor has now announced it will no longer handle imported "Shooting & GUN Magazines".

This truly is a disgraceful victimization of a group of folk who have officially demonstrated that they are law abiding and trustworthy citizens. THIS IS PREJUDICE AT WORK .. every bit as much as "white supremacism"  'Hate Crime' and racism.

- The Police Association calls us "a radical gun lobby spewing hate & vitriol on social media" .
It's too bad that politicians are queuing-up to be seen pointing blame & a QUICK FIX GUN BAN at a complex terrorist and crime problem .. but to now have corporate businesses seek publicity and profit for their operations from a mass murder by saying - "Look at us - We are banning Guns too." - that's too much to take.

I think there is a need here for one of our shooter's groups to add imported magazine subscriptions and distribution to their membership benefits .. say 'Guns & Ammo' , 'Handgunner', 'Gun Digest' etc - there should be revenue in it to strengthen their finances.

And how about contracting a network of courier drivers to carry our stuff nationally - our own Ballistic Courier Service between the main centers?

The 'establishment' is trying to strangle our legitimate lawful sport out of existence.

-Time to get organised before we run-out of powder, projectiles, equipment and information.

Marty K.

LIMBSAVER Grip on Glock:

I'm trying one of these rubber "recoil reducing" sleeve grips after Zach our club/range tame gun-smith told me he'd got some in ex USA .. I had said I'd be cutting a length from a bicycle inner tube to see if it might further enlarge the G.19X grip feel for my longish hands ..

- You won't know if something is perfectly "Goldilocks" sized unless you try the next-up fit - & either love it or reject it eh.
(- there's a joke there: "Always choose a girl with small hands .. as it'll make yours look bigger.")

The Limbsaver feels surprisingly soft and 'tacky-grippy' to the touch .. Made from NAVCOM™ (Noise And Vibration Control Material) - it's really cumfy in the hand and the section that fits the back of the grip is cushioned/dimpled on the inside to absorb felt recoil. - Like me .. it really is a bit of a 'soft-touch'.

Easy to roll-onto the new coyote tan Glock 19X .. but I'm not sure 😏 .
Limbsaver On Glock 19 X.

- The 'Limbsaver' is very grippy and cushioned and maybe I like it - but having only fired 10 rounds "wearing it" .. It might be a soft-touch too far for me? - It is a brilliant design & material .. and it will be a protective sleeve over the nylon polymer (not that it needs protecting) .. but I don't have any recoil issues with 9x19 caliber Glocks .. certainly a forty caliber is somewhat snappy and my previous generation G17 had fairly sharp pimples that did dig in to my softening hands. Hmm - but on this one? Dunno.

Marty K.

Friday 29 March 2019

US Civil War DEADLINE at Prison Camp:

Radio people were talking about writers having "deadlines" to produce their work when something went 'DING' in my head .. that word sounds serious eh.

It seems the term DEADLINE originated in the 1861-65 American Civil war when Federal prisoners of war were held in an open Confederate stockade Camp Sumter near Andersonville Georgia.

- The DEAD line was an inner perimeter line that - if crossed by a prisoner - he would be shot.
Andersonville Prison Camp Makeshift Shelters, Prisoners & DEADLINE.

This camp extended to 26.5 acres - was built in February 1864 as a temporary facility to hold prisoners until they might be exchanged - but during the 14 months it was used - around 45,000 soldiers were held there and nearly 13,000 died (28%).

Within the camp conditions were foul and there was a claim that a gang of nearly 500 prisoner 'raiders' would prey on the others by robbing anything of value. Link:

Captain Henry Wirz a Swiss-American was in charge there from April 1864, for 12 months - then at the wars end he was tried by Military Tribunal and hanged for the various acts of cruelty he was accused of.

LINK TO Wikipedia page:

"And he, the said Wirz, still wickedly pursuing his evil purpose, did establish and cause to be designated within the prison enclosures containing said prisoners a “dead line” being a line around the inner face of the stockade or wall enclosing said prison and about twenty feet distant from and within said stockade; and so established said dead line, which was in many places an imaginary line, in many other places marked by insecure and shifting strips of [boards nailed] upon the tops of small and insecure stakes or posts, he, the said Wirz, instructed the prison guard stationed around the top of said stockade to fire upon and kill any of the prisoners aforesaid who might touch, fall upon, pass over or under [or] across said “dead line” 

It is generally accepted that the record of history being written by the winners - is not always without bias. There is no question but that conditions in the camp were hellish and prisoners lacked proper shelter, food, clean water and all other necessities.

Despite many of the prisoner witnesses stating they never saw Wirz act inhumanely .. he was found guilty of the multiple charges and at 10.32 a.m. November 10 1865 he was cruelly hanged in Washington .. his neck not broken - and slowly choked to death in front of 200 witnesses and 120 guards.

War is Hell.

Marty K.

Wednesday 27 March 2019

The BLACK & TANS In Ireland:

The "Black & Tans" were a force of 9,500 armed temporary constables sent to Ireland 99 years ago to combat nationalists fighting for Irish Independence. This notorious police force existed only for three years from 1919 to 1922.
These men were mostly recruited from unemployed ex British Army Great War veterans, into the Royal Irish Constabulary Special Reserve - and this group usually includes the separate RIC Auxiliary Division that was a counter-insurgency force made-up of former British army Officers.
The name 'BLACK & TANS' comes from the coloration of the fox hunting pack of black & tan "Kerry Beagles" of The Scarteen Hunt of County Limerick. 

Note: The Special Reserve's uniform "black" was actually a very dark RIC Green.
Kerry Beagle

 At least some of the infamy of the Black and Tans may be undeserved as many of the war crimes attributed to the Black and Tans were actually the work of the officer "Auxies"..

There were around 9,500 men recruited at a pay of 10 shillings a day with full board & lodging in Ireland.

After only three months training they deployed into Ireland wearing makeshift uniforms .. burning and sacking many villages .. including  Tuam in County Galway in July 1920 (There is a TUAM Street in Christcurch N.Z.) -  TrimBalbrigganKnockcrogheryThurles, Templemore  & Trallee - also burning and destroying the city center of Cork.

This was all in living memory of the Great Irish Famine of seventy years earlier and the following land evictions and the 'Boycott' movement against English landlords.

The numerous war crimes the Black & Tans committed against the Irish people greatly strengthened anti-British feelings and support for the IRA.

A sad time in the history of the British occupation of Ireland.

Marty K.

Monday 25 March 2019

Assault Weapons On Christchurch Streets:

Six days after the horrible terrorist slaughter of defenseless family members at two Christchurch mosques - our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took decisive action against legally licensed firearms owners nationwide.

In the days following this massacre the residents of Christchurch will need to accept increased numbers of police patrols by officers armed with assault weapons of the same kind that are to be permanently banned from legal possession by registered, trained and licensed 'Fit And Proper' sporting shooters.

I trust that these brave officers are themselves at least as well trained and qualified by endorsed firearms license as those sporting gun owners who are now made into criminals by an Order in Chambers..

Police Commissioner Mike Bush commenting on the raised level of armed security alertness says that this increase in use of now banned MSSAs throughout New Zealand will not be for ever.

Bearing in mind at all times that Police are subject to the SAME laws regarding the use of firearms and the use of force for self-defense as all of us - is there one word that covers this sad development?

  a situation in which someone pretends to believe something that they do not really believe, or that is the opposite of what they do or say at another time:

I truly and fully sympathize with our fine Prime Minister's need to be seen to take action and to strengthen firearms law - But full and careful consultation with expert knowledgeable firearms users must be conducted.

Marty K.

Sunday 24 March 2019

JIM SHOCKEY - Thinking Hunter on The Radio:

Oh WOW .. what an amazing Sunday morning Radio NZ listening that was down here a few weeks back.  - To be entirely accurate - I listen online via my "Amazon Echo" Artificial Intelligence device (which is an incredibly stupid & sometimes very annoying wi-fi device). But I can explore the world's broadcasting networks while continuing the necessary local functions such as cooking and the essential once a year .. vacuuming of the cat's fur from the carpets 😄.

- First, Professor Brian Cox explaining our place in the galaxy & universe and the likelihood of LIFE out there .. followed then by a thoughtful interview with north-american JIM SHOCKEY who is a big figure in the world of hunting .. talking about why we hunters hunt - the very different perspectives of real folk living with wild nature .. and the artificial moralities of city inmates who daily consume millions of processed chemically produced animal corpses.

 (Have you tasted chicken lately? .. I bet you haven't as it is now FLAVORLESS apart from a faint chlorine aroma) - Approaching 1.5 BILLION six week old 'broilers" are raised for slaughter every year .. I may have to get & keep some hens again for real eggs and an occasional old-fashioned tasty roast.

Jim Shockey

Professor Brian Cox.

- So much cerebral stimulation over cups of coffee has to be either very good or very bad for the space between my ears.  - Followed by hours on almost intelligent "Brexit" chatter from LBC Radio London.

.. I switched later to 'Blues & Roots Radio' for some quality folk and blues while I cleaned some toys. (No switch actually needed - just the voice command "Computer - Play Blues & Roots Radio".)

Life is good - unless you are a 6 week old meat chicken,

Marty K.

- You can now send me a wee support $ - starting from $1 to get all this stuff from New Zealand:

Friday 22 March 2019

New WATTOZZ Wireless Energy Stun Weapon:

Once again I owe TFB thanks for showing this new tool to me:
The Wattozz is a two shot 'non-lethal' weapon that releases projectiles that are self-contained high voltage shockers ..
WATTOZZ From Turkey.

There have been various new firearms made in Turkey in recent years .. but here comes a non-firearm that may be a breakthrough in self defense technology.

The company's self defense tool claims our attention with features like "an 8 meter range, wireless bullet and two-shots, built-in camera, remote bullet/electric control, a silent firing system without gunpowder or gas, high trigger sensitivity, point shot high hit feature human voice warning system, built-in targeting laser, built-in night light, data-port data information system, direct contact mode,  ergonomic handle, long battery life and illuminated warning indicator."

Watch their marketing video:

- Impresses the Hell out of me - those electronic battery pack projectiles look scary enough even without knowing they are packed full of high voltage angry pixies  eh.

The Turkish makers Albayraklar Savunma Company are also developing a longer range rifle system.

Marty K.

Thursday 21 March 2019

NZ "Semi-Auto Rifle" BAN:

When Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern outlined her speedy actions to "freeze" all sales of military style semi-autos and "assault rifles" by Order in Council I was reasonably accepting - because realistically .. you'd have to expect politicians to strongly react to the awful massacre of Christchurch family members. - New Zealand is in shock and mourning ..
Fifty family victims shot dead, forty-two dreadfully injured.

- by a white supremacist terrorist from overseas.

- BUT I have now heard the president of the Police Association Detective Inspector Cahill seeming to celebrate his victory over licensed shooters on air today - claiming that we are "a radical gun lobby spewing hate & vitriol on social media" - & the source of weapons used by criminals

- and forecasting his plans for hugely increasing costs of security, shortened 3 year licence periods, registration of all firearms, import restrictions etc. - In reality he is promoting punishing deterrents to lawful firearms ownership in New Zealand. - Cahill seeks to make legal licensed gun owners PARIAHS within society while taking no action against weapon using violent criminals.

This senior police officer is focused on attacking lawful shooters while failing to suggest any ideas to address armed criminal gangs and terrorism.

Police and law makers need to be aware of  UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES.

Shooters must immediately form and fund a united national association to defend our rights before it's too late .. Police are making law instead of enforcing it.

I have a background in industrial Quality Control - where it is accepted that you cannot 'police' quality into a faulty process .. you have to correct & improve the production process.

Present day 'for profit' society is broken and producing far too many antisocial criminals and crazed scumbags - our systems of parenting, education, healthcare, law enforcement, social welfare, employment and corrections all need increased funding and urgent improvements that would result in a better quality of developing citizens.

Marty K.

Fukushima Daiichi NUCLEAR MELTDOWN March 2011:

Just over eight years ago a massive earthquake and tsunami inflicted major damage to 6 Japanese nuclear fission reactors. In the following weeks three of these reactors MELTED DOWN (Plants 1, 2, 3) causing serious leakage of nuclear materials, hydrogen-air explosions, and releases of harmful radiation.

- The following year - Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), admitted that they had failed to meet necessary basic safety requirements such as risk assessment, preparing for containing collateral damage, and developing evacuation plans .. for fear of inviting lawsuits or protests against its nuclear plants.

- Do we ordinary citizens understand that we are not being protected from such corporate profiteers?

- Are ordinary family folk aware that their governments have responded to the threat of international terrorism by REDUCING LAW ENFORCEMENT resources - recruitment & funding? .. e.g The UK has reduced it's police numbers by 21,000 serving officers.

Governments worldwide are spending TRILLIONS of tax dollars on WMD - Weapons Of Mass Destruction - capable of exterminating whole populations (US & Russia between them have 13,400 nuclear warheads) - while passing legislation to disarm law abiding working families and stop them defending themselves from attacks.

- Are working folk aware that "their" government administrations have chosen NOT to build adequate housing or to provide homes for their increasing populations - because to do so would lower the profits of property developers and landlords?

You might think that it is time to WAKE UP and get political. Think about who you vote for. - Our school children are starting to march and protest government inaction ...

Marty K.

You may also think it worth the trouble to read a little about radioactive CESIUM-137 (Caesium137).

70 Years of Britains Civil Nuclear Police:

Our weapons, vehicles, uniform and training may have changed over the years but our purpose has not. We have been protecting and the community for nearly 70 years

 .. Plutonium-239 has a half-life of 24,110 years.

- In only 24,040 years the CNC may be able to reduce their numbers by half.

Marty K.

Friday 15 March 2019

Christchurch Terror Killings:

Friday marked a tragic & wicked taking of human life in my home city of Christchurch. - An Australian born white-supremacist vicious killer filmed himself killing peaceful women and children in their place of community religious observance. 

.. May this scum rot in prison for the rest of his days - however if I had the legal power - I would be more than ready to shorten those days & swiftly execute him.

Firearms Law:

BOHICA ..  I actually met a workers trade union delegate years ago who paid for that personal plate for his car - he asked if I knew what it meant - and I was able to recite the unionists cry
"Bend Over Here It Comes Again"

Our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has already announced changes to national firearms laws that will ban "automatic weapons"

Just what form these changes will take will be revealed soon .. but I doubt that they will be well advised or effective at stopping international terrorism.

Marty K.

Wednesday 13 March 2019

Gun Powder Tea - British East India Company:

The British East India Company was a "business" set-up by wealthy merchants and aristocrats way back in 1600 by a 'Royal Charter' from Queen Elizabeth I ... to "trade".

In 1588 the poms had defeated the Spanish Armada and captured many Spanish & Portuguese ships with rich cargoes .. what to do with all this capital and invasive power? - Why not lets get together and see what we can plunder in the East Indies. - God bless The Queen -  Hurrah, Hurrah, Hurrah.

This "trading" involved pushing out Dutch & French interests from various parts of the world so that English adventurers could take anything they wanted from the locals and sell it for profit back home.

The Company naturally met with opposition to their overseas activities - and in a typical English way developed private armies to secure territory. Logically this use of force by military means led to the East India Company controlling most of the Indian sub-continent and South-East Asia with a private army of around 260,000 men at its peak .. all for private profit.

 Following the INDIAN REBELLION in 1857 the British Crown took over the enterprise's activities leading to establishment of The British Raj.
Tea or Coffee - The British Raj Wasn't Fussy
- As Long As It Was Served.

This expansive era in "British India" led to the use of lots of gunpowder and to the establishment of the Indian Ordnance Factories from 1775 .. But Gunpowder Tea is something else - a Chinese style of green tea where the leaf is rolled into pellets that explode and unroll when steeped in hot water.
In the 1830s The British East India Company, concerned at the growth of Chinese tea in Britain - started tea plantations in India using native Indian plants from Assam,. They managed to take 90% of the British market away from China and this trade was also encouraged in India by tea-breaks and chai wallahs selling spiced masala chai refreshments on the expanding Indian railways network.
I read that a widely used tea in India is a curled granulated Assam black tea called Mamri Tea (gunpowder tea?) and this is blended with cardamon & ginger and other spices to make a sweet milky drink. - Buffalo milk is traditional - as is also the use of brown palm sugar (jaggery) locally - but condensed sweetened tinned milk is lately popular for making both sweets and beverages.
- That is a well known image of Teddy Roosevelt with John Muir on a wilderness camping trip in 1903 discussing nature conservation.

.. Interesting how our lifestyle habits are influenced by "Trade" eh,

Marty K.

Tuesday 12 March 2019

New Zealand Shooters Organizations:

There is airborne CRAP flying .. and it's coming our way.

The old "No smoke without fire.." syndrome is all around New Zealand right now.

Just about every ANTI-GUN group has been sticking up their wrinkled necks into the air over the last ten years .. and they can smell that their time is now .. with a well meaning LABOUR PARTY led Government polishing the benches of power.

Our problem is that shooters as a group tend to be independent self reliant individuals and reluctant to join hands with any different style of trigger squeezer. BUT WE SERIOUSLY NEED TO UNITE INTO ONE BODY WITH ONE VOICE.

We are told that there are some 240-250 THOUSAND Licensed Shooters in New Zealand - and you'd think that there are nearly as many small shooters groups, associations & organizations.

- Talk about "Herding Cats" ..

I hate to consider how few of those 240,000 gun owners are members of any group.

Target Pistol Shooters are of course ALL members of Pistol New Zealand .. they have to be by Police regulation to get a 'B' Cat Endorsement - and most endorsed licensed Collectors will be members of The Antique Arms Association also.

- Don't any of you for one second dream that a democratic electorate is going to defend our gun ownership rights.

I know several lovely people - including family members - who are seriously frightened .. even phobic about GUNS - offer them a gun to handle and they shrink back in fear.

For decades 'THE MEDIA' have conditioned the couch surfers and voters to strongly link firearms with gangs, drugs, and violent crime. That means that you also are perceived in that way too in their heads.

In the next few months there will be more moves completed to impose ever more restrictive and very expensive deterrent rules. - If we are not united we will certainly sink separately.

Our shooters groups must combine into one NATIONAL ASSOCIATION to be heard .. including the Dealers.

Are you listening SSANZ, COLFO, Deerstalkers Assoc, Handloaders, Small-Bore Shooters, Pistol NZ, NZAHAA, Full-Bore Shooters, Sporting Clay Shooters, NZ Mountain Safety Council, NZ Service Rifle Assoc, Auckland Rifle Assoc, SIKA Foundation, NZ Cartridge Collectors Club, & Arms Dealers etc? - We need to pay for a united and well funded National Body now.

Marty K.

Monday 11 March 2019

A Load of Old Musket Balls:

Wikipedia says this about the word 'MUSKET':

"According to the Etymology Dictionary, firearms were often named after animals, and the word musket derived from the French word mousquette, which is a male sparrowhawk. - An alternative theory is that derives from the 16th century French mousquet, -ette, from the Italian moschetto, -etta, meaning the bolt of a crossbow. The Italian moschetto is a diminutive of mosca, a fly."
1664 image

("Guns" are so called from an anglo-latin 14th century woman's name 'GUNHILDA')

So we are talking about stuff that can be seriously old. - I'm continuously amazed at how much firearms & ammo related relics are discovered by treasure hunters in Europe .. Nicole White who "mudlarks" on Youtube - mostly under the banks of London's River Thames is constantly recovering both fired & unfired small arms ammunition from the slimy mud - some 70 to a hundred years old.

But when these guys go into the fields and forests using metal detectors they often collect musket balls together with coins and other ancient finds.

Museum archeologists don't like it when treasure hunters find stuff without recording and mapping it's exact locations - as they claim that history is being destroyed .. but without the devoted hobby searchers the finds wouldn't be discovered in the first place.

There is just so much of this stuff found that you'd have to wonder at how much deadly warfare has been fought throughout Europe in the last 500 years.

Any doubts that we humans can be and are often violent killers would have to be dismissed by psychological experts. The evidence is everywhere.

- Here's a link to an archeologists historic viewpoint:

To fossick in Londons River you must have a Port Of London Authority PERMIT:

Thames foreshore access including metal detecting, searching and digging.

Anyone wishing to search the tidal Thames foreshore in any way for any reason must hold a current foreshore permit from the Port of London Authority.
Searching includes all such activities including searching; metal detecting; digging, or ‘scraping’

Type of Permits

The PLA issues two types of foreshore permits.
  • Standard - allows digging to a depth of 7.5 cm (for all new applicants)
  • Mudlark - allows digging to a depth of 1.2m
The Mudlark permit is only issued to members of the Thames Mudlark Society. To apply for membership  you must meet certain criteria, held a Standard Permit for two years  and have a record of reporting finds to the Museum of London.

(WARNING: Water may be wet.)

Marty K.

Saturday 9 March 2019

Soldiers Fought on Condensed MILK Field Rations:

Union soldiers fought the bitter 1861 US Civil War for five long years. - In between being missed by Minie Balls they were nurtured by canned milk from their Field Rations .. a typical 300 ml can contains 1,300 calories (5440 kJ), 28 grams each of protein and fat, and more than 200 grams of carbohydrate.

Here I have to fess-up that one reason I weigh over 100 kg is because I LOVE the taste of condensed milk. - Yeah I do know that it is not good nutrition for anyone carrying a triple bypass 😅..keep taking the pills eh.
- Sure there was salt pork or beef, beans & peas, coffee, hard-tack bread'n'weevils - and compressed desiccated vegetables - but I'm betting that the boys grumbled much less about their sticky canned milk than the other salty stuff.
Canned foods in metal containers were developed from Napoleons need in 1795 to feed his troops but strange to tell - canned foods were used for more than 30 years before can openers were invented.

Preserved meats first came in sealed glass jars - but once can openers were freely available - canned meats helped improve even working family's food range.

Both Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk are preserved sterilized milk with up to 60% of the water removed - but the sweetened sticky condensed milk has around 40% plus SUGAR added .. Mmm YUMMY.

Mind you - I'm catching-on that the cheap 'Own Brand' condensed cow is much more runnier and spillable (What a fecking sticky mess) - as if it's been stretched with considerably more water.

 - I use sticky cow's fat in my coffee as the so called fresh milk goes chalky & rancid in the fridge long before I can use half of it. - I guess I should suck my caffeine black and healthy .. but I can't hack it without the fattening additives (- both black coffee and Guinness are real 'men's drinks' eh).

While I'm picking-on "milk" .. you do realize that the dairy factories' industrially separate off all the 'cream' (fat) before remixing it back for whatever grade of emulsion they prefer to market?
Perhaps I Should Try a splash of EVAPORATED Milk in a Guinness?
(Milk Stout?)

Marty K.

Wednesday 6 March 2019

.22 R/F New Ammo Tech From CCI:

 CCI  Copper-22 is claiming muzzle velocity of 1,850 feet per second .. I guess that would have to be from a full length rifle barrel with it's 21 grain copper-polymer 'compressed' bullet.
And now they are offering two further CLEAN offerings that eliminate lead fouling in your actions and barrels .. loads that use 40 grain projectiles coated in polymer .. but of course if you were using the copper-polymer bullets there's no lead anyway.

The subsonic at 1,070 ft.per.sec. are colored blue - while the 1,235 ft.per.sec. high velocity rounds are red.
 CCI   CLEAN-22 

They are pricing these in the US market at around 10 cents each - so that suggests 20 NZ cents each by the time they've been thrown into a container addressed to us lot.

I've been moaning - about nothing much new happening in the shooting game - but if this 'two-two' stuff does as claimed it'll count for something eh .. 1,850 feet per second is something for a pea rifle to boast about - even if the slug is a bit low mass.

Hornady are claiming 1,000 ft.per.sec. from their 45 grain CRITICAL DEFENSE 22 WMR rounds .. optimized for low muzzle flash from handguns.
- It may well be the bee's knees out of a thirty round Kel-Tec PMR-30

Marty K.

Monday 4 March 2019

Accuracy re. Bullet Seating, Distortion etc:

I've just read online a great experimental story about how and why seating 9mm projectiles crookedly into their cases - effects group sizes on target.

- Like that writer Brad Miller  - I guess that most thinking shootists would say that it's obvious that wonky bullets will fly wonkily and fail to go 'straight to the heart-of-the-matter'.


Well no - this well researched - carefully tested story - found the exactly opposite result.

.. 9mm Bullets deliberately seated crooked into the brass gave the best accuracy results.

Link to the American HANDGUNNER story:

It's a well tested story & well worth the read .. however - I have previously looked at reports written about what happens to bullets when they are HAMMERED from the rear by the explosive acceleration forces of firing ..

Again - if you think about it - nobody is surprised that when a bullet impacts into some substance at the terminal end of it's flight .. it's residual energy causes it to deform and even expand. - But all the energy that the bullet has .. was first slammed into it's backside at the moment of ignition-acceleration BEFORE & AS it entered it's barrel .. how come that didn't deform it? - well of course it did.

When a bullet is subject to massive pressure & acceleration on firing - it's metal becomes as plastic as putty.
- here is my favorite photo of a .38" Special projectile collected after firing without a barrel:
Projectiles are re-shaped as they are driven up the barrel and one writer says that they don't settle-down or stabilize until after approx 10 inches of travel. - The base accelerates before the nose and forces the in-between metal to expand outwards into the grooves & lands shape as far as possible - only then fully transmitting that acceleration to the nose area.

It's mind-boggling stuff to think about eh .. but it doesn't 'upset' me that these huge forces can result in strange or unexpected effects. Check-out my earlier pieces about this:

My under-bond cargo store-man, non ballistician guess is that the huge pressures at firing will overwhelm any small size & shape imperfection or alignment deviation at the close ranges for handguns .. as long as the gun is strong enough not to go KABOOM.

- Here's a thought - considering the soft 'plastic' bullet having to leap from a revolver cylinder-chamber across the cylinder-gap and into the rear entrance of a barrel ... what condition will the two .22 WMR bullets be in when they pop-out side-by-side of the very short 1.25 inch barrels of Standard Manufacturing's S-333?

.. Here's another ridiculous thought: - What would you get in the way of expansion or "bullet set-up" if you fired a .30" caliber bullet up a barrel that taper-expanded progressively from the chamber e.g. .312" to .45" caliber in its first one or two plus inches before going parallel bored - and then you caught these slugs in a suitable medium? .. more powder .. PUT IN MORE POWDER! ..

Marty K.

Saturday 2 March 2019

UK Target Pistol Shooting Today?:

Since 1986/87 (Dunblane School Massacre) British engineer Alan Westlake has been working with MUZZLE-LOADING handgun conversions to keep UK target shooters in the game on range. !987 firearms legislation basically BANNED the civilian ownership of CARTRIDGE FIRING short HANDGUNS.

Their legislation calls handguns "short weapons" - so one consequence seems to be that a cartridge-firing semi-auto or revolver may be legal when it's length is increased both forward and to the rear to achieve the required minimum overall length of 24.1 inches:
An LBP .. Long Barrel Pistol:

I really don't see the logic of these long pistols .. as surely any murderous nutter is going to consider using a metal saw? - But that's the "experts" solution.

Looks Like A Glock .. But It's a .22" Rimfire - A SRC17 LBP from Suffolk Rifle Co.

This is a link to a review of this model 'LBP pistol':

The other UK way to shoot target pistols is with muzzle-loaders. - And one type of "modern" muzzle loading peculiarity is the 'Nitro Muzzle Loader'.

Link to Westlake Eng's site that explains what they are producing for UK pistol shooting:

Muzzle Loading .38" Revolver With Wad-cutters & Primers.

These "Conversions" have to be based on a frame supplied without a cartridge cylinder otherwise it would be an unlawful weapon .. so they start as a non workable frame that is then mated to a specially made muzzle loading cylinder that's proofed to nitro .38" Special standards. Cylinders are removed from the frame for loading in a custom press.

McAvoy Guns joins Westlake Engineering as a maker of these muzzle-loaders.

These two links are for video showing how the NITRO MUZZLE-LOADERS can keep UK shooters on range and legal:

I am not into the UK's current scene - having been here in NZ since 1976 - so I can't judge if the club scene is active and ongoing. However ..

To shoot a permitted firearm the shooter must first obtain a UK 'FIRE ARMS CERTIFICATE' - FAC:

For the purposes of legal possession of a firearm, effectively this includes Blackpowder weapons (both rifles and pistols), manually loaded centre-fire cartridge rifles (and all types of .22 rimfire rifles), and manually loaded cartridge pistols with dimensions larger than the minimum permitted length. All these weapons are what are termed "Section 1" firearms and are held on a Section 1 Firearms Certificate (there are other Sections for different categories of firearms, for example machine guns are in Section 5 and historic breech-loading firearms are in Section 7). It is difficult for private citizens to obtain an FAC for other than one covering Section 1 firearms.

- More detail from this helpful club site:

Marty K.