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“The 5 Most Overrated Guns of All Time”

Caleb over at Gun Nuts Media posted an interesting piece of clickbait/S-rank trolling yesterday. My list would look somewhat different but I can’t disagree with his choices, except maybe the Luger (do anyone outside of collectors/closeted Nazi fetishists still think that P08s are cool? All I can think of are srs historical gun collectors and these guys). The FB thread where Caleb posted the article has spawned the predictable complaints and jimmy-rustling that I guess he hoped for.


This is easily my favorite

My list would look something like this:

1) John Browning’s beloved 1911: Not to take anything away from the genius of the design that continues to influence basically all pistols, but you can’t argue that the it isn’t dated compared to more modern designs. The original old school sights are garbage, but it’s limited capacity as a big bore single stack is the primary (huge, glaring) flaw today. The fact that CAG/ACE/whatever Jedi-level SOF have moved away from the design should be a clue, but there will always be derpy commentators out there repeating the same worn out Cooperisms about mythical “one-shot stops,” “low capacity only matters if you plan to miss a lot,” and of course “they all fall to hardball.” But I guess the number of people willing to pony up thousands of dollars for Wilsons, Nighthawks, Les Baers, et al. shows no signs of dissipating, so long live the “king of the feedway stoppage.”

2) Glock Perfection: The flipside of the above mentioned coin for those who respond to criticism of the 1911 with cries of “just buy a Glock.” Nope. The OEM sights are still garbage, and Glock fumbled their selling point of “bulletproof reliability” pretty badly IMHO with the earlier (pre-Gen 4) .40 cal models and newer 3rd Gen 9s like mine. And the less said about .45 GAP, the better.

3) Everything Caleb said about the M14: Every. Single. Word.

4) SKS: Everything that can be said about the M14 (e.g. incredibly short service life aside from certain ceremonial units) goes double for the SKS, with some additional caveats all its own. The SKS has even lower standard capacity than the M14, with the extra downside of using an internal magazine that must be topped off with stripper clips. The M14 at least gets a little extra oomph from its 7.62N caliber, whereas the SKS is limited to the same M43 rounds as its bigger, better brother the AK. And the SKS isn’t even accurate enough to be used as a DMR like the retrofitted M14s used by the US. The only thing that keeps it from being bumped up to the #3 spot is that (as Caleb also pointed out) the SKS seems to be less popular now that prices have tripled compared to when I bought a M59/66 years ago. It’s still a gun for poor people though, and everyone can agree that the opinions of poor people don’t matter.

5) Mosins: Caleb is on point here as well. Just because some people with lots of skill and trigger time can make 1000yd shots doesn’t mean that throwing an Archangel stock and NCStar scope on your C&R piece is going to turn you into Vasily Zaitsev or Simo Hayha. It’s a gun for people who really liked Enemy at the Gates for some reason, and for those who don’t have the patience to save up for a Ruger American.

Dishonorable mentions: bullpups and PDWs (looking at you, FN P90), DA revolvers bigger than a J-frame snub, and anything in .40 S&W.

Thursday; Packing/Unpacking and Two Videos

A package from Midway USA arrived at my door today with a Glock spring loaded bearing I’ve been needing, along with some B-8 Repair Centers. Still waiting on my new extractor to finish (hopefully) fixing the issues with my G19, but I won’t get to check it out for a little while yet as I’m in the process of packing for a backpacking trip with friends this weekend. Here’s a couple of videos that I found interesting this week:

1) Forgotten Weapons posted this piece examining a prototype Colt made to fill the SOCOM request for an Offensive Handgun Weapon System that ended up being won by H&K with the Mk. 23. It’s an interesting combination of time-tested features from 1911s, design elements borrowed from failures like the Double Eagle and All American 2000, and just plain weirdness like a spring-loaded, frame-mounted compensator for attaching a suppressor. While it’s no surprise that Colt’s entry lost, it still makes for a fascinating piece of SOF weapons history.

2) Trigger Time TV posted this video to their YouTube channel with Frank Proctor explaining the how’s and why’s of using a 50 yard zero and how to establish it from the ten yard line. I use a 50/pseudo-200 zero myself. While I’ve never tried it from 10 yds, I’ll be sure to try this technique the next time I confirm zero.

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

As promised, I went to the gun show this morning in Glendale. As this was my first show in a few years (I think Rep. Giffords was still in office and pro-2A the last time I went), it was an opportunity to get reacquainted with the whole scene.

Crossroads of the West used to be the bigger gun show that came to town and was held at the Phoenix Fairgrounds. Due to the state fair going on right now, it was moved to University of Phoenix Stadium. I’m not sure if it was originally supposed to be larger before the change of venue, but the result was about 1/6 the size and correspondingly reduced number of vendors/booths/tables that I remember from shows past. Meanwhile, the price has gone up from $10-12 back in the day AKA 4-5 years ago (IIRC) to $17 this morning. So it looks like my gun show dollar isn’t going as far as it used to (paying 141.6% of the price for 16.6% of the goods, if my math holds up).

Quality also seemed down overall from what I remember. But rather than dwell on the rows upon rows of dollar store knives, no name optics, and knock off gear, I’ll run down the bright side:

1) I don’t think I saw a single Colt 6920 going for over $1K.
2) Lots of nice milsurps around, especially Garands and Springfields.
3) Plenty of cool old pistols also, including a decent Savage 1907 (although I’m more of a Colt Pocket Hammerless kinda guy) and a pretty good Union Switch & Signal 1911.

I didn’t see my unicorn AKA PTR 32KFR, or even the threaded 10/22 Takedown I’ve been looking out for. Good prices were to be had on CZ and HK pistols I was interested in, but I’m not in the buyer’s market right now*. Ammo prices were okay, and at least J&G still had plenty of 7N6 for sale. I did try to check out the new Kershaw/Emerson folders but what I saw didn’t impress me as a potential cheap replacement for my CQC-7. The search goes on.

*Things to do before I let myself buy another gat: new tires for my bike (since the cool fall weather means I’m out of excuses not to ride to school), new extractor/ejector/etc. for the problematic G19, a real-deal shot timer, a new EDC folder or just pony up for a replacement blade from Emerson, more 9mm and 5.56 ball, Oh, shit! I never did get those BUIS for the AR, and of course I could always use more magazines…

It never ends. One more for the books.