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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.

Tuesday, Range Day

Enjoying this morning’s cool weather (71 degrees! although it was 81 when I finished), I took the opportunity to drive out and do some shooting in the desert as I’ve been itching to reshoot Dot Torture.

What followed was a comedy of errors:

1) My first attempt resulted in 35/50 from ~3m. It was difficult to diagnose any specific failing over the others, but I was very disappointed with my shooting from the draw using my usual AIWB holster*, especially considering this was something I worked on last week. This was maddening.

2) I used the better part of another box of ammo to work on my draw. From concealment, my splits were hovering around 1.83 seconds. I switched to my Blade-Tech OWB holster and got down to 1.36. Still too slow, as I’d really like to get these numbers down to 1.5 and 1.0, respectfully. Something else that needs more practice…

3) I had previously used the Surefire shot timer on my old iPhone 4S. It never worked very well for me and the entire phone gave up the ghost over the summer. In need of a replacement on short notice, I got an iPhone 5C only to find that the Surefire app is no longer offered in the iTunes store. I downloaded the Innovative Applications shot timer app over the weekend and today was my first time trying it out. Performance was spotty at best, no matter how I tried to dial in the sensitivity. This was not aided by the unusually strong winds (more of a brisk breeze, really, but still sufficient to blow over my target stand in the middle of a string). TANSTAAFL, so I guess I will finally be needing to pick up the real thing.

4) Shooting the drill two more times didn’t lead to any better results, but it did burn up the rest of my ammo. Infuriated, I compounded my errors and shot even worse when I tried again. Looks like I’ll putting in my order with Freedom Munitions sooner rather than later.

5) Upon reaching the 1,100 round mark, my G19 appears to have entered the terminal stages of “late model third generation Glock extractor syndrome.” One FTE in the first 700 rounds, two FTEs in the next 200, and today FIVE more, with four of them being classic stovepipes. In all cases, the ammunition used at the time of the failures has been Federal or American Eagle 115gr FMJ. The gun will be sidelined until I can replace the extractor, ejector and spring loaded bearing. More on PMCS issues in a later post.

6) After picking up my brass and packing away my range bag and target stand, I began to drive away only to find that I had left my shooting table folded up and leaning against the passenger side of my truck. Alerted by the sound of it sliding off the rear quarter panel and hitting the ground, I saw it in my side mirror and was able to stop in time to retrieve it. It was just a little extra kick while I was still mentally down from my performance.

As much as I would like to attend some high volume professional training, I feel like there’s currently just too many things I suck at to get the most out of such an opportunity and justify the cost, both in terms of time and cash outlay. It can be difficult not to feel disheartened about shooting after days like today, but I try to stay upbeat (a day on the range beats a day spent doing most anything else), take away the things I need to work on (re: all of them) and be more diligent with my dry firing routine in order to continue showing improvement.

*I practice on the range with a Dale Fricke Archangel but I carry in an RCS Vanguard 2. I find the VG2 more comfortable for sitting, bending, driving, and other daily activities, but the Archangel allows reholstering and doesn’t risk burning my junk after a long string of fire. Both have roughly the same angle for the draw, so I don’t feel too bad about using different gear to train with, and I still practice dry fire repetitions with my carry setup.