a reply to: projectvxn
I share your love for the odd and unique!! In the last few years I've also very very much begun to gravitate to older firearms, especially if
they're obscure or odd!
However while I own bolt actions I do not share the belief that they are intrinsically more reliable or better than semi automatic firearms! There is
a caveat to this however. I do maintain the "standard" armory which is my grab if zombies, the brady campaign, or jehovah's witness' this way
come kit.... (HAH)
In this kit which very much conforms to the rules of infantry combat (2 is 1, 1 is none. If it's stupid but it works, it's not stupid. what do you
feel when you line the enemy up in your sights and pull the trigger, RECOIL. et cetera ad nauseum) In this I maintain a his and hers set of the MSR
and HD basics as well as a couple mossberg 22 caliber semi automatic rifles for fun and for gentle introduction of newcomers into the sport.
But these aren't my passion anymore.
What gets my blood pumping these days is stuff like the raging judge (So jealous.... It'd be worse if you had the russkie 12 gauge)
the Phillips and Rodgers Medusa revolver (A version of that built on a chiappa type setup for .410 all the way up to 460 rowland 45 win mag acp super
and etc in a hard case or better yet the mummy style gun roll with a stock kit based off the Knight's armament suppressed revolver and a 2.75 3.5 5
7.5 9.5 16 and 20 inch interchangeable barrel set..... Heaven in a revolver)
the Remington Model 10 and 29 true breakdown pump shotgun. John Pedersen designed this gun.... It's neat, and unlike most breakdown shotguns the
magazine tube and barrel assembly come out as one unit. It also bottom ejects which I like being a leftie and all. (You'll be seeing a version of
this pop up eventually on whatever home build site is the home of the gifted at that time)
The FN-D / KG. M-37 BAR and the Darne machine gun in it's various guises.... Neat little boogers Both of them... It's really too bad the guy on
weaponsguild took down his info on the FN-D plate build type receiver he did. He basically used the same concept the 1919 and Ma deuce machine gun
receivers were built on to build an FN-D kit. In case you are wondering the FN-D version of the BAR has a pistol grip quick change barrel system
and a couple other goodies. Highly Neat, and unfortunately pretty darn incompatible with the Ohio Ordnance Works Semi Auto Reciever kit.
And Finally on the old list..... The FNA-b43 SMG (Delayed blowback.... Nifty), The original belt fed Thompson, The Pasam Machine Pistol (AKA the
cherry on top of the sex on a stick that is the broomhandle mauser), The LMG 25 Machine gun, and most importantly the FG-42!!
Newer guns that really catch my attention are anything bullpup especially if it's russian chinese or home built. (Oh speaking of russian anyone who
wants an actual diagram of the internal workings of the TKB-022PM just PM me and I'll send it to you)
Every czech machine gun that springs from the zb-26/bren line most especially the VZ 52 LMG/GPMG (And you thought american gun designations were
crazy ... check this out 3 of my favorite guns are the VZ-52, the VZ-52, and THE VZ-52!!! why did I list the same gun 3 times? I didn't One is a
pistol, one's a battle rifle, and one's an LMG/GPMG!!! Yup 3 guns all VZ-52) and the UK 59.
The Vz 52 rifle and mas 49/56 are also rapidly becoming 2 more favorites of mine. Oh and the VZ-58.... I gotta say Czech pistols and rifles really are
a cut above the rest. This is why it scares me and saddens me to see them starting down the path to the mediocre side in buying guns from companies
like FN, Beretta, and HK. (before the hate mail starts or the U R TEH DUMB U LIKE FN TEH FN-D messages flood in... realize I'm a huge fan of their
past work but the entire region other than poland and the czechs turned their brains in in the mid 50's for the most part... coincidentally right
around when they "agreed" to 7.62 Nato standard...)
Oh yeah.... slightly off topic .... but 7.62 nato.... NOT A FULL POWER CARTRIDGE... Which is sad because even with a weaker cartridge our guns that
fire it are by and large heavier less durable and up to an ORDER OF MAGNITUDE more expensive than things like the PKM ROFL....
I'm a big fan of things like the PM-63 rak, 6.5x25 CBJ refits, Especially the B&T MP9 version..., and the model 11/14 machine pistol designed by
Russel S. Robinson.... I'm also a Huge fan of the HK 21,22,23 E series as well as the non snafu'd early Cetme Ameli and the Amazing but pretty much
totally unknown XM 234 248 which really should be our issue LMG to this day!
Unfortunately the brits let the DOD buy Robinson and he spent the next decade or two working on the cursed m73/219 .... (old tanker joke from that era
do you know why the upgrade m73 is called the m219? because its 3 times as CRAP as the original...) Oh and the "NEW" .338 norma magnum belt fed
currently being pimped.... Yeah Russel basically the same thing in 50 caliber.... in NINETEEN FORTY THREE!!!!
Now those of you that haven't pulled the rip cord with the TL
R tag on it yet may wonder where this is going...
Basically I've come to the inescapable conclusion that the so called plateau we've reached in small arms tecnology only exists in the minds of the
hide bound mediocre and uneducated. This should be obvious to a trained observer actually willing to take a hard and jaundiced look at the actual
facts such as they are vis a vi the small arms technology world.
Those facts are... Guns are getting more expensive, heavier, and less durable at a disturbing rate! Are we able to place shots more Accurately and
Precisely? Absolutely! However, this is IN SPITE OF the degradation in overall design quality of the firearms being produced! Considering the
Advances in Materials science and machining its literally glaring obvious that it's the design that's the problem when guns firing in many ways much
more consistent ammunition that in most cases is less energetic and smaller than the ammunition fired by the old guns people compare them to at
straight across equivalence!
Technology hasn't plateaued.... instead we've reached several evolutionary deadends simultaneously with losing vast amounts of institutional
knowledge, information, and lessons learned from the past! We're also reaping the consequences of literally 80 years of for the most part picking
the wrong freaking gun at every key juncture for the entire 80 years too!
If anyone's interested I can provide a specific example from very recently that should anger anyone who hates waste and willful stupidity.
And before anyone is tempted to call me a monday morning quarterback please understand that I've been actiively engaged in working with firearms
technology for a long time now, and am finally on the cusp of putting out SEVERAL projects any one of which I'd challenge most of the other posters
on this site to outdo with UTTER confidence that they couldnt.