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Buddhabelly
01-26-2010, 2:12 PM
From one of my other car forums.
Gun Definitions
(Probably posted, nevertheless very funny and partially accurate)

M14/M1A: Clunky, heavy, and overpowered. Essentially a Garand tarted up with a removable magazine, in a half-baked attempt to adapt a 19th century rifle design philosophy to the mid-20th century. Most often named as favorite infantry rifle by people who never had to hump a 10-pound wood-stocked rifle with lots of sharp protrusions and no collapsible anything on a three day exercise, or try to make it through a firefight with the standard battle load of five 20-round magazines.

AK-47: Crude and inaccurate bullet thrower designed by and for illiterate peasants. Chambered in a caliber that manages to cut the ballistics of a proper .30-caliber battle rifle in half without passing on any weight savings to the grunt. Ergonomics only suitable for Russian midgets. Archaic cable trigger spring, crummy sights, no sight radius to speak of, no bolt hold-open device, and a clumsy safety. Favorite infantry rifle of Middle Eastern goat herders, guys named Abdullah, and backwoods militia types who like the fact that it shoots cheap ammo and has ballistics like their familiar .30-30.

H&K G-3/HK-91: Ergonomics of a railroad tie. No bolt release, and a locking system that requires three men and a mule to work the cocking handle. Fluted chamber that mauls brass, and violent bolt motion that dings the brass that didn't get mauled too badly by the chamber. Stamped sheet metal construction, yet just as heavy as a milled steel M14. Safety lever that requires unnaturally long thumbs, and a trigger pull that feels like dragging a piano across a gravel road with your index finger. Favorite infantry rifle of Cold War nostalgics and third world commandos.

M-16/AR-15: Underpowered varmint rifle burdened by a crummy magazine design. Nasty direct-impingement gas system that poops where it eats. High sight line, flimsy alloy-and-plastic construction. Generally favored by range commandos, tactical disciples, military vets who have never fired anything else for comparison, and Brownells addicts who a.) enjoy spending three times the cost on the rifle on bolt-on accouterments, and b.) never have to use their rifle away from a dry, sunny range.

G-36: Flimsy plastic rifle with non-user adjustable fair-weather optics that fog up when a gnat breaks wind in front of them. Magazines that take up twice as much pouch space than others in the same caliber because of the "clever" coupling nubs on the magazine housing. Skeleton folding stock that is about as suitable for butt-stroking as a plastic mess spork. Twice as expensive as other rifles in its class because of the "HK" logo on the receiver. Preferred infantry rifle of SWAT cops, and soldiers whose militaries haven't been in shooting conflicts since the 1940s.

Glock: Butt-ugly plastic shooting appliance with the ergonomics of a caulking gun. Five-pound trigger with no external safety makes it ill-suited for its target market (cops who shoot a hundred rounds a year for qualification). Favored by gangbangers because the product name is short and rhymes with other short, rap-friendly words.

Beretta 92F/M9: Clunky and overweight rip-off of a clunky and overweight German design from the 1930s. Shear-happy locking block, ergonomics that are only suited for linebackers, barely adequate sights that are partially non-replaceable, and low capacity for its size. Favored by Eighties action movie fanatics and John Woo freaks.

1911: Overweight and overly complex piece of late 19th century technology. Low capacity, useless sights in stock form, and a field-stripping procedure that requires three hands. Favored by people who are at the cutting edge of handgun technology and combat shooting...of the 1960s.

H&K P7: Wildly overpriced, heavy for its size, low capacity in most iterations, and blessed with a finish that rusts if you give the gun a moist glance. Gas tube has a tendency to roast the trigger finger after a box or two of ammo at the range. Favored by gun snobs who think that paying twice as much for half the rounds means four times the fighting skill.

SIG Sauer: Top-heavy bricks with the rust resistance of an untreated iron nail at the bottom of a bucket of saltwater. Ergonomically sound, if you have size XXL mitts. Some minor parts made in Germany, so the manufacturer can charge 75% Teutonic Gnome Magic premium. Favored by Jack Bauer fans and wannabe Sky Marshals/Secret Service agents.

S&W Revolvers: Archaic hand weapons from a bygone era, the missing link between flintlocks and autoloaders. Low capacity, and reloading requires a lunch break. Heavy for their capacity, unless you're talking about airweight snubbies, which hurt as much on the giving end as they do on the receiving end. Rare stoppages, but few malfunctions that don't require gunsmith services, which are hard to come by in a gunfight. Favored by crusty old farts who just now got around to trusting newfangled smokeless powder, and Dirty Harry fans with unrealistic ideas about the power of Magnum rounds vs. engine blocks.

SMLE/Enfield: Refinement of a 19th century blackpowder design. Weapon of choice for militaries who either couldn't afford Mausers, or had ideological hangups about Kraut rifles. Rimlock-prone cartridge that only barely classifies as a battle rifle round because of blackpowder derivation and insufficient lock strength of the platform. Favored by Canadians with WWII nostalgia, and people who think that semi-auto rifles are a passing fad.

Browning HP: Fragile frame designed around a popgun round. Near-useless safety in stock form that's only suitable for the thumbs of elementary schoolers. Strangest and most circuitous way to trip a sear ever put into a handgun. Favored by wannabe SAS commandos, wannabe mercenaries, and Anglophiles who think that hammer-down, chamber-empty carry is the most appropriate way to carry a defensive sidearm.

Benelli shotguns: Plastic boutique scatterguns made by people with the martial acumen of dairy cows. Hideously expensive, and therefore popular with police agencies that get their equipment financed by tax dollars.

FN FAL: Long and lightweight receiver that's impossible to scope properly. Overpowered round, twenty-round magazines that run dry in a blink, and an overall weapon length that's only suitable for Napoleonic line infantry, but utterly useless for airborne and armored infantry. Made by Belgians, a nation with a military history that is limited to waving German divisions through at the border. Favored by Falklands veterans, Commonwealth fanboys, and people who think that dial-a-recoil gas systems are the epitome of infantry technology.

9mm Luger: European popgun round that's only popular because the ammo is cheap for a centerfire cartridge. Cheap ammo is a good thing for 9mm aficionados, because anything bigger and more dangerous than a cranky raccoon will likely require multiple well-placed hits. Wildly popular all over the world, mostly in countries where people don't carry guns, and cops don't have to actually shoot people with theirs.

.45ACP: Chunky low-pressure cartridge that hogs magazine space and requires a low-capacity design (if the gun needs to fit human hands) or a grip with the circumference of a two-liter soda bottle (if the gun needs to hold more than seven rounds). Disturbingly prone to bullet setback, expensive to reload, fits only into big and clunky guns, and a recoil that has an inversely proportionate relationship with muzzle energy.

.40S&W: Neutered compromise version of a compromise cartridge. Even more setback-happy than the .45ACP, and setbacks are much more dangerous because of higher pressure and smaller case volume. Manages to sacrifice both the capacity of the 9mm and the bullet diameter of the .45. Twice the recoil of the 9mm for 10% more muzzle energy.

.357SIG: Highly overpriced boutique round that does the .40S&W one worse: it manages to share the capacity penalty of the .40 while retaining the small bullet diameter of the 9mm. Noisy, sharp recoil, and 100% cost penalty for ballistics that can be matched by a good 9mm +P+ load. Penetrates like the dickens, which means that the Air Marshals just had to adopt it...only to load their guns with frangible bullets to make sure they don't penetrate like the dickens.

.38 Special: Legacy design with a case length that's 75% longer than necessary for the mediocre ballistics of the round due to its blackpowder heritage. On the plus side, the case length makes it easy to handle when reloading the gun. This is a good thing because anyone using their .38 in self-defense against a 250-pound attacker hopped up on crack will need to empty the gun multiple times.

.44 Magnum: Overpowered round that generates manageable recoil and muzzle blast...if you're a 300-pound linebacker with wrists like steel girders. Often loaded to "Lite" levels that turn it into a noisy .44 Special while retaining the ego-preserving Magnum headstamp. Considered the "most powerful handgun cartridge in the world" by people whose gun knowledge is either stuck in 1960, or who get their expertise in ballistics from Dirty Harry movies.

10mm Auto: Super-high pressure cartridge that beats up gun and shooter alike. Very brisk recoil in anything other than all-steel S&W boat anchors, with a shot recovery that's measured in geological epochs for most handgun platforms. Often underloaded to wimpy levels (see ".40 S&W"), which then gives it 9mm ballistics while requiring .45ACP magazine real estate.

.357 Magnum: Lots of recoil, muzzle blast, and noise to drive a 9mm bullet to reckless speeds in an attempt to make up for its low mass and diameter. Explosive fragmentation and insufficient penetration with light bullets; excessive penetration and insufficient expansion with heavy ones. Still makes only 9mm holes in the target.

SVPRApps
01-26-2010, 2:15 PM
That was a great read

$P-Ritch$
01-26-2010, 2:26 PM
I liked it. Especially about the Beretta being favored by 80's action movie and John Woo fanatics.

My375hp302
01-26-2010, 2:46 PM
Geeze, did Barbra Boxer write that? I'm reminded of a line from Bambi ..... if you don't have anything nice to say, then drink a nice cold glass of STFU... or something like that....

maxx424
01-26-2010, 2:53 PM
Now that is funny!!

Bug Splat
01-26-2010, 2:57 PM
Wow, lot of hate there. I wonder what he actually likes.

pepsi2451
01-26-2010, 3:06 PM
LOL That was good. Thanks for posting it.

C_1
01-26-2010, 3:10 PM
That was a fun read. Im interested in knowing what the author likes, have, or carries, since he dissed just about everything..

Geeze, did Barbra Boxer write that? I'm reminded of a line from Bambi ..... if you don't have anything nice to say, then drink a nice cold glass of STFU... or something like that....

Haha

corrupt
01-26-2010, 3:12 PM
Hahaha

SJgunguy24
01-26-2010, 3:14 PM
Made by Belgians, a nation with a military history that is limited to waving German divisions through at the border

Thats damn funny there.

mstlaurent
01-26-2010, 3:28 PM
Wow, lot of hate there. I wonder what he actually likes.

That's exactly what I was thinking. Sounds like he's a flintlock man, since that's about the only firearm technology that he didn't disparage at some point.

Mr.Pickles
01-26-2010, 3:32 PM
I lol'd

That's exactly what I was thinking. Sounds like he's a flintlock man, since that's about the only firearm technology that he didn't disparage at some point.

or the mosins

dilligaffrn
01-26-2010, 3:38 PM
Get that man a crossbow...

45ACP FTW!

nrakid88
01-26-2010, 3:43 PM
Made by Belgians, a nation with a military history that is limited to waving German divisions through at the border

Thats damn funny there.

Haha, only one that made me chuckle.

The DRis
01-26-2010, 3:47 PM
Written by a true Hi-Point fan.

God Bless The Mauser
01-26-2010, 4:38 PM
.45ACP: Disturbingly prone to bullet setback

I agree with that.

Grendel Guy
01-26-2010, 6:22 PM
Wow, lot of hate there. I wonder what he actually likes.

Maybe it was written by Arnold. Didn't he want a plasma rifle at the gun shop? The piece was funny though

long_action
01-26-2010, 6:44 PM
:clap:

YESSSS! One or two of those are definitely going to be part of my signature!

That stuff is F&^% AWESOME!

Uncle Jess
01-26-2010, 6:48 PM
Good read.

killshot44
01-26-2010, 8:56 PM
Nice. And for some folks: It's called Sarcasm. Look it up. ;)

23 Blast
01-27-2010, 2:32 AM
Pretty funny. The only guns he didn't seem to beat up on were bolt-action hunting rifles, 30-30 levers, and Ruger pistols.

23 Blast
01-27-2010, 2:42 AM
That said, here are my addendums for those guns I just mentioned:

winchester70, Remington 700, etc: "Riflemen's Rifles" which are often platforms for Bobby Lee Swagger wannabes who will attach a scope that is roughly the size and cost of the Keck Observatory telescopes, all in pusuit of that 1000 yard shot that they'll never actually take.

Winchester 94, Marlin 336: lever action 30-30s which aficionados like to point out have taken more deer than any other gun and cartridge out there. Well, that's like saying Ford Tauruses rack up the most miles on the road than any other car. Just because something is ubiquitous doesn't make it great. However, since most owners of 30-30s have never shot anything else for comparison, they simply don't know.

Ruger pistols: huge, chunky, clunky pieces of American engineering that manages to combine excessive weight, ungainly bulk, inferior aesthetics, AND low capacity all in one package. At least Ruger fans can look down at others and say, "well, at least I don't own a HI-POINT!!!"

:D

taloft
01-27-2010, 7:09 AM
"...and a trigger pull that feels like dragging a piano across a gravel road with your index finger."

I have a few triggers that resemble this remark.:p

That is hilarious. The only thing more funny is watching people get bent over a satirical jab at the industry.:D