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  1. 10mm hands down. I will own one eventually. It was the first round I ever handloaded for under my uncle's supervision (he had a S&W auto). Too bad all the 1911s chambered for it are too expensive these days. I don't really want a Witness or Glock.
  2. John Browning fired his 1919 for the military in a trial and had a huge amount of ammo attached to it, he just kept shooting. By the time he was out of ammo, the barrel was a bright red and bullets were little more than lead smears on the target, but the gun still worked. As far as modern small arms, I'd be more worried about if what I'm holding is on fire/melting than the gas tube or barrel. You'll probably not be able to hold the gun any longer for it to be of use before a part fails from continuous fire.
  3. Peroutka is too intent on shoving Christianity down everyone's throat. I vote Badnarik (and did).
  4. You don't need a lot of fancy stuff, just get it chambered in a US round like the Galil (.308/.223), Valmet, Saiga, or VEPR. One of the biggest downfalls of the AK accuracy wise is the 7.62 ammo. It is far from top quality fodder. Most Saiga .308s like mine shoot 2MOA with Aussie F4 NATO ammo. I know one guy has a 22" one that shoots 1" groups at 200 yards with a custom stock and handloads. They can be made to shoot, you just have to pick your rifle and ammo carefully. QC goes a long way.
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    Oh, the intermediate cartridge idea is way older than the '50s. The original cartridge planned for the Garand was the .276 Pederson firing in a smaller cartridge akin to the .308. But stockpiles of existing .30-06 ammo made them adopt the rifle to fire it. Sound familiar? You guys are a bit out there with your 5.56 theories. The round was adopted to allow the soldier to carry more ammo, a big plus since suppression fire because a frequently used tactic. The ammo originally tumbled and caused some pretty impressive stopping power. This was a combination of early 1/12 rifling and the understabilized but fast M193 loading. The inaccuracies of the rifling was noticed in the jungles of Vietnam, but the unstable bullet would definately stop people once it contacted. Nowadays the bullets are more stable due to 1/9 and 1/7 rifling. The thing that causes good stops today is fragmentation of the ammo, not tumbling. It's actually a side effect of high velocity and the cannelure weakening the bullet's structure. If the bullet has sufficent velocity, it practically explodes after impact. Unfortunately this is range (velocity) limited and puts the frag threshold just under 200m with a 20" barrel and M193. With a 14" barrel it's down to around 100m. With an 11 or 10" barrel your below that. The slower heavier grain loading that is now more common has very unpredictable frag qualities and that is why more rounds are required to stop someone. The 77gr BTMs are supposed to be getting good results though due to, not surprisingly, instability on impact and tumbling.
  6. The gun has to be made in the US, no matter who wins the contract. That's why HK bought land in GA for a plant... but hadn't broke ground pending the outcome of a certain contract *cough*.
  7. It's practically a prototype round without much public interest at the moment (unlike the Grendel and SPC). What do you expect? They did tests of it at blackwater, but that's about the only detailed info I know of it would be located (the reports).
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    The HK416 is old news. It's their piston-upper HK M4 that Colt sued them over and had the name changed. Seems like HK enthusiast can't do anything more than rehash old news, just like HK rehashes their old products into new ones. HK needs to quit trying to stay afloat on their reputation and start making new, ground breaking weapons.
  9. Didn't she already sign a deal to write more books about Harry with a 'higher education' subject or something like that? I seem to remember she agreed to more books beyond the original seven though, but that this subject (of Voldemort and what not) was to end with the next one. Maybe someone else knows?
  10. I thought the same thing, guess we'll see.
  11. SMGs are just large pistols, so they use the larger diameter cartridges just because it's convenient firepower in the small package. It also makes them more controllable compared to rifle cartridges. What pushes the bullet is expanding gas, no shockwave. Inside the case is powder, when the primer is struck it sparks igniting the powder which then expands and forces the barrel out of the barrel because it is the easiest path for it to exit. This same gas is sometimes syphoned off through a hole in the barrel to work the action (like an AK). Small cartridge/less propellant/heavy bullet: slower Large cartridge/more propellant/lighter bullet: faster Pressures being equal of course, independant of diameter as well. The rifle cartridge can also take advantage of slower burning powders to keep the expansive effect and thus velocity longer because of the longer barrels, while short-barreled firearms are better with a fast-medium burning propellant. Actually, when it comes to projectiles, the BC or ballistic coefficent (wind resistance) increases as the lenth of the bullet increases (along with weight). Shape also has some impact, like spitzers and boat tails. A smaller cross section at impact means more penetration. When it comes to things like hydrostatic shock, it is the result of a high velocity bullet, expanding and dumping it's energy suddenly. It's still being studied, but interesting and experienced by deer hunters all the time. As stated above, it's a matter of harnessing the expanding gasses to push the bullet and whether the burn rate of the powder is optimal for the lenght of barrel. Rifles utilize velocity to get the job done, pistols utilize sectional densisty and diameter. The magnet thing is more commonly called a rail gun. The problem is making it affordable, compact, and supplying power. Most people don't like electronics in a life-saving device (I don't). If I remember correctly, the US Navy is supposed to start phasing rail guns onto their ships within the next 5 years, so it's not a forgetten object. I just doubt it will be very practical for mobile small arms for several years. You also loose something else unless your magnets follow the spiraling pattern down the barrel: centrifical twist that stabilizes the bullet. Something else interesting you might want to look into is Metalstorm. They're a company making firearm devices that have multiple barrels preloaded with bullets seperated by powder charges multiple times in one barrel. They ignite the charges with electric charges through the firearm and can fire multiple shots with no casings, action movement, or anything. When their large "box" shooting machine fires, it sounds like a loud buzzing thing. I'm no expert on physics, just owned guns long enough to the point where I got interested in ballistics and loading my own ammo. Some of the stuff might not me 100% correct, but I try.
  12. Numbers usually denote diameter, but it can vary and is more an approximation than anything. The number of calibers (or diameters) is practically endless, but the most common ones are .172, .223/.224/5.56, .243/6mm, .257, .264/6.5mm, .277/6.8mm, .284/7mm, .308/.311/7.62, .323/8mm, .338, .355/.38/.357/9mm, .40/10mm, .429/.44, .452. Those list the actual bullet sizes in diameter. As you can see, some are lumped together with different measurements. The .308 also has .311 listed because the 7.62x39 used in AKs and SKS uses the larger bore size, yet the 7.62x51 uses the .308 size. The 9mm's actually bullet size is .355", yet the .38 Special and .357 use the same size bullet but carry different names. The former got it's name from the old numbering system of naming the cartridge based on case diameter rather than bullet (that same can be seen in the .44 Magnum, despite it using a .429" bullet). The .357 number is off for marketing reasons to differentiate it from other cartridges, a very common practice these days. Marcinko pretty much hit it on the head, refering to bullet weight and velocity, but this can be slightly misleading. A rifle and pistol shooting the same cartridge will have virtually the same recoil but the rifle will have a higher muzzle velocity. So, it also comes down to the amount of explosive and the pressure it works at. Perceived recoil is also altered by the firearm weight and your position. A prone shooter feels more recoil than one who is standing because they move less thus absorbing more recoil directly. Similarly, a rifle shooter experiences more recoil generally because the rifle recoils into them while a pistol shooters arms can act like a set of springs absorbing the recoil (ie weaver stance) while also running some off while rotating upwards. Generally the reason for large calibers in handguns is because they need it to be effective. Because they lack the velocity needed for terminal performance of small bullets, large ones where used to inflict the most damage. This extends from the blackpowder days when round balls were used, nothing expanded. Now in modern times we have hollowpoints and other expanding ammo, so caliber has shrunk somewhat and made the 9mm caliber quite popular. The FN Five-seveN and .224 BOZ are probably the biggest examples of this. You don't ask you won't learn.
  13. My town has 10,000. I know one a few miles away that has a population just under 600.
  14. Guess my 16 handguns, rifles, and shotguns qualify me as an Army? cdn, I don't mean to act like I'm a hardass, but please don't just go around shooting animals for the fun of it. It makes you look bad and reflects the same attitude on gun owners in general. There are only 3 reasons for shooting an animal: - Hunting (you eat it) - Pests that cause damage - Predators I can understand the gophers due to their effects on farm equipment and sometimes lifestock (not to mention disease). But the badger and rabbits (if it was some)? It didn't sound like you were going to eat either of those. By all means, keep shooting, just think before you act. Also, please follow the basics of gun saftey, especially knowing what your target is and what is beyond it.
  15. Least you figure it out on your own i had someone post a link to something else and it ended up being a sound clip of a guy going up to a women who just bought the book saying " Snape Kills Dumbeldore" and she's screaming NOOOOOOOOOOOO ← Was she literally screaming no? I admit it wasn't right him doing that, but even I would have laughed at that. Got a link?
  16. I guessed after the second 'attempt' who was going to die accurately. I had no idea who the HBP was until the story revealed it. Never put two and two together I suppose. The incident with Draco and Harry was quite a surprise and changed my opinion of the HBP completely. GB: You haven't read the books? The movies are quite horrible compared to the books. They cut almost all the good parts, change the plot to their liking, and even modify things to the director/writer's perspective. They're quite a farce and I find it hard for myself to watch them considering all the changes they made. It's almost like dumbing down the series. I can always hope movie 4 is better, but consider their past installments, I'm not expecting to be satisfied. I can understand cutting things out, but adding in new stuff for the fun of it or altering it as the book tells it just ###### me off.
  17. Actually, if there was enough interest and someone cared to start a HP spoiler thread, we could discuss the ending and some thoughts I have on the matter.
  18. I thought it was an amusing turn on the "Assault Weapon" title anti-gun groups give them. But go ahead and buy one if you want, it'll only make you happier.
  19. Follow the 04SVT guy's replies: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=827430
  20. Aren't they more modern inventions anyway and no where near a traditional Japanese weapon? BTW, you should see this guy on the [H]ard forums. He has several swords made in Japan and even a custom set armor of theirs that he actually has to ship back and forth for repairs when needed.
  21. Did someone say my name? Most manufacturing companies have websites and list their MSRP. Those are still way too high to pay for in a shop, but it gives you a good rule of thumb about pricing. Your best bet is to find someone who has dealer pricing so you know how much your being charged for their profit. A pawn shop in another town has a guy who lets you look through his catalogs and order anything at his price plus $20. One shops around here does the MSRP less 8%, not the best but it's OK. So it pays to look. If all else fails, I would take 15% of the MSRP and aim for that. Some gun dealers also price high to work with the prices while others don't. If there is a Wal-Mart nearby and you're wanting a 'politically correct rifle' you can probably get it from them for a good price.. They have a catalog they usually keep around and you can order things besides what they have on display. Some good sites for pricings are CDNN and SOG. They're outfits that buy in bulk and have great prices or even purchase police trade-ins for a good deal. The former has a catalog you'll need to download in order to see the firearm prices. Just remember: You can't purchase a firearm over the internet per se, what you'll do is called a transfer. Find a local FFL dealer who allows transfers, they'll also charge a fee for it ($20 is a good mark, some are above or below that) and he'll need to send a signed copy of his FFL to whoever you're buying the firearm from. Once they have the paper work, you send them the money for the gun and they ship it to your FFL. You then go to the FFL, fill out the yellow form and he does the background check and charges you the afformentioned fee and off you go (pending state regulations). Also, gun prices differ a lot depending on demand as well. Armalite AR-180Bs had a MSRP of $600... good luck finding one under that. Most are priced over and a shop in a nearby town known for good prices was selling theirs right at the MSRP.
  22. That isn't true. Depending on what type of FFL you can get, you can sell out of your house. But you do need to be 21. ← Can your house be a place of business? I just said you have to have a store front with designated hours (and a sign if I remember). You can't just get a license for private use, they ended that in the '90s and cut the number of FFLs in half. As for actually being able to use your house, it depends on local regulations. They may not allow. You also leave your whole home open to ATF search and seizure should they want to go snooping, which wouldn't be true if your place of business is on seperate property. Not exactly the best of ideas.
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