Gunpowder Grotto

The thoughts and musings of a gunfighter wannabe.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Crossing over with Kim du Toit

Kim from the blog The Other Side of Kim, he's holding a contest called Crossing America II. Now, I'm always up for a good challenge, so I filled out my little list and sent it off to him. Here's what I chose and why:

Handgun: C96 Mauser
Why: Well, for one thing, this is my favorite handgun (next to the classic
Colt SAA), and I believe that if you like the gun that you're using, then you'll
feel more comfortable with it, and I believe that comfort is very important when
handling a firearm. As for technical reasons, the Mauser is an extremely durable
gun, and if I'm having to travel, I want a gun that'll stick with me the whole
way. Also, there's the ammo. Like you said when you reported on this weapon, the
Mauser fires a fairly small 7.63 mm/ .30 Mauser rounds. Because of their small
size, they'll be light and easy to carry. Now, one of the downsides to having
small ammo is the fact that it doesn't pack that much power. However, there
wasn't that much in the way of body armor back then, and because of a lack of
medical abilities, people rarely survived a gunshot wound. In other words, as
long as I hit my enemy, there shouldn't be any problem.

Long Rifle: M1 .30-.30 Plainfield Carbine
Why: This rifle, is my absolute favorite rifle. Lightweight, low kickback,
moderate durability, and it's horrifyingly accurate. Now, I don't know if it was
the rifle, or I'm just a really good shot, but I've been able to hit 7 out of 13
rounds on a target 300 feet away. That's right. 300. One three, two zeros. Oh,
did I mention that I don't have a scope, and only used that little piece of metal on the end of the barrel (I will be honest, though, my grouping for it was in the 6 inch-plus range)? I haven't used that many rifles (I'm more of a handgunner), so I don't know if most people would agree with me. However, there's no denying that if I've got my carbine, nothing would stand in my way.

Knife 1: Classic Swiss Army
Why: There is no way I need to explain this to anyone.

Knife 2: None
Why: Like some people said in the last challenge, I think that an axe would
handle most of my larger cutting needs. Instead, I want to bring along either a
gun-cleaning kit, or a manual on how to fix a broken gun. As you said before,
Murphy's Law states that there is a chance that my guns could either get stolen
or break, which, since I did not choose two guns of the same calibur, would put
me at a major disadvantage. I won't have any defense if one of my guns gets
stolen, but at least I'll be okay if they break.

Yeah, it's a pretty unusual list, but I'm a pretty unusual guy. If anyone else would like to take the challenge, go ahead and give it a try.


At 10:02 PM, Blogger Peter said...

You might consider just what good it does you if the guy you shot dies in a week from infection, after he has put several large, leaky holes through your more sensetive body parts.

We don't shoot people to kill them, we shoot people to make them stop what they are doing right now.

By the same token, we would also be shooting critters, in hopes of eating them. That is why they are made of meat. When shooting critters, the sooner they drop, the less we have to chase them.

Little bullets? Feh.

At 5:18 AM, Blogger The Wandering Gunslinger said...

But tell me, if you shoot a little critter with a big bullet, then what'll be left to eat?

At 5:11 AM, Blogger Cat said...

Although I have a fear of guns, I still think you're awesome for being obsessed with them.

You're so corrupted. <3


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