Pocket .380 With A Twist

Cimarron Firearms (of Fredericksburg, Texas) released an interesting little revolver. It is a replica of the Colt 1862 Police Pocket Conversion but instead of being a black powder revolver chambered in either .31 or .36 caliber it is chambered in .380 ACP.

Yup, the very same .380 ACP cartridge, developed by John Moses Browning in 1908, that is so very popular in today’s pocket pistols.

So, if you want a replica of of a classic and historic single action revolver but want it in a modern caliber, this gun’s for you.

God Bless

 

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Old School ARs From Brownells

I grew up on a steady diet of Westerns and in the great state of Texas which means that lever action rifles were as common in my youth as iPhones are today. As a result (or maybe in spite of this) I have a passion for them which is why the release of the 1894 in .38/.357 is such good news to me (link).

On the other hand as a child of the 60’s and early 70’s the M-16 was the new and iconic rifle of the US military. Since even as a kid I was addicted to the news I saw the M-16 in action almost every night in scenes from Vietnam and other hot spots around the world.

The end result is a bi-polar love for cowboy guns and the plastic/aluminum guns of the space age.

While I truly enjoy modern AR-15 and the flexibility of the platform there is something really cool about the old school M-16s and original AR-10 prototypes and I have been contemplating an old school build for quite sometime. Last year Colt announced a few reproductions of old school ARs but Brownells has upped the ante…a lot.

They are offering a full line of retro ARs in both 5.56×45 and 7.62×51. For me, my first choice out of the lineup would be replica of the original AR-10 complete with top charging handle and slab side sans forward assist

Definitely Old School
No forward assist, slab side, top charging handle

These rifles are pricey but they are a lot less expensive than the originals.

God Bless.

Marlin 1894 .38/.357 Is Back!

Maybe the most exciting news out of the 2018 SHOT Show (for me) was the Marlin 1894 CST. This is a new edition of the classic Marlin lever action chambered in .38 Special/.357 Magnum that sports a 16.5 inch threaded barrel, black finished wood furniture, XS ghost ring sights, big loop lever and a a brushed stainless finish.

1894 CST

While I think this particular model is extremely cool the real reason I am so excited is that it signifies a return to manufacture of the 1894 in the .38/.357 cartridge. Since the Remington takeover (ruination?) of Marlin the pistol caliber carbines have been nearly as hard to find as honest politicians and carbines chambered in .38/.357 have been even more rare than that. Hopefully, this means a return to production for all the models in this line.

For around $300 less than the $1154 MSRP of the CST I would probably buy the plain Jane 1894C with the longer (20 inch) barrel.

Traditional 1894C

What it lacks in “tacticool,” if that can ever be applied to a lever gun, of the CST you get an extra four rounds of capacity and the $300 savings can go into better sights and more ammo. Now if I were to find a particularly good deal on the CST…that might be a different story.

God Bless

2018 Preparedness Assessment (Part 3: TEOTWAWKI)

To paraphrase the Thoughtfully Prepping Blog, after the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) the world will still be here.

There are a lot of scenarios that could bring about the end of the world as we know it; a successful EMP attack against the US, a solar CME on the scale of the Carrrington event that strikes the northern hemisphere, plague (natural or man made), a large scale nuclear exchange, an eruption of the Yellowstone super-volcano, an asteroid impact of sufficient size, the zombie apocalypse (every preppers favorite), etc., etc., etc. I am not preparing for disasters of this scale.

What?!

Sacrilege, you say!

Nope, I am not a “doomsday” prepper.

Do I think that these events are possible?

Yup.

Do I think they are likely?

I am 100% positive that the Earth will experience one or more of these events at some point in time.

So, why am I not prepping for them?

Simple, I lack the resources and the knowledge to prepare for such events.

Should there be a successful EMP attack against the US or a massive CME hit the Amish may not even notice. They may be overrun by hordes of their neighbors trying to take what they have but their way of life would be, essentially, unaffected. If I had the money to buy a farm and the time to learn all the ways of the Amish I could survive as well. I don’t have either of those. Especially since I would also have to build an underground bunker capable of surviving a nuclear blast and stock it with months or years worth of supplies underneath said farm in order to survive a nuclear exchange. I would also need an arsenal within the bunker and walls around the farm to survive the zombie hordes. I could save some money on preparing for the Yellowstone volcano because, we’d be within the zone of destruction, depending on the size of the blast. To survive the asteroid strike I would need a space station…

You start to get the idea.

By definition, we have no idea what conditions will be like and what it will take to survive once the world as we know it is gone otherwise we would call it something other than the end of the world as we know it. We can make some suppositions but the reality would be that strength, cunning, creativity, perseverance and a heck of a lot of adaptability would be more valuable than anything else at that point.

So, like I said, I lack the resources and the knowledge.

Instead, I focus on preparing for the situations we have an actual possibility of surviving with the resources I can put together.

Will the preparation I have done for smaller disasters give me a bit of a leg up on surviving “The End?”

I would think so but who knows…

God bless

Another Interesting Release From Taurus

Ruger was at it a week or two ago and now I guess Taurus is trying to get some pre-SHOT show attention. This time it is with the (re)release of a six shot snubbie, the 856.

Taurus 856

Essentially, this is the same revolver as the 85FS I picked up a week or two ago but with a six round cylinder instead of five.

Cool, neat but not enough to get me to buy one unless I come across another great deal.

God Bless!

Taurus Announces New Revolvers

Taurus announced two new revolvers today; a new .44 Magnum as well as a .357/.38/9mm multicaliber revolver.

The Tarus Raging Hunter (I hate that name) is a .44 Magnum geared towards (hold your breath) hunters…

The Raging Hunter

The slab barrel is actually a two piece unit with a steel insert wrapped by an aluminum housing to reduce weight although, this guy still weighs in around four and a half pounds. The integral rail would make mounting optics easier and the ported barrel should help tame whatever recoil the weight does not.

Of more interest (for me) is the Taurus 692. It is a .38 Special/.357 revolver with something extra; a second cylinder that allow the use of 9mm rounds. The 692 will come in two barrel lengths; 6.5 inch or 3 inch. The other cool thing about this revolver is it packs an extra round in the cylinder, it is a seven shot instead of a six shot. Both barrel lengths will be ported which is all fine and dandy for taming recoil at the range but could get interesting in a self-defense situation, Imagine having to fire from an odd (entangled) angle and getting a blast of host gasses in back at you clothing or in your face…

Taurus 692 (6.5 Inch)

Despite the porting, I do like this little monster and like it when a manufacturer puts decent (and replaceable) sights on their revolvers.

Will I be putting a deposit down on either one of these any time soon?

Nope.

Will I consider on in the future?

Sure, the 692 would make a nice and versatile revolver to add to the stable that can eat cheaper and more plentiful 9mm ammo in addition to .38 Special and .357 Magnum.

Am I happy to see new revolvers released?

Absolutely!

Now if Ruger would release an LCRx in .38/.357 and include a 9mm cylinder would I be buying it?

Yup.

Thanks to Richard over at Guns Holsters and Gear (http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com) for posting these up originally.

God bless

2018 Preparedness Assessment (Part 2: Christianity And Preparedness)

A lot of folks, Christian and non-Christian alike, have questioned whether trying to be more prepared contradicted my claim that I have faith in God. Basically, whether preparedness and Christianity are compatible points of view. Most of the time they say something along the lines of:

If you truly trust in God you would trust in Him to provide for you in disasters too.

For those who are familiar with the Bible, they will generally toss out a Biblical reference like this one:

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

-Matthew 6:26

However, few will carry on to the very next verse:

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

-Matthew 6:27

In the context of verse 27 it becomes pretty clear (to me anyway) that Jesus was not encouraging us to lay around and wait to be fed and clothed. He was just pointing out that worry and stress accomplish nothing. Worry and stress, we know today, not only won’t add any time to our lives they steal time away in the form of any number of physical ailments.

A few verses later Jesus says:

…seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

-Matthew 6:33

What I believe that He is saying here is that we, as Christians, need to make God our first priority; that we need to focus on him rather than fancy clothes or fine foods. He is talking about our priorities and where they should be.

Besides that, the Bible is full of examples of preparedness in action. Of course, when this topic comes up Noah is typically brought up but there were others including Joseph (of the fancy coat) who counseled Pharaoh (interpreting his dreams) and helped Egypt prepare for the famine to come by storing up food during the times of plenty (Genesis 41).

The book of Proverbs has several passages that would encourage being prepared:

The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.

-Proverbs 21:20

and

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

-Proverbs 27:12

and

Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!
Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work,
they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.
But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up?
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—
then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

-Proverbs 6:6-11

The New Testament has fewer verses (that I know) that encourage preparedness other than spiritual. However there are numerous passages that guide us to take care of our families and provide for their needs. To be watchful for the difficult times to come.

From this, I don’t see where there is any conflict between preparedness and my faith. As long as it doesn’t become my “god,” it doesn’t become the focus of my life. For me, the challenge will be how to balance charity and the clear directive to love my neighbor against preserving my own supplies for those who are entrusted to my care…

I pray I never have to make those decisions and if I do, I hope I will have the courage and strength to follow His will and not my own.

God bless.