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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Weapon of Choice


Joe Biden vs. Lindsey Graham: Who knows more about post-apocalyptic survival?
  
Fear is a sickness. It will crawl into the soul 
of anyone who engages it. 
It has tainted your peace already 
--Apocalypto (2006) 

Ray, has it ever occurred to you
 that maybe the reason we've been so busy lately 
is 'cause the dead HAVE been rising from the grave? 
--Ghostbusters (1984) 

You can go with this 
Or you can go with that  
--Weapon of Choice, Fatboy Slim 
_____________________   

So when the zombie Apocalypse goes down, what will be YOUR weapon of choice?  

Salon's Alex Seitz-Wald spoke with Ranger recently on the topic, and we thought you'd like to see on which side of the divide he comes down (Joe Biden vs. Lindsey Graham: Who knows more about post - apocalyptic survival?) 

From the article:

"Crazy as it may sound, one of the debates in the fight over gun control in Washington right now is whether you’d be better off using a shotgun or an assault rifle to defend yourself against marauding bandits in some kind of post-apocalyptic hellscape.
"On one side, Vice President Joe Biden, who favors reinstating the ban on assault weapons, said last week in a Google hangout that after a big earthquake or natural disaster, you wouldn’t want an assault weapon anyway. “A shotgun will keep you a lot safer — a double-barreled shotgun — than the assault weapons in somebody’s hands that doesn’t know how to use it, even one that does know how to use it,” Biden replied.
"But this week, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who opposes reinstating the assault weapons ban, said Biden is wrong. Invoking the 1992 Los Angeles riots during a Senate hearing on gun legislation Wednesday, Graham said that while he respects Biden’s opinion, 'I think I would be better off protecting my business or my family if there was law and order breakdown in my community, people roaming around my neighborhood, to have the AR-15.'
"So who’s right? We put out a call to gun experts to find out. It may seem a little gauche to game out the hypotheticals of shooting bandits in a doomsday scenario, but this is something that concerns some in the gun-rights community and liberals need to be able to speak informatively about guns and their use.
"Jim Hruska, a former Army Ranger who commanded three marksmanship units and is now a firearms instructor in Florida, in addition to a gun collector and blogger, said he would take the shotgun almost any day. “For an assault rifle, you have to have some pretty extensive training to be proficient with it,” he said, noting that only perfectly aimed shots will work while the others will whizz by.
"Explaining that he keeps an Ithaca police shotgun 'no more than 3 feet from my bed,' Hruska said, 'One thing that I consistently tell people is that an assault rifle is only useful is if you’re fighting as a unit,' when team members use fire and movement tactics to overwhelm an enemy. 'That’s obviously not a home defense kind of thing.'"
.  .  .
“But the truth is, I would use whatever I could get my hands on,” Hruska said. Another thorny gun control debate that seems unresolvable.

Well, that's your Ranger, for whom the book "Small Arms of the World" is light bedtime reading.  But you already knew he wasn't (primarily) an assault rifle kind of guy.

[n.b.: Ranger only instructs Lisa in firearms usage today.]

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10 Comments:

Blogger basilbeast said...

You would also need to take in the type of Zombie you're dealing with. The slow stumbling shufflers or the amazingly quick predator types.

The right tool for the right job, yes?


bb

Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 4:28:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger basilbeast said...

And at McZombie's

http://americablog.com/2013/02/wife-drops-gun-at-mcdonalds-accidentally-shoots-husband.html


bb

Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 4:39:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

Sawed-off (or with the 20" deer barrel) Remington 870 with a 0 buck load and the magazine plug removed.

Handy, light, hits hard at short range, reliable, not prone to jamming or misfeeding. Like an Instamatic camera; just point and click.

Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:24:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

bb,

Some accident, huh?

Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:08:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still think mines set in concentric circles around one's bunker are the way to go (everyone here has a bunker don't they?).

I live or die on the theory that HE WILL KILL ZOMBIES or at least stop them cold.

12 gauge pump action OO buck magnum is the back-up for any that get through the mine field.

avedis

Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:47:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Chief,
Since i'm responding to a anti gun type i'm hesitant to recommend RP number 4 turkey as a treatment of choice.
The last round in the tube is ALWAYS a brennecke slug.
jim

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:40:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Avedis,
IF THINGS GET THAT BAD THEN I'LL SHOOT MYSELF WITH MY 7 ROUND 1911A1.
jim

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:42:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an untrained civilian, but one who has experienced a break-in, these conversations always make me wonder what difference the type of weapon makes. The most basic and important thing is early warning that an intruder is in (or trying to get in) the house. Once the knife is across your throat or the gun at your temple the weapons cache is useless. Perhaps a small but very yappy dog is the first line of defense in home protection? I must first be awake and aware that trouble is afoot before I can respond - a firearm being one of several possible responses, depending on the circumstances.

Jay in N.C.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1:37:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Jay,
Well said.
Until recently i kept 2 or 3 Catahoulas as yard dogs.
They did not sleep inside until my last dog got too old for outside living.
Early warning is a key.
Automatic lights are good warning, if properly used and placed, except small critters can trip them.
Personally i keep a gun handy and think happy thoughts.
jim

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1:43:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Jay,
Well said.
Until recently i kept 2 or 3 Catahoulas as yard dogs.
They did not sleep inside until my last dog got too old for outside living.
Early warning is a key.
Automatic lights are good warning, if properly used and placed, except small critters can trip them.
Personally i keep a gun handy and think happy thoughts.
jim

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1:43:00 PM GMT-5  

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