Must I Do This?

Trying To Fight The BS

Skip this post if you don’t want to read low level details about how guns and bullets work. It’s pretty dull stuff, but I felt I had to post on it, given the rabid acts of the media right now and the amount of emotional disinformation they are putting out as “reporting”.

First cup of coffee. Pop on the PC to see what’s happening in the world. Found yet another over the top sensationalist article in the Brit press, foaming at the mouth about the Newtown shootings. Unbelievable nonsense presented as firearms facts. Am I the only person who can think? Is the entire world utterly ignorant about how firearms operate? Who writes this crap, and worse, who believes it? So here’s a few factual rejoinders; a couple grains of sand on the beach against the tsunami of garbage anti-gun “journalism” being spewed out around the world by deliberately ignorant reporters.

Adam Lanza rigged rifle for maximum damage

Lanza taped together two cartridge magazines to his Bushmaster .223 calibre rifle so that he could flip between the two with speed and ease, The Daily Telegraph has been told.

Wayne Carver, the Connecticut medical examiner, said Lanza used a technique known to gun enthusiasts as “jungle-taping”. This helps explain how the killer was able to wreak so much carnage in a shooting spree that may have lasted barely five minutes.

Nonsense. Taping magazines together like this saves perhaps half a second when you swap out an empty magazine for a fresh one. And it’s still a two hand job, one to press the magazine release button and the other to pull out the empty mag, reverse it, and smack it back in. It hardly takes any time less to use your one hand to press the release and drop the mag on the ground while your other hand pulls another one from your vest or pocket and inserts it into the magazine well.

The bullets used in the massacre were designed specifically to penetrate deep tissue and do a “devastating” amount of damage. Weapons experts believe the killer used “frangible ammunition”, which fragments on impact, inflicting wounds that are usually beyond medical help.

Probably nonsense. Actual frangible ammunition is widely available; the bullets are made from sintered bronze powder, which is then heated just barely enough to hold together. These bullets were designed specifically to not over penetrate, and turn into dust once they gone a few inches into their target. That makes them “safe” to use inside airliners in flight, where the chance of a bullet going through a target and then putting a hole in the cabin wall exists, which would eventually lead to cabin depressurization. Standard hunting ammunition uses “frangible” bullets as well, but only in that ALL bullets are frangible to some extent when they hit things. Please. Bullets are made out of lead, which is very soft stuff, wrapped by a very thin layer of brass, which is also a fairly soft metal. Spin them around at 100,000 rpm or so, and then shoot them into something fairly solid at 2000mph and they’re going to deform. Lots. This is called “mushrooming”, and it’s exactly what hunting bullets are supposed to do. But let’s look a little bit deeper. The M-16 and AR-15 family of rifles use a cartridge known as the .223 Remington. Hunters use that same cartridge to hunt rabbits and squirrels, a class of small animals known as varmints. Because these creatures are so very small, and often hunted at quite long ranges of 300 to 500 yards, the teeny tiny bullet fired by the .223 (the bullet is about the size of 3 grains of rice) has to mushroom very quickly to be effective. Thus varmint bullets are highly delicate, aka “frangible”, and shred themselves just after impact. Squirrels and rabbits are only a couple inches thick, so this kind of fast expanding bullet ensures a quick kill and makes hunting them humane. Yes, they seem to be nearly explosive in effect, but what you’re witnessing is the instantaneous hydraulic effect of kinetic energy transfer. Hit a deer with a Mack truck going 70mph and the effect is the same: splat. This is how bullets work. This is the real world, not some idiotic TV show. No bullet has every been designed to specifically create wounds that were beyond medical help. (gun folks: yeah, I know about the square ones for that early machine gun, designed to be used against muslims. The bullet didn’t work any different than a round one). But any small to medium small sized animal is going to die very quickly from both the hydraulic effect and the fist sized hole created by the bullet.

Lastly, it is a complete violation of physics for a bullet to be able to penetrate deep tissue and also fragment on impact. Choose one or the other. To penetrate deeply, you need inertia, which is given by mass and velocity. When a bullet fragments, the mass is lost. Little bits go off in various directions, and because they’re little they don’t have the inertia to penetrate very far.

Lanza is believed to have fired at least three 30-bullet magazines with chilling accuracy – only two people, both teachers, survived their injuries.

“Chilling accuracy”? Oh please. He had a rifle. The people he shot were only a couple feet away. That kind of rifle with that little cartridge has next to no recoil, so he was never pushed off target by the kick. It would be almost impossible to miss, even if you just pointed without really aiming.

And now I read how Vice President Plugs Biden, arguably the stupidest human in government, will head up Obama’s push for sweeping anti-gun legislation. (keeping Obama’s hands clean, what what?) While the entire world press amps up the hoplophobia as high as it can by publishing endless misleading articles. And in the end, damn little will be done to get the lunatics out of the public so that they can’t own or steal weapons to enact their rampages. No, it’s time to really screw over the law-abiding gun owners, because we’re all somehow responsible for the actions of another madman loose in society.

If you want to know the real truth about how bullets work, read this. It will take you an hour, but you will be properly informed. If that’s too much, just jump to here and look at the pictures: for the most part, .223” hunting bullets only penetrate about 4”. The best of them can manage about 7”, but with much less mushrooming than the others. The horribly sad part that relates to this tragedy is that half a foot is about the torso thickness of a 6 year old. Those poor kids were blown to smithereens, and that’s sickening. But pistol bullets would have done exactly the same thing. They were just too small a target.

Posted by Drew458    United States   on 12/19/2012 at 01:45 PM   
  1. Actually Drew, Having Plugs head up this “Detail” ensures that NOTHING will happen of any effect on any front. Remember what a great job he did overseeing the Stimulus money ad Sheriff Biden? Ya, Me Neither.But lets make it visual for the troops out there:

    loser  loser  loser  loser  loser  loser  loser  loser  loser  loser  loser

    Posted by Rich K    United States   12/20/2012  at  01:02 AM  
  2. Once can hope that Old Joe will do his usual and say something completely stupid - hey, maybe that’s the real plan? Put Biden in charge of the committee, then when the LSM, citizens, etc start to blast them for their recommendations - it can all be blamed on Joe.

    Sounds like a win-win for someone.

    I still want to know - just how do adding more regulations not violate the Second Amendment, specifically ”the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

    Posted by jackal40    United States   12/20/2012  at  12:24 PM  
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