Friday, February 20, 2015

The strange story of the cosmonaut shotgun

Story here:

Up until 2007, Russian spacemen carried short barreled, three-barrel drilling guns in their survival gear. The shotgun barrels were 12.5mm and the rifle barrel underneath was 5.45x39. The gun's removable shoulder stock contained a machete. Remember that the Rooskies use ground landings for their capsules and this gun starts to make sense. Come down in a remote area and you may need some survival gear beyond a scout knife and a fire starter. A suitable firearm is a fine enhancement to your survival gear just about anywhere, providing meat for the pot as well as protection. The Cosmonaut gun also launched signal flares.

What the Russians worked out here is really rather clever. Reports elsewhere say that the gun is no longer in service because the peculiar shotgun ammunition that it uses is no longer readily available. The crew gun is now just an ordinary automatic pistol, which, while it may be adequate, is certainly not as imaginative.

"TP-82" by One half 3544
Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
photo: Business Insider

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Crye SIX12 evaluation guns now available for LE and military

Go here to ask for one:

Manufacturer video via

The SIX12 is a revolver shotgun system that may be mounted as an under-the-barrel door buster on a rifle, or stocked as a stand-alone shotgun. It has some innovative design features that may lead you to discover further applications for it. I have not shot or even examined one, so I cannot say anything beyond that. I am, though, happy to see development and innovation in shotguns.

Lots more about it on the web:

Saturday, February 14, 2015

For better or worse

photo: Wikipedia

It's an odd thing. As soon as you commit to a certain caliber or weapon you become keenly aware of its limitations and the fine characteristics of the other choices. If you choose a riot gun over a modern rifle such as an AR-15, you become keenly conscious of the shotgun's range limitations. If you choose the rifle you become aware of its lesser hit probability, at close range where it counts. So it is with other sorts of guns--carry pistols or you name it. Your choice becomes a fence, on the far side of which the grass is greener. I suppose that is why some shooters have lots of guns. This gun does something or other better than that one, and the other one over here is lighter to carry than either of those, and so on.

Still, you have to narrow things down at some point. You cannot carry a whole safe full of guns with you, and it is not practical to stock up on ammo in a dozen calibers.

What if there are no wrong choices? In terms of likely threats, either the riot gun or the AR-15 will do a good job of protecting your life, and either the .38 snub or the pocket auto pistol is a good deal better than nothing if you need a gun unexpectedly. Doubtless the gun manufacturers would rather you not think this way, but why not ask yourself whether what you have is generally adequate? If it is, stop worrying about it. You don't need to go shopping.

What you really need to do is get to the range and practice, using drills of high relevance to real world scenarios. Solve any problem that tends to plague your shooting, whether it is a flinch, rushing the trigger, pointing not aiming or whatever. Worry about software not hardware--by which I mean, program your skills. In many cases, where there has been a real need to shoot to defend one's life, the kind of gun used has been the factor that has counted least of all.

And yet that is the one we worry about. Go figure!