monday search term safari XCVI.

is the saiga 308 a viable mbr

It’s as viable as the person shooting it, although I’d probably not choose a rifle that requires magazines stamped out of sheets of pure unobtainium.  The Saiga .308 is like the Bren Ten of the rifle world….statistically speaking, there are probably 0.8 magazines per rifle in the country.

Incidentally, and speaking as someone who was issued a .308 battle rifle in the military (a H&K G3), I’ve come to conclude that the caliber isn’t all that suitable for an infantry rifle.  Most of your shots are going to be at 200 yards or less, and ammo load is far more important than terminal performance at machine gun ranges.  Our battle load for the G3 was five magazines of 20 rounds each, and 100 rounds are gone in a hurry when things get exciting.  The 5.56mm does the job just fine at typical rifle-fighting ranges, and Joe Infantry Grunt can carry two and a half times more ammo for the same weight penalty.

what guns do the fbi carry?

The Feebs get their choice between a Glock 22 and Glock 23 when they graduate from Quantico.  (This is either directly before or after they get their sense of humor surgically removed.)  The Glock 22 is so ubiquitous in the holsters of American law enforcement officers that it has turned pretty much into the S&W Model 10 of the early 21st century.

black bear at the window

Had one right outside our kitchen window last year, which was exciting.  He was pawing at the bird feeder above the window.  Big bear, too…although furry things tend to look bigger than they are when you spot one in the dark, he was able to reach a bird feeder hanging seven feet up.

pirate action shooting

That’s a new shooting sport discipline I thought up.  To clear all the stages, you need a blunderbuss, a cutlass, and a sash full of flintlock pistols.

munchkinwrangler semi automatic revolver

There are two semi-auto revolvers in existence: the British Webley-Fosbery, and the Italian Mateba Model 6 Unica.  I’ve never had the opportunity to fondle a Webley-Fosbery, but a friend of mine used to own a Mateba, and I got to handle and shoot it.  It’s a funky gun–the frame has no topstrap, the cylinder has no fluting, and the barrel is situated so that the bottom chamber of the cylinder is the one that lines up with the tube.  If you use warm enough loads, the top part of the gun rides back a short distance and cocks the hammer as it does, so you have a revolver that functions much like a pistol.  With weaker loads, the energy isn’t enough to “cycle” the gun, so it works like a DAO revolver.  We used to joke that the Mateba was a clever way to combine the drawbacks of the semi-auto pistol with the drawbacks of the revolver.

.32 h&r mag vs .38

The .32 H&R Magnum puts out roughly the same muzzle energy as a standard-pressure .38 Special, by launching a smaller and lighter pill at higher velocities.  The advantages of the .32 H&R Magnum over vanilla .38 are lower recoil, and the ability to squeeze one more round into a cylinder of the same size, making the .32 J-frames six-shooters.  Disadvantages include higher cost of ammo, and less availability on gun store ammo shelves.

how much do kid wranglers make

Not enough.  If you added up all the jobs and responsibilities of a full-time parent, and then hired specialists to do the work instead, you’d need to hire a teacher, a bodyguard, a cook, a nurse, an office manager, and a driver, and your payroll would be a quarter million dollars a year.

munchkin wrangler pilot varsity nib size

The Pilot Varsity disposable fountain pens sold in the U.S. all come with medium nibs.  They also sell a fine-nibbed version called the Vpen, but it’s hard to find in this country.

phds per capita los alamos

Not surprisingly, Los Alamos has a high percentage of Ph.Ds, which may have something to do with the fact that Los Alamos National Laboratory is located there.  Places where they do nuclear research tend to attract a lot of people with big brains and diverse abbreviation salads appended to their names.  Despite the fact that may of them probably hold more than one doctorate, “per capita” is not quite the right term to use, though.  It means “per head”, and is therefore more appropriate for statistics like income and beer consumption rate.


That’s the take for this Monday morning.  Now I’m going to have another cup of Go Juice, and then I have to get the kids ready.  Lyra has an appointment at the ophthalmologist’s this morning, and I have assorted stuff to mail to friends and relatives, so we’ll be out until lunch.  That’s the high-flying, jet-setting life of the stay-at-home Dad for you…


12 thoughts on “monday search term safari XCVI.

  1. Canthros says:

    Just FWIW, there was also an American clone (licensed, IIRC) of the Webley-Fosbery called the ‘Union’ revolver. Astonishingly, it was actually uglier than either the Mateba or Webley.

  2. Calvin's mom says:

    I like the new look!

  3. Ken says:


    Kidding aside, it would be really cool.

  4. kneil says:

    Pirate action shooting needs a swivel gun stage.

  5. Ken says:

    Navigation and seamanship, too. 🙂

  6. Michael G. says:

    One of the local italian gun mags had the Rhino revolver on the cover recently. It’s a spiritual successor to the Mateba, and I believe one of the people behind the Mateba was also the one responsible for the design of the Rhino (he returned back to gun construction after making industrial kitchen appliances for a while, if I’m not mistaken).

    It’s not semi-auto, but it shoots from the bottom chamber, which puts the axis of the barrel very low. It’s one ugly mofo; here are some pics of both the snubnose and long barrel versions:

    I can look forward to not shooting one soon, since I don’t have an italian gun permit.

  7. Joe Allen says:

    Also, there was the Dardick:

    A magazine fed revolver.

  8. Michael G. says:

    I can’t decide which one of them is uglier.

  9. The advantages of the .32 H&R Magnum over vanilla .38 are lower recoil, and the ability to squeeze one more round into a cylinder of the same size, making the .32 J-frames six-shooters.

    A risky gamble it may be, but since I don’t have to pay for the tooling I’m confident the .32 mag would be more popular if–instead of merely squeezing another round into an existing gun design–somebody built a smaller pocket revolver that ran the tiny little cartridges. A late-19th century style baby wheelgun with a bit of actual power behind it? I’d buy one, and I can’t carry in my home state.

    • Tam says:

      Actually, the J-frame is a .32 caliber revolver design.

      When they decided to shoehorn the .38 into the .32 frame, it lost a round of capacity.

  10. Laughingdog says:

    You know, FBI Special Agents don’t have to carry a Glock 22 or 23. They are given a few other options for a carry gun, though it’s not a long list. There is even at least one 1911 authorized in that list.

    But they’d have to be into firearms enough to want to spend the extra money on something better. From what I can tell, that’s pretty rare in there.

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