Browning HP 9mm Service Issue.
Actually I wasn’t bad with this particular steel and a 2 inch group slow fire at 20 yards was the norm. Up the speed to timed and reactive target exposures on multiple targets and for some reason the group sizes decreased to an inch to an inch and a quarter. Go figure? I couldn’t work it out.
Then, after a good few years the paper was dropped for muscle and blood. Only it’s funny how a bit of stress monkey’s around with your precision BUT center mass was assured out to 25 meters. (Note I’d grown up by then and thought ‘metric’).
Yet the hype behind the effectiveness of the 9 x 19 FMJ was never the same as advertised . However, the hours of dry firing and practicing tactical reloads helped a lot. In short, beyond phone box range, I found I was using at least half a mag per target 5-7 rounds. (Got to love that boxy 15 (-1) round mag)
Only a pistol jock was not me in real life as I’ve got slow reflexes but putting me behind a short carbine? Watch out, coming through!
And now we start!
Short carbine? More like an AK.
Now I know the preferred weapon to carry is a handgun and I have no problem with that, especially in public and a home invasion when you need act FAST.
There are however other options if you can get to a weapon before they can get to you. To that end I’m thinking about the ‘bump on the night’ which you go to investigate (aka widow making, aka house clearing).
A short carbine makes an impression on a bad guy way better than a spray and pray shotgun or a handgun with it’s notorious inaccuracy in a highly stressful, not well lit, fluid scenario.
So now I’m sitting waiting for:-
Too much gun, not easy to maneuver, unwieldy in use and hard to aim, and over penetration.
- Firstly, too much gun may be right BUT you’ll love the 30 round mag if push comes to shove and multiple targets. I’m NOT talking going full auto. Semi auto with a carbine works well in most clearance scenarios.
- Not easy to maneuver. If you KNOW the layout of your home, and practice, it’s usually perfectly maneuverable.
- Unwieldy. In your shoulder at the low ready?
That’s a VERY strong platform to quickly acquire and engage a target.
- As for sighting? The advantage of a short carbine is you won’t encounter the grip and sight alignment problems of a pistol!
- Over Penetration. OK, I agree and you have to be well aware of your surroundings. Only what’s the difference between a carbine and a pistol? Both need you to be background aware before firing.
- The last point I’m adding from experience.
The roar of a full bore cartridge, close aboard, when you are in a confined space is DEVASTATING to anyone in front of you. Unfortunately you will cop some of that sound pressure yourself but to the average jerk in front of you, it’s not going to be ‘nice’.
So why not a shotgun?
The double crunch of A PUMP ACTION is meant to melt the resolve of every criminal in the world. Actually you just told him exactly what he is facing AND, more importantly, where you are. Plus, I would remind you about ‘boxy magazines’. With the right handgun you can rip off 15 rounds in 20 seconds. The cyclic rate of an 8 cartridge pump? 16-18 seconds for all eight? Maybe.
Only now you are reloading while still taking fire.
Even if you can manage to do that, what you haven’t got in many designs is a detachable magazine so it’s one cartridge at a time aka SLOW!
I’ve never been in that position and hope I’ll never be facing someone ripping off rounds at me while I’m reloading a shotgun, BUT a 30 round carbine magazine would definitely give you a slight edge. What think you?
A footnote to calm the liberal, woke, and snowflakes.
There are other options which will give you time and possibly end the invasion before you have to engage.
Burglars and home invasion scum don’t like three things.
Sound bomb sounders both internal and outdoors, High intensity random strobe lights, and someone screaming high power noisy orders and white noise at them.
ALL THREE are way preferable to you going all RAMBO and trying to clear your home of intruders on your own.
All can be achieved cheaply (ish) and effectively with electronics while you are on a phone calling for help and getting ready for action. That and the addition of the way more expensive smoke cloak systems.
Thus I offer you gentle souls an alternative to GUNS!