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*M14/M1A:* Clunky, heavy, and overpowered. Essentially a Garand tarted
up with a removable magazine, in a half-baked attempt to adapt a 19th
century rifle design philosophy to the mid-20th century. Most often
named as favorite infantry rifle by people who never had to hump a
10-pound wood-stocked rifle with lots of sharp protrusions and no
collapsible anything on a three day exercise, or try to make it through
a firefight with the standard battle load of five 20-round magazines.

*AK-47:* Crude and inaccurate bullet thrower designed by and for
illiterate peasants. Chambered in a caliber that manages to cut the
ballistics of a proper .30-caliber battle rifle in half without passing
on any weight savings to the grunt. Ergonomics only suitable for Russian
midgets. Archaic cable trigger spring, crummy sights, no sight radius to
speak of, no bolt hold-open device, and a clumsy safety. Favorite
infantry rifle of Middle Eastern goat herders, guys named Abdullah, and
backwoods militia types who like the fact that it shoots cheap ammo and
has ballistics like their familiar .30-30.

*H&K G-3/HK-91: *Ergonomics of a railroad tie. No bolt release, and a
locking system that requires three men and a mule to work the cocking
handle. Fluted chamber that mauls brass, and violent bolt motion that
dings the brass that didn't get mauled too badly by the chamber. Stamped
sheet metal construction, yet just as heavy as a milled steel M14.
Safety lever that requires unnaturally long thumbs, and a trigger pull
that feels like dragging a piano across a gravel road with your index
finger. Favorite infantry rifle of Cold War nostalgics and third world

*M-16/AR-15:*M-16/AR-15:* Underpowered varmint rifle burdened by a
design. Nasty direct-impingement gas system that poops where it eats.
High sight line, flimsy alloy-and-plastic construction. Generally
favored by range commandos, tactical disciples, military vets who have
never fired anything else for comparison, and Brownells addicts who a.)
enjoy spending three times the cost on the rifle on bolt-on
accouterments, and b.) never have to use their rifle away from a dry,
sunny range.

*G-36:* Flimsy plastic rifle with non-user adjustable fair-weather
optics that fog up when a gnat breaks wind in front of them. Magazines
that take up twice as much pouch space than others in the same caliber
because of the "clever" coupling nubs on the magazine housing. Skeleton
folding stock that is about as suitable for butt-stroking as a plastic
mess spork. Twice as expensive as other rifles in its class because of
the "HK" logo on the receiver. Preferred infantry rifle of SWAT cops,
and soldiers whose militaries haven't been in shooting conflicts since
the 1940s.

*Glock: *Butt-ugly plastic shooting appliance with the ergonomics of a
caulking gun. Five-pound trigger with no external safety makes it
ill-suited for its target market (cops who shoot a hundred rounds a year
for qualification). Favored by gangbangers because it's
short and rhymes with other short, rap-friendly words.

*Beretta 92F/M9: *Clunky and overweight rip-off of a clunky and
overweight German design from the 1930s. Shear-happy locking block,
ergonomics that are only suited for linebackers, barely adequate sights
that are partially non-replaceable, and low capacity for its size.
Favored by Eighties action movie fanatics and John Woo freaks.

*1911: *Overweight and overly complex piece of late 19th century
technology. Low capacity, useless sights in stock form, and a
field-stripping procedure that requires three hands. Favored by people
who are at the cutting edge of handgun technology and combat
shooting...of the 1960s.

*H&K P7: *Wildly overpriced, heavy for its size, low capacity in most
iterations, and blessed with a finish that rusts if you give the gun a
moist glance. Gas tube has a tendency to roast the trigger finger after
a box or two of ammo at the range. Favored by gun snobs who think that
paying twice as much for half the rounds means four times the fighting

*SIG Sauer: *Top-heavy bricks with the rust resistance of an untreated
iron nail at the bottom of a bucket of saltwater. Ergonomically sound,
if you have size XXL mitts. Some minor parts made in Germany, so the
manufacturer can charge 75% Teutonic Gnome Magic premium. Favored by
Jack Bauer fans and wannabe Sky Marshals/Secret Service agents.

*S&W Revolvers: *Archaic hand weapons from a bygone era, the missing
link between flintlocks and autoloaders. Low capacity, and reloading
requires a lunch break. Heavy for their capacity, unless you're talking
about airweight snubbies, which hurt as much on the giving end as they
do on the receiving end. Rare stoppages, but few malfunctions that don't
require gunsmith services, which are hard to come by in a gunfight.
Favored by crusty old farts who just now got around to trusting
newfangled smokeless powder, and Dirty Harry fans with unrealistic ideas
about the power of Magnum rounds vs. engine blocks.

*SMLE/Enfield: *Refinement of a 19th century blackpowder design. Weapon
of choice for militaries who either couldn't afford Mausers, or had
ideological hangups about Kraut rifles. Rimlock-prone cartridge that
only barely classifies as a battle rifle round because of blackpowder
derivation and insufficient lock strength of the platform. Favored by
Canadians with WWII nostalgia, and people who think that semi-auto
rifles are a passing fad.

*Browning HP:* Fragile frame designed around a popgun round.
Near-useless safety in stock form that's only suitable for the thumbs of
elementary schoolers. Strangest and most circuitous way to trip a sear
ever put into a handgun. Favored by wannabe SAS commandos, wannabe
mercenaries, and Anglophiles who think that hammer-down, chamber-empty
carry is the most appropriate way to carry a defensive sidearm.

*Benelli shotguns:* Plastic boutique scatterguns made by people with the
martial acumen of dairy cows. Hideously expensive, and therefore popular
with police agencies that get their equipment financed by tax dollars.

*FN FAL: *Long and lightweight receiver that's impossible to scope
properly. Overpowered round, twenty-round magazines that run dry in a
blink, and an overall weapon length that's only suitable for Napoleonic
line infantry, but utterly useless for airborne and armored infantry.
Made by Belgians, a nation with a military history that is limited to
waving German divisions through at the border. Favored by Falklands
veterans, Commonwealth fanboys, and people who think that dial-a-recoil
gas systems are the epitome of infantry technology.

*9mm Luger:* European popgun round that's only popular because the ammo
is cheap for a centerfire cartridge. Cheap ammo is a good thing for 9mm
aficionados, because anything bigger and more dangerous than a cranky
raccoon will likely require multiple well-placed hits. Wildly popular
all over the world, mostly in countries where people don't carry guns,
and cops don't have to actually shoot people with theirs.

*.45ACP:* Chunky low-pressure cartridge that hogs magazine space and
requires a low-capacity design (if the gun needs to fit human hands) or
a grip with the circumference of a two-liter soda bottle (if the gun
needs to hold more than seven rounds). Disturbingly prone to bullet
setback, expensive to reload, fits only into big and clunky guns, and a
recoil that has an inversely proportionate relationship with muzzle energy.

*.40S&W: *Neutered compromise version of a compromise cartridge. Even
more setback-happy than the .45ACP, and setbacks are much more dangerous
because of higher pressure and smaller case volume. Manages to sacrifice
both the capacity of the 9mm and the bullet diameter of the .45. Twice
the recoil of the 9mm for 10% more muzzle energy.

*.357SIG: *Highly overpriced boutique round that does the .40S&W one
worse: it manages to share the capacity penalty of the .40 while
retaining the small bullet diameter of the 9mm. Noisy, sharp recoil, and
100% cost penalty for ballistics that can be matched by a good 9mm +P+
load. Penetrates like the dickens, which means that the Air Marshals
just had to adopt it...only to load their guns with frangible bullets to
make sure they don't penetrate like the dickens.

*.38 Special: *Legacy design with a case length that's 75% longer than
necessary for the mediocre ballistics of the round due to its
blackpowder heritage. On the plus side, the case length makes it easy to
handle when reloading the gun. This is a good thing because anyone using
their .38 in self-defense against a 250-pound attacker hopped up on
crack will need to empty the gun multiple times.

*.32ACP:* Inadequate for anything more thick-skinned than Northeastern
squirrels or inbred Austrian archdukes. Semi-rimmed cartridge that is
rimlock-happy in modern lightweight autoloaders. Doesn't go fast enough
to expand a hollowpoint bullet, and it wouldn't matter even if it did,
because the bullet would only expand from tiny to small-ish.

*.44 Magnum: *Overpowered round that generates manageable recoil and
muzzle blast...if you're a 300-pound linebacker with wrists like steel
girders. Often loaded to "Lite" levels that turn it into a noisy .44
Special while retaining the ego-preserving Magnum headstamp. Considered
the "most powerful handgun cartridge in the world" by people whose gun
knowledge is either stuck in 1960, or who get their expertise in
ballistics from Dirty Harry movies.

*10mm Auto: *Super-high pressure cartridge that beats up gun and shooter
alike. Very brisk recoil in anything other than all-steel S&W boat
anchors, with a shot recovery that's measured in geological epochs for
most handgun platforms. Often underloaded to wimpy levels (see ".40
S&W"), which then gives it 9mm ballistics while requiring .45ACP
magazine real estate.

*.380ACP/9mm Kurz: *Designed by people who thought the 9mm Luger was a
bit too brisk and snappy, which is pretty much all that needs to be said
here. Great round if you expect to only ever be attacked by people less
than seven inches thick from front to back.

*.357 Magnum:* Lots of recoil, muzzle blast, and noise to drive a 9mm
bullet to reckless speeds in an attempt to make up for its low mass and
diameter. Explosive fragmentation and insufficient penetration with
light bullets; excessive penetration and insufficient expansion with
heavy ones. Still makes only 9mm holes in the target.

*5.7Ã-28mm: *Ingenious way to make a centerfire .22 Magnum and then
charge quadruple price for the same ballistics. Awesome chambering for a
police weapon...if you're the park ranger in charge of the chipmunk
exhibit at the zoo, and you want to make sure you can take one down if
it turns rabid on you.

*.25ACP: *Direct violation of the maxim "Never do an enemy a minor
injury". Designed by folks who wanted to retain the bullet diameter of
the .22 rimfire round, but take a bit of the excessive lethality out of
it. Favored by people who don't feel comfortable carrying anything more
dangerous than the neighbor kid's rusty Red Ryder pellet gun.

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Loved it. Sometimes you just need a reality check.
Joe :lol:

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I've seen it once before but it is still funny

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