Thursday, January 7, 2010

St Looey Shooty

Just heard a news report on the St Louis shooting. They said lots of stuff, but I am only commenting on the gun content.

Some guy went postal at his place of business and shot up the place.

We won't know the REAL details for some time. The news media is notoriously bad at getting the details right. For instance, the shooter is reported to have used, "An AK-47 and a .30 caliber handgun..."

Let's fisk, shall we?

With the poor record journalists have, that AK clone (it almost certainly wasn't an actual Kalashnikov) could just as easily be a pump shotgun.

...and .30 caliber handgun? Interesting. I wonder what that is? Could be another AK type, and it shoots a .30 round, metric it's 7.62x39mm:

Or maybe a variant of the C96 'Broomhandle' Mauser. THEY fired a 7.63 x 25 mm cartridge:

Or perhaps it was a great big revolver that shoots .30 carbine, like this discontinued Taurus:

But I half expect the new people got it wrong and the handgun is .38 or something. We shall see. In time.


BobG said...

Seems with reporters that anything that isn't a muzzle loader is an AK-47. And the concept of caliber is beyond their mental grasp.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

You never know, tho, Bob. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then. They do have to eat a lot of bottle caps and cigarette butts...

Anonymous said...

Perhaps an ATM AtuomagIII, it fires .30 cal carbine as does a variant of the Ruger Blackhawk. Maybe a BFG in 30/30. But if he used an AK rifle
the logical choice is an AK pistol.