Heck, the Big Storm missed my little corner of the High Country...we got a smattering of snow, but the 60+ mph gusting winds stripped it all away. It's nippy, but hey, it's winter.
Interestingly enough, considering some of our former conversations, our "pals" at the Violence Policy Center — who regularly read this blog; you wouldn't believe what hope Santa brings them! — is opening a new front in their relentless attack on our gun rights.."big boomers," also known as hunting handguns. This from their "special report" last week:
“Big Boomers”—Handguns With Rifle Power Capable of Penetrating Body Armor—Are Growing Threat to Lives of Law Enforcement Officers, According to New VPC StudyAs you guys all know, this is how it works...all guns — hunting, competition, self-defense — are "potential" tools of terrorists. Of course, so are knives, soda bottle, airplanes, puppies, garden rakes, indeed pretty much everything on earth is a "potnetial" tool of terrorists.
Drug Traffickers Are Already Using These “Vest-Busters” to Kill Police in Mexico
Washington, DC—Powerful new handguns called “big boomers” by the gun industry are a growing threat to the nation’s law enforcement officers, a new 36-page study released today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) reveals. (See http://www.vpc.org/studies/bigboomers.pdf for a copy of the study, see http://www.vpc.org/studies/boomerskeyfindings.pdf for a summary presenting the key findings of the study.) Body armor used by police has been able to stop handgun rounds and saved thousands of lives over the last three decades, the study states, but standard body armor cannot stop rifle rounds. "Big Boomers"—Rifle Power Designed Into Handguns warns that the gun industry is aggressively marketing a growing number of new handguns designed to fire bullets with rifle power. The rounds these guns fire can penetrate all but the most resistant body armor (such as that used in raids by many SWAT teams).
“The gun industry has once again proven that it is willing to put profits over health, safety, and even national security,” VPC Senior Policy Analyst Tom Diaz, the study’s author, states. “The firearms industry is congratulating itself that ‘big boomers’ are ‘good for business,’ even while these guns are ending up in the hands of felons and drug dealers in the United States. One need look no further than Mexico—where these guns are smuggled in by drug traffickers and used to kill police— to understand the growing threat these weapons represent to U.S. law enforcement and security forces.”
The study traces the proliferation of various “big boomers” and the gun industry’s increased marketing of vest-buster handguns following the 2003 introduction of the first vest buster: the Model 500 S&W Magnum from Smith & Wesson.
Adds Diaz, “Marketing deadly firearms such as these is yet another reckless spasm of an industry that finds its markets shrinking and is willing to do anything to try to pump them up.”
Diaz is a smart man with a political agenda...the complete disarming of all the people of the United States...and in his mind the ends justify the means. VPC doesn't hesitate to simply make things up, much lke the old Weekly World News and their 34-pound grasshoppers. MSM outlets pick up the VPC reports and present them as fact. By the time the VPC reports are exposed as complete bunk, the damage is done.
Since the VPC doesn't think Americans should be allowed to own these things, here's how you can get a boomer of your own for Christmas!
As an aside, I'm a big fan of the boomers, and as Gary smith notes, they're all very hard to shoot. My first big boomer was a 10-inch 45/70 T/C from J.D. Jones back before there were factory barrels in that caliber. I went from there to one of J.D.'s looney .50 cal T/C barrels. Then, thanks to Hank Williams Jr. who gave me my first .454 Casull, I moved into big bore single actions.
I enjoy shooting the .500 Mag S&Ws; I've got a long-barreled one and would love one of the 5-inch John Ross Specials...the absolutely best .500 I've ever shot and one of the few guns that might convince me that there's a caliber more versatile than the great .44 Magnum.
If you don't have a boomer, give one a try, especially since Tom Diaz doesn't want you to have one. The least expensive path is one of the Taurus "Raging Bull" series of revolvers in .454 and .500 or the superb Ruger Super Redhawk line, which includes .454 and .480 Ruger. I love my Ruger Alaskan snubby-boomer .454...with hot CorBon hunting loads, that gun would make God flinch.
The ne plus ultra of the genre are the hunting revolvers from Freedom Arms. They are masterpieces, and, yes, you can have it your way. The Freedom Arms guns are, to me, the pinnacle of the single action revolver, an heirloom.
Magnum Research, famous for their Desert Eagle semiauto boomers in .50 AE, also has an extensive line of BFRs, Big Fine Revolvers, in a slew of boomer calibers, including 45/70, 30/30 and .450 Marlin. Their custom shop can also tinker together pretty much whatever you want. I haven't shot any of the BFRs, but I think there might be one in my future.