Friday I noted that the new Standard DP-12 double-barreled pump 12-guage would be the medicine gun for velociraptors. Misfires and Light Strike's Kevin Creighton dropped me note that Chris Pratt, the star of the upcoming Jurassic World (which will predate Jurassic Backyard by at least 2 films), is a serious hunter himself and, in fact, owns the same gun his character uses in JW, "a 1895 Savage Arms 45-70."
Well, no, but I suspect that's a translation error, since the original article was in Elle (money headline: "The Perfect Cheese For Your Zodiac Sign"). I would say "Marlin" 1895 in 45-70, although I could be completely wrong and he could be referring to a "Savage" 1895 lever rifle, except the only one I've ever seen is in the NRA Museum and I thought they were all in .303. Or the original "Big Medicine," and 1895 Winchester in, I don't know, one of those weird "45-something" cartridges or Teddy's own .405. I'd probably go with the 1895 in .405 over a Marlin in 45-70, but I'd say it's probably a wash as long as you keep away from even a juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The Internet Movie Firearm Database speaks the truth:
It's a Marlin. Cool sling, though...
If we go back to the original Jurassic Park, recall that JP game warden Robert Muldoon, presented as an old Africa hand, carried a Franchi SPAS-12 12 gauge. The Spaz 12, a pump or semi auto, has to be the least pleasant shotgun I've ever pulled the trigger on. It makes a G3 seem like a laugh riot. However, you can get an Isla Nublar Dinosaur Hunting Permit on the SPAS site…don't leave home without one!
Moving to Sequel #1, The Lost World, the star firepower there is a purely Old School double rifle, an American-made B. Searcy and Co. in .600 Nitro Express, pretty much anyone's go-to cartridge for big ass dinosaurs like the T. Rex.
Supposedly, Steven Spielberg, stealth gun owner that he is, has the movie rifle's working twin. I think this is an excellent choice, given that T. Rexes are worse than fleas these days. For $40,000, it's a steal.
By the time we get to Jurassic Park III, not only does the plot get stupider and stupider, proving even the great William Macy needs a big paycheck now and again, but the guns also get stupider…a Barrett M82A2 .50 BMG disguised as a 20mm cannon. From my standpoint, the Barrett XM-109 is a lot cooler. Or they could have simply gone with the M82A2. I would if I was hunting a T. Rex, or maybe a "plains game" triceratops. Might be easier to cart a Desert Tech HTI bullpup around, though it's still a 20-pound lump.
For velociraptors, various smaller raptors and plains game-sized veggie-sauruses, I'm going to stick with the DP-12 for a couple of reasons. The first is that it offers the blazing fast second shot of a double rifle; the second is a pretty quick follow-up pair of shots, critically important when you're dealing with a pack animal like raptors. I think that once the velociraptor market overtakes feral hogs as America's number one game animal, you'll see ammo companies specially tailoring 12 gauge rounds for the velo hunting market.
Maybe I should rest…
BTW, broke in my now mostly finished meditation area today. I decided my first meditation should be with something fun, so I went with a silenced Ruger Charger…om mani padme hum…clang!