Friday, June 05, 2015

The Week Sputters to a Stop


So I'm in Home Depot yesterday afternoon buying a saw blade when the PA announces, "Please, do not panic, but make your way quickly to the checkout. A funnel cloud has been sighted on the ground in the area…do not panic!"

Of course, my initial response was to scream, set my hair on fire, flap my arms like a chicken while running wildly up and down the paint aisle shouting "WUH! WUH! WUH!" and slathering myself with Martha Stewart "Natural Twine" eggshell flat interior paint. The guy next to me, who was trying to decide between "Framing" and "Fast Framing" blades, looked at me and said, "I don't know about you, buddy, but I'm going down with Home Depot."

Suffice to say we all were not sucked up to Oz. I'm busily building a lovely extension to the flagstone patio here at the Bunker. When finished, the extension will be a restful place to sit and ponder the universe. I am referring to it as "Shooting Position A, prone." There are many ways to ponder the universe. I cold probably finish it all up today if it would JUST STOP FREAKIN' RAINING! I'm beginning to feel like I need an ark....maybe a second ark to carry the ammunition. This is like living in Seattle, albeit with less hipsters.

I picked up my production T&E of the Standard/CT Shotgun DP-12 double-barreled pump shotgun yesterday. I've been fiddling around with it while it's raining, and I'm still thinking the same thing as when I worked with the photos — is it a massive step forward for shotguns? No. Is it the definitive bedroom defense gun? I'm going to say a qualified "Yes" on that one.


In case you've forgotten, the DP-12 is a bullpup design, but with a twist...think 2 870s bolted together. The single trigger fires both barrels, first the right, then the left. Shells eject downwards. With both tube fully stoked, you've got 16 rounds. I mean, the gun kicks, but the bullpup design takes a lot of heat out of the recoil.

The DP-12 was born for a red dot sight, and there's no shortage of them here at the Secret Hidden Bunker. It comes with a vertical fore-end grip to keep Mr. Weak Hand away from Mr. 12 Gauge Pellets, always a good thing. Both barrels have screw-in chokes, leading to some interesting ideas..."Taste great?" or "less filling?" As I said in my original write-up, a tube of buckshot and a tube of slugs would be Big Medicine for anything up to and including velociraptors.

"Eat hot lead, you oversized gecko!"
Jurassiac Backyard, coming to a theater near you right after the EMP Strike.

Anyway, when the sun breaks though I'll start lobbing some pellets downrange



11 comments:

Anonymous said...

You continue to bring a literate irony and deft touch to the otherwise tone-deaf and wit-dead world of gun writing/blogging. Just to let you know, lots of us get it and appreciate it. Very amusing post.

Anonymous said...

First 10 minutes of evening news was about Colorado. Tornadoes, hail as large as baseballs being removed by front loaders, and crazy serial sniper killing innocents. You folks must have angered the gods...

Michael Bane said...

God hates hippies…

mb

Unknown said...

Michael: Two tubes loaded with slugs and buck, my oh my. My "Big Medicine" for oversized geckos is chambered in 45-90. My better half actually calls my Sharps the Velociraptor rifle!

Waddy said...

"God hates hippies"!! LOVE IT!! Except for the coffee on my keyboard. Thanks for a great post this morning Michael.

Tennessee Gentleman said...

Michael, You are the Oscar Wilde of the gun whisperers. BTW do you ever publish photos of the Secret Hidden Bunker? Certain things redacted of course.

JohninMd.(HELP?!??) said...

Mike ain't no Oscar Wilde, Wilde was a damn Fabian Socialist. Curious, what is a brick of .22's going for out there in Free America? Maryland is slim pickin's

Anonymous said...

Maryland is no damn Slim Pickens. Maryland is a bunch of pansies. Slim Pickens was a red blooded American !

kmitch200 said...

Michael, I thought you knew the proper disaster response. NEVER run up and down the aisle.
Do what we used to call the "Puppy Paramedic" drill - When in danger or in doubt, run in circles scream and shout.

Sheepdog1968 said...

Michael,
This is the first bull pup pump that has caught my eye. Mostly because of capacity vs my 590. My only concern as you pointed out is how close my pump hand is to the business end of it. I may pick one up and take it to a fire arms class to try it out. I wish Loui Awerbuck were still alive. I knew him well and vice versa. I would have run it through his class to see how well it worked. I had run my. 590 through his and other classes,so I have a good baseline for comparison.

How well does it reload relative to the 870, 500 platforms? I'm guessing it's not as easy. Of course with 14 rounds, I'd be less likely to need to reload. Personally, I'm a big fan of transition to secondary gun should first firearm run dry.

Did they have any long term reliability data, testing on it? It's new and I wonder this about all firearms.

The price doesn't scare me by the way.

JohninMd.(HELP?!??) said...

All true, dammit. But the question was rim fire ammo availability in Free America. Got an answer?