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Misprints, Misunderstandings and Lies: How to Talk to a Liberal Firearms Expert

By Rob Behr

Where would we be without the mainstream media telling us about the horrors of firearm ownership. We might not know about the undetectable plastic .9 mm pistols that can shoot Teflon-coated bullets through police-issue body armor that explode because they are actually dum-dum bullets. Our own Vice President encouraged us to get double barreled .12 gauge shotguns to scare away home intruders instead of an assault rifle loaded with a hundred round magazine. It’s never fun to argue with a liberal nut, but it is fun to embarrass them with their ignorance. Here are some facts that will help.

Heavily armed police fired pepper spray and smoke canisters to disperse the crowds of protesters. Police seized a .45-mm. automatic handgun as well. Fox News, 11/25/14


The rare .9mm bullet shown encased in plastic next to a 9mm Parabellum cartridge.

The .9 Millimeter Pistol
If you measure a 9mm bullet, it will measure about .355”. Anyone who handloads knows this important number. A .9 mm bullet would be .035”, about the thickness of seven pieces of writing paper or thumbtack pin. Like most needles, it would probably poke through body armor, that much is true, but it would be about as dangerous as a hypodermic. You know, the kind that liberal organizations give away to drug addicts so they can inject themselves with illegal substances.

The 45 mm pistol
45mm72Now this is truly a dangerous handgun. I couldn’t find a 45 mm caliber one though, judging by the newspapers, they are apparently quite common. This 40 mm pistol, although less menacing than a 45 mm one, is still pretty scary. I have to agree with the libs on that one. The recoil is difficult to manage and it is hard to conceal, but it can be a real show stopper in a gunfight.


A punt gun used for hunting waterfowl by the flock.

A punt gun used for hunting waterfowl by the flock.

The .12 gauge shotgun
A .12 gauge is also quite a sight. Biden is right, many home intruders would leave if they were confronted by this monster. Since gauges are measured by how many lead balls the diameter of the bore it takes to make one pound, a .12 gauge would be huge. A slug from that bore would weigh more than eight pounds and the bore would be larger than three inches in diameter. The more popular 12 gauge is pretty puny in comparison, but it might work in a pinch. If it doesn’t, call the White House and ask for shotgun instructor Biden.


“‘Dum-Dums’ Used by Oscar Pistorius To Shoot Reeva Steenkamp Cause More Damage that Regular Bullets” Headline from

It makes me nostalgic when the press reaches back in time to resurrect an almost forgotten term. This one goes way back, to when India was still a British colony. The town of Dum Dum (near Calcutta) played host to a British arsenal aptly called the Dum-Dum Arsenal. It was this plant that puckishly (supposedly) lubricated English bullets using pig fat to add that extra Muslim-killing kick that was so popular in the 1850’s.

German Propaganda photograph showing Dum-Dum bullets found at the front in World War I.

German Propaganda photograph showing Dum-Dum bullets found at the front in World War I.

Later, during the .303 Enfield’s teething pains as an effective military cartridge, (For your liberal friends, you can shock them by pointing out that an effective military rifle is judged by its ability to kill enemies of the state) a British Captain at the Dum-Dum plant named Neville Bertie-Clay removed the bullet jacket at the tip to expose the lead core. This promoted expansion. Viola, the “more damaging than a regular bullet” was born. Soft tip bullets became Dum-Dums because of the arsenal name where they were invented. The Hague Convention quickly banned them. The name stuck. That most big game hunters use some type of this bullet is a fact completely wasted on the press, who instead promote the idea of a kinder and gentler “regular” bullet.


The Black Talon: A Kinder, Gentler Bullet

“The bullet is designed to unsheathe its claws once inside the victim’s body and tear it to pieces”
Time Magazine, December 20th, 1993

It was Black Talon bullets, not “Dum-Dums”, in Pistorius’ pistol when he chose to shoot through the bathroom door in his home, killing his girlfriend Steenkamp. These bullets, by a combination of bad luck and good marketing, became the standard bearer for evil, overly-deadly bullets. They were used in two high-profile mass killings, one on a commuter train and the other inside an office building. Facing a lawsuit for making this horrible bullet and against a rising media tide, Olin discontinued the line. It is still available under a different name “Ranger SXT” or the later “Ranger T-Series” without the sinister black bullet coating. Performance is the same (leading shooting wags to say that SXT stood for “Same eXact Thing), but the media has moved on to different issues. So we find Winchester’s bullet is still out there doing the work for which it was so well designed.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit summarized the nature of bullets rather well with their decision in McCarthy v. Olin Corp., 119 F.3d 148 (2dCir. 1997) when they ruled:

(P)laintiffs failed to allege the existence of a design defect in the Black Talon because ammunition must by its very nature be dangerous to be functional…… The very purpose of the Black Talon bullet is to kill or cause severe bodily wounding.

The case was dismissed and bullets went back to being dangerous. Sometimes they even exploded.


The Devastator Pistol Bullet and Ronald Reagan
When John Hinckley fired his cheap Rohm RG 14 .22 Long Rifle pistol at Ronald Reagan, it was loaded with “Devastator” brand ammunition. This ammunition used a charge of lead azide in its tip which was intended to make the bullet explode on impact. Kevin M. Costelloe’s Associated Press article from April 3. 1981 was typical of the headlines:

“The gunman who tried to assassinate President Reagan apparently used super-deadly, exploding bullets, and one of them could have blown up as doctors pulled it from the chief executive’s chest, the FBI says.”

Cut-away diagram of a Devastator bullet

Cut-away diagram of a Devastator bullet

One of the lead azide tipped bullets did explode when it struck James Brady in the head, causing a grievous wound that left him wheelchair-bound. Devastators were eventually removed from the market, not because they were more deadly than others, but because the explosive tip itself was deemed to present dangers that made strict controls on distribution necessary. The case can be found under Bingham, LTD v. United States of America, 8/17/1982

So, next time you hear about exploding bullets doing some nefarious modern deed, you can remind the teller that there are no exploding bullets currently being made for sale in the United States. Don’t bring up Armor Piercing Incendiary rounds; that will only confuse them. Besides, they are actually probably thinking of Teflon-Coated Cop Killer bullets.

Teflon-Coated Cop Killer Bullets
In the 1960’s, an Ohio coroner, a police sergeant and a special investigator associated with the coroner’s office set out to enhance police pistol bullet performance against vehicles, specifically against windshield glass and car doors. These three men, Paul Kopsch, Daniel Turcose and Donald Ward eventually formed an ammunition manufacturing company called KTW Inc.

KTW Bullets

KTW Bullets

Their bullets utilized steel cores inside a brass jacket. Because they did not deform on impact, they tended to perform much better on barriers than lead or lead-jacketed bullets. They were also murder on barrels. To reduce friction in the barrel from these harder bullets, the designers turned to polytetrafluoroethylene, a then new coating that was being marketed under the brand name Teflon.

In 1982, NBC aired a broadcast showing that the Teflon-coated bullets made by KTW could penetrate standard police body armor. They elected to do this despite requests from law-enforcement agencies that the story not be run because it might increase the danger faced by officers in the field. Like the terrible marksmen they often are, politicians reacted by taking dead-aim at the Teflon coating– missing entirely the fact that the KTW’s enhanced penetration was created by the bullet’s core.

This fundamental error led Oregon, Oklahoma North Carolina and South Carolina to pass laws prohibiting Teflon coated bullets. Virginia hedged its bets making it illegal to commit crimes with Teflon coated bullets. Some might assume that breaking the law is, on its face, illegal, but you get a kicker if you use a Teflon bullet. On the plus side, Teflon coated bullets show up very well on airport X-Ray machines. Unless they are in a Glock.

Glock: The Invisible Gun
“Luggage? That punk pulled a Glock 7 on me. You know what that is? It’s a porcelain gun made in Germany. It doesn’t show up on your airport X-ray machines here and it costs more than what you make in a month.” John McClane from Die Hard 2

xrayglock72And a star is born….The invisible Glock, not the fictional 7, but the real Glock 17 model. It wasn’t the first of the polymer-framed handguns, but it was the first to find broad acceptance. It was reliable, simple, reasonably priced and distinctive looking. The rumor that it was invisible to airport security systems failed to consider just how much metal is inside a gun, including the ammunition. It was just a good story that you still hear bandied about by gun experts on the left.

The slide, springs, barrel, guides and all the ammunition in its fat grip showed up bright and clear on X-ray machines. The translucent frame is a ghostly outline, but it can be discerned as well. Let’s all turn to the west and salute Hollywood for another fictional idea made into fact in the minds of the American public.

Guns are More Lethal Now than in my Grandparent’s Day

In an age of high capacity magazines, rapid-firing guns and new cartridges, gun regulations need to change with the times. There is no way that the people who made the constitution could have anticipated where technology would take the American public and their gun fetish. Some Liberal in a bar

Okay, so I don’t have a good quote for that one. We have all heard it somewhere, maybe on what passes for the news these days, or variations on that theme from our current President. What matters is the idea that firearms have changed so much in recent years, that their ability to harm has grown so great, that whole groups should be removed from society. Grandpa’s lever-action deer rifle is quaint and appropriately lethal, but an AR 15 rifle in .300 AAC Blackout is too dangerous to be allowable for sale to the public. The hallmarks in this liberal strategy to disarm the shooting public are bans on how many rounds can be carried by a firearm, vilifying action types and labeling certain cartridges as being too modern and lethal. History has something to say about this.

The “Ultra-Modern” 9mm Parabellum and .45 ACP cartridges
It is amazing to see how many high-tech doodads you can build into, or hang off of, a pistol made for self-defense these days. If you are strong enough to lift them and can find a holster to carry them, the gizmo mounting options seem limitless.

The HK Mk 23 Mod O pistol. An ultra-modern pistol using a 109-year-old cartridge

The HK Mk 23 Mod O pistol. An ultra-modern pistol using a 109-year-old cartridge

Glock pistols are relatively new, making their appearance in police holsters in 1982. With their 17-round magazine and polymer frame, they epitomize modern handgun manufacturing. They are easy to make, reliable, accurate and durable. Once a flashlight is attached to their dustcover rails and a laser is mated to the grip frame to augment the tritium sights or even a reflex optic, you have a pistol that Buck Rogers would have been proud to own. Regardless of what it looks like on the outside, the heart of the pistol is still based around a cartridge that is 112 years old. The .45 ACP is a bit younger, making its appearance in 1905 and solidified its place with the United States military in 1911.

It is true that modern bullet manufacturing techniques have created bullets that perform better in ballistic gelatin (and in the real world) better than their original designers might have hoped, but they are still the same cartridges through and through. Your great-grandfather might well recognize either cartridge, offering up his experiences with them during the Great War. The only surprise for him wouldn’t be their new-found lethality, but the fact that the “German” caliber was so popular in the United States.

Bergman MP-18 Machine Pistol in 9mm Para.

Bergman MP-18 Machine Pistol in 9mm Para.

“High” Magazine Capacity is to Blame for Recent Mass-Shootings

Large capacity magazines are a relatively new phenomenon. Prior to the 1980s, the most popular type of handgun was the revolver, which typically holds six rounds of ammunition in a rotating cylinder.” Law Center to Prevent Violence.

The German P-08 Luger in its “Artillery” form and the MP-18 machine pistol of World War One both shared the same 32-round magazine. Compact and reasonably reliable, the “Snail Magazine” represented a step forward in trench fighting technology in the later war years.P08ArtilleryWDrum72

Savage applied for a patent in 1905 for a ten round magazine in what became their 1907 Model. Their designers had realized they could increase capacity by “double-stacking” cartridges within the magazine. By the mid-1930’s, Browning’s 13-shot High Power was in service with armies around the world. A new idea that was just in time for the battlefields of World War II.

cowboythompson72In America, the horrors of trench warfare had encouraged a soldier/inventor named John T. Thompson to create his “Trench Broom.” In doing so, he coined the term “Submachine Gun” which paired fully automatic fire with 30, 50 and 100 round magazines. Too late for the Great War, he hoped to market his submachine gun to the general public, including ranchers who might need a lot of firepower in a compact weapon. His company, Auto Ordinance Corporation, advertised nationwide inviting buyers to purchase his products through the mail.

He did find a niche, but it wasn’t with farmhands. The Thompson became the “Gun that made the 20’s Roar” during the dark days of Prohibition. They were finally regulated Federally, just like all machine guns since. You can remind your liberal friends of that fact when they become confused about automatic versus semi-automatic firearms. The fully automatic ones have been regulated since the 1930s. The gun they are complaining about is probably not a machine gun.

So here they are, some of the more common misprints, misquotes and misunderstandings offered up liberal firearms experts.
It may be possible to convince them that decimal points in the wrong places make them laughing stocks to the people they propose to lecture.

Maybe you will be able to explain to them that gun designs haven’t changed that much since the end of World War II.

If you are very, very convincing you may be able to make a liberal understand that these guns, with their high capacity magazines and semi-automatic actions shooting dum-dum bullets have been around for generations in America. Mass shootings are relatively new horrors. Maybe you can convince him it’s the evil person and not the tool they choose.

You won’t be that convincing. You’re just a gun-nut like me.