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LIGHT WEIGHT RIFLES & HANDGUNS: When is too little to much?

America’s battle rifle from World War II and Korea weighed in at 9 1/2 pound and was a crushing weapon on the battlefield.

WILL SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME EXACTLY WHEN, RED-BLOODED PATRIOTIC AMERICANS, BEGAN COMPLAINING ABOUT THE WEIGHT OF THEIR RIFLES & HANDGUNS ??? HAVE WE ALL BECOME A NATION OF PHYSICALLY UNFIT, “WIMPY CRY-BABIES” WHO FEEL ENTITLED TO WHINE & MOAN ABOUT HOW HORRIBLE IT IS TO “CARRY MY GREAT-GRANDFATHERS, PRE-1964 WINCHESTER “CUSTOM-GRADE” MODEL 70″ IN THE WOODS / PRAIRIE ?????

At 10 pounds 11 ounces loaded, the M14 was even heavier than its older brother.

I GREW-UP (1951-1972) WITH SEVERAL MEN WHO LIVED & SERVED IN THE MILITARY, FROM WW-1 TO THE END OF THE KOREAN WAR, AND NEVER ONCE DID I EVER HEAR THEM VOICE ANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT THEIR RIFLES / HANDGUNS BEING TOO HEAVY. FOR THOSE WHO WERE BORN “BABY-BOOMERS”, LISTEN-UP BECAUSE I AM GOING TO LET YOU IN ON A LITTLE SECRET…………

#1—HEAVY WEIGHT FIREARMS ARE VERY COMFORTABLE TO SHOOT. THE MORE RECOIL A CARTRIDGE GENERATES, THE HEAVIER THE FIREARM NEEDS TO BE !!!!!!!

Smith and Wesson’s light weight 329 PD in 44 Magnum is easy to carry, but at 25.2 ounces is too light to shoot comfortably.

LIGHT-WEIGHT FIREARMS ARE EASIER TO CARRY, BUT THEY WILL ALSO KICK THE SNOT OUT OF YOU, EVERYTIME THAT WEAPON IS FIRED. IF YOU DREAD SHOOTING IT, YOU WILL NOT PRACTICE ENOUGH, YOUR SKILLS WILL SUCK, & MOST LIKELY YOU WILL NOT STOP A THREAT TO YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY OR DROP THAT GAME ANIMAL AS HUMANELY AS POSSIBLE.

REASON: WEIGHT / MASS ABSORBS & DISTRIBUTES THE RECOIL OVER A WIDER AREA, WHEN THE CARTRIDGE IGNITES. IF THE FIREARM IS COMFORTABLE TO SHOOT, YOU WILL SHOOT A LOT MORE & YOUR LEVEL OF EXPERTISE WILL INCREASE !!!!!!

#2—HEAVY WEIGHT FIREARMS DIMINISH “MUZZLE CLIMB”.

THUS ENABLES YOU TO MAKE REPEATED SHOTS QUICKER AND MORE ACCURATELY. THE LESS THE MUZZLE “CLIMBS” THE MORE THE BRAIN PERCEIVES THE RECOIL GENERATED AS SOFTER !!!

America’s workhorse combat pistol, the 1911, is easily controlled weighing in at a pleasantly plump 2.44 pounds empty.

#3—HEAVY WEIGHT FIREARMS WILL LAST SEVERAL LIFETIMES, IF PROPERLY CARED FOR !!!!

I HAVE SHOT MANY HANDGUNS & QUITE A FEW RIFLES, THAT WERE CLOSE TO OR OVER 100 YEARS OF AGE & THEY STILL PERFORMED QUITE SATISFACTORILY. I SERIOUSLY DOUBT YOU WILL EVER SEE ANY “POLYMER FRAMES” WORKING THAT WELL, WHEN THEY REACH THE CENTURY MARK (WHICH I DOUBT THEY EVERY WILL).

CONCLUSION: IF YOU EVER READ AN ADVERTISEMENT & THE DESCRIPTION SAYS:

“A LIGHT-WEIGHT POLYMER FRAME”, “EASY TO CARRY DURING YOUR BUSY WORKDAY OR A NIGHT ON THE TOWN”, “A MOUNTAIN RIFLE WHICH ONLY WEIGHS 5.5 LBS. AND CHAMBERED IN .270 WIN, .308 WIN, .30-06 SP. & .300 WIN-MAG”, “A FLUTED BARREL WHICH REMOVES 2 LBS. OF WEIGHT”, “A FAVORITE WITH THE LADIES, AS IT WILL HARDLY BE NOTICED INSIDE HER PURSE”—LEAVE IT LYING ON THE COUNTER !!!!! WHY ????? BECAUSE THESE ARE ALL “MARKETING BUZZ-WORDS” WHICH CAMOUFLAGES THE REAL TRUTH………

This stylishly pink Beretta Pico is on of the lightest .380 ACP pistols on the market. At 11.5 ounces, it is a difficult pistol to shoot well.

“GOOD LUCK, SUCKER !!!! PAY THE PRICE & DON’T COME BACK BITCHING TO ME ABOUT HOW UNCOMFORTABLE IT IS TOO SHOOT. EVER HEAR OF THE GUN-WRITER NAMED “THE GURU” ??? WELL YOU SHOULD HAVE HEEDED HIS ADVICE & PURCHASED SOMETHING LARGER & HEAVIER !!!!!!”

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOUR “UNCLE GURU” IS TRYING TO TEACH YOU !!!! I WILL NEVER LIE, DECEIVE, OR TRY TO “B-S” YOU WITH ANYTHING THAT IS NOT FACTUAL. MY HONOR & REPUTATION IS @ STAKE, WITH EVERY ARTICLE I WRITE. IF I EVER MAKE A MISTAKE, I PROMISE TO CORRECT IT QUICKLY & ADMIT I MADE AN ERROR. I OWE THAT TO THE READERS, MY CH. EDITOR, & TO THOSE WHO PURCHASE “WESTERN POWDER, INC.” RELOADING POWDERS—OOORAH & SEMPER FIDELIS !!!!!!!

“GURU”

Mike Whitlock brings 40 years of firearms experience to the Guru’s Classroom.