Full-Auto Handguns

Full-Auto Handguns


 Last night before heading to bed my wife and I were talking about full-auto handguns. She felt they would be a great weapon in a zombie apocalypse and I strongly disagreed. This morning I read an article in Guns&Ammo by Patrick Sweeney relating to full-auto handguns, and his experience with them lines up with what my thoughts on them have always been; they would be fun to shoot every now and again as a novelty, but they are not a practical weapon to have (especially during a zombie apocalypse scenario, yes, he stated that specifically).

I love shooting guns, and shooting any firearm that has full-auto capabilities is even more fun, but there comes a point in every shooter’s life when they start to ask some tough questions. These questions will range from “Should I purchase bullets or lunch?” all the way to “Does a full-auto handgun make sense when a submachine gun has so many more positive attributes?”

My opinion of full-auto handguns, or machine pistols, is that they were designed for a very specific situation or condition, but most of the time a submachine gun would still be a better choice. The one positive that machine pistols have is that they look like most other pistols, which in turn means people in general won’t freak out when they see police or security carrying them.


 The benefits of a submachine gun on the other hand far outweigh the “mundane” factor. As they were designed for full-auto fire, submachine guns usually have some way of bracing the weapon to better deal with recoil. Usually this is a stock of some sort but sometimes it’s a forward grip. This in turn makes them easier to be accurate with. Unless the point is suppression fire, hitting a target with more bullets is always a better than missing with more bullets.

Perhaps I’m getting old, but if I were given a choice of legally owning, or even just firing a full-auto pistol or a submachine gun, hands down I would go with the submachine gun. What are other people’s thoughts on this issue?




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If you live in a state that allows the legal purchase and use of silencers, then it might be time to pay a tax that will bring you far more enjoyment than your April 15 taxes. In spite of Hollywood’s depiction of silencer usage, they are yet one more tool to help prevent hearing loss while enjoying shooting. If you don’t already know a good deal about silencers (and even if you do), continue reading to find out where your hard earned money will be going in the future. 

Personal Experience: My first hands on experience with a silencer was a few range trips back when I had the pleasure to try out my friend’s Ruger Mark III with sub-sonic ammo and a silencer (sadly I don’t recall the brand and model). Before this trip I had always been interested in silencers, but until recently they were illegal to use in Washington State. Silencers in movies are depicted as being “whisper” quiet, and I knew that was not the reality of shooting with a silencer. With my hearing protection on, standing in our lane station, the only sounds I heard were those coming from the slide as the gun ejected and chambered a new round as well as the sound of the casings hitting the concrete floor. It was one of the rare few occasions that my extensive movie viewing pastime didn’t set me up for disappointment.

It’s one thing to say that shooting with a silencer is quiet, but it doesn’t really bring it home like a video does. I did a little digging around YouTube and found this video of a guy shooting a Ruger Mark III with a silencer attached. I don’t know if he’s using sub-sonic ammo or not, but it gives you a pretty good idea of how quiet shooting can be.


Need to Know: After shooting with my friend’s silencer, my interest in owning my own went up a good deal. I knew that in addition to the actual cost of a silencer I would have to pay a $200 tax stamp, but I didn’t really know much past that. When you look into buying a silencer there will be two things you need to know (besides state legalities): The caliber and the thread size. Caliber is easy enough since it will be the same as the gun you’re buying it for. The thread size varies, but it’s easy to find out and you can always ask your local shop guy/gal for assistance with that. I found this next video (brought to you by the folks at silencershop.com) to be very helpful and informative relating to silencer attachment.


 If you happen to have a silencer or have used one, how was your experience with it? Was it everything you had hoped it would be or were you let down by it?

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Masterpiece Arms Silencer and Contest

MPA .22LR Silencer

Masterpiece Arms (MPA), famous for their Defender line of pistols and rifles (think MAC-10), are will be selling a suppressor (silencer) for the .22lr.  No word on specs or price yet but I’m sure it’ll keep those .22 lr pistols and rifles quiet.  The coolest thing about MPA’s release of their new .22 lr suppressor is that there going to let the public name it.  There’s a contest going on right now in which the person who’s name submission MPA uses will get a free MPA .22 silencer.  Click past the break after the picture for the full rules and how to enter.

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Advanced Armament’s Honey Badger

AAC Rifle

AAC (Advanced Armament Corp.) needs to change that “C” from Corp. to Concepts because they keep teasing us with these concept guns they’re producing.  AAC posted yesterday their newest creation–the Honey Badger.

This thing looks ridiculously cool with all things AAC.  According to the AACblog.com, the Honey Badger was designed as a replacement for the MP5SD except that it shoots AAC’s proprietary round, the 300Blackout.  I tried getting some specifics today from AAC but since they’re not sure if its going to go to retail, they’re pretty tight lipped (hopefully we can convince them to send us some pictures).  But judging from the pictures, its built off an AR-15 platform with some very nice changes.  The Buttstock looks particularly appealing along with the handguards that resemble somewhat the Remington’s RGP handguards.  Also, who could miss that massive can–which makes me wonder if its integrally suppressed? The only thing this thing is missing to make it more AAC is a complete Argyle paint job to match Mer’s sweaters.

Well judging from the cool stuff AAC has been putting out lately it seems that being part of Freedom Group has its advantages.  I find it ironic that they’ve named their newest toy the Honey Badger, because AAC, just like the honey badger, just doesn’t give a $h!t, and they’re probably going to keep putting out sick stuff like this.  We’ll keep you updated with specs and pics if we ever get them.

AAC Honey Badger pics

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