Doug, this could be one of the most useful threads in history, if you decide you're willing to put up with stupid questions from the rest of us. You did yeoman work on my 'Money Shot' novella, and I couldn't have written it without your help.
That's why I started it. And honestly - you had good solid basics down pat, my man.
Re: single-action versus double-action -- I thought (from my Western-reading days) that a single-action revolver was the "had to be cocked before every shot" variety, while double-action are "pull the trigger to shoot."
Most double action revolvers can be cocked, though the trend is towards hammerless revolvers for wearing in ankle holsters or in pockets.
Thanks for the list of "no safeties" to help us non-shootists from looking like total dummies.
No problem. It's funny to hear hammer cocking sounds on Glocks in supposedly realistic shows like "24."
Does a Desert Eagle have a safety? "The science of ka-boom" is a personal favorite of mine...
The Desert Eagle is carried locked and cocked. The switch is on the side, but many models have wonderful "pickaxe" heads that make them as natural as a Colt .45 auto.
If you were the world's highest paid hit man, what would your weapon of choice be? Or, actually, three weapons--one that's easily concealed yet still has enough stopping power to take a target down at close range, another handgun for pure murderous energy and some sort of sniper rifle for long-range shots (and what's a 'long-range' shot, anyway? Three hundred yards? Five hundred?)
Thanks in advance.
Concealed with stopping power?
Revolvers: Ruger SP101. It's a 5 shot .357 Magnum. Smith and Wesson also makes several .357 Magnum, 5-shot baby guns, but those are just a little too light for comfort. From Smith and Wesson, you want the 386 - seven rounds of .357 Magnum in a high-tensile strength frame with comfy comfy rubber grips. Taurus has a seven shot Tracker with the same specifics. No silencer for these, though. For those expecting to suddenly be mugged by Godzilla in a dark alley, there's the Ruger Alaskan - available in .44 Magnum, .480 Ruger, or .454 Casull - the three previous owners of "world's most powerful handgun cartridge" title.
Silencer-equipped autos: The Glock 27 or 33. .40 Smith and Wesson and .357 SIG are both a close second to the .357 Magnum, and you can get them suppressed. The true professional's choice for stopping power AND concealment is the Colt Commander - a 1911 .45 auto with a 4 to 4.25" barrel. With hollowpoints or hardball, it delivers sufficient power, and is flat and concealable.
Sawn-off 12 gauge shotgun loaded with 1 ounce slugs. Preferably with a folding stock, or an SAS style 3-point sling to stabilize on firing. It puts a .72 inch hole in a man's chest, or can punch through a car door at up close ranges. Google search the Serbu. Best of its kind.
For pure power handguns? The Smith and Wesson model 629 .44 Magnum, the Ruger Redhawk/Super Redhawk, or the Taurus Raging Bull family.
The 629, the Raging Bull and the 4 inch barrelled Redhawk are both .44 Magnum wonderkinder. All come with 4 inch barrels, enhancing concealability under a jacket.
The Model 500 .500 S&W is also brutal power, but the Super Redhawk and Raging Bull come in the same calibers. The real king of power is the S&W .460 XVR. The .460 flies faster, but can use the .454 Casull (itself no slouch in SHEER power) and the .45 Colt (as the cowboys used it) as spare ammunition.
The Desert Eagle is a wonderful gun, but only really worth it for the .44 Magnum, unless you want to spend a dollar a shot for your .50 AE Magnum. A nice autoloader alternative is the Wildley Survivor or Wildley Predator. Comes in .44 Automag (the mating of the .30-06 and the .44 Magnum), .45 Winchester Magnum, or the .475 Wildley.
A good rifle?
The Winchester Model 70 in .30-06. With an effective range of 800 yards in most hands, and up to twice that with a shooter who is a TRUE sniper, it's long range, sleek, elegant and capable. Some folks like that rifle in .300 Winchester Magnum, or like the flat shooting 7mm Magnum, but a Model 70 in .30-06 has killed one of every creature on this earth up to elephant size.
The Heckler and Koch PSG-90 is a tarted up G3 rifle - ruggedly solid and reliable, but accurized. The PSG-1 is the true urban target rifle, but it's superb accuracy comes at the cost of being a finicky beast. 20-shots of .308 Winchester helps if things get a little too close. The Russian Dragunov SVD in 7.62mm x 54 Russian is the cold war equivalent, and it's just as powerful, just as accurate, and just as far reaching.
Long range for a rifle is one kilometer - 1000 meters. However, most snipers do their work in the happy little envelope of 300 meters - close enough to minimize wind deflection, far enough to be out of sight.
And here is some seriously pimped-out kaboom... The .50AE Desert Eagle with titanium gold tiger stripes!
You're either at the Zombiesquad board, or you've been to the Gun Thing. The .50 I used was pure black and so accurate I got TWO heart shots on a target. Titanium gold with tiger stripes, no one will ever think you're a cop with THAT bling.