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Coming: a 10/22 Chassis Prototyped by 3D Printing

Rifle chassis are an “in” technology right now. They allow you to trade off the lighter weight and greater comfort of a polymer or wooden stock for the flexibility, rigidity, and accessory-compatibility of the typical chassis.

In the military the chassis is a good idea because the same rifle must often be reconfigured for different shooters and missions. Civilians might not need to do that, but it’s nice to have, say, adjustable pull length and cheekpiece position for a day at the range with the whole family.

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It was inevitable that someone would combine this popular accessory with the world’s second-most-popular accessory host, the Ruger 10/22 rimfire rifle. In this case, Canadian outfit Spectre Ballistics has designed, and is preparing for production, an economical and fairly light 10/22 stock. It’s not on their website yet, but they’ve shown the prototype — which was 3D Printed.

The actual stocks will be CNC billet aluminum.

There’s a pretty good discussion of the stock and its design and the manufacturing schedule on Reddit. In time, the stock will be available for pre-order on the Spectre Ballistics website (not yet!) in KeyMod and M-lok versions. Target price is $200 CAD, and, unlike American firms, Canadian accessory firms are not under ITAR pressure from their counterpart to our State Department.

dudley_doright(They only have to bowdlerize their 10/22 magazines because Dudley Dimwit of the Mounties can’t tell rifles from pistols).

This is the 3rd version of a 10/22 chassis I’ve been working on. Now I just need to do this one up in aluminium.

It has a KeyMod forend and fully free-floats the barrel. It also locks the action into the chassis using a clamp system better than any factory stock. I’ll also do an M-lok forend too.

Here’s the earlier prototype stock, for comparison’s sake. The main part of this one is CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum (a strong alloy often used for things like automotive engine blocks and cylinder heads, and aircraft structural parts like landing gear struts and trunnions).

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The final stock will be CNC machined and anodized black. His explanation for making the stock from 6061-T6 aluminum rather than polymer makes perfect sense:

The idea here is to reinforce the action and stiffen the whole thing up. A quality polymer would be nearly the same weight since areas would need to be thicker. Also going synthetic would probably cost $100,000 in tooling for the molds.

Parts are CNC’d out of house, assembled in-house. Yes I have my own printer.

While the Canadian regulatory regime is superior from an exporter’s point of view, there’s things he can’t do. Such as? Make a bullpup stock. One of the bizarre disconnects in Great White North gun law is that, a factory bullpup design (Tavor) or a short-barreled rifle by US standards, is perfectly legal. A bullpup conversion stock? Prohibited. (“Prohibited” is a Canadian regulatory class that is not quite plain-English-meaning “prohibited,” but extremely difficult to own for an ordinary Canadian citizen).

Meanwhile, Canadians, Americans, and probably anybody else who can own a 10/22 can pre-order the sock sometime around the beginning of November, if all goes as planned.

 

Deals from Surplus City

A Pennsylvania friend texted us today about two deals he found at Surplus City in Feasterville Trevose, PA. We’ve mentioned their seemingly bottomless wellspring of cop trade-ins before. He stopped in to check on one — a beater cop shotgun — and wound up going home with another, a beautiful Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver. Specifically, this one:

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Yes, that is pretty. The action matches, as well: niiiice. It was the only one like this, in amongst the marked department trade-ins. It doesn’t have a PD marking on it. (The Model 10s remaining in stock come with a variety of grips and are marked CDOC for the California Department of Corrections).

The gold-colored marking in the S&W crest appears to be original The walnut grips, on the other hand, may be aftermarket; and underneath them — it’s a round butt!

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Very high condition revolver for $250. It may be that old Smith and Colt revolvers in unloved calibers like .38 Special and .32 are the best bargain in used guns today. Being out of fashion means you can buy an excellent revolver for a price even the Chinese couldn’t build it for today, if the Chinese could build revolvers (they probably can, but they don’t bother; they’re as driven by fashion as any other).

This particular example a later Model 10, because it’s +P marked. This could not be earlier than the late 1960s, but probably dates from the 1970s or 80s. (For a fee, Smith & Wesson will document the revolver by serial number).

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The original .38 S&W Special was introduced in 1899, loaded with 18 grains of black powder! It led to more powerful smokeless loads, then via Elmer Keith and the .38-44 to the .357 magnum. (.38-44 was basically an overloaded .38 Special meant to be shot only in stronger revolvers built on a .44 frame). Current target max pressure for .38 Special is 16,000 cup and .38 Special +P is 25% stronger at 20,000.

Meanwhile, our friend describes the shotties like this:

Remington 870 Police Magnum previous Wells Fargo weapons. $200.00. Beat up cosmetic condition.

Surplus City found one nicer than that for their Facebook page:

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They say some are priced at $200 and some at $250, there. The nicer ones might have been gone by the time our friend bopped in to Surplus City.

He’s thinking of getting one and giving it a cosmetic touch-up before presenting it to his chick. She’s the sort of woman that would be delighted with that kind of gift.

Editor’s note: hey, we’re now up to only 12 hours behind. But we did finally get the lawn mangler towed out of the hole we got it stuck down in, and only broke one towing cable and bent one clevis pin in the process, so there is that. Hoping Tractor Supply or Ace has a bin-o-clevis-pins when we drop by tomorrow. Or we can make one out of the crummy Spanish parts/junk Mausers that Century is grading “good” and flogging to unsuspecting dealers. -Ed.

3D 3Deal on Autodesk Fusion 360

Just got done buying this, and it dawns on us that you, too, might benefit from this one-day deal offered by Autodesk on the Fusion 360 design software.

How good is the deal? One year for $50, and two for $80. That second deal comes up to 87% off.

Autodesk sent us:

Don’t miss our incredible offer today, where you can get Fusion 360 at just $80 for a 2 year subscription or $50 for 1 year — giving you a savings of up to 87%!

Fusion 360 is 3D CAD reinvented. Get industrial and mechanical design, simulation, collaboration, and machining in a single package. Fusion 360 connects your entire product development process and works on both Mac and PC.

This amazing offer allows you to get the first tool of its kind — an integrated, complete product development platform available on PC, Mac or mobile — at 87% off.

This is only available for one day only, Today, September 28th HERE.

And we immediately bought. We missed an even sweeter offer back during Amazon’s Prime Day, and have been kicking ourselves ever since. We have some other, excellent, 3D Design software but it only runs on Windows, and we’d just rather not when it can be avoided.

We still have to boot up the Windows box or emulator to generate tool paths. That’s the nature of life.

It’s also available FREE to students or teachers at this link, but we’re not in any school at present.

If you join us in buying this thing, there’s a learning curve. Fortunately, there are plenty of tutorials available (and Autodesk webinars, plus 3rd-party stuff, on Yoot Oob also; we like NYC CNC’s videos, and he’s not even in NYC any more, good for him):

http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/learn-training-tutorials

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=fusion+360

 

Clever, Minimalist Bipod

Now this is a clever thing, and a brilliant use of 3D Printing in combination with over-the-counter materials (in this case, carbon fiber tubes). Result: an ultralight carbon fiber and printed plastic bipod.

It’s from our dude, Guy in a Garage, and unlike some of his designs, you can build it yourself, or he’ll build one for you; you can email him at farrowtechnologies@gmail.com. The files are here:

https://www.sendspace.com/file/eepzs0

And come with these words of caution:

Be warned, this is a tricky print.

And the carbon tube is here, in 1-foot or 3-foot lengths (you’ll need carbide tooling and patience to cut it):

http://www.mcmaster.com/#5287t32/=148nduc

The ridiculously light weight (1.5 ounce) comes by sacrificing some of the adjustability of the common Harris bipod, requiring the legs to be individually removed from the bipod position and placed in the storage/traveling position, and using ultralight carbon fiber for the legs. By contrast this example of a Harris “ultra-light” bipod gives you much more flexibility in how to deploy it, and is more convenient to use, but adds 13 ounces to your firearm — 867% of the weight of the carbon-and-print rig.

The ultralight weight of this bipod allows it to be positioned much closer to the muzzle with much less effect on balance. Lots of Harrises are set fairly far back, just to keep the weapon closer its design balance point.

You know, a bayonet catch would make this a perfect thing. Otherwise, we’d fear the legs would, in time, wear away at the printed plastic of the adapter.

An Interesting P.38 — and What’s Different About Collectors?

This interesting Walther P.38 up for auction is interesting both due to the quality of the listing — there are over 100 pictures with it (also available here, which may require you to accept a certificate mismatch) — and the degree to which small details drive the collector market (or try to). This particular pistol presents as an ordinary, Walther-made, 1943-production P.38.

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What makes it unique, and a bestower of bragging rights on the owner, is that it is the highest known pistol of Walther’s 1943 production. In that year the pistols were marked, “ac 43” and serial number, and Walther serial numbers were one to four digits and a letter suffix (all running in numeric and alphabetic succession, with Teutonic precision). Previous reference sources have documented ac 43 “Third Variation” production from serial numbers 218m to 7932n. This pistol is 9248n, and records suggest it was made in December, 1943, after which month Walther transitioned to marking pistols ac 44.

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It may have been the last one made that year; it’s definitely the last one to turn up so far. 

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It’s a nice condition, all matching example, but the buy-it-now is set at $1,700, which suggests that the reserve (unmet at press time) is also high.

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(For the record, “First Variation ac43” production ran from ac 43 1 to ac 43 8xxxg from Jan 43-Jun 43, and “Second Variation ac 43” from approximately ac 43 9000g and ends in the -l or -m range, made from June to October. Third variation was produced from about Oct 43 to Dec 43. If you were fuzzy on the three variations of 1943 Walther-built P.38s, you’re not alone, but as in all things Nazi, they’ve been exhaustively researched. The auction says this of the differences:

The Second Variation differs from the First Variation by the following: 1) the lightening hole in the frame, located in the front of the partition between the take down lever well and trigger well, was omitted; 2) elimination of the narrow secondary extractor spring plunger relief slow on the slide; 3) the left side of the slide’s cavity now included the extractor spring relief cut, which became standard on all subsequent models; and 4) increasing the thickness of the area between the trigger axel hole and the trigger guard to eliminate a weak spot in the frame.

The Third Variation ac43 P.38 differs from the Second Variation in several key respects. First, the previously used stacked code was eliminated and, in its place, the new line code was first introduced. This resulted in a new slide marking configuration: P.38 on the far left on the slide center line, the serial number, which is now just above the center line and beginning at the point of the slide parallel with the breech face, followed by the company code “ac 43.” The second principal difference is that, beginning with the Third Variation, the barrel was now left with the milling marks on the outer surface. Prior to this, the barrel had been polished smooth prior to bluing. This change was undoubtedly implemented to speed production.

With what we know of industrial production, this certainly sounds like collectors are sperging out and trying to bundle normal running production changes, something that happens on every production line for everything, into sets that they call “Variations,” a distinction that would have been quite meaningless to any of the production planners in Wehrmacht ordnance offices or in Walther’s production-engineering spaces.

All these serial number calculations assume, of course, that Walther retired the ac 43 stamp with a ceremony on 31 Dec 43 and opened the new year stamping guns ac 44 — firearms factories don’t often work with such military precision, but maybe all these Germans did. In the real world, stampings and serial numbers often get out of sequence and overlap.

This all matching gun has been bid up only to a low price for an all matching generic P.38, with a few hours to go in the auction (we think it’s very likely to be relisted). But that’s the sort of thing that collectors dig deep into, and one reason many people with quite a few guns don’t think of themselves as capital-C Collectors.

One last note — the collection of well-lit and well-shot pictures is a good look at the internal workings of this very interesting, world’s first DA/SA service pistol, if you’re not already familiar with its many innovations (for its era).

Update

With three hours remaining in the auction, the bid is now $855, and the reserve price remains unmet. The $855 strikes us a low to average price for a superior condition P.38 like this (collectors also prize condition), but we are not experts in the Nazi pistol market. The question is, does the rare nature of this very-late-1943 gun justify its price?  After all, it might be the last known ’43 Walther gun forever, or just until some higher number n-suffix ac 43 firearm turns up. It’s a very nice high-condition wartime P.38, though, and clearly one that hasn’t been buried in a bunker in Belarus for the last seventy years.

Want a Project? Here’s a Half-Track that Needs Everything

Every so often, we find something at auction that cries out for just the right buyer. This early World War II halftrack is just such a case.

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m2-6120As you can see, this M2 (serial number 6120 of about 13,500 M2s made from 1940 to 1943) is lacking all its armor aft of the A pillar, plus the windshield assembly, plus all the stuff that was attached there. It does have an intact driveline that needs maintenance but does work — pretty amazing after at least 73 years.

One of the most interesting things is the original 6-cylinder flathead motor, still trucking after all these years. If you look closely right of center, you can see the “White” script trademark cast into the engine block.

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This picture shows the other side of the motor in its native habitat:

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Reproduction and restoration parts for halftracks are available, but you see what we mean when we say this vehicle needs the right buyer. (Welding and riveting skills a plus!)

While the body is mostly missing (lets you pick your own variant, perhaps), the office looks pretty much untouched since GI Joe last turned it in.

m2-office

The M2 was used as an artillery tractor, mechanized MG squad bus, and reconnaissance track, whilst the more common M3 (~45k built) and less common International Harvester M5 and M9 (~11,000 built) were mostly used as infantry carriers. All variants of halftrack were made into specialized AA, field artillery / tank destroyer, and other special-purpose vehicles, and many of them were supplied to American allies both under Lend-Lease and postwar.

They soldiered on with Israel through the Yom Kippur War, and served in South America into the 21st Century. Bolivia still may operate some ex-Argentine models (or they may have run out of spares, always a problem for the poorest nation on the continent).

How this one wound up at a US Government auction this month, with a minimum bid of $7,000, is anybody’s guess, but there’s a hell of a story in there.

Minimum bid is $7k, and you’ll have to pay a 10% kicker and Illinois state taxes, and remove it within eight days of the auction close (which is 28 September).

M2 Half Track Truck
ITEM NUMBER 766646
LOCATION
Maywood, Illinois, United States. 60153
AUCTION DATE
Sep 28, time TBD

METER READING 41 Hours
SERIAL # M2 6120
White 6 Cylinder Engine, Manual Transmission, Stake Sides, Bench Seating, Tool Box, Additional Undercarriage Components

via Surplus M2 Half Track Truck in Maywood, Illinois, United States (GovPlanet Item #766646).

It does seem to have a second flatbed-load of bogie and idler wheels and other gear, all of which look like they could use overhaul. At that link there are over 100 photos and a video of the motor running (it’s image number 55 if you want to skip ahead in the gallery).

If you buy it, we’ll come out to Illinois and help you load it!

The Spy Shop Catalog You Weren’t Supposed to See

A perv's delight: Cobham portable surveillance base station.

A perv’s delight: Cobham portable surveillance base station.

You’ve probably seen those “Spy Shop” catalogs with their overpriced, oversized surveillance gadgets, much beloved by cuckolds and small-time wannabe PIs. Well, here’s a catalog[.pdf] of the real stuff, a catalog that you were never supposed to see.

It’s the 2014 Cobham PLC “Tactical Communications & Surveillance” catalog for governments. While this is from their US subsidiary in Pinellas Park, FL (not far from SOCOM, oddly enough) and is specifically aimed at US military, police and TLA (Three Letter Agency) requirements for warrant-authorized and (shadier) warrantless intrusion and surveillance, the same company sells worldwide, including to many of the world’s greatest human-rights-abusing secret police agencies.

Hey, dollars, euros, rubles or renminbi, it’s all fungible. Cha-chingg!

They’re serious about not wanting this document to get around:

This catalog is the property of Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance and must be returned upon request. The contents of this catalog are proprietary and confidential and may not be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the prior written consent of Cobham TCS. Export restrictions apply. Possession and/or use of many of these products contained in this catalog is restricted by Federal or State law. Product features and specifications are not intended to be comprehensive and may not be accurate. For up to date and comprehensive product features and specifications please visit www. cobham.com/tcs or contact your Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance Account Manager.

Every page is further marked:

Cobham TCS Propriety and Confidential Information, DO NOT DISTRIBUTE WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION.

Sorry ’bout that, Chief.

What they say they’re offering is:

…covert audio, video, and tracking surveillance equipment built and supported by the best brands in the industry. Our aim is to supply clients with advanced surveillance technology which significantly enhances their operational capability.

Some of the capabilities are:

Video solutions offer high quality recording and sharing of images, to evidential standards

Audio solutions for covert monitoring of target conversations

Tracking, Tagging and Locating solutions, where tiny unique tags help follow or find people and assets, wherever they are

Integrated Surveillance Solutions bring together the best of Cobham’s products to deliver a complete solutions in some of the toughest locations in the world.

There’s also the IP Mesh product line, which is a robust, self-organizing and self-healing network that not only operates in a public-service context, but also can provide nodes that are in listening radio silence for clandestine operation against electronically sophisticated opponents.

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Cobham’s radios don’t use frequency-hopping; instead, they escape detection (and increase live dwell time on target) by using a fixed frequency, but an extremely minute signal, easily overlooked by technical surveillance countermeasures.

There are a wide range of prefab clandestine cameras, for those lacking the in-house ability to dummy them up…

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… and there’s even a dog-collar camera, and a throwable “ball camera” that rights itself on landing. Not to mention a full suite of IMSI catchers (Cobham’s version of the Harris Stingray, a covert cell phone surveillance device. IMSI catchers are widely used without warrants to develop information; rather than submit that information as “evidence,” which would (1) expose the use of the surveillance and (2) enable warrantless wiretapping to be challenged in court, the information is then used to develop the same information using legal means, a processs that the Feds call “parallel construction.”

All in all, the catalog is jammed with spy tech, any item of which can be integrated into your video/audio/RF-spectrum/etc. pervasive surveillance system.

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Like a gun, these technologies are neutral. They can be sold (and from Cobham, they are) to beleaguered democracies with a strong rule of law, and ruthless dictatorships that laugh at the very idea of the law. They can be pro-civic in nature, when deployed under judicial oversight (for example, particularized and narrow warrants), and they can be totalitarian and dyscivic in nature, when deployed on warrantless fishing expeditions.

With the FBI increasingly stepping into a role as a partisan political police, and with the Bureau’s, the other agencies’, and the DOJ’s allergic reaction to the sunlight of transparency, maybe some common sense spy tech control measures need to be imposed by Congress.

Think of the children.

You can see the catalog here[.pdf on documentcloud.org]. Should it get nuked, let us know in the comments; we’ve saved a copy.

Exit howler: Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance’s truly Orwellian tagline: “The most important thing we build is trust.”

Cody “Gunfighters” Take a One-Season Hiatus

cody gunfightersOn July 29, a fool participating in one of the Cody Gunfighters’ Old West shows in Cody, Wyoming, fired a cylinder of live cap-and-ball shots, fortunately missing the guys playing the other side of the gunfight, but unfortunately hitting not one but three spectators.

It was not the first incident in the long-running open-air Western entertainment, but the first in a long time. In 1983 Thornton “Todd” Darr was wounded in the hand by a blank at contact range; in 1988 Dave Boehm lost most of the sight of an eye from some blank-launched flying particle. These accidents led to a time-out; the current iteration of the Gunfighters seems to date to 1996.

The July incident is still under investigation, the Cody Enterprise reports.

Malfunctioning blanks weren’t the problem in July, however. The performer who shot the live rounds grabbed the wrong cylinder, one he normally used for target shooting, and it was loaded.

That gun, which has been sent to the state crime lab for testing, was a cap and ball type. Baker said he still has not received results of the testing. The Cody Police Department report of the incident will not be released until Baker has received the crime lab’s report.

Cap and ball revolvers don’t use modern brass cartridges, but instead use black powder loaded through the muzzle with lead round balls ramrodded on top of the charge. There is no commercially manufactured blank round for this type of gun.

While a favorite of many re-enactors, the design of cap and ball revolvers means this type of gun isn’t as easy to check for live ammunition as a brass cartridge revolver. That’s in part because cap and ball revolvers are susceptible to a dangerous condition known as chain firing. Chain firing occurs when sparks from the cylinder intended to be fired ignites black powder residue in an adjoining cylinder. This can cause the second cylinder to fire accidentally.

The writer is trying here, but he’s crossed up the concepts “cylinder,” the thing on the revolver that holds all the chambers, and “chamber,” the hole bored in the cylinder that holds a single individual cartridge or (on muzzle-loading cap-and-ball revolvers) charge. Still, he or she is trying.

To prevent chain firing, many shooters add grease to the cylinder, covering the roundball. This prevents the spark from following the powder train into another cylinder.

Again, read “chamber” for “cylinder” in the line above… and in the line below.

Unfortunately, the grease also makes it difficult to tell with a visual inspection whether there is a roundball in the cylinder. The shooter has to instead push a pin through the  grease to detect the ball beneath.

All this means the iconic cap and ball revolver, with its distinctive profile shaped by the ramrod mounted under the barrel – a gun so prized by many aficionados of classic Old West firearms – will no longer be used in the show.

The popular show will now continue with cartridge firearms only, and with blanks supplied by the show managers only.

Facing new safety guidelines imposed by the City after a July performance went awry, a spokesman for the Cody Gunfighters said the group’s shows won’t resume in 2016.

Richard Muscio, a founding member and past president of Cody Gunfighters, said the group needs more time to be in compliance with the guidelines….

 The Gunfighters do intend to be back in the summer of 2017 with a revised show.

The Cody Gunfighters carry $2 million in liability insurance.

Ted Bundy’s Pistol?

Somebody owns this, and takes pride in the ownership of Ted Bundy’s former boot gun. And it can be yours, instead: for a price.

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The GunBroker ad is headlined:

TED BUNDY’S BOOT GUN. YES, TED BUNDY, SERIAL KILLER

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That certainly endears it to you, no?

The pistol is, to be blunt, a piece of crap: a Rossi .22 caliber cap-and-ball double-barrel pistol, with dual hammers and dual triggers. These used to be sold widely (and may still be, for all we know) as essentially unregulated toys in most states.ted bundys rossi pistol 7 (Some states, like Massachusetts and New Jersey, regulate antique and replica guns as stringently as real, modern, practical guns). The seller says (although he said it in ALL UPPER CASE, we’ll spare you the shouting, and his erratic punctuation, too):

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Theodore Robert “Ted” Bundy’s Boot Gun. Yes, Ted Bundy, serial killer of at least 36 murders and experts say closer to 100…. Firearm is a Rossi 22 black powder cap and ball. Comes with holster and letter of authenticity of how a special operations officer Grover Ayers, Jr with the Ft. Walton Beach Sheriffs Office acquired the firearm. Truly one of a kind. There is only one.

ted bundys rossi pistol 2Bundy was a nasty piece of work, “the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet” in his own words, so nasty that being a serial killer of young women wasn’t the most rebarbative of his behaviors. He would stash his kills and return to them, to commit bizarre necrophiliac rituals.

Worse, he attended law school (although he did do society a solid and drop out to focus on rape and murder instead).

Unlike most serial killers, Bundy seems to have been eager to alter his MO in order to conceal his misdeeds. Most of what we know about his murders comes from forensic evidence. There is a great deal of information from Bundy’s own statements, confessions and boasts, but Bundy was the archetype of the unreliable narrator. Still, his preferred methods of homicide appear to have been strangling or bludgeoning with bare hands or improvised weapons such as a crowbar, and he is not believed to have ever used a gun in a killing. He was not carrying a gun in any of his many arrests. (As well as being released for lack of evidence, he escaped from prison at least twice).

This is the cop who supposedly seized the weapon.

This is the cop who supposedly seized the weapon.

This peculiar little gun may be of interest to a crime museum, or to a Bundy groupie.

Bundy groupies? Yes, they’re a thing. One of them, Carol Ann Brown, so reveled in her fandom that she corresponded with and ultimately married the creep, having his kid by conjugal visit before he went to Old Sparky. As sick as it sounds, almost every serial killer has women who write him in prison and fall in love with him.

But is that as sick as a society that lets a Ted Bundy procreate in the first place?

Update

Apparently the groupie thing is well-documented, as well as commonly obeserved. (“Chicks dig jerks,” and who’s a bigger jerk that a serial killer, rapist, and necrophiliac?) It even is a named disorder: hybristophilia. Bundy’s fan mail peaked at 200 letters a day.

Bubba Improves a Nazi-Occupation CZ 27

This isn’t just any Nazi pistol. It’s an SS pistol! How can we tell? Because Bubba stamped SS right on it, to go with the story he made up. Now it’s for sale. (We’re not implying the seller is the Bubba who faked the gun. He, too, may well be a victim).

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The pistol, apart from the SS stamp, is a garden variety CZ 27, a small police and general purpose pistol made in CZ’s Strakonice plant from 1927 to approximately 1949 (there may be one stamped 1950, but we haven’t seen it).

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The vast majority of all Cz 27s were produced during the Occupation. The Germans called it the Pistole Modell 27 and used hundreds of thousands of them. They were stamped with Nazi Waffenamt military acceptance marks on the frame…

WAA 76 is a Nazi mark for Böhmische Waffenfabrik aka CZ.

WaA 76 is a standard Nazi mark for Böhmische Waffenfabrik aka CZ.

…as well as on the parts….

SS CZ 27 03

This not quite legible, and we’re no experts on Nazi markings. It lacks the plant ID code of a Waffenamt. It looks like a Wehrmacht eagle, and could simply be another fake stamp.

These stamps are available online, for the wannabe Nazi with the urge to redecorate his firearm.

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Unlike pre- and postwar guns, most Ocupation CZ 27s don’t have ordinary Prague proofs, although early CZ 27s that were taken over by the Nazis might have both civil Prague proofs and even Czechoslovak police markings, and Nazi acceptance marks of some kind, and a few police pistols have the Prague lion and a 42 or 43 date.

Technically, when this gun was built, the factory wasn’t CZ any more, but “Böhmische Waffenfabrik AG in Prag” (a German translation of the old CZ name, which vz. 24 and CZ 27 pistols used as a slide-top marking), and in organizational terms part of the Hermann-Göring Werke that seems to have been a holding company for looted Eastern European businesses. Like their counterparts today, the movers and shakers of National Socialism did well.

One interesting variant of the CZ 27 that was made during the Occupation was equipped with a special barrel that was made for a suppressor. Many thousands of these were made towards the end of the war, although no one has truly documented why or for whom within the black chambers of the National Socialist state.

After the war, more CZ 27s were made, in response to an urgent need of the Czechoslovak police for serviceable firearms. Existing occupation firearms were also used, sometimes with the Nazi markings defaced or ground off. By 1950, a modern double-action 7.65 mm pistol was in production for the police and the SNB.