…the similarities between the Militec and RBCD stories are too strong to ignore.
And I've been pondering that, developing the premise that in this Âge d'Internet
, this is a potentially viable method of getting the word out about one's product.
I remember about 14-15 years back when the Pine Barrens Range first went "live," and the security at the adjoining aerodrome was contracted out to some outfit like Wackenhut, and a young "rent-a-cop" used to race around the perimeters so he could hang out around my shooting position between 1200 and 1415 while the sun glint and radar made accurate chronography a less than viable proposition. That "window of frustration" was when I allowed extended discourse about whatever chums and gunzine groupies wanted to ask or chat… cause when I was able to collect data, I really couldn't take the time to BS with anyone.
One day we got talking about exotics in general and MagSafe in particular, and I related the anecdotal (and in my view dubious in extremis
) story Joe Zambone had told me about one of his very satisfied customers who'd been deer-hunting in Oregon with a .45 WinMag and some of Joe's hand-crafted Mach II specialty rounds (it doesn't matter which, 'cause back then Joe changed the formulation on an almost weekly basis as he envisioned newer and "better" ballistic necromancy with virtually every sleep cycle). He said that the customer told him… note the unusual-for-Joe second person deniability!… that he shot the deer in the neck and the entire head came off. I had developed this little patter about how I imagined this whole scenario transpiring to the accompanying strains of Randy Newman's positively heroic passage from The Natural
when Roy Hobbs
hits his dramatic light-stanchion-busting home run, and we all got a good laugh… except for young Mister Wackenhut. My long time shooting partner Cruthers sidled over to me and whispered "Jay-SUS!, look at the kid in uniform, willya?!"
I glanced over at the fellow and his was glassy-eyed and slack-jawed, with a little rivulet of spittle at one corner of his mouth.
A week or so later Joe called to thank me for the referral from my area… it seemed that someone from up the Island a bit had called and all but gone tap for several hundred dollars worth of MagSafe rounds in 9 X 19mm… and it was the very same security guard, a proud owner of a commercial Model 92F/SB which he referred to as an "M9," of course.
Unfortunately Wackenhut let him go shortly thereafter due to his spending more time hanging out at the range than making his patrols, but it was a revelatory episode for me as I began to realize just how much of a "Holy Grail" was the quest for a magic handgun bullet… no recurring training and regular practice required.
I wonder how much civilian sales… which supposedly Le Mas discourages… of the RBCD rounds have appreciated after the AFJ
articles about the "fatal butt-shot" appeared!?
Those "puff pieces" aren't likely to help that much in getting RBCD re-evaluated by the military, or in the earlier instance, Militec, adopted… but I'm betting that some Congressional critters have looked into the matters, spurred on by constituents' calls!