The Browning Hi-Power for TEOTWAWKI

 

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It has been three weeks since my last blogpost, so I thought it would put this up for those who still follow me. I wrote this essay after shooting my BHP last weekend.

Of course, the phrase TEOTWAWKI is an acronym for The End Of The World As We Know It, and denotes a collapse of society and civil government. The Browning Hi-Power -also known as the P35 and the Browning SA- is a 9x19mm caliber handgun. For brevity sake, I will usually refer to it here simply as the BHP.

A TEOTWAWKI could start, and then play out, in many different ways. Economic collapse. Tyrannical government. Massive natural disasters and resultant people displacement that the FedGov could not handle. A petroleum shortage that takes the J.I.T. economy and transportation past the breaking point. A nuclear exchange with Russia, perhaps followed by Russian invasion. Gang warfare and racial strife boiling over and everyone -including those in uniform- siding with their ethnos. I will not speculate how or when any of these scenarios will occur, though I suspect that America’s days are numbered.

When a TEOTWAWKI scenario begins, the important thing is being able to survive it, not who predicted it most accurately in advance. To survive, one must be able to supply themselves and their loved ones with food, water, shelter, and (in cold climates) heat -and be able to defend themselves. Enter the BHP.

The Browning Hi-Power design was started by firearms genius John Moses Browning, but finished by Dieudonne Saive in present day Belgium after Browning’s death. (Saive went on to design the FAL rifle). The BHP was first marketed by Fabrique Nationale in Belgium around 1935, hence the term P35 sometimes applied to it. It was widely used during and after WWII, and was perhaps the most common “free world” service pistol during the Cold War era.

Mechanically, the BHP is a steel framed, recoil operated, single action semi-automatic pistol. It is chambered in 9x19mm, which is sometimes referred to as 9mm Luger or Parabellum. The BHP has a 13 round magazine. The operator controls and the grip angle are very familiar to anyone who has used John Browning’s earlier pistol, the 1911. The BHP may be carried in Condition One (cocked and locked), and that is how I would carry it. The current production pistols have high visibility sights and a decent ambidextrous safety, unlike WWII era examples.

The BHP has several factors that make it a good pistol for those of the survivalist mindset. It is a time proven and reliable design. It is easy to fieldstrip for cleaning. It is reasonably accurate. It can be carried in Condition One and has a consistent trigger pull (unlike DA/SA designs). It uses the same cartridge that is the current NATO issue for pistols and SMGs. It has light recoil and high magazine capacity. The ammo is currently commercially available at prices significantly lower than 40 S&W or 45ACP, making training and putting back a little stockpile easier for working class people in America.

Now to the downsides, one significant one and a few minor ones. First the major one. The BHP is only a 9mm. While the 45 auto has proven to be a good fight stopper with G.I. ball ammo for decades, 9x19mm stopping power is rather lacking in ball/FMJ loadings. Unless one has a hollow point brand that they trust, and the finances to stockpile a few cases of it, at some point in a post-collapse America they will be running on standard FMJ. Invading troops will not be bringing your favorite boutique loading of hollow point with them, and neither will the looters who stole the last box of ammo from WalMart before they torched the place. This is something to consider.

Now on to the minor issues, which are: the mag safety, trigger pull, size, and price. The BHP has a magazine safety; this means the weapon will not fire without a magazine locked in place. I hate that. In a physical struggle and your mag gets ejected? You pistol now will not fire. Also (perish the thought) if your last mag gets combat lost or destroyed and you still have some ammunition, you cannot load a round in the chamber and at least have a single shot pistol, as it will not fire without a mag in place. (Note: For mechanical reasons, it is not good to place a round in the chamber and drop the slide on it; I am only talking about a post-collapse desperation scenario here).

The trigger on the BHP is often a bit heavy and just not the best, but it is manageable. If you are used to shooting a $500 polymer pistol it might seem good, but it is not on the 1911 level, much less that of a custom tuned 1911. I do not shoot my BHP as well as the 1911 that I use as my primary defense pistol, the trigger being a large part of that.

The BHP is a tad small for my rather large hands, but definitely within the usable range. Part on my right pinky finger rests below the magazine, and when I first got the gun, the web of my right hand got “bit” by the slide. This grip size issue will not apply to women, or most men. The grip size and light recoil are actually good if you have a wife who might also use the weapon.

Last is the price. The current civilian market production BHP, the Browning S.A. MkIII, retails for just over $1,100. Yes, it costs almost twice what many polymer pistols do. Military surplus pieces (how heavily used?) are sometimes available, as are knock off copies from Argentina and elsewhere. If you shop a round, you might find a decent deal on a lightly used FN made MKIII, as I did.

Is the BHP a better choice than other 9mm pistols, some that cost much less? That is a choice that everyone must make for themselves. I have fired the Glock 17 and the Sig P239 pistols in 9mm, and they were both good pistols -reliable and sufficiently accurate for self-defense. For many years the SEAL teams used the Sig full size P226, the various models of the P226 generally retail for between $1,000 and $1,400. I have not shot a Beretta 92, as the design (and DA/SA pistols in general) do not really appeal to me. And yes, you can buy a Glock 17 for about $600.

And of course, whichever pistol you choose for defense during TWOTWAWKI, buy enough magazines! In general, I would recommend owning at least five magazines per handgun, or twice the number that one usually keeps loaded at one time, whichever is greater.

I like the BHP. While differing in some mechanical aspects, from an operator perspective, it is much like a scaled down 1911 with a mediocre trigger pull. I prefer a 45 caliber 1911 for my daily defense needs, and would continue to do so post-collapse. But if the collapse lasted long enough, and I outlived my stash of 45 ammo, I would put on my BHP without fear.

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

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Charting A New Course

 

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I am now charting a new course, taking my life focus in a bit different direction.

I have been thinking a lot since my August 1st post Joe’s Political Burnout. In the month since that post there has been massive anti-White heritage sentiment from government figures and the media, as fallout from the Charlottesville rally. George Washington was more extreme on race than the White nationalists at the Charlottesville rally were, yet the media are now casting White seperatists of all stripes as vile and the epitome of evil and un-American sentiment. Al Sharpton has called for the defunding of the federal Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. And “patriot” sites like InfoWars are trying to peddle the narrative that America is really not racially divided -when the ideologically coherent figures on both the left and the right see that it is.

The U.S. Constitution, while alive in name, is really dead. When Jesus Christ died upon the cross, God ripped the temple veil in to, from top to bottom, exposing that the ark of the Covenant was gone. For a variety of reasons, I think it was likely removed by God shortly before the Babylonian captivity, and the apostle Paul wrote that they could not now speak particularly about the ark (Hebrews 9:1-5), as it was gone. For centuries, the Jews were playing religion -with no ark, the people still bringing sacrifices, a professional priesthood, and the Pharisee sect changing laws and living in hypocrisy. But it was all a sham.

In like manner the U.S. Constitution, while the parchment document signed in Philadelphia remains, is gone. Lincoln killed it, and Woodrow Wilson buried it. F.D.R.’s egregious actions were just after the fact. The game being played today in Washington, D.C. is a sham, the same as the Temple system in Christ’s day. When you truly accept that, your worldview changes.

I hold that God designed man to live in kin based national units, in an agrarian and somewhat hierarchical social order. No political party today endorses that concept. No political party today endorses Biblical morality. That is why I no longer vote or do political commentary.

I believe that America is heading toward economic collapse and balkanization along geographical and racial lines. When you truly believe this, as I do, blathering on about Trump, tax reform, and current events seems of little importance.

I never wanted to be an internet personality. From a child, I have loved books, and I wanted to be a book author. I never did FaceBook or Twitter, and I did not start my blog until May 2016. I did this only because I grudgingly accepted that it was now expected for an author to have an “internet presence”. Okay. I have done that.

I started a YouTube channel a few weeks ago. I have about half a dozen brief videos on it. At this point I intend to keep it up, but will probably only use it for book promo videos from now on.

This week, my dear old dog Pepper died. He was a Black Lab mix, and was 17 years and 2 weeks old. I got him when he was tiny, about a month old, and had him for literally half of my life. That faithful little dog was my friend through multiple churches, multiple jobs, my political research and writings, and my racial awakening. When I moved to the homestead two years ago, it gave the little old fellow a new lease on life. Though he already had some health problems he would walk and walk, climb the hill behind the place, dig for chipmunks, drink from the creek, and sniff where deer or the neighbor’s dogs had been. I really enjoyed the time I spent with him, often 45 minutes of exploring every morning. He had been going downhill for about six months, losing weight and strength but still eating and walking with me for short walks. Monday he stopped eating and drinking, and he gently passed away in my arms on Wednesday afternoon, August 30.

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I loved that Pepper as a friend. I knew his personality, his mannerisms, and gave him his favorite foods. I do not know you. Most of my blog visitors never became regular readers. Of the group who are regular readers, some have bought one of my books through Amazon or left a comment, and I do appreciate that. But I do not know you.

I only know who a fraction of my blog readers are. In Internetland, especially on the far right, anonymity is the rule. Most commentators (and even some bloggers!) use a screen name that is obviously not the real name of a person. They also usually do not post a picture or video of themselves either. When you talk to such people in the comments forum of your favorites blogs and websites, even if one does so on a weekly basis, it really means nothing. You do not know them, or even who they really are.

With my blog, days of dual posting here and at Identity Dixie, Google+ profile, and all my Disqus comment days –I only developed email contact with two guys, one of whom was obviously not using a real picture of himself as an avatar. Other than friends from before I was online, I have never met anyone that I interacted with online.

I am beginning to think that with most people, myself included, there is a direct correlation between how much time one spends online and how few real face-to-face friends they have. The internet is a mixed blessing; the internet is not real.

I am not recanting my positions on liberty, White separatism, Southern heritage, or agrarianism. All my essays remain up on this blog. I am now simply refocusing my efforts on book writing and developing my personal homestead.

I plan to have my next book out this fall, a brief commentary on the traditional view of Daniel’s 70th week -as opposed to the modern day Dispensational Futurist view. I am still planning a pro-Founders and pro-White biography of Brigadier General George Rogers Clark (1752-1818), which I plan to have available sometime in 2018. I am also toying with the idea of a small anthology of essays on life, culture, and heritage in the Dixie frontier.

I am now turning this blog into what I originally intended it to be: an author bio and promotion site. I will post here when I release new books, and perhaps periodically about my research progress. I will no longer be getting online every day.

Thanks to all my readers, and especially to those who took the time to leave a comment or buy one of my little books.

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.