French police found some guns on a bus bound for London.

The French media described it as a veritable “arsenal de guerre”.

Here’s what they found:  “three loaded automatic pistols, three Smith & Wesson revolvers and a semi-automatic Luger, as well as two Italian-made firearms, a Czech-made firearm, a silencer and almost 500 rounds of 9mm ammunition.”

Obviously they haven’t seen my trunk and probably yours as well.

Let’s see, this week I’ve got in my trunk or on my person:

  • An AR with 8 magazines of 28 rounds.
  • A shotgun with about 20 rounds of reduced recoil slugs and 30 rounds of reduced recoil buckshot
  • A Kel-tec Sub2000 with one 17-round Glock mag.
  • Two Glock 19s, each with four 15-round mags.
  • One Glock 17, with three 17-round mags (shared with Sub-2000)
  • One S&W K-frame with 24 rounds of ammo.
  • Kel-tec P3AT with about 50 rounds of ammo.

And that brings us to the age-old bit of humor (author unknown) about the Southern California man who was put under 72-hour psychiatric observation when it was found he owned 100 guns and allegedly had 100,000 rounds of ammunition stored in his home. The house also featured a secret escape tunnel.

By Southern California standards, someone owning 100,000 rounds is considered “mentally unstable.”

In Michigan, he’d be called “The last white guy still living in Detroit.”

In Arizona, he’d be called “an avid gun collector.”

In Arkansas, he’d be called “a novice gun collector.”

In Utah, he’d be called “moderately well prepared,” but they’d probably reserve judgment until they made sure that he had a corresponding quantity of stored food.

In Kansas, he’d be “A guy down the road you would want to have for a friend.”

In Montana, he’d be called “The neighborhood Go-To guy.”

In Alabama, he’d be called “a likely gubernatorial candidate.”

In Georgia, he’d be called “an eligible bachelor.”

In North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina he would be called “a deer hunting buddy.”

And in Texas, he’d just be “Bubba, who’s a little short on ammo.”

14 thoughts on “French media’s definition of “arsenal of war”… It’s all relative.”
    1. It prevents a condition called ‘Bolt Override”. A 1/4″ to 1/2″ of depression/movement needs to be present with the top round. When the magazine is inserted on a closed bolt, the top round will press against it. If there isn’t enough give, the mag won’t seat.

      When the mag is seated with the bolt locked open and there isn’t enough depression, when the blot is run forward it can actually skip over the top round in the mag and chamber thin air.

      28 rounds in the 30’s, 18 in the 20’s. That’s what we recommend.

    2. And Frank and John Farnam (same class actually) are the ones who taught me that back when I was a neophyte on the urban rifle scene almost ten years ago!

      Thanks for the detailed answer, Frank!

    3. thanks.. now it makes sense. I was expecting something about wearing the springs out in the magazines.

  1. Many people only load thier magazines 28 or 29 for reliability issues sometimes when they’re completely full, the 30th round will cause the rifle to fail to feed and can be harder to insert on reloads.

  2. Just think – if the French has possessed such an
    “arsenal of war” in 1940 they would have been able to fend off the Nazis!

    1. In 1940, the French Army was the largest in the world. They had more tanks, guns, and airplanes than the Nazis; their navy far outclassed the Germans.

      What they didn’t have was fortitude.

    2. their tactics and doctrines sucked too.. their armor was spread out for infantry support instead of being massed for a ‘Schwerpunkt’.

    1. “Never fired, ONLY dropped once” is the magical punchline for that I believe.

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