Most semi-automatic pistols today are constructed to hold a standard magazine which exceeds the deluded Governor's 7-round limit. Even a small .22-caliber pistol designed for shooting squirrels and pigeons will usually hold a magazine of 8, 12, even 16 rounds. I wonder, will BB guns now be illegal too, with their 200-round reservoirs of copper death, or my .177-caliber CO2 pistol with 18-shot clip? Technically, I believe so, ridiculously enough.
Essentially, what the Governor has done is shoved NYers back to old wild west technology from two centuries ago, and made NY revolver country once again. Even the trusty .45 semi-auto used by American servicemen in the trenches during World War One, and on up through the modern day as a standard sidearm for professional and personal protection, will now be illegal in New York State. The smaller caliber but ubiquitous 9mm semi-autos, now too, illegal in most models. These new laws have essentially banned all of the most popular models favored by CCW permit holders in New York State, as well as other non-police professionals such as security and bodyguards. (In his haste, the idiot governor has even made it illegal for police, but that is expected to be re-legislated soon.)
Okay Gov, so I can't have a little .22-caliber pea-shooter that holds an 8-round magazine? That's just fine with me. you can take your 7 rounds and even have 2 back. This bitch gets the job done in 5.
That monster is a .50 caliber custom built Super Red Hawk by Ruger. The pistol was re-worked by the customizer to fire special .500 Linebaugh rounds, considered to be the most powerful handgun ammunition in the world. The bullet is so big, that this pistol can only hold 5 rounds, instead of the typical "six-shooter" style common to revolvers.
To get an appreciation of the hitting power we are talking about here, let us do a rough ammo comparison. The AR-15 rifle, made notorious now by several recent murder sprees, uses a .223 caliber round. That is, a round that is less than a quarter-inch in diameter, as compared to the half-inch diameter monsters we are comparing to. In this image just below, is an ammunition magazine being loaded for a military grade version of the same rifle, designated the M-16 with NATO 5.56mm ammunition.
With extensive reworking, the military can also convert the M-16 rifle to fire the special .50-caliber Beowulf cartridge. That round, is roughly the same size as the cartridge fired from the revolver handgun shown above. Here is a comparison of the Beowulf round, as compared to standard "assault rifle" ammunition.
For another way to get an impression of the power we are talking about here in a .50-caliber round, here is a night time photo of a .500 Smith&Wesson Magnum round being fired.
So yeah, basically, fuck you Gubner.
Finally, to really bring the point home, here is a video which displays the hitting power of a 50-caliber round. This compilation video shows US military snipers operating in Afghanistan, hitting live targets, with a single 50-caliber round from distances of a mile or more.
(CAUTION: GRAPHIC IMAGERY)
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