Ok, so I’ve been watching The Walking Dead. It’s a great show, and there’s a lot of deep thought. However, I’m not that deep and I’m bad at expressing whatever depths I do have. On the other hand, it’s making me think about walkers and weapons, so expect a series of TWD posts.
Today’s thought: The Kel-Tec PMR-30
The Kel-Tec PMR-30 is a pretty rare gun. Kel-Tec claims that they build several thousand every month, but it’s a very popular design and a lot of people are still struggling to find one at a reasonable price ($415 MSRP). They’re so rare and popular that many of them are selling for a few hundred dollars above the MSRP, even though most guns sell for significantly less than MSRP.
Still, what a great weapon for ventilating Walker skulls. It holds 30 rounds of ammunition before needing to reload. It weighs only 19 ounces (1 pound, 3 oz) fully loaded. A spare 30-round loaded magazine weighs only 5.5 ounces. It has a rail under the barrel for a flashlight or laser, assuming you can find batteries in the apocalypse. It can be fired very quickly and with reasonable accuracy.
It does have a few downsides, though. First, it’s rare enough that you’ll probably never find one, and you’ll never find any repair parts if something breaks. Second, it shoots 22 WMR ammo. If you don’t know, 22 WMR is the giant cousin of my favorite cartridge, the 22LR. Unfortunately, 22 WMR is much less common than 22LR. It also makes more noise and flash. Perhaps most important, the unusual operating system means that the gun becomes dangerous if you add a sound suppressor.
From Kel-Tec’s page:
USE OF A SUPPRESSOR WITH THE PMR-30 PISTOL IS NOT RECOMMENDED.
Due to the unique locking action of the PMR-30 pistol and the lightweight slide and barrel, the use of a suppressor is not recommended as it will cause an increase in gas volume and pressure and the slide will likely unlock early. This will cause an increase in gases and residue that is ejected back towards the shooters face and could also cause a case rupture to occur. Any damage or injuries caused by the use of a suppressor or other heavy weight muzzle device attached to the PMR-30 pistol will not be covered by any Warranty.