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S&W Subnose & Thunderzap – Page 7

S&W Subnose & Thunderzap - The Punisher Armory No. 2, June, 1991, Page 7

S&W Subnose & Thunderzap – Page 7

From Marvel Comics The Punisher Armory No 2

S&W Subnose & Thunderzap:

“Now, here‘s a particularly lethal combination. An old Smith & Wesson shrouded snubnose tiring this new Thunderzap ammunition. This outfits advertising was almost disgusting, the way they gleefully talked about tissue damage and such. Butt what they said was true.

This is a light-weight bullet made of plastic. lit comes out of a little 2″ snubbie barrel at about 2600 feet per second (better than 3000 from a G” barrel). lit your target is within 20 to 25 feet, it will have a new B” diameter cavity in it somewhere. surrounded by shattered whatever. But the bullet will not leave the body. and it will not ricochet around if you miss. In fact. at about 350 feet. you could just about catch it barehanded, as it is just about not moving.

A fascinating concept. An in- ner-urban bullet for close-combat range that will inflict awesome damage on what it hits and little or no collateral damage if you miss. In fact I tested this bullet in a way implied by the ad. l shot a side of beef with a .38 Thunderzap and a .44 Magnum Hollowpoint. Both at 18 feet. The .44 made a 1″ hole; the .38 ‘Zap made a 3″ hole, with blasted out parts of rib all over the place.

On to my little S&W model 49 Bodyguard Airweight, When I have to carry practically nothing, I carry this loaded with 5 .38 ‘Zaps, and I carry 5 .38 Semi-Wad Cutters, just for a little extra range. The ‘shroud’ over the hammer not only allows snag-free quick-draws, but gives a little more grip against recoil … not that there’s much from a 32-grain Thunderzap. All that for just over a pounds worth of gun.”

Published by Marvel Comics in The Punisher Armory No. 2, June, 1991

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