Willaim Gibson ( @GreatDismal ) does not like Tacti-Cool pistols!

Willaim Gibson, famous sci-fi author and journalist, tweeted that the Zimmerman Arms .22 Pistol I blogged about is “for dorks in armored golf cart“.

(the link he posted revolves to this blog post)

Mr Gibson: I think if you spent 20 minutes at a range with a .22 pistol and 50 round magazine, you would change your mind! A 50 round magazine is 40 rounds more fun than a 10 round magazine šŸ™‚

I wonder what Stephen Hunter’s take on Tacti-Awesome pistols is …

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Andy

    I think I’m going with Gibson. A high capacity doesn’t make it any less goofy. Looks like some airsoft weapon.

  • Don

    William Gibson can probably afford to shoot cans of linked 7.62×51 from his armored hovercraft.


  • Veeshir

    Via Say Uncle, an early tacti-cool revolver.

  • West

    I dont know what he means about an armored golf cart but I seriously do not see the point of these .22 kits. What are they good for besides looking cool (and super expensive)?

    Give me a 10/22 out of the box with a cheap scope and a 50 rd mag and I can perform surgery (just about anybody could). Or a Woodsman or a Buckmark pistol.

    I agree that people are going to look back on this tactical trend and say “What a bunch of idiots”.

  • jdun1911

    Iā€™m not an elitist. If they want to paint their guns pink or buy Zimmerman Arms .22 Pistol for blasting paper targets, more power to them.

    Shooting is supposed to be fun. Whatever gets people into the shooting sport, I’m all for it.

  • Maigo

    I’ve got to agree with Don even though the Zimmerman is the uglies thing I’ve seen in a long time.

    We know you’re here Gibson! šŸ˜€

  • Bobby

    ^^ He wins.

  • Bobby

    Jdun wins the topic.

  • Beaumont

    Dittos to jdun. If Hello Kitty rifles with flashing LEDs encourage people to take up shooting, we should encourage them.

  • gunslinger

    one thing to add to the “if it gets them shooting” point,

    if it gets them to shoot, and BE RESPONSIBLE SHOOTERS it’s good.

    i’m all for more shooters, but i’m also not wanting them to be stupid about it.

  • Zach

    Maybe not that far, but yes I agree with jduns statement, but there is no way you could get me to buy the described rifle, or even touch it

  • Kurby

    I bet the first few civilians to purchase AR15s where called dorks too. Im sure Willliam Gibson isnt a nerd anyway, I mean with a novel like Neuromancer how could he be?

  • Carl

    I’m not sure I’d feel safe shooting at the same range as people who entered the shooting sports because of Hello Kitty and flashing LED’s…

    On this “pistol”, I’d wish people would invent something new rather than just taking a 1022 rifle and cutting off the barrel and calling it a pistol. A blowback .22 isn’t exactly rocket science.

  • snmp

    Funny, during former Yugulsavia War : Croatian Force have used some .22 SMG for make close range saturation weapon (with shrapnel)

  • Jason in Iowa

    If you have read Mr. Gibson’s books as I have (all of them), you will recall he has a fondness for more archaic hardware; specifically, 32/22 S&W .22LR revolvers, Weatherby belted magnum rifles, and (fictional?) large bore revolvers with xenon projector tactical lights.

  • Tam

    Everybody knows that the elite Food Court Team Six at Mall of America uses those armored golf carts.

    They can be at a “skater in progress” call anywhere in the mall in less than 20 minutes.