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  • Ukrainian plane carrying 180 crashes in Iran

    01/09/2020 12:35:34 PM PST · 211 of 213
    archy to UNGN
    The UIA 737 was the first plane to overfly the military base north of Parand in an hour. Maybe there was a shift change at the SAM battery and the new guy didn’t get the memo.

    Possible. The Canadians via Trudeau and the Washington Post are now claiming it was a missile shootdown and some of the crash scene photos show fragmentation damage to the upper wing and fuselage surfaces. Handheld Ground-to-Air missile impacts are generally toward the bottom/rear of the wings, which does not at all rule out a larger, vehicle mounted unit.

  • Popular meteorologist to run for US Senate in New Mexico

    01/09/2020 12:17:05 PM PST · 19 of 21
    archy to CedarDave
    You'd think his opponent would point out the inherent fraud in Ronchetti's profession...

    After all, he claims to be a meteorologist. Everyone knows that meteors are comprised of ice and stone, sometimes iron and nickel. And that they don't have kidneys.

    So why would meteors need a urologist?

  • Searching for articles on modern gunsmithing homages to the Mauser C96.

    01/09/2020 12:04:17 PM PST · 25 of 27
    archy to MrEdd; marktwain
    I have seen the double barrel Colt 1911 models...but what about the Mauser C96? With modern steel could one be made to fire small rifle cartridges of the period (30-30 maybe?) And how about the Thompson Submachine gun?

    Does someone have some websites or YouTube chanels dedicated specifically to doing cool things with classic ninteen hundred to nineteen thirties designs only with modern materials?

    A couple of years back a young pal of mine attending a CNC machine tool class thought a classic old design might be the ticket for his fledgling robomachinist's skills, and came to the conclusion that a M1928A1 Thompson in stainless would provide a pretty good showpiece for his skills. He was nosing around in the right places and was advised by others to seek me out for prints, dimensional exemplars and parts to copy. You can imagine his disappointment when I explained to him about the Firearms Owners *protection* Act and the Hughes Amendment, and that it was illegal to do what John Talliferro Thompson did in 1919.

    So he sought out another project, and reasonably came up with the M1916 U,S. Rifle, which most folks have never heard of- by that designation. When the Czar of Russia came up short a few rifles he turned to outside arms manufacturers, the State factories being busy churning out copies of the Maxim Gun [Gorloff) and light artillery, and developing a light automatic rifle. The ancient French manufactory at Chattelerault, the US Firm of Westinghouse's Eddystone, PA factory [1,800,000 units]ordered, at least 750,000 built0 and the firm of Remington dutifully cranked out another 750,000 units. The Russians, soon to be the Soviets. had built some 4 million. and this was long before the Chinese went at it. It truly was one of the nost significant rifles of its time.

    My granddad paid $1.50 for his just after WWI, courtesy of the U.S. Government's Department of Civilian Marksmanship.

    The erstwhile machinist thought it worthy. I lent him granddad's [Eddystone] and my own pre-war Russian Tula, plus some parts like spare barrels from other projects for dimensions. And now I can say I've seen, and had a part in building, a stainless steel M91 Mosin-Nagant/ U.S. M1916 rifle.

  • THE 2020 VIRGINIA SHOWDOWN (Matt Bracken)

    01/09/2020 11:02:22 AM PST · 227 of 233
    archy to KingLudd
    They’ll just cut off our access to the internet and phone lines. Won’t be any cop convoys coming up the road.

    Then all the phone lines get cut and the line poles go down, the cell towers get dropped, and then the highway overpasses and rail lines start to get being blown. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Ever suun a dead cop hanging from a utility pole? I have.

  • Texas Church Shooting Hero, Jack Wilson, Shares his Side of the Story

    01/09/2020 10:54:58 AM PST · 17 of 17
    archy to marktwain
    Local gun shop to host active shooter classes, following church shooting in Texas

    WTHI-TV, Channel 10, Terre Haute IN

    A recent church shooting in Texas has caused concerns for many of us and that's why a local gun shop is hosting free active shooter classes, specifically to holy spaces.

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- A recent church shooting in Texas has caused concerns for many of us and that's why a local gun shop is hosting free active shooter classes, specifically to holy spaces.

    During the Texas shooting, a man singlehandedly took down the gunman.

    Steve Ellis, the owner of Top Guns tell us that's the reason there were not more casualties. It's one of the many reasons he wants churches to be more proactive in these types of threats.

    "If we are putting ourselves in a position that there could be an emergency then I feel like it doesn't hurt to take the steps to train ourselves so that we're better prepared to handle that emergency," Ellis explained.

    Ellis told News 10 that there has been more interest from the public to participate in firearm training.

    "We are going to have people that are evil and much as we would learn CPR or learn to use a fire extinguisher there are several people who have also taken it upon themselves to learn to be able to defend themselves and others," Ellis said.

    Top Guns has provided these training classes for years but wanted to reintroduce them with the most recent shooting.

    In the class, you will be taught how to identify a threat, determine teams for outside and inside security, and much more.

    The training is free and there are multiple dates you can attend.

    January 9th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    January 15th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    January 23rd, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    January 29th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • SF Chronicle Review: ‘Richard Jewell’ is Clint Eastwood’s best movie in years

    12/26/2019 1:54:01 PM PST · 99 of 99
    archy to gaijin
    You missed another detail: one witness to who planted the backpack with the bomb clearly described someone other than Jewell. An Indiana Prosecutor, he'd have made an outstanding witness...but he wasn't singing the tune the FBI wanted. Accordingly, criminal charges were prepared for him once he returned to the Hoosier State, he was indicted, attempted *suicide* [by pouring gasoline over himself and igniting it, though he had a handgun] and, of course, convicted and disbarred.

    Cooperate with the FBI, citizen, or you'll get the same. And don't embarrass the Bureau.

  • Virginia Governor Northam Increases Corrections Budget In Anticipation Of Jailing Gun Owners

    12/26/2019 1:41:34 PM PST · 230 of 242
    archy to NorthMountain
    Tar and Feathers.

    Or a length of stout rope.

    During the four-month long Finnish Civil War of 1918, captured prisoners were frequently used for bayonet practice to give the newer recruits their first bloody introduction to the realities of their new trade. Only about one death in four could be reasonably desciribed as a *combet casualty*; the rest were executed prisoners, plus some who died of wounds, under interrogation, or in the subzero temperatures of unplanned-for prisoner-of-war facilities.

    Even now, more than a hundred years later, the Finns can't decide what to call the war. The leftists and Socialists prefer the term *Civil War*, those on the winning side usually go for the more descriptive *War against Traitors* or *War for Finland.*

  • Operation Nickel Grass [Yom Kippur war supply airlift]

    12/26/2019 1:24:11 PM PST · 54 of 54
    archy to Georgia Girl 2
    “The frontiers were mostly defended by short term conscripts.”

    I was with an Israeli friend from Haifa who I had met during the tragic 1972 Munich Olympics in Munich. He invited me to come visit him a year later, which I did. When his tank unit got called up, he asked me to accompany him so I could return his taxicab to Haifa.

    Instead, we got sent out to pick up his fellow reservists who had caught rides to military checkpoints but needed a ride on to his deployed unit's location. His C.O. found out I had been a US tank crewman and asked if I could help get their 17 tanks ready for the backed-up crews; they had fewer that 1 man/vehicle at the time. I told him getting the 2 Browning co-ax machineguns and the tank commander's .50 would be no problem, and once he got one other gunner available, we could boresight the main guns.

    About the third day he came over with a 9mm Uzi, and asked me if I was familiar with them, which I was since the West German Army used the MP2 Uzi as their tanker's weapon. He kind of smiled, gave me the weapon and 5 loaded magazines in a pouch, and told me not to expect and visiting Syrians or Jordanians to be very interested in checking for an American passport before beheading me.

    We were on the Jordanian frontier. Aside from those serving with Syrian forces elsewhere, for the most part the Jordanians did not come into the war.

  • Operation Nickel Grass [Yom Kippur war supply airlift]

    12/26/2019 1:05:30 PM PST · 53 of 54
    archy to daniel1212
    Some claim that in retrospect the decision not to strike first was actually a sound one. While Operation Nickel Grass, the American airlift of supplies during the war which began October 13, did not immediately replace Israel's losses in equipment, it did allow Israel to expend what it did have more freely.[5] Had they struck first, according to Henry Kissinger, they would not have received "so much as a nail."

    Until after they used their first nuke, after which all bets were off, it would have been a whole new ballgame, and nowbody would have wanted the next 60 to go off.

  • The Confederacy Almost Developed a Helicopter in 1862

    12/26/2019 1:03:11 PM PST · 92 of 97
    archy to 21twelve
    I was thinking he could have combined it with a balloon to be able to give the balloon some steering. But with a steam engine - that would be some balloon.

    Think rockets. For steering, at least.

  • Flawed Bridge Technology Set The USS McCain Up For Disaster

    12/26/2019 1:01:09 PM PST · 54 of 58
    archy to Pollster1
    In my Navy experience, automated and computerized systems were consistently problematic. I trusted hydraulics and servos to do the job, but nothing more sophisticated. I expect equipment in a ship to get wet, with salt water, and modern technology is not compatible with the reliability required for critical systems in that environment.

    You think like an Army tank crewman. That's a good thing, especially in combat, though it does not particularly advance equipmenr state-of-the-art.

  • Reporter's Notebook: Why is Pelosi holding the articles of impeachment? DC insiders have some theories (IMPEACHMENT HELD HOSTAGE - DAY 8)

    12/26/2019 12:44:20 PM PST · 44 of 45
    archy to SkyPilot
    The Senate should start sending out subpoenas and taking testimony with Federal Marshals hauling in any of the idiots like Hunter Biden and Joe Biden who have no BS immunity from being hauled in during a session of the House like Nancy and Schiff do.

    Do not bet the farm that the immunity that Schiff and Pelosi is unlimited:

    Article V, Bill of Rights: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger. ... .

  • Reporter's Notebook: Why is Pelosi holding the articles of impeachment? DC insiders have some theories (IMPEACHMENT HELD HOSTAGE - DAY 8)

    12/26/2019 12:38:51 PM PST · 42 of 45
    archy to rawcatslyentist
    Fraud is a polite word for the actions of Schwiftynads! The legal repercussions could well be lethal repercussions.

    18 U.S. Code §ection  2384: Seditious conspiracy

    If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

    And the FBI is an armed Federal Agency complicit in fraud and felony violation of 18 U.S. C. S.  2384.

  • Virginia AG to 2A Sanctuaries: New Gun Controls ‘Will Be Enforced’

    12/26/2019 12:24:43 PM PST · 279 of 279
    archy to Salvavida
    In Revolutionary War times, the State of Virginia extended as far East as the Ohio River, and included parts of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. Don't be surprised if some of those from *Old Virginny* offer assistance and supplies, as well as safe havens for armed refugee patriots within their borders.

    It'll be right interesting to see how West Virginians react as well.

    Virginia and North Carolina Territory:

  • 22LR Meltdown Torture Test

    12/26/2019 11:13:05 AM PST · 17 of 18
    archy to Manly Warrior
    Yeah, 22s will never “melt” down. Most of the “heat” is lost through the ejection of the spent case, very little thermal transfer and barrel mass/radiance is great enough to over come much thermal gain.

    The weak point of most AR-15/M16 Stoner family rifles is the gas tube. Burn a hole through it- or burn it in half- and you now have a boly-action, straight pull rifle.

    The .22 conversion units for the AR family don't require a gas tube, and as stated above, most of the heat goes out of the action when the fired case is ejected. And with the shorter travel of the bolt to feed and eject the shorter cartridge, rates of fire in excess of 1200 rounds per minute/ 20 shots per second were not uncommon.

    While I was at the Navy's NWSC Crane small arms shop in the early 1980's, we modified a M16A1 with a water-cooled jacket like a WWI water-cooled machinegun. The idea was to keep the gas tube cool, but it also served that purpose for the barrel itself.

  • St. Louis City Government Goes Orwellian, Bans Second Amendment in Parks

    12/26/2019 11:02:16 AM PST · 19 of 20
    archy to marktwain
    Don't like Constitutional rights? Just change the definition of words.

    Wait until you see what I do with the 13th Amendment....

  • Meet the Dutch girls who seduced Nazis — and lured them to their deaths [armed citizens killing Nazis]

    12/26/2019 10:42:21 AM PST · 81 of 82
    archy to Travis McGee

    Obit/More on Freddie here. Quite the counterpart to the Dutch reservist guarding a bridge when the German paratroopers seized it. He evaded into a nearby tulip field, waited a few hours until the attackers had set up a command post, then shot at the oldest most senior guy around. It probably wasn't German Para General Kurt Student [shot in the head while inside a building standing at a window a bit too long] but the Dutch weren't quite the pushovers the Germans had expected. Wikepedia overview for an idea of the conditions .

  • Demographics and the American Prospect

    12/26/2019 10:24:13 AM PST · 40 of 40
    archy to Lurker
    I’d add a whole bunch of white South Africans, too.


    Goeie naand, Kameraad! Ja, korrekte vir seker, maar moenie die hoender ruk nie raadsitter en gomgate.
  • Virginia County Passes Militia Resolution to Prepare for Potential Gun Control Wave

    12/13/2019 1:52:42 PM PST · 28 of 28
    archy to wastedyears
    Can I get a free rifle?

    Absolutely! Should be several just laying around on the ground by the second or third day. Just keep your head down till then, and you might want to bring some paper towls and hand cleaner.

  • ‘I felt humiliated’: Why California schools need ethnic studies classes

    12/13/2019 1:44:57 PM PST · 16 of 16
    archy to artichokegrower
    Sabah Elias, 17, was staying after school for tutoring last week when she said someone in a mask followed her to the bathroom, verbally abused her for being Muslim, and threw a bucket of water at her.

    And then she shriveled up.

    Melting!, I'm melting, melting...