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Posts by ExSoldier

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  • Beretta’s New Super Rifle

    07/24/2014 11:42:37 PM PDT · 84 of 90
    ExSoldier to Jeff Chandler
    Looks a little heavy to me.....
  • Poll: Democrats Hang On to Slight Leads in Key Senate Races

    07/15/2014 11:14:33 PM PDT · 4 of 29
    ExSoldier to TigerClaws
    No sense getting all wrapped around the axle with this, they won't tell the truth away. THAT will happen in November and none of them will be able to hide from the truth.
  • The Army Pistol

    07/15/2014 10:38:05 PM PDT · 67 of 70
    ExSoldier to PapaBear3625
    As far as the 9mm/.45 debate, really, how often do military people (outside of certain special ops units who do their own procurement) actually use their handguns to fire at an enemy?

    When I was on active duty in the early to mid 1980's, I doubt there was any at all, unless it was the MP's on post.

    In today's environment, especially in the ultra tight low intensity urban environments -- I still dunno! I haven't BT or DT But if I had to clear a house or a tightly closed arena or maybe in a tunnel situation with tight blind corners... And having to keep collateral damage to a minimum, I'd want a weapon very easily maneuverable and selective with M4's backing me up, of course. Especially in very tight confines.

  • The Army Pistol

    07/14/2014 5:05:43 AM PDT · 27 of 70
    ExSoldier to WhiskeyX; Old Sarge; Joe Brower; Travis McGee; All
    My observations are as follows:

    When I was on active duty in the early to mid 1980s, the 1911A1 was the only game in town. Before my final stint on the Division staff I served as a platoon leader and for a short while as the XO of the Division Pistol Team (Composite Bullseye). I never found our supply of 1911's to be wildly loose or inaccurate and I fired a fair representation of brother officer's assigned pistols in my Brigade when I was at the unit level. On the team we got match grade pistols (including S&W M41's) and ammo as well as Olympic grade coaches. That was a pretty fun time. I never found the 45 to be an exceptionally hard kicker and actually the recoil impulse is more of a push. But it can be pretty heavy and that tends to task the arms and wrists of some female soldiers or folks whose background in life doesn't include a familiarity with firearms.

    The big push to change the status quo was blamed on several things:
    1. 1911A1's were running on the ragged edge of the life span.
    2. There was the issue of training the females and others of limited shooting backgrounds to handle the pistol.
    3. But the overriding excuse was logistics to bring our military into line with our NATO allies, the 9mm being the sole caliber of choice for Europe. Of course at that time we were all training to be in combat with the Russians, so that made sense.

    However as in everything that ultimately makes a significant change in the TO&E, it came down to the greed factor. Just as when the M16 was pushed over the M14 and before that the Garand and so on, the ever present military industrial complex got geared up to offer up a "needed replacement." It is interesting to note the factors in common with the progression of our military battle rifles: Decreasing caliber size and increasing numbers in terms of capacity. Why wouldn't the same hold true for a sidearm?

    The Beretta and the Sig Sauer P226 were the leading contenders. I personally own both (plus 3 1911 styles) and I prefer the Sig. But in terms of the competition the Beretta was cheaper in the bidding process. I don't have the stats from those tests on the numbers of malfunctions for any of the pistols tested, but the "cut-out slide" on the Beretta has to be a factor in reducing the number of stove-pipe style jams resulting from perhaps underpowered ammo or springs too strong on the pistol.

    The money for private business is often made in the accessories arena: Sights, ammo, magazines, grips, small parts, etc. Plus I'm sure the manufacturers involved were amping up the lobbyists to push their product lines to the procurement divisions.

    There are extremely good arguments to be made in favor of accuracy over volume of fire. Stopping power is quite a nebulous term. Which shot offers more power: A 45acp hit in the palm of the hand or a 9mm on the upper lip at the base of the nose, traveling straight line at over 1,000fps? Accuracy = finality. Some folks might argue that given similar ball ammo, just based on the cross sectional density of the 45 being greater than the 9mm most all hits on the center of mass the 45 will be the better stopper. Well, maybe or maybe not.

    A very close friend of mine, just retired as the senior officer in charge of all army special forces education and he swears BY (not "at") his M9. He says the ODA's are equally happy. The USMC seems hell bent on replacing the M9 with the Kimber 45. But how much of that might be a tried and true sense of traditionalism? The marines are very big on their traditions. The idea that Chesty Puller carried a 45 probably carries a lot more weight than some of the other factors. That's just my impression though. I might be totally off base, there.

  • The Army Pistol

    07/14/2014 2:47:27 AM PDT · 5 of 70
    ExSoldier to WhiskeyX


  • What movie should have had a sequel?

    07/12/2014 11:11:16 PM PDT · 180 of 247
    ExSoldier to MNDude


    The Green Mile Or is that one really just Mighty Mouse?

  • What movie should have had a sequel?

    07/12/2014 11:08:13 PM PDT · 179 of 247
    ExSoldier to right way right
    Groundhog Day.

    Ever see the new Tom Cruise movie, The Edge of Tomorrow? It's Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers. Yeah, Tom is an idiot, but some of his movies are actually pretty good. Like Looney Clooney in The Peacemaker. I take these decent roles from the idiots and I prefer to leave them in the likable personnas in which I view the movie.

  • Former Navy SEAL Matthew Bracken Publishes Book Touting Aztlan Conspiracy Theory

    07/10/2014 3:51:19 PM PDT · 52 of 85
    ExSoldier to Travis McGee
    As you very well know.... your enemies are my enemies, right? No problem, I'll be proud to stand next to you in the camps.... If we make it that far.
  • Freep a Poll! (Drudge. Should 'pubs impeach obozo?)

    07/08/2014 8:53:31 PM PDT · 60 of 62
    ExSoldier to Kansas58
    Not now.

    Agreed. Leave him in place so he can lead the rest of his RAT PACK to utter political destruction in November and setting the stage for a conservative uprising and groundswell in 2016. Out of power he becomes a martyr and the conservatives simply cement themselves as the "evil meanies" who just obstruct the process of slavery Ummmm, I mean the art of compromise in order to advance the agenda of the UN I mean the democratic plan....

  • Freep this poll

    07/08/2014 8:45:04 PM PDT · 24 of 27
    ExSoldier to dynachrome
    When I freeped it a few hours ago the percentages were still trending for the cause of liberty at about 68% Good, even the audience of the troll network is beginning to sense the false god and his lackeys.
  • THREAT MATRIX 2014 #1

    07/07/2014 1:44:14 AM PDT · 144 of 157
    ExSoldier to KC_Lion
    There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that we're going to get hit with another 911 again and probably soon. It may very well be worse than the last time. I don't know what form it will take, but WMD wouldn't surprise me, not any of it: Nuclear (especially an EMP device), Biological or Chemical. I wouldn't be surprised if this were also combined with sudden Jihad in the streets and against soft targets (think Beslan).

    All of this immigration crud is nothing more than a distraction to set us up for the coming attack. I don't doubt that the border situation is a real and serious emergency. After all, as a current public school teacher, I'm one of the ones here in Miami that's going to face the brunt of it. It may also be that among the hordes currently swarming over our borders are significant numbers of trained jihadis with specific mission plans. Think about that aspect for awhile.

  • The World Has 53.3 Years of Oil Left

    06/28/2014 9:50:58 PM PDT · 13 of 48
    ExSoldier to Citizen Zed
    "Read more at" That says it all right there. Oil is a renewable resource not made from fossil anything. Manufactured in the earth's mantle and forced outward by the centrifugal spin of the planet. Some places the surge upward is slowed by dense material which necessitates deep well drilling which Stalin discovered in 1953 and started a serious soviet deep drilling program that has now left them at the top of oil production, topping even the House of Saud. But if you do the research you'll find many of the formerly tapped out wells in Texas and Oklahoma are now slowly refilling. Yes I have read some books on this issue but as I remain a Christian I can only hold to my faith that the Lord knew when he made the planet how big a deal oil was going to become and provided ample supplies (renewable) for our use.
  • Attorney [MS Teapartier] who faced charges in Cochran wife photo scandal, has been found dead

    06/27/2014 10:23:46 PM PDT · 135 of 152
    ExSoldier to don-o
    Wonder if he was found on the couch with his arms neatly folded and the gun still in hand?
  • Chris McDaniel: I was “betrayed” by the GOP establishment

    06/26/2014 2:39:13 PM PDT · 469 of 523
    ExSoldier to xzins
    “I’m for more people voting, not less people voting,” Paul told reporters Wednesday.

    That's a Libertarian speaking, not a Republican and certainly not a Conservative. As I'm constantly discovering, there is a distinct difference between the three and the overlaps are negligible.

  • FL: Governor Scott Signs Reform of "Stand Your Ground" Law

    06/23/2014 1:44:01 PM PDT · 38 of 39
    ExSoldier to marktwain; Joe Brower
    Thinking just a little bit ahead to my retirement, I wonder if anybody from North Carolina can say whether good laws like these five stand any sort of chance for passage in North Carolina? I'd hate to leave my home state of Florida for a better climate just as things were getting really good in this arena and then have to lower my expectations in the new state. If anybody here knows freezers from NC can you ping them to this post?

    06/20/2014 3:47:04 PM PDT · 217 of 249
    ExSoldier to The Cajun

    Ahhhh we’re used to jealousy from y’all.


    06/20/2014 1:12:19 PM PDT · 214 of 249
    ExSoldier to smith5460; Bogey780; The Cajun
    OOPS! My bad. I stand corrected. No excuses, still recovering from brutal school year and only a couple of weeks into summer. I'm still seriously DAIN BRAMAGED. I was hoping it was Texas because there are some rather stark differences between the two states that favor Texas. Still there are a lot of pro-gun real conservatives in Looo-ziana as we used to call it when I graduated from BAMA.

    06/19/2014 1:10:30 PM PDT · 94 of 249
    ExSoldier to leapfrog0202
    At least a good Texan, Scalise, got the WHIP spot. Way better than getting one from either Indiana or Illinois.
  • Rick Perry: 'We Don'T Have The Resources' To Secure Texas Border

    06/18/2014 12:59:34 AM PDT · 164 of 248
    ExSoldier to tennmountainman
    Perry is pro-amnesty and a former democrat.

    At one time for each, so was Ronald Reagan. Just sayin'.

  • Unnamed NRA Writer Pulls a Zumbo

    06/06/2014 12:24:32 AM PDT · 30 of 33
    ExSoldier to Hugin
    In the state of Arizona (I'm told by a buddy who moved there) if an establishment forbids the OC of handguns, they are required by law to provide lockers to store the weapon. A lot of movie theaters do this, it seems. When my friend moved to his new town, he showed up in open carry and was forbidden entrance to the movies. He whipped out a copy of the law and demanded his locker. The manage looked over at the old, broken down wall lockers and said: "So that's what those are for! All these years, nobody knew!" They had to refurbish a few of the lockers just for my buddy and his movie going friends!

    What I had in mind was a small rack next to each table for the M4's or say a .30-30 lever action carbine to keep them from dropping over if simply leaned along the table's edge. Why bring it inside? Why leave it in a pickup truck rack as a tempting target to thieves?

    Go to any beach in Israel. You'll find very attractive young ladies playing beach volleyball with their M4's resting under guard nearby. Look in the grocery stores there and you'll see the same thing as reservists shop. Or even as private citizens shop. That's why Israel has a very low crime rate and an even lower Jihadi attack rate using armed terrorists. They go the cowardly IED route.

    Back in the 1970s, a favorite target for terrorists were the Israeli schools. That stopped the very instant educators were issued Uzi's. So where did they store them while teaching? My guess would be racks somewhere inside each classroom. That's the way it ought to be here!

  • Unnamed NRA Writer Pulls a Zumbo

    06/05/2014 8:57:33 AM PDT · 24 of 33
    ExSoldier to pabianice
    Which is why most gun clubs have bylaws limiting the number of new members that will be accepted in any year.

    Not my IDPA CLUB! Of course they'd have to show up and fire a match first and so I doubt the anti gunners are going to force themselves to lay hands on the object of their fear and fury and even if they did, we'd know right away the situation and escort them away.

  • Unnamed NRA Writer Pulls a Zumbo

    06/05/2014 8:24:08 AM PDT · 22 of 33
    ExSoldier to JoeFromSidney
    Agreed! That's an awesome idea.
  • Unnamed NRA Writer Pulls a Zumbo

    06/05/2014 8:15:47 AM PDT · 21 of 33
    ExSoldier to ChildOfThe60s
    We have met the enemy, and he is us.

    As an aside, in general I am not a fan of open carry. Not that I think it shouldn’t be done at times and some places. Personally, in the manner of my self defense, I prefer concealed. I just as soon surprise “them”.

    AMEN! Well said. I agree, but I may be "warming" to the idea of OC if it catches on. Especially for trips out of town. Just more comfy behind the wheel and easier to access in the event of an incident while behind the wheel like a carjacking in a strange city. When I went to the Sig Academy last summer, we trained exactly for that scenario in real vehicles both moving and static.


    06/04/2014 12:09:49 PM PDT · 123 of 154
    ExSoldier to Black Agnes
    Another reason I'm glad to live in Florida.

    But I'm going to retire to western North Carolina in just a few years. Anybody know what their primary system is? ~SIGH~ It really doesn't matter. I just want to settle down for awhile and enjoy life with a happy wife, without either one of us having to worry about trying to properly "educate" children raised to be socialists and trying to make that "work" in a capitalist reality. I have fought the good fight for so long that I'm just tired. My wife too. Christian conservatives in an unholy system.


    06/04/2014 11:58:39 AM PDT · 119 of 154
    ExSoldier to Black Agnes
    You are a terrible cynic. It is truly depressing to read your posts. I choose to put a little faith in the people of Mississippi that they will awaken from their slumber and rise up to vote. If I'm disappointed (and I may well be, this time) I still have my faith in the Lord that HE will see us through the darkness. But to rest in your words is to stare into darkness and wait for it to overcome us all. That's not the way I'm going to start my summer vacation in two days when I'm out of school for the 25th straight year.
  • Israel 'deeply disappointed' with US

    06/04/2014 10:16:05 AM PDT · 14 of 16
    ExSoldier to Maceman
    Yup, me too.

    06/04/2014 9:56:35 AM PDT · 85 of 154
    ExSoldier to Hoodat
    GHWBush deserved to lose.

    Amen. I'll never forget the feeling of my entire blood supply turning cold as ice when I heard the post Gulf War #1 New World Order speech. I couldn't believe it at first, but he kept repeating those three words throughout the speech. Then I remembered his past affiliations as a Bonesman and with the CIA. He was already neck deep with the Council on Foreign Relations, too. That's the only way Ronnie was allowed to become the POTUS. To create the pathway for GHW Bush.

    Bush 41 was antigun, too but he was quiet about it. Via EO he banned a number of extremely high quality firearms from being sold here. Like the H&K PSG-1 semi auto precision rifle. He choked off ammo too in the same manner or at least made it much more expensive. I think he stopped the uber cheap Chinese 7.62x39 from coming in, which is why the Russians still sell here. Maybe that's Russian ammo firms versus Chinese military surplus? I dunno for sure. I just know that GHW Bush was not the paragon of conservatism and freedom he's often portrayed as being.


    06/04/2014 7:15:55 AM PDT · 64 of 154
    ExSoldier to tflabo
    Notice how all these old geezers in DC cling to their seats in DC until they leave in the stiff, horizontal position.

    Slick Willy fits that description perfectly and he was proud of it. Viagra must be wonderful stuff..... I'm sorry, I just HAD to!


    05/29/2014 7:40:13 AM PDT · 111 of 114
    ExSoldier to gwgn02
    Done. Now about 65% NO and 31% yes.
  • 7 dead in drive-by shootings, including attacker, in Santa Barbara area

    05/27/2014 9:59:45 AM PDT · 109 of 109
    ExSoldier to depressed in 06
    We must move to ban black BMWs.

    First three victims were stabbed to death and therefore, clearly there needs to be full background checks and waiting periods on all knife purchases, especially those of the kitchen variety, obviously meant to cut flesh.

  • 7 dead in drive-by shootings, including attacker, in Santa Barbara area

    05/27/2014 9:56:59 AM PDT · 108 of 109
    ExSoldier to bert
    Yes. We should give a damn.
  • VA leaves deceased veterans to rot in morgue

    05/27/2014 9:49:23 AM PDT · 46 of 56
    ExSoldier to boycott
    I believe it 1000%. Moreover, I'll bet they also find along with those bodies, boxes and boxes of absentee military ballots never gathered from overseas bases or ships when the RATs held the White House in 1996, 2000 & 2012.
  • Iran calls to destroy nuclear capacities of US, Israel

    05/26/2014 10:16:57 AM PDT · 17 of 27
    ExSoldier to F15Eagle
    Even though Syria isn't specifically mentioned here, I'll just bet Isaiah 17 figures in here somewhere, too.
  • BREAKING: Smart Gun Maker Filed Patent for Remote Kill Switch

    05/20/2014 8:11:24 AM PDT · 28 of 29
    ExSoldier to libstripper

    The next thing you know, some DWEEB in the Administration will demand Boat Control. First comes registration... Oh wait ... that's already in force...

    Next there will be mandatory training before you can take control of a "big boat," Wait... wait... that's already done...

    There's nothing left for our Nanny gubmint to do but to come confiscate our dangerous boats for the greater public good. They already know where they are and the owners are already licensed, so Big Brother will know where they're located ....

  • BREAKING: Smart Gun Maker Filed Patent for Remote Kill Switch

    05/19/2014 8:21:49 AM PDT · 21 of 29
    ExSoldier to libstripper
    Before the Tragic Boating Accident, the universal kill switches on mine were called the triggers.

    ROFLMAO! Yeah, I agree 100% about the triggers.

    And you too? Man, those boats are deadly to firearms. All of mine sank in about 5,000 feet of ocean. It was tragic.

  • 17-Yr-Old Girl Who Wants to Actually Represent the People Just Unseated a Politician in W. Virginia

    05/17/2014 11:24:39 PM PDT · 57 of 72
    ExSoldier to WTFOVR; Old Sarge; Godzilla; MamaDearest; Travis McGee; judicial meanz; All
    As I write this, I'm just taking a break from the last exam I'll ever take in the pursuit of my Master's Degree in National Security Affairs with a concentration in Homeland Security. It's a tabletop exercise that basically outlines a series of massive terrorist attacks in different states and asks us to use the skills and knowledge gained in our classes to handle the situation: Prevention, Mitigation, Intervention, Response and Recovery. This includes a media management plan and specific instructions on what agencies to notify and what their responsibilities are... it's INTENSE! I've been writing and researching all day. It's now just past 0200 EDT and I expect it will take me another couple of hours to finish. It's due via email NLT 1000HRS EDT. My GPA for the entire degree thus far is about a 3.9. That's straight "A's" and only a single "B" in the research course. I know I'm basically a "rube" in this field. My classmates include DHS and local law enforcement each of whom has real world experience. I know I really don't know what could be described as a shot glass worth of anything in the face of experience. I'm hoping to maybe pick up an analyst's job after I retire from teaching.
  • 17-Yr-Old Girl Who Wants to Actually Represent the People Just Unseated a Politician in W. Virginia

    05/17/2014 7:38:34 PM PDT · 52 of 72
    ExSoldier to RedMDer
    George Washington and Benjamin Franklin had not much formal schooling. They were mostly self taught or had apprenticeships.
  • 17-Yr-Old Girl Who Wants to Actually Represent the People Just Unseated a Politician in W. Virginia

    05/17/2014 4:49:27 PM PDT · 46 of 72
    ExSoldier to Sacajaweau
    Sorry...get college under your belt then go for it.

    And give the liberal educational system a chance to get their hooks into her? To make her really see how nearly hopeless her cause is? To give them time to crush her and her dreams under a load of impending doom, no matter what she wants and dreams of doing? Did Davy Crockett follow that advice? For that matter, did Benjamin Franklin or George Washington? The time to strike is when the iron is hot and for this young lady, the time is obviously now. I say go for it now and go with God.

  • More sad news. FReeper Gonzo has passed away.

    05/16/2014 2:05:41 PM PDT · 204 of 212
    ExSoldier to Jim Robinson
    Our lives are poorer for his loss, but surely the Heavenly realm is a richer place now, for his presence. I'll have long talks with him about his FR Homepage when we finally meet in Heaven.
  • Iranian Women Post Pictures of Themselves Without Hijabs on Facebook

    05/13/2014 8:19:24 AM PDT · 19 of 23
    ExSoldier to ImNotLying
    Yup, was just thinking the same thing. These women must have a death wish.
  • May Sixth PRIMARY DAY - Reports and etc. LIVE THREAD

    05/12/2014 8:12:38 AM PDT · 123 of 126
    ExSoldier to NKP_Vet
    That’s why for the last two elections it has went democrat.

    If that's true why isn't the state legislature firmly in the hands of the DEMS?

  • May Sixth PRIMARY DAY - Reports and etc. LIVE THREAD

    05/12/2014 8:09:54 AM PDT · 122 of 126
    ExSoldier to NKP_Vet
    Southerners are a minority in the State of Florida. Sad, but true. The only real Southerners you will find in the state are near the Alabama and Georgia line. Transplanted Yankees and Cubans make up the majority of the population.

    You could actually say the exact same thing about the City of Atlanta and much of central and North Georgia. This also applies to North Carolina. Much of the rest of the south has also been transformed. Louisiana is a welfare state. It's not so much a matter of birth anymore. The times they are a changin'! I blame public education, nationwide. If Common Core becomes a national reality, this will get much worse and very fast.

    I was born and raised in Miami. My mom got there from Virginia in the 1940's and my dad came from Russia about 1918. They met in the 1950's. I was raised saying my hometown's name as MIAM-UH as did most folks I knew growing up. Immigration only became a factor when Castro took over Cuba. Those first immigrants freely integrated and ASSIMILATED into the local area while bringing their work ethic with them. Those folks saved this town with their industry. In the 1980's with the Mariel boatlift began the spiral into multicultural HELL with liberals doing what they do best: Screw things up and vilify those that oppose them.

  • CBS 2 Exclusive: Victim Talks About Horror Of Hammer Attack In Subway

    05/09/2014 7:59:24 AM PDT · 17 of 21
    ExSoldier to rjsimmon
    Trunk Monkey #4 just RULES!
  • May Sixth PRIMARY DAY - Reports and etc. LIVE THREAD

    05/09/2014 6:27:38 AM PDT · 120 of 126
    ExSoldier to NKP_Vet
    And a Florida carpetbagger, not a real Tar Heel.

    Be careful how you call Floridians carpetbaggers. First off, it's a far more pro-gun state than NC. You basically owe the entire concept of "SHALL ISSUE" ccw and "Stand Your Ground" laws to Florida. Next, the only CONFEDERATE capital never captured by the Yankees in the War of Northern Aggression was ..... Tallahassee, FL.

  • May Sixth PRIMARY DAY - Reports and etc. LIVE THREAD

    05/07/2014 8:38:02 AM PDT · 108 of 126
    ExSoldier to Impy
    I saw his website and I liked all that I read, agree on almost all of it, but I didn't see anything related to energy policy and drilling here in our own lands to become energy independent and as a job growth mechanism. Does anybody know where he is on OIL EXPLORATION especially on federal lands and home soil refineries?
  • Immense Explosion in Iran May Have Nuclear Origins

    05/07/2014 6:08:26 AM PDT · 169 of 216
    ExSoldier to Eleutheria5
    Radiation detected?
  • May Sixth PRIMARY DAY - Reports and etc. LIVE THREAD

    05/07/2014 6:05:10 AM PDT · 92 of 126
    ExSoldier to AuH2ORepublican

    Hey what are the chances that NC will be passing some laws like recently enacted in Georgia or having already be the case here in FL? Like being able to carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol as long as you don't sit at the bar or being able to carry in a movie theatre? I plan on retiring to NC in just a few years. Like less than five years. I'd like to feel as safe as I do here in Miami. And as long as I can carry, I feel pretty safe! LOL

  • May Sixth PRIMARY DAY - Reports and etc. LIVE THREAD

    05/06/2014 11:27:23 PM PDT · 86 of 126
    ExSoldier to Impy
    How is Tillis on gun rights and immigration? Is he for securing the borders?
  • Part 1: Meet the Woman Working With the NRA and Fighting For Gun Rights in Russia

    05/06/2014 12:16:15 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    ExSoldier to F15Eagle
  • Part 1: Meet the Woman Working With the NRA and Fighting For Gun Rights in Russia

    05/06/2014 12:09:50 PM PDT · 11 of 15
    ExSoldier to F15Eagle