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  • Are women headed for the draft? One House committee says yes

    04/28/2016 6:13:46 AM PDT · 10 of 47
    The Black Knight to refermech

    Equal rights, equal fights!

  • For America, the Fall of the Roman Empire Is the Best Case Scenario

    03/28/2016 9:21:14 AM PDT · 39 of 66
    The Black Knight to Kaslin

    I would argue that the historical comparison is false. I would argue that the Roman Empire is closer to Britain. Rapid expansion, wealth derived from territorial acquisitions and trade which necessitated further expansion, the cessation of said expansion due to manning shortages as people began enjoying the “comfy life”, and the inevitable collapse as the barbarians inside and outside of the empire overwhelmed the “Romans”.

    I would argue that America is closer to Byzantium. We grew out of the British Empire (much like the Eastern Roman Empire grew from the “old” Romans), initially adopting a similar military/law/taxation system. After that, the Byzantines were able to almost reconquer all of the old “Roman” areas around the Med to include Rome through military or alliances (the way that America has control of a vast part of the old British Empire through either direct ownership or as the leader of the “Five Eyes” alliance). The Byzantine Empire was also initially built with an intertwined relationship with the Church.

    The Byzantines used brilliant strategy early on to maintain their empire, but began using more and more mercenaries and partner forces nations as the thirst for war subsided and people no longer wanted to send their sons off to war. This, alone, wouldn’t end the empire. But that, combined with the backstabbing politics of the capital that always put personal ambition over the greater good did. As their allies watched the constant political backstabbing, and saw the largesse of wealth being squandered to keep the people happy, eventually everyone (allies and native people) stopped believing that the Empire was worth fighting for.

    One day in 1453 the Byzantines found themselves surrounded by a combination of Barbarian Muslim Turks, Greeks who had allied with the Turks in rebellion of the high taxation, and a host of other enemies who felt the Empire was no longer worth keeping (or were enslaved like the Janissaries). Others were opportunists who cared more about making a buck than God or Country (the man who made the cannons that destroyed the Byzantine walls was a Hungarian). The leader of the Empire threw away his devotion to his church for political gain hoping to save his power, but this only disgusted the local people even more and causing even fewer to fight. The Empire’s secular European allies sent meager reinforcements at best (Venetians and Genoans), or none at all (Hungarians).

    The result was that a once-mighty empire which once sent 400,000 man armies to fight enemies could barely muster 12,000 men for its final battle for its survival. It had given away its religion and gained nothing in return, and it had expended all of its treasury. With no money for mercenaries, no allies sending sizable relief, the moral authority of fighting for God discarded, and a local population sick of high taxation; the once mighty Byzantine Empire slipped into the history books never to return.

    I don’t think that America is at 1453 yet, but we are headed that way in a generation or two if we don’t find a Justinian and a Belissarius to turn things around.

  • Some military discharges mean no benefits after service ends

    12/24/2015 11:19:13 AM PST · 26 of 58
    The Black Knight to Ace the Biker

    You served in a completely different era.

    Up until a few years ago, it was normal to have an alcohol related incident. When I came in, almost every SNCO had at least one. Now, almost any alcohol related incident is a career killer. A DUI now is a general under honorable under best conditions. You also didn’t serve in an era where you practically have to get a consent form notarized before it’s considered rape. I mean, let’s be honest...current active duty live in a service where an E-8 was disciplined for having Chick Fil A at his promotion ceremony, because it offended his homosexual Major. Yes, you can get fired for liking Chick Fil A.

    This isn’t even getting into the fact that it’s a scientific fact that TBIs change the neurological makeup of the brain, or anything like that.

    People like you are the reason active duty military and recently separated military are blowing their brains out at an astonishingly high rate due to an unwillingness to get help or talk to people. So why don’t you shut your yap about something you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about.

  • Mall of America files restraining order against Black Lives Matter

    12/22/2015 10:31:42 AM PST · 28 of 31
    The Black Knight to Sans-Culotte

    Simple, they are planning for two things:

    1) That their actions will cause a reaction that they can catch on camera. This will allow them to continue to play victim, attract new recruits and money, and keep their name in the press.

    2) The said reaction will not be so aggressive as to destroy them either as a group or as an individual.

    So your options in response involve the following: ensuring they don’t get cameras or publicity, starving them of recruits and money, or utterly destroying them each time they do this so that they stop.

    I won’t weigh in any further.

  • Emails show DOD analysts told to 'cut it out' on ISIS warnings; IG probe expands

    12/08/2015 2:10:02 PM PST · 15 of 24
    The Black Knight to so_real

    “At what point did the military misplace its collective balls”...

    Probably the point when a two star general in the United States Air Force told a group that anyone who exercised their Constitutionally guaranteed right to contact Congress was committing “treason”.

    In all honesty, it probably wasn’t that point. It was the point when senior leadership did nothing to him, until the public outrage reached a stewing point. Then, the Air Force “fired” him by moving him to the Pentagon where he actually has more sway in Air Force operations.

    Feel free to read the outstanding JQPublic article, and make sure you click the hyperlinks to older stories to get the gist of the whole story. Don’t get me wrong, I know what you are getting at. Unfortunately; the NCO corps is too busy trying to protect our troops from budget cuts, re-education training, and social experiments while having absolutely no top cover anywhere in senior leadership.

  • Taliban Missiles Hit US Base in Afghanistan; No Injuries

    09/11/2015 11:07:48 AM PDT · 7 of 8
    The Black Knight to robowombat

    How is a couple rockets lobbed into BAF even a headline?

  • [VANITY] Firearms advice needed

    08/30/2015 2:29:01 PM PDT · 29 of 118
    The Black Knight to PinkChampagneonIce

    You should never buy a gun based solely on research. I knew a female that “researched” that an XD was her best bet. I convinced her to go to the range and rent one, and found out that her tiny hands caused limp-wristing, and every round jammed. I know a dude who “researched” that a S&W 686 is what he wanted. Too bad the hammer got stuck every time he drew due to how he wore his shirt.

    So go to the range, and test several firearms out. See which one fits well in your hand, which one handles the recoil, which one draws best, etc.

    Also, the firearm is only one part of the solution. You should spend as much time researching the ammo and holster as you do the firearm. A nice weapon in a crap holster is a crap weapon. A nice weapon firing crap ammo is a crap weapon.

  • Need advice from current/former military

    07/14/2015 7:12:16 PM PDT · 37 of 43
    The Black Knight to ParityErr

    I’ll absolutely send this to a Gunny tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ll clear up some stuff so that you understand the process and maybe understand options.

    Every enlisted member receives a housing (BAH) and food (BAS) allowance. Even kids straight out of basic training. If they are staying in barracks and eating at the chow hall, that pay is then automatically deducted back out of their check and they never see it outside of their LES statement. That process ends once they reach a certain rank, or get married.

    What it sounds like here, is that your son in law still hasn’t gotten the marriage license submitted yet. If you can’t prove that you are married, they continue taking that money and you stay in barracks until you do. Once he will get his license turned in, he will get to keep the BAH and BAS and that is how they will pay for an apartment. It will probably get added to the next month’s pay, so there may be a couple week delay, but it will be there.

    So, somehow, HE will get shelter. If they are still taking his money for barracks life, then he will stay in the barracks and get nothing extra. Obviously, he should do that and his wife should stay with you until the paperwork gets straight. Once they release that money in his paycheck instead of taking it back ($1869 for Camp Pendleton with dependants, according to The Google), he is responsible for using that money to find shelter. Apartment, hotel, trailer, whatever.

    Now, if they are taking his money back AND not letting him stay in the barracks, then there is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by his chain of command. Immediately.

    Last but not least, someone saying that “bringing it up with the Sergeant is not an option” actually made my head spin. As an NCO myself, this is quite possibly the most wrong statement I have heard in a very long time. This is pretty much the purpose of a Sergeant, and DEFINITELY the purpose of the First Sergeant. I’m not going to speculate as to what is going on here, but understand that health and welfare is the First Sergeant’s primary purpose in life. Taking care of their troops is the NCO’s primary purpose in life.

    If you have any questions about this long novel I just wrote, feel free to ask. If you want to just message them to me instead, that works too.

  • Need advice from current/former military

    07/14/2015 5:09:31 PM PDT · 9 of 43
    The Black Knight to ParityErr

    I am active duty Air Force, but I work with Marines. Although I agree with a lot of the general information posted here (like “talk to the First Sergeant”), realize that each branch handles issues slightly different and that things change over time. Your best bet is to get advice from an AD Marine.

    I work with a bunch of Marines. If you don’t mind, I can copy the general info you posted and take it to work tomorrow and see if they have any advice for this kid.

  • Fort Benning police searching for possible armed intruders, shots fired

    05/28/2015 4:01:26 PM PDT · 15 of 27
    The Black Knight to boycott

    If I were to break into someplace, I would DEFINITELY go for the place where people are trained to be Airborne and/or Rangers.

    What a bunch of morons.

  • Need Help Identifying A US Military System

    02/19/2015 6:56:33 PM PST · 43 of 62
    The Black Knight to tcrlaf

    Regardless of whether this is on the internet or not, doesn’t mean it should be. Anyeone who knows what this is, should probably be keeping it to themselves.


    02/19/2015 6:51:57 PM PST · 32 of 36
    The Black Knight to familyop

    The chickenhawk comment wasn’t meant for you. Having said that, I haven’t been conventional Air Force in 6 years. So if the “combat platoons” and “sections, flights, etc” comments are a not-so-subtle attack on my credibility, then make it known directly.


    02/19/2015 6:21:12 PM PST · 27 of 36
    The Black Knight to familyop

    This article didn’t call for sending older weapons. It’s calling for sending MLRS batteries and trainers. Some people on this thread have called for sending boots on the ground.

    I know where a tremendous amount of money is spent. I really do. The problem is that as the federal government spends more and more, the belt keeps getting tightened on the average Joe. We have 22 vets and active duty soldiers committing suicide a day because they can’t get the help they need, to include several friends of mine. You’ll have to forgive my hatred towards certain chickenhawks on Free Republic who are calling for World War III, when there are cracks in the system so big you can drive a tank through.

    We, as a country, aren’t taking care of our people. So why should we take care of Ukraine?


    02/19/2015 6:15:36 PM PST · 25 of 36
    The Black Knight to

    First of all, quoting FDR won’t convince me of anything. The man single handedly changed the American way of life by creating most of the social programs that still plague us to this day. He then pissed on the Constitution by trying to remove judges who disagreed with him. Then, he pushed for the UN. Finally, he sat down with Stalin and literally drew the lines on the map that condemned all of Eastern Europe to Communist rule (not to mention the suppression of the Orthodox Church).

    Now with that said, enlighten me on who is going to pay for all of this aid that you constantly lobby in and day out.

    More importantly, enlighten me on why it isn’t MORE important to send that aid to the Kurds. Or to the Assyrian Christians? ISIS has global reach. Donestsk and Luhansk militias and Russia’s “little green men” do not. I can easily make the argument that not only do the Kurds DESERVE it more (they remain loyal to us even after multiple betrayals), not only does ISIS constitute a bigger threat, but the Kurds are oustanding warriors.

    You know what? I would argue that the Ethiopians, Nigerians, Malians, and Kenyans deserve that aid more than Ukraine while we’re at it!

    I guess the U.S. is now Oprah handing out gifts. You get aid! And you get aid! EVERYONE gets aid!


    02/19/2015 5:12:04 PM PST · 14 of 36
    The Black Knight to

    I’m assuming that the U.S. is going to pay for all of this “aid”, aren’t they?

    Let me enlighten you on something. The Department of Defense has tried to take away Tuition Assistance to military members for the last 3 years in a row, because we don’t have enough money. They are threatening to cut the A-10 completely from service, because we don’t have enough money. They are screwing retired military member’s Tricare and the VA system is a disaster, because we don’t have enough money. They lowered my BAH this year, and the DOD is the only entity that received a pay raise LESS than inflation rate in the entire federal government...because we don’t have enough money.

    And yet, you want to send millions/billions of dollars of aid to Ukraine? If you feel so passionate about “aiding” them, then set up a Paypal account and feel free to donate your own money. Or better yet, go fight yourself instead of sending Joe Snuffy of the 82nd Airborne who has already been away from home for 7 deployments. We can’t even finish off ISIS or Al Qaeda, who are way more of a threat than the Luhansk volunteer forces and their illiterate Russian green men.

  • Pro-Russia separatists say they've trapped thousands of Ukraine troops

    01/31/2015 1:08:20 PM PST · 5 of 15
    The Black Knight to tcrlaf

    In before you get called a “Putinista” as a reward for a thoughtful and levelheaded comment.

  • UK Threatens to Cut 12 Arms Export Licenses to Israel

    08/12/2014 4:04:00 PM PDT · 17 of 21
    The Black Knight to GeronL

    Funny. Someone did lob some rockets at the Brits. Combined between V1/V2 rockets and bombs, 40,000 civilians died in the Battle of Britain.

    The Brits responded with nighttime firebombing. They killed more civilians in Hamburg than were killed in the entire Battle of Britain. Eventually, 250-400K German civilians were killed in strategic bombing.

    Am I bashing the British for doing it? Nope. It’s war. But when the little weenies then complain about Israel being “disproportionate”, I get pissed. If Israel is committing “war crimes”, then I guess that Winston Churchill and Arthur Harris are war criminals too.

  • Congress Passes Bill Allowing Unlocking Cell Phones

    07/27/2014 2:31:49 AM PDT · 31 of 37
    The Black Knight to sarasmom

    Your wireless provider will keep a record of your IMEI. When you go to the store, and buy a new phone under contract, they update their records with the new phone. If you instead buy a phone from a friend and add it to you contract, part of the registration process involves them updating this information as they add it to your account.

    If you want your own, most phones have the IMEI recorded on the phone behind the battery. If you have AT&T or T Mobile, you can also type *#06# and the phone will display it for you.

    A service provider can only know if a device is fraudulently accessing the network if they know it is stolen. Which is why it is vital to call them if you suspect it has been. Your phone authenticates with the network many, many times a day. One of the pieces of authentication is your IMEI. Basically, your phone says “I am XXX”. The network looks up the IMEI (amongst other things), runs that IMEI against a database to make sure it’s valid and not stolen, then allows you service if everything checks out.

    By reporting the stolen phone to your provider, they will add your phone to the database tagging it as bad. So a thief takes your phone, you report it, they add it to the database. The next time the thief tries to turn the phone on, travels, or even a certain time passes; the phone will attempt to authenticate again. Since the phone is now tagged as “bad”, authentication will fail. Common sense translation: it stops working.

    Although computers are a little different, the same concept applies. To keep things simple, networks maintain who “you” are the same way through equipment identifiers. So if someone steals it, simply report the device as stolen.

  • Congress Passes Bill Allowing Unlocking Cell Phones

    07/26/2014 5:52:58 PM PDT · 15 of 37
    The Black Knight to sarasmom

    Your phone’s handset registers it’s “hardware” (usually referred to as an IMEI for most phones) every time it authenticates with a network (aka you turn it on, travel, etc). The phone company knows that IMEI belongs to you.

    When someone steals your phone, you should immediately call your provider. They will basically “flag” that IMEI as stolen. Options at this point for the company range from sending its location data to the police, all the way to (most likely) simply not allowing that phone to register. In other words, turning it into a brick. Or, in your terminology, activating a kill-switch.

    This it the case for all cellular phones from the fanciest smart phone, to the dumbest burner phone (which I proudly carry).

  • USA Discounters hooks some service members with credit before springing the debt trap

    07/25/2014 11:24:47 AM PDT · 14 of 46
    The Black Knight to Pentagon Leatherneck

    I literally sit down with new subordinates straight out of basic and walk them though how loans work, interest rates, investing, etc.

    It’s an NCOs job to take care of his troops. That used to mean teaching him/her how to shoot, wear the uniform, etc. Now it involves teaching people how to put away money for the next time Congress cuts off our paycheck, how to not get scammed by the front gate vendors, even how to balance a budget.

  • China Grove, NC school buses take illegals w/EBT cards to Walmart

    07/14/2014 8:58:32 PM PDT · 39 of 100
    The Black Knight to Texas Eagle

    I am very familiar with China Grove. It is hardly big enough to call a district, as it is a small town of only a couple thousand. It is definitely a Republican-leaning district, although there are traditionally Democratic trending minority voters as well as old-money Dixiecrats around.

    I cannot determine from the video whether or not that is, in fact, the Wal-Mart in Concord or not. Concord is just south of China Grove, heading towards Charlotte.

  • Obama In Europe Is Oblivious To NATO's New Impotence

    03/25/2014 9:42:01 AM PDT · 13 of 14
    The Black Knight to rktman

    NATO’s incompetence began when the Europeans embraced social democracy and turned their backs on tradition and religion. The destruction caused by embracing abortion and nanny state attitudes, combined with slashing military budgets to pay for that nanny state created an impotent Europe.

    Europe has been all too comfortable to continue slashing those military budgets for two reasons: no real threat combined with the U.S. always being there to defend them if a threat DID arise.

    Let’s face it: NATO is a paper tiger, and American backing is the only thing giving it any substance. We saw firsthand that NATO wouldn’t fight in Yugoslavia without American bombing capability, couldn’t even maintain a no fly zone in Libya without America, and is afraid to even think of sanctioning Russia even with American backing.

    If we were to do anything militarily to Russia, we would have to assume that most of the blood (and treasure) would come from us.

  • Ukraine Battles to Rebuild a Depleted Military

    03/25/2014 8:38:46 AM PDT · 27 of 34
    The Black Knight to corlorde

    I’m active duty, and you’re recent military, so I would rather engage here than with some of the other nonsense I’ve seen thus far.

    I think that you and I can both agree that what you are suggesting is sound logic, but I think that what you are mentioning will never happen in Ukraine. Iraq, Afghanistan, etc are all areas with a high desire to become martyrs for whatever ill-conceived reason. It is literally a cult of death, built on pure hatred and sustained by high birthrates.

    Ukraine, on the other hand, is the exact opposite. They can sit in a square in Kiev, they can cry for government intervention, but they won’t fight Russia. Despite all of the Orthodox priests at the protests, a vast majority of the population is Atheist. Their birthrate is one of the lowest in Europe, and they are an economic basketcase due to ongoing Soviet attitudes of pure laziness. They can’t even create a functional government. Remember, before Yunukovych, we had the backstabbing alliances of Yushchenko and Tymoschenko.

    Moral of the story: they don’t have the “fire in the belly” of the people you and I have fought. Insurgents made us bleed over Fallujah with nothing more than homemade explosives, 30 year old assault rifles, and Chinese hand grenades. Ukraine had a multitude of military bases in the Crimea equipped with naval vessels, fighter jets, APCs, and tanks. They literally gave it up WITHOUT A FIGHT. Troops stayed in their bases, and then sang their national anthem while being overrun.

    The point? Ukraine won’t fight for itself. Like every other weak-willed country in the world, they want America to come fight for them. Or the EU. Or anyone else.

    America doesn’t need to shed blood for a country that let an entire region be annexed by “irregulars” or unsupported light infantry, because they were too weak to defend themselves. Any country who’s idea of independence starts with “let the Americans come save us” are not worthy of Independence.

    Moral of the story: I don’t like the people you and I have fought against, but I respect them. They’ll die for what they believe in. They might fight dirty while doing it, but at least they fight. Ukraine is full of weak-willed pansies. If they can’t fight for themselves, then they deserve to live under the Russian boot.

  • Secrets of owls’ near noiseless wings could lead to stealthier aircraft, researchers say

    11/24/2013 5:20:00 PM PST · 16 of 52
    The Black Knight to BenLurkin is this going to make airplanes stealthy? Nobody hears the wings when a plane flies by. They hear the engines. Silencing the WINGS of a fighter jet is like putting deodorant on Godzilla and thinking that nobody will notice him now as he breaths fire and kicks down buildings.

    I mean maybe, MAYBE you could stretch it and say that studying the leading tips of the owl’s wings could help understand the leading edge wing friction when dealing with IR guided missiles. Well, probably not. But I tried.

    What I REALLY smell is someone trying to get more funding to study owl wings, and this is a pitch to try to get the DOD purse open.

  • 22 Vets Embracing Pets [photos]

    11/11/2013 3:20:04 PM PST · 9 of 26
    The Black Knight to Slings and Arrows

    After my last deployment, the cats wouldn’t let me get more than 5 feet away from them before they would trot up and demand to be loved.

    But then, a week after I got home, I went to visit the in-laws for the weekend in another state. When I got home, the girls had puked on my weight bench, knocked my framed picture off the desk and broken it, and shredded my favorite pair of underwear that I had accidentally left behind when I was packing.

    For the record, they never puke on aything, break stuff, or even touch our clothes. I think that was their way of telling me that they didn’t like me going away again after having already been gone. Kind of cute, in a way that only a cat owner can appreciate.

  • Some troops turn to liposuction to pass fat test

    10/28/2013 5:33:52 PM PDT · 18 of 18
    The Black Knight to markomalley

    Like I said, I saw a dude who was absolutely RIPPED. He did fitness competitions, and couldn’t pass the tape test. So I understand that some people just have larger waists, I really and truly do. In fact, I’ve actually gotten my body fat percentage down to 5-6% for JiuJitsu competitions, and had my waist size go UP 2 inches in the process, so I understand how screwy tape can be.

    Having said that, I got tired of watching coworkers suck down Mountain Dew and smash pop tarts every day, then complain about the waist measurement.

    So the Air Force is now giving people not one, not two, but three different outs for the waist. Can’t pass tape? Get BMI. Can’t do BMI? We’ll even give you a body fat percentage.

    Your case actually proves that point completely. You state that you can’t pass BMI, but you have a 34 inch waist. You’re good to go under new standards. In fact, I’m in the same boat, because I’m 5’6” and 190 pounds with a 33 inch waist. We’d bomb BMI, but that doesn’t matter because we got perfect scores on tape. I’d blow the body fat percentage out of the water, as I’m sure you would too.

    Judging off one measurement, like the AF used to do, is bad. But they’re now giving people 3 different ways to pass body comp. I stand by my opinion that if you bomb ALL THREE, you have work to do.

  • Some troops turn to liposuction to pass fat test

    10/28/2013 2:01:23 PM PDT · 11 of 18
    The Black Knight to markomalley

    I administered Air Force PT tests at my last duty station. I can tell you that I saw a grand total of 1 person who was a big guy who was in good shape and still failed the PT test. The overwhelming number of people who failed were “disgusting fatbodies”, to paraphrase R Lee Ermey from Full Metal Jacket.

    The Air Force has recently revamped its program even further. Now you are not only taped for your waist (to a maximum of 39 inches), but if you fail that you can appeal to BMI. If you fail BMI, you can appeal to body fat analysis.

    Bottom line: If your waist is 40 inches, your BMI is 25, AND your body fat is in the 20% range; then I don’t want to hear how “big bodied” you are.

  • Blast on bus in southern Russia kills five, cause unknown

    10/21/2013 1:23:53 PM PDT · 15 of 17
    The Black Knight to McGavin999

    I doubt it. The Islamist separatists from the Caucasus are usually pretty methodical planners, from what I usually see. With Reuters confirming that it was a “Black Widow” from Dagestan who did this, I would assume that this has been in the works for awhile.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure that some people will draw the parallel to score political points. Kind of like a certain Coptic Orthodox film released right before Benghazi (cough cough).

  • Blast on bus in southern Russia kills five, cause unknown

    10/21/2013 5:13:14 AM PDT · 8 of 17
    The Black Knight to cunning_fish

    This article is terribly misleading about the city. Volgograd is not in the Caucasus at all, nor does it have any affiliation with the unrest in that region. Volgograd is the city formerly known as Stalingrad (from WW2 fame). It is located about the same distance from Chechnya and Dagestan as Sochi is. It’s population is around 90% ethnic Russian, and Muslims make up around 3% of its total population.

    Could this have been a Chechen bomb? Absolutely. But Volgograd itself isn’t some Caucasus hotbed of Islamic insurgency like Grozny.

  • (Vanity) Need input on a scope for a rifle.

    10/14/2013 11:15:19 AM PDT · 51 of 94
    The Black Knight to Lazamataz

    Hey man, everyone here is posting a lot of good optics. Unfortunately, that is ALL that is being posted. Remember, a good optic for someone else doesn’t necessarily mean a good optic for you.

    The first thing you did was name your price, which is the obvious first step when looking at optics. However, you need to keep breaking down what you want.

    First of all, you listed “0 to 300 yards” as your range. There is a HUGE difference between “up close and personal” and 300 yards. If you are wanting to reach out to 300, I would suggest anything with a 3 or 4X zoom. If you are doing close range work (competition or home defense), magnification will slow your target acquisition. So that should be the next question for you: what is your PRIORITY? If it’s up close, I’d look into a non-magnification red dot or EOTech style scope (name brand might be too pricey, but you can find a good knockoff for around 500 bucks). If your priority is 300 yards, you should probably look into something similar to an ACOG or something else with magnification.

    Next question becomes lighting. If you plan on shooting a lot in the middle of the day with holographic optics, you may want to invest in a green reticle. Green shows up better than red in bright light. Many optics allow you to switch between green and red, but will cost a little more. If you’re shooting from cover or inside, this may not be as important. Obviously not an issue for ACOGs and hunting rifle-type optics, as they don’t use a holographic dot.

    Also important is battery life and cost. Our unit got some totally rad EOTechs several years ago. However, they used harder to find N-type batteries which they absolutely devoured. On the flip side, I bought a Belorussian surplus PKA red dot for my Romanian AK-47. After a little tinkering, I was able to feed it D357 watch batteries that cost about $1 apiece. I still haven’t changed the batteries after 80+ hours of having the thing on. So, if you plan on shooting a lot, batteries can become expensive. Furthermore, in a SHTF scenario, a holographic optic without batteries is worthless. Again, obviously not an issue for ACOGs and crosshaired rifle scopes.

    If I were you, I’d think about each of these questions. Your answers will drive what the best purchase is for you.

  • MILITARY UPDATE: Protected, but shutdown stings military in many ways

    10/05/2013 10:14:47 AM PDT · 7 of 13
    The Black Knight to SandRat

    I can personally tell you that it affects us in other ways, also.

    I received an e-mail stating that my special duty pay will not be paid, with no guarantee that it will be back paid either. I have also been warned that my hazardous duty pay for static line jumps may also not be paid, but that’s still up in the air. I don’t know if this is Air Force only, or across the board.

    Finally, tuition assistance has once again been put on hold by all branches.

    I’m better off than the civvies I work with, for which I am grateful. But not a lot of people know that the services are still trying to “make it hurt”.

  • Choosing a “biker mob” gun

    10/05/2013 6:39:15 AM PDT · 52 of 123
    The Black Knight to When do we get liberated?

    I think everyone here is missing the point. Mob situations become deadly because the victim loses the ability to become mobile. Once you are immobile, you will NOT be able to shoot your way out, unless you are packing hundreds of rounds. The following video shows to English military members who accidentally drove into an IRA funeral. The mob surrounded them, one fired a handgun, and then they were drug out of the vehicle and beaten to death...

    If you notice, the moment the shot was fired, everyone in the mob backed off for a few precious seconds. That was the Brit’s chance to get the **** out of dodge. They remained immobile, and paid with their life.

    You can argue concealment, penetration, wound ballistics, and mag capacity all day long. It won’t matter. Unless you have a GAU-8, you aren’t shooting your way out of a mob. Foot mob, motorcycle mob, doesn’t matter. The key is to remain mobile. If you get surrounded, put a couple shots out (NOT through the side window, as it will shatter and leave you at the mob’s mercy) to buy some space, and drive over whoever is dumb enough to still be in front of your vehicle.

    Your gun is a tool. The real weapon is what is on your shoulders.

  • OUR OPINION: Air Force should loosen its waistline rules

    03/30/2013 1:17:52 AM PDT · 20 of 40
    The Black Knight to 98ZJ USMC

    He didn’t pass. Not at all.

    The Air Force has several components. The run is worth 60 points, the waist measurement is worth 20, and pushups and situps are worth 10 apiece. Maxing out all of them gives you a perfect 100, 90 or above is considered “excellent”, and below 75 is failing.

    However, they also have minimums for each category. Not meeting the minimum for ANY standard is considered an automatic failure, regardless of overall score. So if you max your run and waist, but can’t do the minimum number of pushups in a minute, you still fail even if you get over a 75.

    Furthermore, I have served with a high number of Airmen who have been 6’1” or above. Not a single one of them had a problem passing the waist measurement. I would know, because I was the PTL that was taping them.

    Finally, it’s not like this policy snuck up on the good Colonel. For example, I’m a power lifter who usually hates cardio. But I usually pick up the pace on my running a month or two out from my test, because I want to get in the high 90’s (excellent scores means you only have to test once a year, instead of twice).

  • Member of SEAL Team 6 killed, another SEAL injured in parachute accident

    03/29/2013 5:24:37 PM PDT · 34 of 51
    The Black Knight to OwenKellogg

    Right back at ya, bro. There are a lot of things I worry about before each jump, but none of them have ever had to do with the aircraft. Every time I leave a plane I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will get a green light at the exact right time, when the plane is where it’s supposed to be, and at the speed and height where it should be. When I get done thanking Jesus on the ground, my next batch of thanks always goes to you aircrews dudes and the parachute riggers.

  • Member of SEAL Team 6 killed, another SEAL injured in parachute accident

    03/29/2013 3:39:35 PM PDT · 29 of 51
    The Black Knight to OwenKellogg

    Nah, I’m just an intel dude. But I’m lucky enough to support other cool people, so I end up getting a lot of cool training myself.

    Needless to say, I love my job.

  • Member of SEAL Team 6 killed, another SEAL injured in parachute accident

    03/29/2013 3:22:24 PM PDT · 19 of 51
    The Black Knight to fieldmarshaldj

    As a member of the US military, who is on jump status currently, I can tell you that there are a couple of fatalities every year. It’s simply a risk you take. Total failures, cigar rolls, blown sections, etc. Then you factor in the human element on things such as steering into wires/trees/water, getting tangled with other jumpers, there was even a case last year of a guy dying after landing on a roof and not collapsing his chute fast enough (and then pulled off the roof).

    Anytime you leave an airplane that isn’t parked on the ground, you take a risk. 99.99% of the time, nothing comes of it. But when you do have a failure, it can become very catastrophic very quickly. But there’s a reason people see me deep in prayer from the time I get on the plane to the time I’m on the ground.

  • New Mosin-Nagant stocks finally available for pre-order!

    03/19/2013 5:18:27 PM PDT · 15 of 43
    The Black Knight to Norm Lenhart
    Stock photo of before, and the beast that I have created...
  • New Mosin-Nagant stocks finally available for pre-order!

    03/19/2013 5:07:35 PM PDT · 10 of 43
    The Black Knight to Norm Lenhart

    Depends. I bought mine a year ago at a gun show for 70 bucks. The owner let me field strip it, and look the entire thing over. I bought it, and it has been an amazing weapon.

    Another guy in my unit bought one, and the barrel was warped so badly that it was almost cartoonish in how it shot. They are literally hit or miss, but you can alleviate that by really looking the weapon down before purchase.

    First of all, the going price as of a year ago was 70 to 80 bucks. I don’t know if the current climate warrants a doublging of price to 150, though.

    As for the rifle, it really depends on what you want. The Mosin in scopable, but it’s a pain. You’ll have to buy a GOOD mount, and either drill and tap it or have a gunsmith do it for you. I used a Rock Solid Industries Mount (which is what is in the advertisement’s picture, I belive), and did it myself. Most people have the gunsmith do it. So you’re looking at between 100 and 250 bucks to even put a scope on a the weapon. You’ll also need a downturned bolt handle. The weld on ones are garbage, pay the $75 bucks for one. Otherwise, your handle won’t be able to go all the way up due to the optics. If you use iron sights instead of a scope, you’re going to want to get rid of the crappy notch and blade deal, and invest in a peep sight (like Mojo, for example). So that’s some extra cash, if you chose not to add a scope. Then, you’ll probably want to change the stock. This stock looks nice, and has detachable mags. I use a cheap (~$75) Monte Carlo style synthetic stock, which came with a front swivel for bipods (this one doesn’t appear to have that option), but you are stuck with the 5 round box magazine (which I am fine with). So you’ll probably drop several hundred dollars getting your weapon to its max potential, and that’s not even factoring in the money you drop on optics. But if you start with a $75 dollar rifle like I did, and do most of it yourself, you’ll be surprised just how much of a shooter you can make with very little work.

    Furthermore, you can buy dirt cheap, corrosive ammo for Mosins, which is nice. Not too hard to spray some Windex with ammonia down the barrel after shooting to neutralize the acids. I was buying 7.62x54R at gun shows for about 70 bucks for a tin of 440 rounds 2 years ago. I’m sure it’s gone up, but that’s still a lot of ammo for very little expenditure.

    A couple of asides. A lot of Mosins you buy will be covered in Cosmoline. Cosmoline is you friend, because it preserves rifles. But you will curse it’s name, when you literally spend DAYS getting it off your rifle. Be prepared. I used mineral spirits and a heat gun for over a week. You WILL need the little toolkit that comes with it. Although you can disassemble the bolt without it, the measuring tool is SUCH a time saver when adjusting the firing pin.

    All in all, I absolutely LOVE shooting my Mosin. I’m an Eastern Bloc collector with multiple Commie guns, and the Mosin is one of my favorites. As stated, I dropped it into a Monte Carlo stock, and attached a pivoting bipod. I used a RSI scope mount, and mounted a Nikon Prostaff 3-9X40mm scope with Angle-loc scoperings. I then bedded the stock. I may thread the barrel and add a muzzle brake, but that will only be after I return from my deployment and have the time. I can consistently reach out to a man-sized target at 400 yards and routinely shoot nice groups. Honestly, I could probably take it out to 800 and still hit the target. There are youtube videos of a dude shooting the Mosin at a steel target at 1,000, but this is a stretch for the weapon. You will be hit or miss, so I would buy at a gun show or store so that I could completely disassemble the weapon and check EVERYTHING. If you get a good weapon, and it’s a shooter, you can really turn it into something really nice for less than a grand (counting the rifle, all accessories, and the optics).

  • Survivalists and Preppers needed for TV show pilot!

    09/19/2012 2:27:56 PM PDT · 6 of 23
    The Black Knight to humblegunner

    Are you trying to tell me that the people on “Doomsday Preppers” shouldn’t be showing the location of their secret stashes? Who knew?

  • AP Source: Assault rifle jammed in Colo. attack

    07/22/2012 5:26:53 PM PDT · 72 of 90
    The Black Knight to occamrzr06

    Just so you know, the military has stopped teaching SPORTS for a jam in the AR family. At least in the Air Force, now it’s just rotate the weapon to observe the ejection port, looking for malfunction type. If the bolt is forward (ie no stovepipe or double feed), then its just tap the mag and pull the charging handle. So basically, the “tap, rack, bang” for handguns applied to assault rifles.

    Just happened over the last couple years.

  • (Vanity) Yet another "which firearm?" thread

    07/21/2012 1:07:01 PM PDT · 74 of 79
    The Black Knight to ThunderSleeps

    Outstanding. Didn’t want to seem didactic, but I’m a gun nut here at a military base, and I see scores of dumb grunts come home with with their deployment pay or reenlistment bonuses and go straight to the gun store to buy a gun they have never fired. I really feel bad for them after a couple months, when they realize that their gun doesn’t fit them. Whenever a friend of mine wants to buy a gun, I take him to the local indoor range myself, so that he is buying from experience instead of impulse. We all work too hard to spend money on something that doesn’t fit us.

    Regardless, it looks like you’ve done all of the homework necessary, so I’ll just jump down off of my soapbox. I’m a commie gun shooter, and since the MP-446C Viking didn’t make your list, I can’t really provide anything else except a “good luck” and happy shooting!

  • (Vanity) Yet another "which firearm?" thread

    07/20/2012 10:01:45 PM PDT · 27 of 79
    The Black Knight to ThunderSleeps

    NO gun should be purchased based off of what someone said. Period. You should take all of the information you can (specs, personal opinions you get elsewhere, etc), and narrow down your list. THEN, you should borrow/rent/do whatever to get the different finalists into your hands at a range and squeeze off some rounds. THEN you should make your decision.

    I did all of the research in the world possible for my wife’s Christmas present. Listened to opinions, looked at wound ballistics, etc. Narrowed my field down to an M & P or a Glock. Rented both, found out that my wife, although an incredibly awesome shot, couldn’t get a good grip with her tiny fingers and limp wristed them both terribly. Had I gone off of opinion and bought either, she would have a really expensive bludgeoning weapon. Now she rocks a little .357 revolver that doesn’t have that problem.

    Moral of the story: you need to actually put some time in at the range. Hold all of the guns you are thinking of buying. Does your hand fit? Can you reach the mag release? Do you like the safety location? Do you like the weight? Do you like the sights? There’s only one way to find these things out: hold the gun and pull the trigger with live ammo in it.

    Trust me on this one like you life depends on it. Because it very well could.

  • Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert (Uzbekistan)

    05/27/2012 10:47:41 AM PDT · 15 of 24
    The Black Knight to DogByte6RER

    Oh, and one more thing. You see that island in the western part of the sea? Which eventually became a peninsula, and eventually part of the mainland itself? It’s called “Vozrozhdeniya”. This article makes no mention of it, but it has a very sinister past from the Soviet era. Needless to say, I don’t think it’s just pollution and salt that’s sitting on the former lake bed making people sick.

  • Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert (Uzbekistan)

    05/27/2012 10:41:42 AM PDT · 14 of 24
    The Black Knight to DogByte6RER

    Two very telling images of this event. The first is a GIF file, showing the shrinking sea (and identifying the location of Mo’ynoq).

    The second showing satellite imagery from 2009:

    Absolutely devastating what the Communists have done to the region.

  • There is no truce! Retread troll zot!

    05/20/2012 11:36:08 AM PDT · 281 of 326
    The Black Knight to RowdyFFC

    You are right about one thing: Romney IS a shifter. In fact, he’s a part of a very large shift in what is supposed to be the major “conservative” party. You know, the constant leftward shift of Republican presidential candidates since Reagan? Seriously, look at it. The early “statists”, Bush I and Dole? Bush II, the man of illegal amnesty and the dude that rewrote education “reforms” with Ted Kennedy? Then McCain? Now Romney? Yes, there is some shifting.

    Even worse, when many of these national level Republicans take office, they “shift” even farther left. With Romney already sitting RINO land, what’s he going to look like when he “shifts”?

    But hey, it’s all about DEFEATING the democrats, right? After all, when Republican Dede Scozzafava lost to the Tea Partier, she backed her, right? Oh, that’s right, she endorsed the DEMOCRAT. Establishment Republicans hate conservatives MORE than they hate Democrats.

    By continuously voting for non-conservative Republicans, the only thing that you are guaranteeing is the continuous trip left for what SHOULD be the conservative opposition party. Whereas Democrat rule is shooting Lady Liberty in the face, you are ensuring that she only suffers a stab wound. Sure, she might get a few more extra breaths in before she passes, but she’s still dead.

    No thank you. If standing for the Constitution is the “high horse”, then I’ll ride it proudly. I’ll leave you with your preferred animal: the RINO.

  • There is no truce! Retread troll zot!

    05/20/2012 10:57:17 AM PDT · 272 of 326
    The Black Knight to Hulka

    Of course not. I treasure my right to vote. I will find a pro-gun, pro-capitalism, pro-Constitution candidate and vote for them.


    05/20/2012 10:26:33 AM PDT · 34 of 186
    The Black Knight to SMGFan

    This is amazing. I came from this school system: true story. If you know anything about North Rowan, this would not surprise you in the least.

  • There is no truce! Retread troll zot!

    05/20/2012 6:34:11 AM PDT · 196 of 326
    The Black Knight to Hulka; RowdyFFC

    “Yes, unless you want four more years with an islamofascist foreign born communist FREAK in our White House. You know, the man who has deliberately set out to destroy our free country. Are you willing to let somebody else place your vote for Obama? Because if you don’t spend your vote AGAINST him, the rest of us fighting to take him out lose. Also if you don’t go vote, what are our chances for removing the establishment that needs to go also.”

    “OUTSTANDING POST! That’s the issue and is something we should all understand.”

    Here, let me fix it for the two of you:

    Yes, unless you want a continuous advance of leftward movement throughout the entire Republican Party, effectively silencing the conservative movement. You know, by voting in a man who stands for abortion, government health care, etc. Are you willing to let somebody else cancel out your vote against this bastardization of the conservative movement? Because if you don’t spend your vote AGAINST this, the rest of us fighting for conservative values lose.

    THIS is what you two need to understand. People like YOU told us to hold our nose and vote for Dole. Then, people like YOU told us to hold our nose and vote for McCain. NOW, you are telling us to hold our nose and vote for Romney. How much farther can the Republican Party drift away from its core values while still being defended by brainwashed sheeple like yourselves? Face it, you would vote for Stalin HIMSELF if he had an “R” next to his name on the ballot. Because, as you repeat over and over, defeating the Democrat is more important that fighting for conservative values.

    How DARE you act like my refusal to vote for the establishment candidate is ruining your “effort”.

  • Military recruiter question.

    05/09/2012 3:21:34 PM PDT · 35 of 48
    The Black Knight to Yorlik803

    I went through the Air Force recruitment process, and ended up going to a second recruiter. As people have stated, it sounds like this particular recruiter isn’t putting in the effort for your friend. If that’s the case, your friend probably shouldn’t trust the recruiter with anything else. If they don’t even want to enlist him, they probably won’t put too much effort into squaring away possible benefits, either.

    Furthermore, the Air Force has pretty long waiting lines for certain jobs. I waited over a half year to go to basic, and I have a friend taking the officer route who waited over a year for a board even though he had already graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. I think that joining the Air Force is the best decision I ever made, but make sure your friend visits the other branches. He may get a recruiter that actually cares. He may get benefits that match his needs better. He may get a ship out date or job that he prefers. This is a life changing decision, so he should explore all options.

  • See, I Told You So: Football in Trouble

    05/07/2012 4:19:39 PM PDT · 32 of 56
    The Black Knight to lentulusgracchus

    No problem. I have had the absolute joy of being deployed around some Brits during some of the major rugby tournaments. You could probably hear them screaming back in London. Listening to them belt out their anthem with such pride before matches is truly something to be a part of. Wish we did that, too, instead of letting whatever pop princess is popular at the time get her publicity time before our sporting events.