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    09/28/2015 2:20:24 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 16 replies
    GunsAmerica ^ | SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 | S.H. BLANNELBERRY
    We love the Can Cannon! Heck, everyone loves the Can Cannon. We’re on record as saying it’s the best fun-gun ever! So, we were incredibly perturbed to learn that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently issued a letter on the Can Cannon saying that when it is affixed to a rifle receiver it is considered a (SBR) or short barrel rifle and when place on a pistol it becomes an (AOW) Any Other Weapon. Now, by itself, the Can Cannon is not a firearm or a controlled item. But the minute it is put on a rifle...

    09/28/2015 2:13:23 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 9 replies
    GunsAmerica ^ | SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 | JON HODOWAY
    he’s a Flamethrower! Some of you will get the reference. Some of you won’t, and that’s okay (the rest of us forgive you). Perhaps you should crank up the volume and watch the video at the bottom of this page to ensure that you’re well rounded, culturally. Freon and BBs. Why isn't Umarex making one of these old classics? Freon and BBs. Why isn’t Umarex making one of these old classics? When I started this review, I knew it would be fun. I’ve had this feeling before. In the late 70’s and early 80’s there was a product advertised in...
  • The Advantages of Hunting with Muzzleloaders

    09/23/2015 7:16:54 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 13 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 9/23/2015 | Mike Nesbitt
    Believe it or not, there are some real advantages to hunting with muzzleloading rifles and smoothbores. Those advantages are not found in the ballistics or the rapidity of follow-up shots; the real advantages are found in making a good shot from the beginning and knowing that the hunter will be reticent to take a shot until a good hit can be expected. Those can be real advantages. There are more areas open to hunting this way as well. I’m making this statement in a very general sense, but many areas, sometime entire states, are closed to hunting with high-powered rifles....
  • Chiappa's Little Badger Survival Rifle

    09/21/2015 7:54:49 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 41 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 9/21/2015 | Frank Jardim
    I first encountered the Chiappa Little Badger single-shot, I pegged it as a survival rifle. It comes in basic black, either in 22LR or 22WMR, both of which are fine for small game. With an overall length of 31 inches, it is already small, but it also folds over and onto itself, creating an extremely compact triangle about 16.5 inches tall and 8 inches across the base. It weighs less than 3 pounds, making it only slightly heavier than large center-fire pistols. The Little Badger’s overall design principal is minimalistic. The Chiappa engineers gave the little gun everything it needs...
  • Selecting the Best Optics

    09/16/2015 1:07:26 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 15 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 9/16/2015 | Tom Claycomb III
    We can all boast life lessons that have taught us certain principles. For me, the optics lesson happened years ago. Ed Sweet, the host of Kid Outdoors, and I would take a lot of kids bear hunting. I’d write articles about the hunts and he’d film them for his show. On one of our first hunts we saw 10 bears in two afternoons. Only once did I spot the bear before anyone else. That’s because my partners had good glass. I had an average pair of binoculars and have realized over the years that I had been missing a lot...
  • Is the Republican Party looking a gift horse in the mouth?

    09/15/2015 6:52:38 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 46 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | September 15, 2015 | Corky Boyd
    The Republican Party is facing a crisis. It has a candidate who is likely to win the nomination and could very well win the Presidential election. Yet they are doing their very best to see a repeat of the past two presidential cycles – nominating uninspiring candidates who have no chance of winning. The RNC would rather have a Democratic president, rather than support a reformer who would change the corrupt political structure of Washington. And they ignore the will of the people who are desperate to see that change happen.... Donald Trump has caught the imagination of not only...
  • Size Matters – The World Of Miniature Firearms

    09/15/2015 7:40:08 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 21 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 9/15/2015 | Frank Jardim
    Miniatures hold a fascination for everyone. Perhaps it is something rooted in the happy memories of our childhood toys. As we mature and grow in sophistication we begin to appreciate the huge amount of skill required to make things small. The craftsmen who create miniature firearms and ammunition do it for the challenge and the artistic satisfaction. Only a handful of master miniature makers have ever been able to make a living doing it. For most hobby builders, there is virtually no financial incentive. This work is labor intensive and generally each piece is unique. Since medieval times, journeyman artisans...
  • The Magnum Lite .22WMR

    09/14/2015 9:41:48 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 19 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 9/14/2015 | Oleg Volk
    The creation of an accurate .22 Magnum autoloader has long been plagued by cycling challenges caused by the cartridge shape and construction. The long, skinny case has a lot of surface area and resists extraction. Extracting it while the gas pressure is high runs the risk of blowing out the thin case head typical of rimfire ammunition. Balancing these conflicting requirements was a huge technical challenge to overcome – until the Magnum Lite. Magnum Research calls the action “gas-assisted blowback,” but it is not. Gas assistance uses a muzzle booster to move the whole barrel (as on a Maxim machine...
  • Have Spear will Travel

    09/09/2015 8:22:20 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 5 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 9/9/2015 | Chris Cocoles
    She’s so comfortable – if not at home – in the water now, it’s hard to believe Valentine Thomas once almost drowned in it. Of course, that was a half a lifetime ago, when this spearfishing maven from London via Canada was vacationing seaside with her family in the south of France. Just 14, Thomas got caught in an undertow – not far from the shore, but far enough for a harrowing few seconds. “I was caught by the underwater currents. The current had suddenly changed and I remember sticking my head up and there was nobody in the water,”...
  • Eve Online: Wanderers

    09/07/2015 7:53:54 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sep 5, 2015 | zaqq (EVE player)
    A stunning new player-made video highlighting the visual beauty and wonder of this immense, sprawling and player-driven universe. Be sure to watch full screen and in HD 1080P. What many EVE players themselves overlook is just how visually compelling EVE is. All you have to do is stop and take a look around. All the while dodging incoming fire, that is. Heh. Just kidding. Or maybe not.
  • Now THIS is Cool (If You're an Airplane Geek)... JET-Powered, RC 1/15th scale Airbus A380!

    09/01/2015 8:51:42 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 01 September 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Jet-powered, RC 1/15th scale Airbus A380! I wonder how much he spent on this thing...  This radio-controlled Airbus A380-800 super-jumbo replica -built by German enthusiasts- has got to be the coolest RC model I've ever seen. I remember when I was a kid, being wowed by my uncle's impressive RC collection, including multi-engine stuff and 'copters... but JETS? News to me! And this one looks, sounds, and even moves at a pace that comes across as 'the real thing' easily on video... the jet roar is more than a little bit cool! The plane is marked in Singapore Airlines...
  • JAIL HILLARY'S bowling scorecard - 247 (should Trump have bowling fundraiser?)

    08/29/2015 4:10:13 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 3 replies
    tinypic ^ | 8-29-15 | dfu
    During open bowling, I have used Obama Sucks and other attacks on the community organizer from Kenya. But lately, it is time to go after Hillary. When you bowl, have some extra fun and put up a name to insult her or cause a conversation. I may have changed a guy's mind yesterday after he commented on the name and I educated him. On another note, it might be interesting for Trump to have "bowling night" fundraiser across the country and give a live speech broadcast at bowling alleys across the country. Then some bowling with Hillary pins. If the...
  • Announcing the 2015-16 Yahoo! Football Pick'em Fantasy League

    08/26/2015 12:54:27 PM PDT · by texas booster · 17 replies
    Yahoo! Fantasy Sports ^ | Aug 26 2015 | Texas Booster
    For about the 12th year, one of Free Republic's members is pleased to create a Yahoo! Pick'em Fantasy Football league. The league rules are simple: ** Pick the winners of each game ** Assign a confidence value to each game ** Post messages to each other on the message board that include bad puns ** Donate generously to Free Republic at the end of the season in the name of the top point earner That's about it. No drafting, no cash outlay except to Free Republic, and LOTS of Monday morning quarterbacking. It is a wonderful time waster that really...
  • Silencerco - The Doom of Boom

    08/25/2015 10:18:57 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 12 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 8/25/2015 | Troy Taysom
    Guns have been around in one form or another for 800 years. Much has changed, but the firearms industry cannot be accused of being on the leading edge of technology. The 1911 handgun is still widely used and adored, as is the AR-15. The 1911 by its name alone tells you that it has passed the century mark, and the AR-15 is more than 50 years old. These are just two examples of the antiquated technology employed by most firearms industry manufacturers; but not all of them. THE BEGINNINGWhat happens when a newcomer to the industry combines tradition with cutting-edge...
  • Is Rowing Only for the Rich? A Henley Winner Weighs In.

    08/14/2015 11:13:13 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies
    A Continuous Lean ^ | 8/14/15 | Jared Paul Stern
    Is Rowing Only for the Rich? A Henley Winner Weighs In. Aug 14th, 2015 | Categories: Jared Paul Stern, Sports | by Jared Paul Stern Our recent report on the Henley Royal Regatta sparked a serious debate about class and style. One commenter’s position that “people should know their place” in regards to attending and dressing for such high-end events struck a chord in particular. Which led us to wonder whether Henley and its ilk are really the bastions of unrepentant snobbery that some make them out to be. Many seem to be of the opinion that rowing is only...
  • Obama Hater Stole Vibrator From Orland Lover's Lane: (Illinois)

    08/10/2015 8:19:23 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 35 replies
    Orland Park Patch ^ | Aug 6, 2015 | Joseph Hosey
    Obama Hater Stole Vibrator From Orland Lover's Lane: Cops The Harvey man shoved the vibrator down his pants and left the store, police said. By Joseph Hosey (Patch Staff) August 6, 2015 An Obama-hating Harvey man shoved a vibrator down his pants and slipped outside the Orland Park Lover’s Lane, but didn’t get far before he was caught by the cops, police said. An employee of the 159th Street sex shop reportedly tipped the law to a man walking around the store with a vibrator stuffed down his pants. The cops arrived just in time to find 44-year-old Christopher Hucko...
  • Getting K9 Hunters Back In Shape

    08/06/2015 6:44:46 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 4 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 8/6/2015 | S Haugen
    I sat back inquisitively, watching in amazement as Howard Meyer of Chipewa Kennels and dog trainer, handled his dogs with utmost patience. “C’mon, Violet, get in, get in here,” Meyer encouraged in a soft voice. Sure enough, Violet waded into the water and got into the canoe on her own. As Meyer began paddling across the small river, two other adult dogs followed, swimming by his side. Two pups, eight-month-old brothers, hesitated at first, but their anticipation mounted the further away Meyer and the other dogs got. “C’mon, hop in … C’mon,” Meyer kept enticing the pups in his calm...
  • The Transatlantic Race and the Mystery of the Sea.

    08/01/2015 9:48:02 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    A Continuous Lean ^ | 7/29/15 | Jared Paul Stern
    The Transatlantic Race and the Mystery of the Sea. Jul 29th, 2015 | Categories: Jared Paul Stern, Sports | by Jared Paul Stern With a course of nearly 3,000 miles from Newport, R.I., to Lizard Point on the southwestern corner of England, the Transatlantic Race is the world’s oldest trans-oceanic yacht race and one of the ultimate tests of a sailor’s skill. Nearly 50 boats running the gamut from 40-footers to superyachts, and modern racing machines to 100-year-old classics from all over the world competed in the 2015 edition which just wrapped up. Chicago-based Bryon Ehrhart’s Reichel/Pugh 63’ Lucky was...
  • Ted Nugent Expresses Support for Man Who Killed Lion

    07/31/2015 11:43:22 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies ^ | Jul 31, 2015 | ap
    Rocker Ted Nugent says he supports an American dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe. In an interview with the Rita Cosby Show on WABC radio in New York, Nugent railed against people who are upset about the killing, saying the outrage is because the lion was given a name, Cecil. He said getting upset about Cecil but not other lions "is disingenuous and tragically dishonest."
  • Inside Battle Comp - Staying on Target

    07/28/2015 7:21:19 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 1 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 7/28/2015 | Danielle Breteau
    Sometimes companies seem to appear overnight, or spontaneously come up with a solution to a problem you didn’t even know you had. In these scenarios people should remember that the spotlight only shines on those who have made the grade. The work, pain, risk, heart and drive to get to that point rarely attracts focus. Battle Comp Enterprises, maker of compensators, is one of these companies, although I might be several years too late bringing about that point. Nonetheless, not only did they appear onstage in 2010, but they have managed, against all national economic challenges, to grow and continue...
  • Announcing the 2015-16 Yahoo! Football Pick'em Fantasy League

    07/23/2015 5:42:03 PM PDT · by texas booster · 3 replies
    Yahoo! Fantasy Sports ^ | 07/23/2015 | Texas Booster
    For about the 12th year, one of Free Republic's members is pleased to create a Yahoo! Pick'em Fantasy Football league. The league rules are simple: Pick the winners of each game Assign a confidence value to each game Post messages to each other on the message board that include bad puns Donate generously to Free Republic at the end of the season in the name of the top point earner That's about it. It is a wonderful time waster that really doesn't take much time. I tend to pick all the games in preseason for all 17 weeks, then look...
  • VANITY: Who is attending Sturgis 2015?

    07/21/2015 5:28:35 AM PDT · by Robert Teesdale · 29 replies
    Robert Teesdale ^ | 7/21/2015 | Robert Teesdale
    Vanity post here, which I rarely do... Who is going to Sturgis this year? With well over a million attendees expected in Sturgis this year for the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Rally, I can only imagine there will be a number of Freepers present. I'd like to commence a thread for this, and facilitate some in person meetings. It would be a pleasure.
  • FReeper Metalhead / Heavy Rock / Rock / Punk fans

    07/16/2015 2:09:02 AM PDT · by lefty-lie-spy · 58 replies
    Lefty-Lie-Spy | 2015-07-16 | Lefty-Lie-Spy
    I've been saying forever that I wanted to get a heavy metal fans ping list going, so this is how I end my procrastination. Please ping yourself here and fork new topics for Heavy Metal related talk and Conservativism in heavy music topics.
  • Getting Past The Obstacles In Gun Training for Girls

    07/15/2015 10:18:09 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 7/15/2015 | Robert Campbell
    Women are not a minority in America, gentlemen. There are some 6 million more of them than us – perhaps even a few more since 2010’s census, where that stat comes from. Many female shooters are interested in the shooting sports as well as personal defense. If you are in a gun-related sales field, you would do well to treat them well. If you are a professional trainer, you must be alert to the nuances and differences of the female thought process. To ignore this significant portion of the shooting fraternity/sorority is a disservice to all concerned. I am going...
  • What the Parts Man Sees (some motorcycle-buying considerations)

    07/12/2015 10:16:56 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 48 replies
    City Bike ^ | May 2015 | Maynard Hershon
    I saw my buddy Al in a café, having lunch alone and sat down with him. He sells clothing and accessories in a multi-line (Triumph and Italian) motorcycle shop. You pass by him and are greeted by him on your way to the showroom or service department. He mentioned to me long ago that you could tell what a person rides when you see him walk in the door. Is that true? “Oh, yes,” he said. “You can tell. “A Moto-Guzzi customer is older, gray hair, heavier-set, rides by himself, comes in alone. Guzzi riders are different from riders of...
  • Dear Bernie, My People Came Here After Slavery

    07/08/2015 2:00:40 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 19 replies
    Freep | 7/8/2015 | CharlesOConnell
     Dear Senator Sanders, I'd gladly apologize for anything my fat, rich, bourgeois, Kulak ancestors did. But please, precisely, explain what I'll be apologizing for. When Africans were being stolen from their country, my Irish ancestors were being told, "Either convert to the Protestant Church of Ireland, or just take your children and GET out on the road.(BTW: I don't blame you for the fact that your surname seems English.)
  • Think you can Handle this type of Long Range Shooting Competition?

    07/08/2015 12:28:13 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 10 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 7/8/2015 | Robin Taylor
    Looking down from atop a three-story shooting tower, 12 steel targets stand out along a green hillside, each one further away than the last. They’re all challenging, and the furthest sits at 936 yards. When the buzzer sounds, you’ll have three minutes to shoot all 12. The problem is, you can’t actually see the targets yet. You’re starting at the bottom of the tower’s stairwell, carrying 200 rounds of ammunition, a coat, a gear bag, a sling, sunscreen, elbow pads, bipod, and a heavy sniper rifle. By the time you get to the top of those stairs and see the...
  • Golf bodies jointly tell Trump he's not 'right' on immigration comments

    07/01/2015 2:55:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Yahoo! Sports' Devil Ball Golf Blog ^ | July 1, 2015 | Ryan Ballengee
    Univision. NBCUniversal. Macy's. They've all severed ties with 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump over remarks he made about immigration and Mexicans. The two broadcast powers have refused to air the Miss Universe pageant, which Trump partially owns, on July 12, and Mexican officials affiliated with the outdated pageant have said they won't send a representative to the event. Trump has responded in-kind with harsh remarks, particularly through Twitter, setting ablaze any potential future relationship with these companies. However, while Trump has been battling on multiple fronts, he believed he has the backing of the golf world. “I’ve had tremendous support...
  • World’s 1st 3D-Printed Supercar Unveiled– 0-60 in 2.2 Seconds, 700 HP, Built from Unique Node System

    06/28/2015 4:11:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    3D Print ^ | June 24, 2015 | Eddie Krassenstein
    The automobile industry has been relatively stagnant for the past several decades. While new car designs are released annually, and computer technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, the manufacturing processes and the effects that these processes have on our environment have remain relatively unchanged. Over the past decade or so, 3D printing has shown some promise in the manufacturing of automobiles, yet it has not quite lived up to its potential, at least according to Kevin Czinger, founder and CEO of a company called Divergent Microfactories (DM). Today, at the OÂ’Reilly Solid Conference in San Francisco, Kevin Czinger...
  • Rand Paul Is Winning the Pot Reform Primary

    06/26/2015 3:17:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | June 26, 2015 | Steven Nelson
    A large pro-legalization group ranks Paul above all Democratic candidates.Sen. Rand Paul bested his rivals for the White House in a candidate report card issued Friday by the Marijuana Policy Project, one of the largest organizations pushing to regulate the drug like alcohol. The group gave the Kentucky Republican an A- in recognition of his efforts to overhaul federal drug laws and his support of states’ right to legalize marijuana. Second place – a B+ – went to former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who has not officially announced a bid, and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, a former Republican seeking...
  • On the Range: Mars vs Venus

    06/24/2015 8:16:59 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 6/24/2015 | Tatiana Whitlock
    When it comes to who is the better shooter and why, men or women, the iconic Irving Berlin duet from Annie Get Your Gun immediately springs to mind. “Anything you can do I can do better! I can do anything better than you” is sung while Annie Oakley and Frank Butler prepare for the climactic sharpshooting contest in the classic Broadway musical. For an object as functionally gender-neutral as a gun, why is it that each of the sexes assumes they are better adept at mastering it? Any quality instructor will tell you the real weapon is not the gun....
  • Why You Need an Adjustable Gas Block for your AR

    06/23/2015 10:05:16 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 28 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 6/23/2015 | Brian Hormberg
    Did you know that replacing the factory gas block on your AR-15 with an adjustable gas block can improve your rifle’s performance? Let's backup, What is a Gas Block?The typical factory gas block is pinned onto the barrel in front of the polymer handguard as part of the front sight assembly. If your rifle features a free-float aluminum handguard, then the gas block is typically a low-profile type that fits under that handguard. The job of the gas block is to take some of the hot gas from behind the bullet that comes through a gas port in the barrel,...
  • Why I Like 9mm

    06/18/2015 10:31:19 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 106 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 6/18/2015 | John Johnston
    When I used to work at a gun store I was frequently asked what caliber was best for any given situation. It would have been nice if there had been some sort of magic death ray that I could have suggested, but there isn’t, and most people have a pretty flawed understanding of what actually happens when a bullet interacts with a human target. Here’s my take on it and personal reasoning behind selecting a 9mm round. For starters let’s examine a couple of concepts that don’t actually exist in the scientific world but everyone talks about anyway. I’m going...
  • A Different Kind of Plastic Shredder for 3D Filament Making

    06/14/2015 1:59:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Hackaday ^ | June 14, 2015 | James Hobson
    Haven’t you heard? You can make your own 3D filament nowadays from plastic granules (10X cheaper than filament), or even by recycling old plastic! Except if you’re recycling plastic you will have to shred it first… [David Watkins] came up with a different way of shredding plastic. Typically we’ve seen shrunken versions of giant metal shredders used to dice up plastic into granules that can be melted down and then extruded back into filament. These work with a series of sharp toothed gears that kind of look like a stack of circular saw blades put together inside of a housing....
  • Salmon Fishing Low Tech Forecasting

    06/09/2015 1:49:39 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 2 replies
    Northwest Sportsman Mag ^ | 6/9/2015 | Andy Schneider
    “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight. Red sky in morning, sailors take warning.” This rhyming lore has been around for at least a couple millennia, serving seafarers in port and on the open ocean when they needed something that passed for a forecast. And while we may discount it in today’s modern world – what with all of our high-tech satellite imagery, anchored weather buoys, Doppler radar and suites of computer forecasting ensembles – there still is some truth to the saying. I’m no meteorologist, but the nut is that it has to do with areas of high pressure being...
  • WE ARE PREGNANT! (the dog, that is)

    06/06/2015 8:53:27 AM PDT · by AnAmericanMother · 41 replies
    6/6/15 | An American Mother
    Well, everybody, I have entertaining news. My Yellow Lab Kate was bred to a very nice Yellow Lab male about 4 weeks ago. Pregnancy confirmed by ultrasound - vet says "at least 7" puppies. Expected whelping date is July 6. Patriotic Puppies on the way . . . This should be a very nice all Yellow litter. Father is 2xGRHRCH, MH and QAA, around 65 pounds and dark yellow. Mother lacks one pass for her HRCH, passed her first Master test easily and has her CGC. 55 pounds and very pale yellow, almost cream colored. Both parents have very calm...
  • VIDEO: Hickok45: Tokarev 7.62 x 25

    06/06/2015 6:52:09 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 41 replies
    Historic Romanian TTC Tokarev pistol
  • Scott Walker is the only potential presidential candidate who can go to a biker rally and mean it

    06/06/2015 4:36:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 6, 2015 | Jenna Johnson
    Scott Walker hasn’t yet said that he’s running for president. But the Wisconsin governor is working to brand himself as the plain-speaking, Miller-drinking, cheap-clothes-wearing candidate who understands the struggles of the middle class. And he rides a Harley. This weekend is an opportunity to showcase it: He’s taking part in a “Roast and Ride” fundraiser for Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst (R), who drew national attention last year when she ran campaign ads saying that she castrated hogs growing up on a farm and that she isn’t afraid to “make ’em squeal” in Washington. (Walker’s political organization recently hired Ernst’s former...
  • Picking Brass in Wisconsin Better than Picking Mushrooms in Ukraine

    06/04/2015 5:14:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A common source of enjoyment in Russia and Ukraine are family outings to pick mushrooms.  Of course, one has to be careful, because some mushrooms are deadly.  In the United States it is not uncommon for families to pick berries of various types.   I recall picking blueberries, raspberries, wild strawberries, blackberries, pin cherries and choke cherries while growing up in the wilds of Northern Wisconsin.   A source sent me these pictures of a gun culture family outing.  In the spring, after the snow has melted, the local range offered opportunities for gathering brass that had accumulated over the winter....
  • Scorpion Cipher S5 grid logic…

    06/01/2015 8:34:50 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 4 replies
    Cipher Mysteries ^ | Jun. 1, 2015 | nickpelling
    I’ve been thinking a little more about how to go about cracking Scorpion Cipher S5. I mentioned before that I thought that the encipherer might well have started from an elegant-looking 26×16 grid filled with diagonally-downward families of shapes, and that this arrangement might offer codebreakers some additional kind of “spatial logic” to support their efforts that traditional ciphers don’t usually provide. From the letters that accompanied the ciphertexts, my inference is that the Scorpion is like a smart 12-year-old who has just ‘got’ the elegance of maths: but this leads me to a secondary inference that he/she probably didn’t...
  • Suppressors: 40-state-legal; two more “Maybe Soon”

    05/28/2015 12:51:18 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 8 replies
    WeaponsMan ^ | May 28, 2015 | Hognose
    Last time we looked at suppressor legality, it was up to 37 of the 50 United States. (They’re banned in DC and all the Territories if memory serves). But that was months ago, so it was time to check again, just in time to learn that Minnesota, which banned suppressors for many years, legalized them, becoming State #40 to allow citizens who comply with the Federal National Firearms Act to own them. Even Minnesota’s anti-gun, anti-2nd-Amendment governor, Mark Dayton, signed the bill. A similar bill is on Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s desk. It is a very small change in the...
  • Ted Cruz Comes Clean: He’s a Secret Video Game Addict

    05/28/2015 7:30:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 28, 2015 | Tim Mak
    The senator is known as a Tea Party firebrand. What he’s not known as is a hidden geek who can’t get enough of ‘Candy Crush.’ He tells The Daily Beast why he can’t have a console.Long before Ted Cruz became a senator from Texas, he was a gamer. He’s known for being pugilistic on the Senate floor, but sometimes he’d rather be fighting cartoon zombies on his iPhone. It’s an uncommon lens through which to view Cruz, a controversial conservative figure who is now running for the highest political office in the country. Cruz’s video game habit fits into a...
  • Can a Slidefire Effectively Duplicate Full-Auto?

    05/27/2015 7:07:15 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 24 replies
    Forgotten Weapons ^ | May 26th, 2015 | Admin
    The Slidefire (and other similar bump-fire stocks) is basically a toy when used form the shoulder. A genuinely fun toy, to be sure, but still a toy. However, I have reason to suspect that when used on a rifle with a bipod and large ammunition capacity it might actually do a good job of duplicating a true light machine gun without the cost and NFA paperwork. (For folks who are not familiar with the concept, the stock allows the action to freely reciprocate in the stock. By holding one’s trigger finger in a set position and pulling the action forward,...
  • Hammer Fired vs. Striker Fired

    05/26/2015 7:50:24 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 21 replies
    Firearms History, Technology & Development ^ | Monday, May 25, 2015 | The Editor
    In the world of modern firearms which use centerfire cartridges, there are two major types of mechanisms used to trigger the cartridge primer. One uses a hammer and another uses a striker. Therefore, mechanisms that use a hammer are called hammer-fired and the ones that use a striker are called striker fired. As you can guess, each mechanism has its own group of supporters. In today's post, we will study what this all means. In a hammer fired mechanism, the hammer is a heavy piece that is allowed to rotate about a pivot point. When the hammer is cocked, it...
  • A $77 3D Printer is Unveiled! Say Hello to the Lewihe Play

    05/22/2015 8:37:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    3DPrint ^ | May 21, 2015 | Eddie Krassenstein
    With all technology, prices tend to come down as time goes on. This was seen within the personal computer market and the 2-dimensional printer market, and now we are starting to really see this happen within the 3D printing space as well. Whether you are a consumer and you love the fact that prices continue to drop, or if you are a manufacturer and you hate it, we can probably expect this trend to continue at least a little bit longer. Just 2 years ago, if you wanted a desktop 3D printer, you were looking at spending four figures. There...
  • 73-year-old BASE jumper dies after setting parachute on fire

    05/19/2015 10:46:29 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies ^ | May. 19, 2015 | AP
    TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a 73-year-old BASE jumper who died after leaping from an Idaho bridge had set his parachute on fire as part of a stunt. A graphic video of the fatal jump, posted to YouTube on Monday, shows someone engulfed in flames and falling from the Perrine Bridge into the Snake River, 500 feet below. James E. Hickey had apparently planned to ditch the flaming parachute and deploy a second chute in the May 7 stunt.
  • Thugs try to rob a competitive shooter and gravely pay for it

    05/19/2015 6:54:35 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 30 replies
    Firearm User Network ^ | May 18, 2015 | John M. Buol Jr.
    A doctor was leaving home to compete in a shooting competition held at Magnolia Pistol Range in Byram, MS at approximately 7:45 AM. While making several trips to his truck, two males happened upon him, took him captive at gunpoint, and forced him drive to an ATM to withdraw money. When an opportunity arose, the doctor/competitive shooter retrieved a handgun and shot one of his captors. . . .
  • Cooked or Uncooked? Bacon Magazine Wraps by Rapid Wraps

    05/12/2015 10:42:03 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 4 replies
    The Firearm Blog ^ | 11 May 2015 | Nathan S.
    Just when I think something could not get more absurd -or- wonder how a really cool legit tactical ideal can get bastardized, something comes along and sets a new bar. Latest up is Rapid Wraps a company selling 3-packs of magazine wraps via Amazon. At first, when looking at the page listing, its cool. You have flags (Union Jack, Confederate, and the Star-Spangled Banner), then flames, and then… bacon. Heck, you even have the option of cooked or uncooked bacon!. . .

    05/03/2015 7:41:15 PM PDT · by RandallFlagg · 46 replies
    Me | 5-3-15 | RandallFlagg
    AN OPEN LETTER TO THE BALTIMORE/FERGUSON NEIGHBORHOODS: Ya know. I’m convinced that the one thing that would end this Baltimore and Ferguson kind of crap would be to take those people in these areas (those who weren’t criminals and had the maturity and common sense -and I believe a LOT of them do), and get them interested in firearms and the second amendment. I'm NOT talking to the lawbreakers here. I'm talking to their neighbors, friends and families. You people who broke the law made your choices. You had your chance. I have YET to take someone to the shooting...
  • The Rise of Gaming Archaeology

    05/03/2015 3:28:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Geek Snack ^ | April 28, 2015 | Ryan Martinez
    As MMOs Continue to Grow Leaving Old Areas Behind, Gaming Archaeology has Risen Up to Explore and Remember their Past.MMOs such as World of Warcraft and Guild Wars have been going strong for years now continually growing their player base and the areas open to them. They’ve become so large that the games have taken on the same traits as real world cultures. As they continue to grow the community moves to new areas, new hub cities, leaving the old ones behind. Just as real world cities are abandoned and forgotten old hub cities in MMOs are quickly forgotten. Yet...