Outdoors (Bloggers & Personal)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Two Of Benghazi’s Secret Soldiers Speak

    09/28/2020 7:29:58 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 9 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/28/20 | F Jardim
    There’s good reason to see the Paramount blockbuster film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. It’s the true story of a group of six former US military private security contractors who fight with awe inspiring bravery and professionalism to save the lives of their fellow Americans during the September 11-12, 2012 terrorist attacks on the American diplomatic compound and a CIA base (known as the Annex) in Benghazi, Libya. In a battle that eventually took on the feel of a small scale Alamo — odds against them may have been higher than 10 to 1 — they steadfastly stuck...
  • Giant crack of more than 2 kilometers opens up in the Mexican desert (video and pictures)

    09/25/2020 12:27:20 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 45 replies
    SS ^ | 9/23/20 | ss
    A giant crack measuring more than 2 kilometers long opened in the desertic ground of Jiménez, Mexico The deep fissure has been discovered on September 15, 2020 by local residents. The 2-km-long crack starts as a small fissure on the side of a remote road (road to Las Adargas, approximately 13 km from the highway). Then it widens, grows, reaching in certain places up to 1.5 meters wide and up to 3 meters deep. There is still no official information about the cause and formation of the crack in the ground.
  • Feral swine bomb could wreak havoc on large swaths of the US if wild boar population continues to explode

    09/25/2020 12:26:18 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 51 replies
    SS ^ | 9/23/20 | ss
    A population explosion among wild boars in the US has led experts to warn that a “feral swine bomb,” if left unchecked, could wreak havoc on large swaths of the country. Undark Magazine reported on the explosion of the pig population, which has caused an estimated $2.5bn worth of damages every year. Feral hogs trample and tear-up crops, attack livestock, and can destroy sensitive habitats. The pigs also act as disease carriers. They can host more than 30 viral and bacterial diseases as well as scores of parasites. here are approximately 9 million feral hogs in the US, and their...
  • The Easiest Animals for Beginners to Spot and Hunt

    09/24/2020 7:03:58 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 24 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/24/20 | A Wells
    Which game critters offer new hunters the best entry into the sport? From spotting to taking down with a clean shot, we cover America’s most feasible options. When getting into the hunting game, it's best to start with some lighter or easier prey to help you practice. Of course, before you head out into the wilderness, you need to do some target practice to ensure you know how to use your weapon properly. Once you can easily hit a target that isn't living, you can start hunting animals. The general rule of thumb for hunting is that the smaller the...
  • M16 or M4

    09/23/2020 7:34:55 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 22 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/23/20 | N Perna
    Which Duty AR is King? – Nick Perna, a former soldier and currently a cop, weighs in on whether the M16A2 or M4 is a better overall weapon system. Age equals experience. One of the few perks of getting old is that you get exposed to more things throughout the course of your life. This includes weapon systems. I’ve been making a living with a firearm since the late 1980s. In jobs ranging from the military, bounty hunting and law enforcement, I've carried a wide variety of handguns, long guns, crew-served weapons and other things that go "Bang!" I've personally...
  • VANITY: Anyone tried CURIOSITY STREAM? Looks good.

    09/22/2020 7:43:07 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 25 replies
    Access to lots of documentaries. Looks like good content. Inexpensive. Has anyone tried?
  • These WWII Facts Will Give You a Different Perspective

    09/22/2020 7:55:17 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 73 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/22/20 | K Eppes
    Historian John Keegan words on World War II, was "the largest single event in human history," a conflict "fought across six of the world's seven continents and all its oceans. It killed 50 million human beings, left hundreds of millions of others wounded in mind or body and materially devastated much of the heartland of civilization." Much have been analyzed and explored from numerous angles in history books, films and art. Common figures and events are familiar to the average high school student who is buried in the history books. This era is filled with complex and endless fascinating stories...
  • Apache Revolver

    09/21/2020 8:03:54 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 4 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/21/20 | C Cocole
    Gangster Weapons of the Past - In the early 1900’s French gangsters used a weapon called an Apache Revolver that functioned as a revolver, a knife and brass knuckles. (three weapons all in one) The Apache operates on the principle of a pepper box revolver using a pinfire cartridge and incorporates a fold-over knuckle duster forming the grip and also a rudimentary foldout, dual-edged knife. Due to the lack of a barrel, the revolver’s effective range is very limited, but since all of its component parts can be folded inward towards the cylinder, it was easily concealable inside a pocket....
  • GoWild App Effectively Marries Tech with The Great Outdoors

    09/18/2020 4:56:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2020 | Gabriella Hoffman
    Source/ Brad Luttrell/GoWild A few years ago, I was a beta tester for a new phone application marrying social media with the Great Outdoors.  Naturally, I was intrigued. There were few social media platforms catering to fishing and hunting interests at the time. Nobody appeared to have the market cornered. And this company, even in its infancy, had an ambitious goal to take it by storm. That company is Louisville, Kentucky-based GoWild—an outdoor start-up guaranteed to pique one’s interest.Why The App is Catching FireAgainst many competitors in the space, GoWild has effectively navigated the digital wilderness—especially as content becomes more politically divisive and concerns...
  • WWII Japanese Paratroops Folding Rifle

    09/17/2020 8:05:51 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 33 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/17/20 | C Cocole
    The Idea looked better on Paper - In World War Two Japan had a paratroop corps, Germany provided the technical assistance with equipment implementation in the late 1930’s. One of the methods was the use of parachute-equipped containers housing the firearms, this was dropped separately from the paratrooper. In the combat drop at Sumatra (Japanese) and Crete (Germany), both drop zones had problems of weapons containers landing far from troops, resulting being out gunned. Especially, the experiences of the airborne attack on Palembang in Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, February 13-15, 1942. In that battle, the airborne troops were equipped with...
  • Periscope Gun Of WWI

    09/16/2020 10:24:43 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/16/20 | J McCollom
    A Way To Keep Your Head Down While Firing At The Enemy - When fighting stagnates and enemy lines dug into trenches, snipers target anyone whose head pops up above the edge of the trench. Solution: Keep your head down, but your rifle up. The Germans called it Spiegelkolben. Just mount a rifle to a periscope. That way the rifle could be lifted up to get a clear shot at the enemy trenches while the shooter remained safely out of sight using mirrors to see his sights and a length of wire to pull his trigger. While all the major...
  • Make an AR-15 Lower from Beer Cans

    09/15/2020 8:02:59 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 32 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/15/20 | J Langenegger
    Extreme Recycling - Want a new AR lower, but can't afford it? No problem. Just collect soda cans and make one. Everybody loves getting new guns. Unfortunately for some of us, they are just aren't in the budget. If you don't have the cash for a new AR, you can always just start collecting soda cans. No, you don't sell the cans; you melt them down and make your own AR. Meet Jared of Gun Craft 101, this is how he likes to recycle his aluminum. Jared starts out with a bunch of aluminum cans, melts them into ingots, then...
  • Unprecedented numbers of birds are mysteriously dropping dead from the sky in New Mexico

    09/14/2020 7:20:19 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 56 replies
    ss ^ | 9/14/20 | ss
    Over the past few weeks, various species of migratory birds are dying in “unprecedented” numbers of unknown causes. And this growing number of birds in southern New Mexico that have mysteriously died have wildlife experts scratching their heads. “It is terribly frightening,” Desmond said. “We’ve never seen anything like this. … We’re losing probably hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of migratory birds.“ In August, large numbers of birds were found dead at White Sands Missile Range and at the White Sands National Monument in what was thought to be an isolated incident, Desmond said. After that, however, came reports...
  • The Bolt-Action Rifle from a Dead German Soldier

    09/14/2020 8:29:37 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 12 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/14/20 | F Jardim
    Stolen During The Great Depression - George Irish was an independent-minded man. In 1917, he was 25 years old. He made a living as a jack-of-all-trades in Summers, Conn., just across the border from Massachusetts. He wasn't married and America had just become involved in what became know as World War I. He volunteered for the army. He was assigned to an artillery unit and trained in the Midwest before crossing the Atlantic in an improvised troop ship. In France, he didn’t work the guns, instead he kept the dough boys who labored over them fed. He was a muleskinner,...
  • Noted Climatologist Nancy Pelosi Explains Wildfires: ‘Mother Earth Is Angry’ About Climate Change

    09/11/2020 12:20:43 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 39 replies
    Red State ^ | September 11, 2020 | Mike Miller
    Among the multitude of indisputable facts about Democrats: Every time a mass shooting occurs, they blame the NRA and law-abiding gun owners. And every time a hurricane, major flood, tornado, dry period, wet period, or wildfire occurs, they blame climate change. Such was the case with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, as she cited “Mother Earth” being “angry” as the cause for Western wildfires currently ravaging California, Oregon, and Washington. During an appearance on MSNBC, Pelosi said: ‘We have these fires in California and in the West. Sixteen people have died in Washington, Oregon and California, including a firefighter...
  • Battle of Dak To

    09/11/2020 6:14:43 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/11/20 | C Hodgkins
    Almost Fifty-three years ago, the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) fought in close quarters and uphill through deep foliage to take Hill 875 in what became known as the Battle of Dak To The 173rd Airborne Brigade had already seen action before moving inland to South Vietnam's Central Highlands in early November of 1967. This support included a role in Operation Junction City in the spring, as well as a search-and destroy (S&D) mission in the vicinity of Tuy Ho on the south-central coast. The 173rd was assigned to Dak To after intelligence reports indicated that North Vietnamese Army (NVA) regiments...
  • History of Pinkerton Security

    09/10/2020 6:28:25 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/10/20 | K Weiser
    Abraham Lincoln’s Private Bodyguard Founded in 1850 by Allan Pinkerton, the Pinkerton Agency quickly became one of the most important crime detection and law enforcement groups in the United States. Born in Scotland on August 25, 1819, Pinkerton worked as a barrel maker before immigrating to the United States in 1842. Settling near Chicago, he went to work at Lill's Brewery as a barrel maker. However, Pinkerton soon determined that working for himself would be more profitable for his family and they moved to a small town called Dundee, some 40 miles from Chicago. Making barrels once again, he quickly...
  • Czech out this vz58

    09/09/2020 8:06:12 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/9/20 | O Volk
    Petite vz. 58 Bridges The Gap Between Submachine Gun And Rifle The Samopal vzor 58, or Automatic weapon model 58, was put into Czechoslovak military service in the late 1950s. A very lightweight 7.62×39 carbine with a short-stroke piston action, it was one of the first Czech arms to use the Soviet cartridge instead of the longer native round. Lighter than the AK-47 by 1.3 pounds, it also used alloy magazines that weighed half of the steel AK-47 mags. Although similar in overall size to the AK, the slimmer pistol grip and stock gave it a more dainty look. Besides...
  • Hazardous winds developing across southwestern US

    09/08/2020 8:00:54 AM PDT · by Peter ODonnell · 16 replies
    original to Free Republic | Sept 8 2020 | Peter O'Donnell
    Watch out if you're in CA or AZ -- the situation I'm about to describe has already developed in NV and UT after moving down through states further north on Labor Day. An intense low over Colorado has drawn in strong northeast winds that have recently blasted their way across most of Nevada and Utah. At Las Vegas, gusts to 50 mph were recorded in the past hour. At St George UT, winds changed from southerly 20 mph to northerly 30 mph in one hour. These winds are heading south and will reach most of Arizona at various times later...
  • Tommy Gun – Automatic Stardom

    09/08/2020 7:30:16 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 12 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/8/20 | R Reed
    Few firearms have earned the mystique that the Thompson submachine gun has enjoyed for nearly a century. The long association that the "Tommy Gun" has had with gangsters, G-men and G.I.s has made it a movie star, a prized collectible, and an American icon. The gun's genesis dates back to World War I when retired General John T. Thompson sought to develop a lightweight, fast-firing rifle that U.S. troops could use as a "trench broom" to break the stalemate of trench warfare. Thompson believed recoil or gas operated weapons were too heavy and complicated for this role and sought a...