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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby cdgt » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:52 pm

This is interesting.

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Over the last 4 years I have seen an unbelievable increase in the size of the industry. According to a FOIA we submitted to the NFA Branch of the BATFE, in 2008 there were just over 20,000 form 4 transfers for silencers. In 2011 they recorded over 50,000. Also, after asking the NFA branch how many forms 4 transfers for silencers they project for 2012 they said over 70,000! If you average the silencer industry growth for the last 5 years its approximately 26% per year.

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I've been thinking about one...
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby cdgt » Tue May 01, 2012 5:57 pm

I'd be interested in the fetish deconstruction analysis of these.

(Edit. Picture too big. You're gonna hafta click the link.)

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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby cdgt » Tue May 01, 2012 5:58 pm

Ruger SR22 Review

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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Marcus » Tue May 01, 2012 6:58 pm

Here you go, guys and girls . . why we carry guns up here . . .

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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Mr. Perfect » Wed May 02, 2012 5:01 am

Demon of Undoing wrote:
The caliber decrease for service rifles has occurred for lots of reasons, primarily advances in riflery and tech. Musket squares and firing on line are not really examples of high art. More industrial murder with poor tools. While gravelbelly target shooting has seen it's heyday pass, more realistic shooting is expected of modern troops than ever before. Troops acquire and engage faster, at greater ranges, than they have previously been able with the tools provided. Round for round accuracy is almost irrelevant. It comes down to this: you'd have to be a fool to pick anything anybody ever issued before something like a SCAR-L or an M4 SOPMOD. My poodle shooter isn't the equal of either of those things, but I'll take my rifle with a basic load over any M14, M1, M1903, etc. any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

As good a summary of the issue as I have seen.
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Some thoughts on current long range shooting issues

Postby Mr. Perfect » Wed May 02, 2012 6:03 am

The sniper world continues to evolve.

For half a century the US standard sniper platform has been the bolt action 308, in Win Model 70 or Remington 700. 10 or 20 years ago the 50 BMG came into the fore as an addition, a LR anti-material weapon with great effect. Further, we have seen the AR-10 sniperized and it has made an impact.

For over 10 years we have seen an established duality in the sniper world of the issue M40 bolt gun and essentially the Barrett 50, with a sniper team employing either option based on the mission objective.

Recently the 338 Lapua Magnum became a 3rd option, a best of both worlds or jack of all trades-master of none compromise. Ballistically superior to the 308 and capable of serious anti-material damage although not to the level of the 50, and handling wise a split in size between the platforms.

So we have the 308, 50, and 338 Lapua.

Sometimes despite ever increasing technology the shooting world is slow to adopt changes. Eg, the 408 Cheytac and the 416 Barrett clearly outperform the 50 BMG at long ranges but neither have surpassed the 50 in usage, not even close. Both rounds may eventually "fail" and become obscure. IMV that would be ridiculous but it would not be the first time something like that happened. The question is will the 50 ever be replaced by either round, and right now it is an open question.

Our second example is the competition the 308 is undergoing from the 6.5 lapua, 7mm mags and 300 mags. Strong arguments exist for the superiority of all 3 rounds and frankly in the tactical community the 308 is beginning to be viewed like Chuck Taylors. It is a question which round will replace the 308 (probably the 300winmag, not my choice) but I think it is a matter of when not if. That is not to say the 308 is on it's way to extinction, hardly anybody needs a muzzle brake using it, it hardly loses anything as you shorten the barrel to 20 inches and it is manageable in lightweight configuration. However, it simply isn't as good ballistically at longer ranges.

Most interestingly there is a new player in the game, the 375-408 Cheytac, a 408 necked down to seat a 375 projo. Right now it is considered by LR wildcatters as the best performing super LR cartridge out there, a feasible option out to 2,000 yards. The issue is it is somewhat like the F-22, a monster performer in search of a real world application. Will it ever be adopted by the US military? Almost certainly no, but some are saying that it will be the king of 2,000 yard shooting and beyond (or maybe more precisely opens up the world to 2,000 yard + shooting) for decades to come.

If anybody wants to read up on it you can start here:

http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ubbthr ... er=1791259
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Hoosiernorm » Wed May 02, 2012 6:43 am

Marcus wrote:Here you go, guys and girls . . why we carry guns up here . . .

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You have to watch out for bears especially heavily armed ones
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Mr. Perfect » Mon May 21, 2012 11:18 pm

How to be the most popular guy in your squad.

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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Antipatros » Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:14 pm

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Mark Anderson, Smart Bullets

The “Mini-Me” of smart-bomb technology is ready to leave the lab

http://spectrum.ieee.org/at-work/innovation/smart-bullets

A team of engineers at Sandia National Laboratories, in Albuquerque, is ­completing a testable prototype of the world’s first laser-guided ­bullet. Like a “mini-me” of smart bombs, this patented technology has some of the same computerized control and guidance features found on proven Gulf War weaponry, such as the Paveway series of laser-guided bombs. 


An infrared laser illuminates a target, which the bullet’s optical sensors follow. An onboard tracking chip calculates the course corrections, carried out by four actuator-controlled fins on the bullet’s body. The end result, says Larry Shipers, manager of system technologies at Sandia, is a bullet that could improve its shooter’s marksmanship by 98 percent, at distances between 1 and 2 kilometers. 


Shipers says the technology has already cleared a hurdle that experts had said couldn’t be overcome: the survival of the battery and chip, despite their being fired out of a .50-caliber rifle. Launch tests found that the munition’s innards did indeed stand up to the crushing 120 000 g-force acceleration and 344.7 megapascals (50 000 pounds per square inch) of pressure as the bullet comes hurtling out of the barrel. The next step is to find a commercial partner that can turn the ideas now being bench-tested into a field-ready bullet. 


“We believe we can get to a full-up prototype using primarily existing technology,” says Shipers.
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Demon of Undoing » Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:00 am

Cold dead hands and whatnot.

UNITED NATIONS – A treaty being hammered out this month at the United Nations -- with Iran playing a key role -- could expose the records of America's gun owners to foreign governments -- and, critics warn, eventually put the Second Amendment on global trial.


Please, please, Mr Assminingdabutt, please come get them. Seriously, I'll pay your genuflecting plane ticket for the opportunity.
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Antipatros » Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:43 pm

Demon of Undoing wrote:Cold dead hands and whatnot.

UNITED NATIONS – A treaty being hammered out this month at the United Nations -- with Iran playing a key role -- could expose the records of America's gun owners to foreign governments -- and, critics warn, eventually put the Second Amendment on global trial.


Please, please, Mr Assminingdabutt, please come get them. Seriously, I'll pay your genuflecting plane ticket for the opportunity.

Indeed.
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Ibrahim » Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:09 am

Antipatros wrote:
Demon of Undoing wrote:Cold dead hands and whatnot.

UNITED NATIONS – A treaty being hammered out this month at the United Nations -- with Iran playing a key role -- could expose the records of America's gun owners to foreign governments -- and, critics warn, eventually put the Second Amendment on global trial.


Please, please, Mr Assminingdabutt, please come get them. Seriously, I'll pay your genuflecting plane ticket for the opportunity.

Indeed.



I like the way Fox News spins some empty symbolism as an existential threat to American gun racks. Potentially nuke Tel Aviv? I oppose that. Potentially take my .303? WHYYOUSONOFA#%@&$!!!! *gunshots*
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Demon of Undoing » Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:47 am

He's not doing either. I just find it galling that someone helping Syria is allowed to even be heard on the issue.
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Simple Minded » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:59 am

Antipatros wrote:Image

Mark Anderson, Smart Bullets

The “Mini-Me” of smart-bomb technology is ready to leave the lab

http://spectrum.ieee.org/at-work/innovation/smart-bullets

A team of engineers at Sandia National Laboratories, in Albuquerque, is ­completing a testable prototype of the world’s first laser-guided ­bullet. Like a “mini-me” of smart bombs, this patented technology has some of the same computerized control and guidance features found on proven Gulf War weaponry, such as the Paveway series of laser-guided bombs. 


An infrared laser illuminates a target, which the bullet’s optical sensors follow. An onboard tracking chip calculates the course corrections, carried out by four actuator-controlled fins on the bullet’s body. The end result, says Larry Shipers, manager of system technologies at Sandia, is a bullet that could improve its shooter’s marksmanship by 98 percent, at distances between 1 and 2 kilometers. 


Shipers says the technology has already cleared a hurdle that experts had said couldn’t be overcome: the survival of the battery and chip, despite their being fired out of a .50-caliber rifle. Launch tests found that the munition’s innards did indeed stand up to the crushing 120 000 g-force acceleration and 344.7 megapascals (50 000 pounds per square inch) of pressure as the bullet comes hurtling out of the barrel. The next step is to find a commercial partner that can turn the ideas now being bench-tested into a field-ready bullet. 


“We believe we can get to a full-up prototype using primarily existing technology,” says Shipers.


This is fantastic!!!!

Given the current obsession in America for blaming inanimate objects for the actions of human beings, the creation of smart bullets means the end of gun control laws in the US.

Cept course you have to make it illegal to buy dumb bullets!
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Antipatros » Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:45 pm

Simple Minded wrote:
This is fantastic!!!!

Given the current obsession in America for blaming inanimate objects for the actions of human beings, the creation of smart bullets means the end of gun control laws in the US.

Cept course you have to make it illegal to buy dumb bullets!

Especially Dum Dums. ;) (Not sure if a lame joke about Indian Pattern expanding bullets will play in Peoria, but what the heck.)
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Antipatros » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:05 pm

Sunday, 19 August 2012, was the 70th anniversary of the Dieppe raid, one of the worst debacles of the Second World War. Finally there's a sensible explanation for why Operation Jubilee was mounted:

Battle of Dieppe uncovered; James Bond creator involved


Forgive me for considering the 4-rotor Enigma machine a "weapon," but it certainly gave the U-boats the veil of secrecy they needed.

EDIT: (The full documentary is currently available on the History Television Canada website. Select "Dieppe Uncovered" in the Featured Docs and Specials section.)
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Antipatros » Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:59 pm

Top Guns Preview
http://www.history.com/shows/top-guns/videos/top-guns-preview#top-guns-preview

Top Guns

http://www.history.com/shows/top-guns/articles/about-top-guns

You’ve seen some of the country’s best marksmen compete in the hit HISTORY series Top Shot. Now, H2 brings you Top Guns, which highlights the types of weapons those sharpshooters have so skilfully mastered. Each week, host Colby Donaldson will be joined by two expert marksmen in a true test of firepower. They will lock and load three iconic weapons and decide which one outshines the others through some healthy competition. Along the way, viewers will discover the amazing history behind such famous firearms as the Kentucky flintlock, the M14 and the legendary Colt .45 revolver. Find out which of these historic weapons prove to be the world's Top Guns.
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Azrael » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:54 pm

Interesting picture. Is that a CO2 gun?
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Azrael » Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:35 am

Antipatros wrote:
Himalayan Imports Kukri Review (15" BAS)

(I own this model myself and recommend it highly.)


Very nice. I would imagine that this knife would be very good for harvesting sugar cane.
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Antipatros » Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:00 pm

Just as this one makes an admirable cod bat.

Nova, Secrets of the Viking Sword

A modern-day swordsmith reverse engineers the ultimate weapon of the Middle Ages — a sword both prized and feared

Airing October 10, 2012 at 9 pm on PBS

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/secrets-viking-sword.html

The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings’ rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, NOVA uses cutting edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the "Secrets of the Viking Sword."
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby cincinnatus » Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:46 am

http://www.defensereview.com/chiappa-rhino-6-shot-357-magnum-revolver-for-concealed-carry-ccw-applications/

Weird looking gun, but I held the 60DS at a shop and it feels good. Nice weight, and both the single action and double action are smooth.
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Re: Firearms and other Weapons

Postby Marcus » Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:57 am

cincinnatus wrote:http://www.defensereview.com/chiappa-rhino-6-shot-357-magnum-revolver-for-concealed-carry-ccw-applications/

Weird looking gun, but I held the 60DS at a shop and it feels good. Nice weight, and both the single action and double action are smooth.


I used to own a S&W Highway Patrolman .357—with a 5" barrel if memory serves. I hated that gun with a passion . . the report would blow my ears off . . could hardly stand to shoot it. Ended up trading it for a Ruger Single-action (don't get excited, Ib) .44 mag, which I loved.

Can't imagine what the model above must sound like. What do you know about the model further down the page . . looks like it's ported down? For recoil or for noise?
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