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Posts by fireman15

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  • We are NOT biased against conservatives and we DO care about privacy, says Google's CEO

    12/11/2018 7:55:03 AM PST · 19 of 50
    fireman15 to yesthatjallen
  • Homeless woman throws hot coffee in doughnut shop owner's face

    12/10/2018 9:37:01 PM PST · 31 of 42
    fireman15 to artichokegrower

    I responded to “homeless people” for 25 years. About 70% of them are substance abusers, or people with mental problems. Both of these categories can be unpredictable and dangerous. Most of the rest are scam artists.

  • Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage NAIC Executive Summary

    12/10/2018 9:26:08 PM PST · 20 of 28
    fireman15 to marktwain

    Where we live the power goes out so frequently during the winter that everyone in the neighborhood has a generator. We run ours mostly on Natural Gas because it costs about a third of running it on propane or gasoline. When the power goes out it takes about 5 minutes to switch over to the generator. I check the oil before I start it and once a day while it is running.

    We typically use about 24 kwh in a day, which translates theoretically into about a thousand watts continuous over 24 hours. But we use a 5000 watt generator to handle the starting loads of the furnace blower, refrigerators and freezers, and also high wattage items like the washer and motor on the natural gas dryer, microwaves, hair dryers, etc. The generator uses about eight therms of natural gas a day which costs us about $8 a day which is several times the approximately $2.50 a day electricity normally costs us.

    If we switched to a slightly smaller generator it would save us some fuel expense. A generator performs far more efficiently when it is outputting close to its rated full load. But with the 5kw generator, despite using more fuel we basically do not have to do anything different to normal. The only thing we do not use is the electric oven.

    If we lost natural gas and electricity, then we would have to rely on our fireplace and wood stoves to keep the house warm. For real SHTF scenarios I have propane and gasoline in reserve, but I also have a generator that is hooked to a stationary bicycle than can charge 12 volt batteries which can supply an inverter or USB adapters for phones, radios, computers, and other electronics. We also have a small 1000 watt generator that is far more fuel efficient for this purpose.

  • Supreme Court won't hear appeal over effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood

    12/10/2018 11:35:58 AM PST · 11 of 39
    fireman15 to detective

    “Justice Brett Kavanaugh declined to join Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch because a fourth vote would have been enough to set the case for arguments.” from the article.

    Kavanaugh’s first test and the Bush boy fails. It will be interesting to hear all the excuses given for him.

  • Yellow Jacket protestor loses hand from grenade (warning, graphic!)

    12/10/2018 10:49:57 AM PST · 67 of 67
    fireman15 to fireman15

    The current commercially available cartridges for this gun achieve only around 690 fps as tested by me. This is probably because a typical 1895 Nagant revolver is close to one hundred years old and the people who produce the cartridges are probably nervous about getting blamed if one of them blows up in someone’s hand.

  • Yellow Jacket protestor loses hand from grenade (warning, graphic!)

    12/10/2018 10:46:00 AM PST · 66 of 67
    fireman15 to TexasGator

    Looking at my notes, the gas seal style brass typically achieves 890 fps with 2.4 grains of Titegroup and a 90 grain projectile as confirmed by chronograph. If you add more powder, the projectiles typically go faster, but the object of the exercise was to come as close to original specs as possible with the exception of using modern available powders. The commercially available cartridges for this gun produce I also put together non-gas seal style cartridges that I make out of brass originally intended for 32-20 cartridges.

    I will repeat for the third time, the point of my original post was not to get into extreme minutia about specific numbers, but only that tiny amounts of propellant contain a surprising and dangerous amount of power. 2 grains or 5 grains or even 30 or more grains as used in full size rifle and shotgun cartridges are all still just fractions of an ounce. 1 ounce equals 437.5 grains. Your mocking and nitpicking of this point is puzzling.

  • Yellow Jacket protestor loses hand from grenade (warning, graphic!)

    12/10/2018 9:59:58 AM PST · 64 of 67
    fireman15 to TexasGator

    You are insufferable.

  • Yellow Jacket protestor loses hand from grenade (warning, graphic!)

    12/10/2018 9:42:52 AM PST · 62 of 67
    fireman15 to TexasGator
    To make your case you have moved the goalposts from 2 to 5 grains.

    Thank you for taking the bait.

    I collect vintage firearms. I have several 1895 Nagant revolvers. The recipe that I use for the cartridges that I reload for them specifies 2.4 grains of Titegroup powder to achieve the same muzzle velocity as the originals. I use 90 grain projectiles in them which I cast myself.

    If you were to look into the history of the Nagant revolver you would find that one of the original design requirements from Tsar Nicolas himself was that it be capable of killing a horse with one shot to the head. It was an ironic twist of fate that it was also the weapon used to slaughter the Tsar and his family following the Russian Revolution of 1917.

    Approximately 2 million of them were produced from 1895 to 1945 when production ended. It was the standard Russian sidearm until the 1930s. But it was produced concurrently with the Tokarev tt-30 until the end of WWII because of production issues and the Nagant’s reputation for robust service under challenging conditions. Much forensic evidence supports the theory that it was the most commonly used handgun for executions in the Soviet Union from the revolution through WWII. Because of its unique design which makes it one of the only revolvers that can be effectively silenced, it was also one of the weapons of choice into the 1960s by the KGB to perform political assassinations.

    So you can ridicule the power held in just two grains or 0.00457143 of an ounce of smokeless powder all that you want. It demonstrates only your ignorance of firearms history and the construction of firearm cartridges.

  • Yellow Jacket protestor loses hand from grenade (warning, graphic!)

    12/09/2018 3:50:42 PM PST · 58 of 67
    fireman15 to TexasGator
    Definitely not a deer-killing load.

    I do not know anyone who hunts deer using a pistol. But perhaps in Texas things are done differently.

    I can tell you that cartridges I reload for 7.62x25mm Tokarev pistols use only around 5 grains of Titegroup powder and send a 90 grain 30 cal projectile down the 4.6 inch barrel and through the muzzle at over 1,500 fps. This is enough velocity to pierce the brake rotor from a passenger car when using a steel core projectile. Don't ask me how I know. There are plenty of videos on Youtube that demonstrate the penetration abilities of the 7.62x25mm Tokarev cartridge.

  • 22-year-old employee found dead at Google's NYC office

    12/09/2018 10:28:29 AM PST · 46 of 55
    fireman15 to wally_bert
    A friend of mine died about the same age I think but it was an aneurysm.

    I am very sorry about your friend. My wife's mom died at an early age from an aneurysm that burst in her brain.

    Many of us are walking around with unknown and undiagnosed potentially fatal medical time bomb inside of us. Every day is a gift.

  • Flake: Republican Party ‘is a frog slowly boiling in water’

    12/09/2018 10:10:54 AM PST · 13 of 98
    fireman15 to SMGFan
    It would take a lot of hot sauce to make Flake palatable.

  • President Trump’s Stealth Bump Stock Ban Is Illegal And Ignorant

    12/09/2018 9:17:52 AM PST · 68 of 72
    fireman15 to trebb
    I'm with you - and one of the arguments on the story supports us:

    I have been round and round on this subject previously on other threads. When "bump stocks" are banned for safety reasons at a gun club that requires everyone to be an NRA member before joining... then it seems to me that this is not as much of a constitutional issue as it is a consumer safety issue.

    My wife and I live on a small airport. When we fly our plane overhead a few thousand feet up, unless it is a very quiet place, no one even notices. But there are a couple planes based here that are extremely loud. They generate nearly all of the noise complaints and cause a great deal of ill will from the surrounding community. Because of a tiny minority the entire airport's future is in jeopardy. I would prefer that the loud planes went to another facility where they would not bother people so much.

    These “bump stocks” serve no constructive or legitimate purpose other than to give yahoos their jollies while they pretend that they are firing an automatic weapon. This disturbs people and causes them to vote for more gun control. We were trying to enjoy ourselves in a National Forest not too long ago and a group was using “bump stocks” in an undesignated area without proper backstops. It was creating a dangerous situation for everyone in the area. It is almost always a few reckless and irresponsible people who are often the root cause of over reaching government regulation.

  • Yellow Jacket protestor loses hand from grenade (warning, graphic!)

    12/09/2018 8:51:56 AM PST · 56 of 67
    fireman15 to Manly Warrior
    7000 grains to a pound. 4.6/7000 is .0066 lbs

    Sorry, your math that is off by a factor of ten. 4.6/700 = .0066, 4.6/7000 = .00066 lbs.

    I said in my post, “a couple of grains of powder, which is 4.6 thousandths of an ounce.” This is an accurate statement, but I did round up. To be more precise 2 grains = 0.00457143 of an ounce.

    Your charge is 437.5 grn/ounce/4.6 grn or 95 charges per ounce, or .0105 ounces.....

    You are getting yourself confused. When I say my cartridge recipe uses a couple of grains of powder that means around 2 grains, which is the same as 4.6 thousandths of an ounce not 4.6 grains. Smokeless powders vary a great deal in their burn rate. Powders such as my favorite for pistols, Titegroup are designed to burn very quickly. A double charge can be very, very dangerous. If I inadvertently used 4.6 grains instead of 2.3 grains in a handgun that was not designed to handle the amount of pressure that would be developed, it would most likely be damaged or destroyed and could easily cause a serious injury similar in nature to the one shown in this video.

    I am assuming that you realize that the “active” ingredients in “smokeless” powders are mixtures of nitrocellulose and/or nitroglycerin and/or nitroguanidine along with various other ingredients which at the granular level are formed into specific shapes, all to help control the burn rate. These are products designed and tested to extremely precise specifications.

    I am not really sure of the intent of your post other than to share your knowledge that their is a difference between the smokeless powder used in firearm cartridges and the ingredients used to make a grenade go boom. I am glad that you realize that there is a difference. Fast burning smokeless powders can easily be used in an explosive device they merely need to be ignited within an enclosed container. But even baking soda and vinegar within a pressure cooker have been used very effective improvised explosive devices. You don't need "explosives" to create an explosion.

    The only intent of my post was to point out that the power held within even small amounts of chemical compounds is often far greater than what people realize. It does not take TNT to blow someones hand off.

  • Yellow Jacket protestor loses hand from grenade (warning, graphic!)

    12/08/2018 11:15:21 PM PST · 50 of 67
    fireman15 to TexasGator
    YOU reload .22’s?

    No, I have never reloaded a .22 cartridge. I do not know anyone who does. The smallest caliber that I reload for pistols are .30 caliber. I also do not cast any bullets smaller than .30 caliber. Do you understand the difference between rimfire and centerfire cartridges?

    My favorite powder for pistol cartridges is Hodgdon Titegroup, there are many full power pistol cartridge recipes that take only a couple grains of Titegroup and a projectile in the 90 grain range. A typical projectile in a .22 cartridge is in the 40 grain range or less.

  • France Breaking: Official Estimates Are 125-Thousand 'Yellow Vest' Protesters Today, 1,385 Arrests

    12/08/2018 6:12:44 PM PST · 15 of 41
    fireman15 to TigerClaws
    We will have to repatriate the 22 million illegals in our country or be in the same boat next Dem that wins.

    Oh, if only that was an accurate number! The actual number of illegals here even by from estimates from the last census are actually 50% higher than that.

  • Yellow Jacket protestor loses hand from grenade (warning, graphic!)

    12/08/2018 6:02:26 PM PST · 5 of 67
    fireman15 to corkoman

    I don’t know how much explosive is in one of those grenades, But I reload my own cartridges and it is amazing the amount of power that is contained in even a minute amount of smokeless powder. Some of the pistol cartridges that I reload which are powerful enough to kill a horse, take only a couple of grains of powder, which is 4.6 thousandths of an ounce. It is also amazing how fragile our bodies actually are. So I doubt that the grenade was anything out of the ordinary.

  • President Trump’s Stealth Bump Stock Ban Is Illegal And Ignorant

    12/08/2018 8:09:43 AM PST · 4 of 72
    fireman15 to Simon Green

    I am sorry, as a member of a gun club which had to ban bump stocks because of members inadvertently sending projectiles into neighboring ranges and putting other members at risk... This is much ado about nothing. Anyone who wants to waste ammunition can figure out other ways to do it.

  • The Privilege of Being Remembered Like a Dead White Man (BARF)

    12/07/2018 11:53:44 AM PST · 13 of 27
    fireman15 to mrmeyer
    Undervalued because of being in shitty high crime areas that reflection of the culture of the people that live there?

    This type of study is meaningless. It is like when you find a house on Zillow that is many thousands of dollars under its “zestimate”. Typically, they are complete pigsties that need a lot of cleanup and repair, or as you say they are in a high crime neighborhood. In the town where we live the values in the north side of town are twice what they are in the south side of town for similar square footage and lot size. This discrepancy keeps growing. Who wants to live near a bunch of low income apartments or deadbeats in rental houses, not to mention the thugs and drug dealers?

  • Vanity - December 7, 1941 - Japanese "sneak" attack at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

    12/07/2018 11:43:03 AM PST · 50 of 52
    fireman15 to Big Red Badger
    That looks like Fun.

    Ultralights and hang gliders is super fun. I am not that fond of paragliders, because you can't fly them in the mountains on days when the wind picks up, and all that swing back and forth makes me a little airsick. Unfortunately, my current life insurance policy doesn't cover me when flying any of those types of aircraft these days. So I am “stuck” flying a normal plane these days... : (

    I started out hang gliding. I flew the Skypup by accident the first time. It came with a trailer and had never been flown by the guys who built it, who were both in their 80s. I took it to a rural airport that didn't have much air traffic. I was just trying to “hop” it, but I ended up a 100 feet in the air in a flash and drifted over the planes on the ramp, so I had to fly around the pattern. I wasn't even wearing a helmet and hadn't fastened my seatbelt... not that a plane made 90% of Styrofoam insulation would give a lot of protection.

    Fortunately, I had hundreds of hours flying hang gliders so the altitude didn't make me nervous. But I really had not researched the proper way to land it, so I landed it like a hang glider... I cut the throttle and glided in and let my speed bleed off just above the pavement until it felt like it was about to stall. Then I gave it full up elevator. This created a rough landing, but it didn't cause any damage. All I needed to do was keep bleeding off speed just above the pavement until I couldn't keep the main wheels off the ground anymore. That is a recipe for a smooth landing every time with a Skypup. It is the easiest plane that I have ever flown, although our Cherokee with it's very wide tricycle gear is almost like a car with wings and can be landed by almost anyone with minimal instruction.

  • White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is 'expected' to resign as soon as TODAY

    12/07/2018 9:04:09 AM PST · 26 of 43
    fireman15 to bigbob
    about half the people on FR should just admit they’s still NeverTrumpers and zot themselves

    I do not know if it is that high, but there are a lot of them. I know a bunch of people like this in person as well. Each and every one of them believe that they are “better” conservatives than anyone else. Face it people... Ted Cruz would not have even been reelected to the Senate without President Trump's assistance... how anyone can still believe that he ever have had a chance in the presidential election against Hillary and the DNC is beyond me.