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  • Boycott Harry Turtledove: He is Trump hating anti-Conservative liberal loon Democrat

    02/25/2021 7:46:31 AM PST · by Swarthy Greek Immigrant · 58 replies
    I ran across Harry Turtledove's Twitter feed and it turns out he is an Trump hating super liberal loon. He just accused Sen Josh Hawley of being a Nazi and that was the final straw for me. I am pretty sure most (probably 90%) of his reading audience aka customers tend to be men who fall on the right of the political spectrum. Stop making this liberal and other liberal scum any money. So if I may humbly ask for a boycott against Harry Turtledove. I won't post links to his Twitter and I am pretty sure it is his...

    02/18/2021 8:39:18 PM PST · by tbw2 · 12 replies
    Eric Flint's Blog ^ | Feb 17, 2021 | Eric Flint
    Bujold, and Harry Turtledove, none of whom fit into the conservative author narrative. Let’s stop right here before we go any further. Sanford is engaging in a shell game. Despite the qualifying paragraph, he’s doing everything possible here to depict Baen Books as being predominantly a publisher of what he calls “socially conservative writers.” Such a conveniently vague three words those are—which papers over what is in fact a very diverse group of authors. How diverse? Well, let’s start with me. Which I think is appropriate not simply because I’m writing this essay but because over the past (almost) quarter...
  • Pandemically DIY: Build a Better COVID-19 Mask

    02/18/2021 8:12:04 AM PST · by w1n1 · 26 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 2/18/2021 | F Jardim
    As we all know by now, a respirator or mask is most useful for protection when you must be in close quarters with one or more people. That's why they are a must for healthcare workers and it looks like we'll be seeing more mask mandates for the general population. If you have to wear a mask in public, my feeling is it might as well be a good one. At the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, demand for masks worldwide outstripped production capacity and prices jumped to outrageous levels, prompting many of the handier types, like myself, to some...
  • An Eagle-Eyed look at Vortex Strike Eagle Optics

    02/17/2021 8:09:08 AM PST · by w1n1 · 5 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 2/17/2021 | N Perna
    A SWAT Officer puts Vortex's 1×8 Low Variable Power Optic through its Paces at Two-Day Carbine Class. Holographic optics have come a long way in a very short time. They went mainstream in the late 1990s, and by the early 2000s were extremely popular with the military, law enforcement and civilian shooters. In the beginning there were a few major brands: Aimpoint, EO Tech, Trijicon. But the Global War on Terrorism turned holographic optics from “nice to have” into “must have,” as American troops were routinely outshooting their opponents armed primarily with iron sight weapons. In the field of magnified...
  • Self-Defense Guns for the First Time Gun Owner

    02/15/2021 6:12:34 AM PST · by w1n1 · 46 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 2/15/2021 | J Dickson
    Yes, options are almost limitless and hardcore gun enthusiasts will have their own takes, but what are some of the simplest, most foolproof weapons for newbies looking to protect themselves and/or their family? In these troubled times, many people are buying guns for the first time in their life, but the needs of the casual gun owner are different from the experienced shooter. They need the simplest and most foolproof weapon, not the most advanced expert's weapon. Most first-time gun buyers are probably doing so to defend themselves and their family, and if they end up using it, they will...
  • Life-Saving Technology: The case for a green front brake indicator light.

    02/13/2021 3:10:03 PM PST · by Melinator2 · 195 replies ^ | June 16, 2007 | Mark Lesniak
    greenfrontbrakelight Saturday, June 16, 2007 Green Front Brake Light Theoretical Analysis and Proposal for the Adoption of a Universal Green Front Brake Light for All Roadway Vehicles. It is the purpose of this document to analyze and advocate the case for the adoption of green colored front brake indicator lights, for use on all roadway vehicles. Statistically speaking It has been estimated that 1 in 4 vehicles will be involved in a collision over its lifetime. Transport Canada advises Canadians in its 2002 Annual Report on Road Safety Vision 2010, that "In 2001, 2,778 road users were killed in traffic...
  • Yamato-Class: The Story Of The Largest Battleships Ever

    02/09/2021 6:17:16 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 26 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 2/8/2021 | Peter Suicu
    Designed to take on any enemy warship, the Yamato and Musashi each had about 23,000 tons of armor, which was maximized in the areas that needed it the most, whereas it was minimized in less vulnerable areas. Additionally, the warships were designed to protect against threats below the waterline, while extensive compartmentalization was meant to keep the hull watertight and buoyant. It was expected that the battleships could withstand a torpedo strike and maintain an even keel.
  • Former wrestler Gabbi Tuft Comes Out as Transgender: ‘I don’t expect everyone to agree’

    02/04/2021 9:15:57 PM PST · by ben10 · 83 replies
    Mag Grand ^ | February 5, 2021 | Team Mag Grand
    Former professional WWE start Gabbi Tuft has come out as a Transgender after he retired from wrestling since 2014. Tuft, 42, who is best known for her time with WWE under the ring name Tyler Reks made the announcement via Instagram on Thursday. “The ball dropped early today as this is now worldwide news. This is me. Unashamed, unabashedly me. This is the side of me that has hidden in the shadows, afraid and fearful of what the world would think; afraid of what my family, friends, and followers would say or do.” “I am no longer afraid and I...
  • Vanity: Help with selling gold or silver coins

    01/30/2021 8:20:31 PM PST · by ConservativeMind · 48 replies
    Jan 30, 2021 | ConservativeMind
    A friend wants to sell his gold and silver coins. He lives an hour west of Memphis. Would anyone know a decent place, it may not be local, to sell them? Any help would be appreciated.
  • Five Most Dangerous Sniper Rifles Of All Time

    01/30/2021 6:51:33 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 31 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/29/2021 | Peter Suicu
    A tool is only as useful as the person who uses it, and when it comes to military small arms a weapon is only as deadly as the shooter who fires it. Give the most refined marksmen rifle to an untrained individual and it won’t turn that person into a sniper. While it will always be the shooter, not the firearm that scores the kills, some rifles have become legendary for how their trained users were able to make such impressive shots. With that said, here is my list of the top five most deadly sniper rifles of all time.
  • Ammo Shortage Of 2021: Federal’s CEO Explains Why

    01/27/2021 6:32:24 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 18 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/27/2021 | Peter Suicu
    In December just before Christmas, Jason Vanderbrink, president of the ammunition manufacturing companies Federal, CCI, Speer, and Remington released a video statement on YouTube (see above, very interesting to say the least) that was meant to reassure buyers that efforts were underway to address the shortage of ammunition on retail shelves. Vanderbrink was quick to the point stating, “I’m tired of the hate mail,” and “I’m tired of people showing up at our factories.” He quickly added that there has been a lot of misinformation on the Internet that his companies haven’t done enough to meet the demand.
  • Super Bowl LV Won’t Be In 4K Or HDR Thanks To COVID-19

    01/25/2021 5:12:11 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 40 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/24/2021 | Stephen Silver
    Last year’s Super Bowl, between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, was shown in 4K, for Fox’s broadcast of the game. But this year’s game won’t be, according to a report Thursday. The Verge reported, based on confirmation from CBS Sports Digital, that Super Bowl LV will not be streaming in 4K or HDR. CBS told the site that it “remains committed to offering more live sports in 4K and HDR in the future.” Why not? It appears to be due to a delay in deployment of the technology, caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Concealed Carry: Advice from a Cop

    01/15/2021 9:55:01 AM PST · by w1n1 · 41 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/15/21 | N Perna
    Large-frame handgun? Small? What caliber? Glock? S&W? It's all about balancing 'Comfort vs Lethality,' says longtime Policeman. One of the best parts about being a cop is HR 218. This law allows officers to carry a firearm in practically every locale in the United States. "Carrying on your badge," as it’s referred to, is one of the few perks law enforcement still enjoys. In 2020, the job lost a lot of its appeal, but I still appreciate the fact that I can carry concealed to protect others and myself. In a perfect world, these rights would be afforded to every...
  • Gun question(s) for California Freepers

    01/14/2021 3:37:48 PM PST · by fightin kentuckian · 38 replies
    a day late | Fightin Kentuckian
    I have a cousin in CA who wants an AR15. He and I understand there are a ton of hoops to jump through. Question 1. Can a CA resident legally have a complete AR15 upper, 16 inch barrel, 5.55 or 223 Wylde, shipped to their residence? Question 2. Same for a lower parts kit without the stripped lower? question 3. Do you need a background check to buy ammo in CA and how much can you buy at a time? Question 4. I believe 30 round mags are lawful in CA. Is that correct? Thanks.
  • Extend the Range and Lethality of your Shotgun with Flechettes

    01/14/2021 6:16:35 AM PST · by w1n1 · 27 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/14/21 | J Dickson
    There’s more than one way to neutralize a threat and these novel, thin, finned steel projectiles can put on a hurt at greater distance than buckshot - Flechettes were first used as small bomblets dropped from airplanes in World War I and World War II. Their use in small arms began in February 1951, when Irwin R. Barr of Aircraft Armaments Inc. came out with the concept of firearms flechettes. Initially, the emphasis was on firing one flechette instead of a standard rifle bullet. This led to the Army’s Special Purpose Individual Weapon (SPIW) program, as the concept was tested....
  • Vanity: looking for manual on Stevens model 67 Series E

    01/13/2021 7:47:57 AM PST · by john316 · 12 replies
    In search of manual for Stevens model 67 series E 12 gauge
  • Smith & Wesson 327 TRR8 Revolver Review: SWAT Dream?

    01/12/2021 11:53:18 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 48 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/12/2021 | Richard Douglas
    The revolver or wheel gun is that classic cowboy gun that everyone wants; it’s reliable, powerful, and is just plain cool. Smith & Wesson brings a new modern take on the revolver with the 327 TRR8, a .357 blacked out showstopper designed with SWAT use in mind. Is it the best new revolver in town, or does it lose the wheel gun showdown? Let’s take a closer look in my review of the Smith & Wesson 327 TRR8 just below.
  • Mastering the Magnums

    01/12/2021 5:56:54 AM PST · by w1n1 · 12 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/12/21 | P Massaro
    When it comes to this powerful cartridge, 'bullet choice is imperative for the best results.' - I had just obtained my first .300 Winchester Magnum – a cartridge I'd come to absolutely love, and one that I'd end up taking all over the world – and simply could not wait for the first day of deer season. I had the rifle zeroed perfectly, so any shot in the open woods of our hunting property was a dead hold, and it was grouping very well. When opening day finally arrived, the morning had been rather quiet – just a couple does...
  • SR-71 Blackbird: A History Of The Fastest Plane Ever

    01/11/2021 10:46:41 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 52 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/09/2020 | Peter Suicu
    The Lockheed SR-71 spy plane was – and still is – the fastest plane on the planet. The Goal Known unofficially as the “Blackbird” for its black paint job, which was developed to dissipate heat, the jet featured sleek lines that certainly were “futuristic” when it was flying top secret missions years before American astronauts headed to the moon. It was developed in secret in the late 1950s to cruise to 80,000 feet above the earth, near the edge of space, and out fly any missile that was launched at it.
  • 14 World War II Guns That Belong In The History Books

    01/10/2021 12:38:43 PM PST · by Onthebrink · 6 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/10/2021 | Peter Suicu
    While military sidearms are generally associated with NCOs and officers, the use of handguns was much more widespread in the Second World War. Many soldiers carried handguns in addition to their main small arm, and this was especially true of paratroopers, military police, and generally any enlisted man who felt the need for a little extra firepower. And as with the other small arms of World War II, most handguns were distinctive and unique to each respective nation. As a result, the handguns of the era have become quite iconic and in some cases even a bit infamous. From the...