Shooting Tips from SIG SAUER Academy"--NSSF (6 min.)
- "Extended Buffer Tube for AR Pistols"--The Firearms Blog. Leapers is not offering a pistol buffer tube that is 8.5 inches in length. According to the article, "[t]he interior length of the tube makes it compatible with standard buffers and springs." Although it can work with any pistol brace, it has some features intended specifically for the Gear Head Works Tailhook Mod 1 brace.
- "Long Range Shooting: Barrel Vibration & Accuracy"--The Load Out Room. This is an article discussing, in basic terms, that part of interior ballistics commonly termed barrel harmonics. Basically, you have two types of waves being set up in the barrel: sine waves that travel down the barrel and cause the barrel to whip, and pressure/compression waves that can stretch or shrink the bore diameter. Per these theories the best accuracy will be obtained when the bullet leaves the barrel during a node when the waves have the least impact on the barrel and, therefore, accuracy is based on finding the optimal barrel time (OBT) for a particular barrel.
- Related: "Shock Wave Theory – Rifle Internal Ballistics, Longitudinal Shock Waves, and Shot Dispersion"--Christopher Long. This is Long's in-depth, technical paper on OBT and barrel harmonics. Also check out this link to his OBT calculator (requires Excel).
- Related: "Barrel Harmonics, Pressures and Timing"--Recreational Software, Inc. Another technical article on the topic.
- Related: "Ballistics: Understanding Barrel Harmonics and Accuracy"--Gun Digest. A simplified introduction to Long's theory.
- "The Best 1911?"--Active Response Training. Greg Ellifritz uses his experience from shooting classes to discuss those brands of 1911 style pistols that seem to stand up the best to heavy duty (high round count) shooting.
- "Gus McCrae's Famous Sourdough Biscuits"--The Art of Manliness. How to make the sourdough starter as well as the recipe for the biscuits.
- Another sign of how fragile is our technology: "Thieves Target North Jersey Cell Towers, Sell Batteries As Scrap Metal"--CBS New York. They are stealing the batteries used to power the cell towers in the event that the grid fails.
- Trump wins again: "Muslim leaders declare 'East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine'"--Deutsche Welle. And thereby tacitly admit that West Jerusalem is NOT their capital.
- Not exactly the type of reminder I wanted that we live in the 21st Century: "Robot 'police' are being used to shoo away homeless people outside smart office buildings in San Francisco"--Daily Mail. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) rented the robot to drive away the homeless that were encamping around their office building. The homeless were creating problems with safe access to the building, what with crime, tents, bicycles, and used needles blocking walkways.
- Obamaville Blues: "Fire at a homeless encampment sparked Bel-Air blaze that destroyed homes, officials say"--Los Angeles Times. So not global warming. From the article:
The encampment was nestled in a canyon several hundred feet from Sepulveda Boulevard and the 405 Freeway, hidden from passing cars. For several years, it had been home to an unknown number of people, officials said.
Investigators said the fire had not been set deliberately and they have not found any of the people who lived there. The camp — one of scores of makeshift communities that have grown along freeways, rivers and open space across Los Angeles — was largely destroyed in the fire, leaving authorities with little evidence.
News that one of Los Angeles’ most affluent neighborhoods was damaged in a fire sparked by some of the city’s poorest residents added a sober note to the incident, with some officials saying it underscores the need to do more to house the homeless.
The article also mentions that Los Angeles County is estimated to have 58,000 homeless residents.
- Related: "After fires, Southern California faces risk of mudslides"--Yahoo News. The article explains:
The intense fire is burning away vegetation that holds the soil in place and baking a waxy layer into the earth that prevents the water from sinking more than a few inches into the ground, experts said.
With one heavy rain, the soil above this waterproof layer can become saturated, start to slide in hilly areas and transform into something catastrophic.
- "Signs Of Civil War – Conservatives Stop Caring"--The Anonymous Conservative. AC quotes the following from an article by Kurt Schlichter:
... when you’re conservative woke, you’re ready to deploy the most powerful non-bullet firing weapon in your liberty-loving arsenal – your devastating capability not to give a damn what the liberals and their Conservative, Inc., cruise-shilling Benedict Arnold buddies say.
When you don’t care anymore, they got nothing.
What are these whiny weasels going to do to you anyway? Not like you? Think bad things about you? Taunt you a second time?
Look. Learn. Accept the harsh truth.
They hate you.
They hate you.
They hate you.
No matter how you try to please them, regardless of whether or not you comply with their every command, that will never change.
They hate you. Govern yourself accordingly…
AC adds his own thoughts:
Amygdala is growing on both sides and as it does, we are coming to hate each other. and as we hate each other, we cease caring what the other side thinks. ...
... And this is not a destination – it is a waypoint on the path we are traveling.
r/K Theory would indicate the only way to restore unity as the K-shift passes involves massive mortality, and looking at our national lack-of-unity, it is hard to think that is not going to be the case.
With this in mind, I think the question the GOP and Democrats ought to be asking is not why Roy Moore lost the senate race in Alabama, especially considering all the allegations made against him, but how he came so close to winning notwithstanding those allegations.
- "Strange tumbling motion of cigar-shaped interstellar 'comet' Oumuamua suggests it’s an alien probe with BROKEN engines, says leading astronomer"--Daily Mail. As you may know, the object (Comet C/2017 U1) is the first object detected that scientists agree originated outside our solar system. According to the article, "[a] team of scientists, called Breakthrough Listen, will use the world's largest directable radio telescope, at Green Bank in West Virginia, to follow it for ten hours today at 3pm ET (8pm GMT)" in order to listen for electromagnetic signals.
- A voice of reason as the #metoo hysteria spreads: "Can We Be Honest About Women?"--D.C. McAllister at The Federalist. She writes:
Here’s a little secret we have to say out loud: Women love the sexual interplay they experience with men, and they relish men desiring their beauty. Why? Because it is part of their nature.
Women want to be desired by men, to attract them, to be the only woman in the world for that man. Their beauty is an essential part of their allure, especially when men and women first meet. They have little else to go on because they don’t know each other, and beauty serves as a guidepost to greater interest.
Outside of a woman looking for a mate, her beauty is a source of power because men and other women value it. This is why married women still want to be beautiful. It’s an expression of their femininity, which doesn’t disappear at the altar.
We don’t need studies to bear this out, though we do have them. A recent Pew Research study says society values physical attractiveness in women the most. Nurturing and empathy are second. The top traits most valued in men are morality and professional success. In other words, men want women who are attractive and emotionally connective, and women want good men who are financially successful.