|"Inside the ruins of an industrial giant: Power station has become a film set for movies including Transformers since it stopped operating 30 years ago"--Daily Mail.|
- A new Woodpile Report.
- "New Caldwell Shooting Rests"--The Firearms Blog. A few new designs for the venerable shooting rest, including one that is just a mount/platform with no provision for adding weights.
- "Minie Ball"--History Net. A couple articles about the history and use of the Minie Ball bullet, which saw its greatest use in the American Civil War.
- "Gear Review: Gear Head Works Tailhook Pistol Braces (New Release)"--The Truth About Guns. A couple new pistol arm braces. One is a very simple aluminum version designed to attach to the buffer tube on an existing AR pistol or one capable of accepting a buffer tube. The second model replaces the existing buffer tube with one designed specifically not to accept rifle stocks, but nevertheless allows the adjustment of the arm brace in different positions.
- "The advantages of using a .45-70 cartridge" by John McAdams at Multibriefs. From the article:
... this cartridge excels at short ranges where the heavy, slow-moving bullets deliver the bone-crushing power and deep penetration necessary for hunting large, tough animals such as moose and grizzly bear. At the same time, the low-velocity bullets do not produce large amounts of ruined, blood shot meat on thin-skinned animals such as deer that high velocity cartridges do.
Another advantage of the .45-70 is that most of the rifles chambered for the cartridge are short-barreled lever-action rifles like the Marlin Model 1895. These rifles are often easy to carry, whether on foot or on horseback, and are quick to mount and fire. For these reasons, the .45-70 is an ideal cartridge for hunting in thick woods or heavy cover where short-range shots (less than 100 yards) are common.
- "Review: Hartman MH1 Reflex Sight"--The Firearms Blog. A reflex sight designed for military and police use: it is large, heavily built, uses both a rechargeable internal battery and a backup replaceable battery, and has multiple brightness settings both for day light use and for night vision equipment. It is priced to match as well: MSRP is around $650.
- Some more bullet history: "The 'World’s Deadliest Bullet' Turns 60"--Shooting Times. This 2011 article tells the story of how the Nosler partition bullet was invented and marketed.
- "Making Guns Great Again"--National Review. A call to do away with the current restrictions on purchasing sound suppressors.
- "Climate Change: Comet Crash Could Have Triggered Ancient Rapid Global Warming, Study Says"--International Business Times. A large comet that struck the Earth 56 million years ago could have caused a 5 to 8 decree Celsius increase in global temperature that lasted 15,000 years.
- Ringing in the New Year, Muslim style:
- "Manhunt after Istanbul nightclub massacre kills 39"--Yahoo News. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. The perpetrator is believed to be Iakhe Mashrapov, a recent emigre from Kyrgystan. However, Kyrgyzstan authorities have denied that the suspect being sought is from Kyrgystan, saying that they questioned the named suspect and are convinced he had nothing to do with the attack. Other reports indicate that the attacker (unnamed) arrived in Turkey from Syria, but his wife (also unnamed) denies knowledge of his involvement with ISIS.
- "Lesson Learned: Cologne Police Detain Hundreds of Migrants Over New Year"--PJ Media. The article reports that "[o]f the 650 people detained for identity checks, almost all were from North African countries, he said." (Presumably, this means Tunisia and Libya). Nevertheless, 100 were arrested, and police logged 160 crimes.
- "Man shot dead by police during 'pre-planned' operation on M62 slip road"--Telegraph. Part of a police operation to arrest men involved with gun smuggling. "Mohammed Yasser Yaqub, 27, was killed in a car near junction 24 of the M62 in Huddersfield at around 6pm on Monday." And, of course, according to Yaqub's relatives, he was a wonderful, friendly, helpful person who would never have done anything wrong, although he had previously been charged with attempted murder. Police are saying that the incident was not terror related.
- "r-strategist Migration Has Just Begun"--Anonymous Conservative. He cites a German Development Minister as saying that another 8 to 10 million "refugees" are on their way. And each of them will later be sending for their families.
- "'Fake News' And How The Washington Post Rewrote Its Story On Russian Hacking Of The Power Grid"--Forbes. The MSN splashed headlines all over the news this past weekend of a Russian hack on part of the nation's powergrid. As typical, though, they hadn't bothered to investigate the report, such as calling the utility company in question. Otherwise, they might have learned that it was simply a case of malware on a laptop that wasn't even connected to the computer that control the grid.
- "Russia upgrades its Special Forces"--Bayou Renaissance Man. A discussion of Russia's KSO (Special Operations Command), apparently modeled after the British SAS and our Delta Force.
- A reminder that we live in the 21st Century: "Pentagon to Accelerate Rail Gun Projectile Weapon - Fires From Army Howitzer"--Scout Warrior. From the article:
The rail gun uses an electromagnetic current to fire a kinetic energy warhead up to 100 miles at speeds greater than 5,000 miles an hour, a speed at least three times as fast as existing weapons.
Firing from an Army Howitzer, the rail gun hypervelocity projectile can fire the high-speed projectile at enemy targets to include buildings, force concentrations, weapons systems, drones, aircraft,vehicle bunkers and even incoming enemy missiles and artillery rounds.
- A reminder that much of the world wants to live in the 7th Century: "Pakistani city launches new polio campaign after rare strain found"--Fox News. From the article: "Local officials said they had recruited Muslim clerics to promote the immunizations for 400,000 children after past programs were met with resistance and even violence by extremists."