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Rod
Austin, TX
Retired, disabled military officer
Interests: History, International Studies, Stragic and Tactical Military Studies, Indian Crafts & Lore, Camping, Fly Fishing, Shooting & Reloading, Life Experiences
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JJ - Interesting. But the laws of physics remain something to be compensated when shooting a firearm from an airborne platform. Will have to give it additional thought before commenting further. In the meantime, I don't think it is cause for going underground.
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JJ - you don't have to shoot the drones down, you just have to blind them. Try engaging them with a green laser or even a red one. Think that will do the job, and they won't make your ears ring, shoulder sore, or disturb your neighbors. Will think about your notes regarding Israel and Russia teaming agreements and maybe add the two cents of an old soldier. BTW, what makes you think they're not already in place. Survival make for strange bed-fellows.
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Stormbringer's comments are no more valid or invalid than your's would be. The intent of any commenter should not be to arm-chair quarterback the failed mission but to identify facts relevant to the mission that can be used as learning points. Failed missions are not uncommon, Shit Happens (Fortunes or more appropriately Miss-Fortunes of war). Remember the San Tay Rescue Raid and the Iran Prisoner Mission. Recalling LRRP mission days (Bong Son, '68), recon missions are not meant to become decisively engaged with the enemy. Once compromised, the mission is over, time to di di mau (beat feet). Sometimes, you have to fight your way out. Haven't seen the movie yet, so won't comment on specifics. Had spinal surgery to remove an old shard that has been pressing on S1 nerve and repair blown-out L5 disk. Will be laying low for a few more weeks. But all old and current soldiers have belly buttons and opinions. I'm no different. Will reserve my thoughts for another time.
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JJ - Good read. Your readers can learn a lot from your musings and doped shooting data. I picked up a couple of pointers here. I shoot hyper-velocity .224 77 grain Nosler Custom Competition Bullets, seated in E. Arthur Brown delrin .30 cal accelerator sabots and shot through a .300 WBY Mag with Varget powder. The Weatherby Vanguard action and barrel are mounted in a Blackhawk sniper stock for a floating barrel. It be pretty accurate and dialed in for long shots. Will try your tweaking methodology. More later.
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Let's see if I understand the words that are coming out of your finger tips. I've broken more than a few eggs while cooking. I've witnessed omelets made from powdered eggs and even seen occasions when they were almost edible. I know of another stark, raving stupid bitch - Jane Fonda. I've shot a few people dead-center of their faces with no remorse. I'm confused, am I a low-life, goutch-eyed, hump-backed, rotten to the core ne'er do well leftie or just a typical right-handed old Army helicopter gunship pilot?
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JJ - Sorry, I couldn't get the picture to transfer to TypePad. List of Santa Monica gunman's weapons, ammunition Published - Jun 09 2013 02:14AM CST Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police in Santa Monica, Calif., said that a suspected gunman carried the following weapons, ammunition and equipment during Friday's rampage that left four people dead and several others wounded. The items were found at several crime scenes and many were displayed at a news conference on Saturday. — AR-15 assault-style rifle. — Spare upper receiver for an assault-style rifle. — .44 revolver. — Duffel bag with magazines that had about 1,300 rounds of ammunition. — Ballistic vest. — Knee pads. ___ Source: Santa Monica Police Department. (The Associated Press) Weapons recovered from Santa Monica College are displayed during a news conference held by Santa Monica Police, Saturday June 8, 2013, in Santa Monica, Calif. It was stated in the report and an accompanying AP report (Police: Calif. attack that killed 4 was planned Published - Jun 09 2013 02:18AM CST TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press) that “Standing next to the weapons and ammo found at multiple crime scenes, Seabrooks said at a Saturday news conference that the "cowardly murderer" planned the attack and was capable of firing 1,300 rounds.” “Any time someone puts on a vest, of some sort, comes out with a bag full of loaded magazines, has an extra receiver, has a handgun and has a semi-automatic rifle, carjacks folks, goes to a college, kills more people and has to be neutralized at the hands of the police, I would say that that's premeditated," she said. There is something very wrong with the veracity of the reports, in that the associated picture of the shooter’s arsenal does not support the story. The reporter and, perhaps, the Santa Monica police chief were mincing words when describing that Zawahri (the shooter can only be identified through assuming that his last name was the same as his father, Sami Zawahri,) was capable of firing 1,300 rounds. Note that the most ammunition that can be contained with nine magazines is 270 – unless he planned on reloading the magazines with more ammunition, which does not appear in the photograph. The nine magazines would have to be reloaded nearly five times to fire 1,300 rounds. This is not a likely scenario. It is more likely that the statements of the police chief were miss-quoted and should have been 300 rounds not 1,300. Taking note that the shooter himself was not named in the AP reports, even though he was engaged in a gun-fight with the police, was shot, and killed while he was armed with what is likely an AR-15 class rifle. (The shooter was identified as John Zawahri in another news source.) The name, Zawahri, is Egyptian. There is no mention of the family’s religion, even though it is most likely to be Muslim. There is no mention of the family’s origin, only a statement that Sami brought his wife and two sons to Santa Monica in the mid-90’s. The report in which the shooter was identified also stated that an anonymous police source stated the shooter may have been angry over the divorce of his parents. This is a stretch or deliberate miss-information as his parent’s divorce happened in 1995. That is, unless this muzzie was a real slow thinker. The question begs to be asked, why wasn’t the shooter identified by the AP? Was it because of political correctness to not report anything that would associate a criminal with Islam in the wake of the Boston bombing, and recent declarations of renewed Jihad by radical Islamic clerics and terrorist leaders? Maybe, these are questions to which the Shadow (of the 1940’s and early 1950’s radio fame) doesn’t know. The bottom line is there’s more to the accuracy and factual information than has been currently reported.
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JJ - Published in a recent American Rifleman Magazine was the load data for a sub-sonic .308. 8 grains of Hogden Clay Propellent powder coupled with 168 grain Hornady A-MAX bullet results in a sub-sonic 908 fps round. If you're into stealth, screw a fuel / oil filter to the end of the barrel, but don't get caught - once you shoot through it, get rid of it. Just thought I'd add my two cents.
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P.S. Not bad photographs for an AOB.
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JJ - It's been awhile since my last confession; since I'm not Catholic, it's been for ever. For what it may be worth, before the National Guard can be federalized, each and every swinging dick and dickette must be released by the Governor of the owning State. I don't see any massive National Guard mobilization (recall how Gov. Dukakis on MA refused the release of the MA Guard to support Bush). The National Guard belongs to the States, not to DoD or the CINC. The military Reserves do, however, belong to DoD. Either group still will follow their sworn to defend the Constitution and free Americans against all enemies foreign or domestic. Having stated this, it is questionable if BHO has the authority to declare a state of martial law on a national level without the consents of the governors of each State. In fact, federal action cannot on any level by any of its police without wide-spread rioting and looting (recall the situations when MLK was murdered and New Orleans) without the invitations of the governors. Even with DHS armed to the teeth, and responsible for keeping the U.S. safe from terrorists. And even though they already have a presence in the States (TSA, FBI, etc.), they will be hard-pressed to goose-step through the streets without the wide-spread violence. Fortunately for us all, martial law cannot precede the violence regardless of our being prepared to visit this violence upon Federal government. Having the where-with-all to do so is not justification. Sort of like the case of a female coming equipped with a vagina doesn't in and of itself make her a prostitute. BHO can sign all the PO's he's a mind to. Without the consent of the States, he cannot ascend to the throne with paper edicts and a turd in his pocket. But I could be mistaken about him and his Blue Shirts.
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JJ, Hope you've had a little spare time to read through some of the recent DC Clothes Line that address many of our concerns for activities and timetables. Personally, I won't use Face Book, My intent is to continue working within my small group and proceed with playing the asymmetric game until the balloon goes up. Forming centralized communication and planning groups too soon is assured failure. I continue to believe in the autonomy of small groups in order to generate confusion and a wrench in the machinery.
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JJ - Damn! I was beginning to think you had experienced the big one and floated off to Valhalla on a burning Viking skiff. Good to learn that you've been gainfully employed with re loading ammunition. Have been doing the same at my end. Need to bore-site my long guns again with laser-to- laser paralex points and scope cross-hairs. Then will be able to update ranging data without expending many rounds. Stock-piling ammo will be key for getting through coming trials and tribulations, and it may be easily bartered for other items.
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JJ – The future is here, Kirk to computer "Computer, duplicate me close tolerance M-16, 12 magazines, and 2 million rounds of bullets. Make it snappy, I'm in a hurry - the Brown Shirts are at my frontdoor." Technology has finally outsmarted the gun control freaks. I figure through the down-loading of a few print programs that are available on-line and less than $100 in plastic, an enterprising individual can print his / her own toys. Check out the following web sites. http://www.sync-blog.com/sync/2012/07/oh-great-now-your-friendly-neighbourhood-psycho-can-print-his-own-guns.html http://vicg8.blogspot.com/2012/07/gun-enthusiast-uses-3d-printer-to-make.html A replacement for the dried-up firearm, parts, and pieces market.
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JJ - Keep your powder dry and safe, the replacement gold standard may just be guns and ammo. My take on the situation is not necessarily that citizens are totally responsible for the current shortages. Guns are still available at overly inflated prices from private (investor buyer and profit takers) sources. Looks like parts and components are the weak-link in the chain. Subject: Gun & Ammo shortages Here you go, update as to what is going on out there with ammo and firearms..... The current gun/ammo panic buying frenzy is unprecedented. It has been stronger and lasted longer than any previous buying frenzy. Here is an update from industry leader Mark LaRue: Status of gun industry Attention F.B. fans: to follow will be several IMPORTANT Info updates about the status of the gun industry currently, followed by an INVENTORY UPDATE: We traveled to Texas for Industry meetings concerning the shortages, here's what we were told. Smith & Wesson-is running at Full capacity making 300+ guns/day-mainly M&P pistols. They are unable to produce any more guns to help with the shortages. RUGER: Plans to increase from 75% to 100% in the next 90 days. FNH: Moving from 50% production to 75% by Feb 1st and 100% by March 1. Remington-Maxed out! Armalite: Maxed out. DPMS: Can't get enough parts to produce any more product. COLT: Production runs increasing weekly...bottle necked by Bolt carrier's. LWRC:Making only black guns, running at full capacity...can't get enough gun quality steel to make barrels. Springfield Armory: Only company who can meet demand but are running 30-45 days behind. AMMO: Every caliber is now Allocated! We are looking at a nation wide shortage of all calibers over the next 9 months. All plants are producing as much ammo as possible w/ of 1 BILLION rounds produced weekly. Most is military followed by L.E. and civilians are third in line. >MAGPUL is behind 1 MILLION mags, do not expect any large quantities of magpul anytime soon. RELOADERS... ALL Remington, Winchester, CCI & Federal primers are going to ammo FIRST. There are no extra's for reloading purposes... it could be 6-9 months before things get caught up. Sorry for the bleak news, but now we know what to expect in the coming months. Stay tuned, we'll keep you posted... Related commentary from Bob Owens : They didn't know when they'd be getting anything back in stock, from magazines to rifles to pistols. Manufacturers were running full-bore, but couldn't come close to keeping up with market demand. It wasn't just the AR-15s, the AK-pattern rifles, the M1As, and the FALs that were sold out. It really hit me when I realized that the World War-era M1 Garands, M1 carbines, and Enfield .303s were gone, along with every last shell. Ubiquitous Mosin-Nagants—of which every gun store always seems to have 10-20—were gone. So was their ammo. Only a dust free space marked their passing. I've never seen anything like it. Every weapon of military utility designed within the past 100+ years was gone. This isn't a society stocking up on certain guns because they fear they may be banned. This is a society preparing for war. Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein and the rest of the Statists have done more to promote gun ownership than the NRA ever did. Well done, Democrats!
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JJ - Hope you don't mind, I appended a catenation of our exchages above on D.C. Clothesline as comment to the Communist Manifesto post. Obama launches the totalitarian state with no coverage or reporting by the MSM. http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/big-brother-to-monitor-sovereign-citizens/ The Regime in Power (RIP) is bastardizing the definition of a patriot in this country. It is an attempt to separate the shepards from the sheep. I think it is safe to believe they have every intention to continue tightening the screws to prevent exchange of ideas and interfere with free speech and not just over the Internet. So, in the spirit of the patriots who were responsible for founding this nation, it may be time to take the movement underground and begin generating code-words for instructional exchanges in the very near future. Don’t allow this committee to label you because you don’t agree. Speaking your mind and sharing different solutions to perceived problems caused by changing government policies do not make one a domestic terrorist. Our problems are not with the founding documents, our problems stem from corrupt elected and appointed officials, their support staffs, and influence peddlers. With this latest attack on free speech it would appear the left wants to seize power, permanently, and that they are willing to stamp out “dissent” in order to do so. What makes this so disturbing is that i have heard precisely nothing about this from republican politicians. This defenning silence leads to the conclusion that both parties are complicit in the attacks on our civil liberties and rights, or no one is watching the foxes in the henhouse. Either way, the objective described in the report above brings this administration one step closer to spring the trip-wire that launches this nation into a shooting rebellion by its citizens.
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JJ - The Regime in Power (RIP) is bastardizing the definition of the patriots in this country. It is an attempt to separate the shepards from the sheep. I think it is safe to believe they have every intention to continuing to tighten the screws to prevent exchange of ideas and interfere with free speech. So, in the spirit of the patriots who were responsible for founding this nation, it may be time to take the movement underground and begin generating code-words for instructional exchanges in the very near future. Incorporating a few features of the IRA might be beneficial.
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JJ - Dorner's example pretty much corroberates our earlier thoughts. It validates the asymmetric model. I reckon that some would insist that Dorner was a fatalist and insane. Perhaps that may be so, but the fact remains that the revolt model is valid and relatively risk-free when the original intent continues to be followed. It also may be extrapolated that there is little room for the squeemish or weak-hearted, as with any type of warfare, it is an ugly affair and people die in the prosecution of it. The bottom line is, if one doesn't have the stomach to do what comes with the job to see it through to the end, don't try to "walk the walk."
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JJ - Another perspective is, "Old age and treachery overcomes youth and enthusium or dogma." Or play your cards close to your chest, the less you reveal of your intent, the more likely you will survive.
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JJ - You're right, the cloak of invisibility remains one's best friend. This will be a war of attrition, choose targets that best compliment the environment when ever possible. There is no hurry with target engagements, they will become careless with time making them all the more vulnerable. Time is on the agressor's side; attacks do not have to be conducted non-stop or every time a target is presented. The end effect will cause more worry than anger. Always know that a target that is too good to be true is most likely a trap. Conduct your map recons in the light of day (being a gray/white haired Arch Old Bastard has its advantages of being mostly not seen by the public (unless wearing a clown's clothes)) and document them well - a good map with preplanned egress routes are invaluable during hours of limited visibility. When an assault has been mapped, planned, rehersed, and executed, destroy all pieces of evidence and be like Br'er Rabbit and lay low (learn about the concept of safe houses). Once the idea of these proddings catch on, others will follow the model and further take the "heat off" earlier warriors. Let the wave take over the revolt; there is a multitude of targets at almost all levels of the opposition. Take no prisoners ever and never booby trap your house, unless the plan is to remove the whole neighborhood in the first miliseconds of a huge explosion. Acetalene and oxygen along with methane in the sewer systems will work well to this end - they are heavy gases and tend to hang in low areas. More later.
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JJ - By Jove, you've got it! The best defense has always been a fast and violent offense. Dorner's tactics demonstrate the basic tenets of asymmetric (guerilla) warfare in classic fashion. To conduct a successful campaign, one must be single-minded, ruthless, blend-in the surroundings, and fade into the woodwork after each engagement. These tactics can be used over and over with the same results. The reasons for initiating a guerilla war are as varried as the patterns of a snowflake. My point is the tenets of this type of war remain only a means to an effective end. As you clearly note, waiting to be backed into a defensive posture nullifies any advantages one must have when fighting numerically superior forces. The question remains what will be the trip-wire that sets it all this in motion.
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JJ - Interesting project as you continue to progress into the fielding and pre-commercial stages. Hope it goes well for your endeavor. Have you given much thought to the cost to your customers? Have done business with Brownell's since the early 90's, they sell parts and new stuff (they might be interested in your package) I think this is a good thing you do with focusing on something less stressful than researching topics for the BLOG. It is certainly more fun for the old boy and protects him from becoming a dull one. I have been busy fighting boredom by playing with some of my toys. Have added new furniture to my M4 and M-14. Changed out the magazine release to one that has release capabilities from either side and added a magwell grip to the M4 and replaced the bolt release and mag release with extended versions (easier to find without looking) for the M-14 (standard mods for military sniper versions - who am I to question success?). Have also received parts to complete legal conversion of Post-ban AK-47 (had already changed out much of the internals with US made parts) from the 10 round to 30 + magazines for my foster son's post-ban AK. While the AK is a well engineered system, I have been shot at too many times to lowere myself by owning one. More later, keep up the good work.
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JJ - This piece seems to go hand-in-hand with the Biden piece. BETWEEN THE LINES Why is government stockpiling guns, ammo? Exclusive: Joseph Farah examines Obama's plan for 'civilian national security force' Published: 6 hours ago Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/why-is-government-stockpiling-guns-ammo/#D5XWAugEwOuQ6E47.99 For brevity, I won't cut and paste the article into TypePad. Just when you thought it safe to get back into the water, more glimpses of what's lurking below the water-line. Dont blow a gasket with this but it needs to be read and digested.
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JJ - Glad to read you're feeling better. Hope you continue to recover your strength. An interesting read, and pretty much validates general suspicion regarding gun-control attempts are not focused on removing them from hands of criminals as much as disarmming the non-criminal population. The general feeling I have is that these politicians' and supporting groups' are more fearful of an armed citizenry than armed criminals. I believe the reason for this fear is a lawabiding publis represents a greater direct threat to uber-liberal agengs to gaining total political power.
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JJ - Good luck with the proceedure. Will pray for you.
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JJ - Tachi-Cardia, one of the ways your body tell you to slow down and take a chill-pill or two/three pints of your favorite brewski. Stop following the news for a while - the additional aggrivation isn't worth it. Blow off the high levels of testerone by putting rounds at targets down range. Or work on JJ's 175 MM cannon round loaded into a modified .45 cal brass hull. Find a place to get small and at least, get horizontal for a couple of weeks. We all need for you to take better care of yourself - no more standing at the open refrigerator eating a stick of butter while deciding if you'd prefer a double bacon cheese fat burger or triple liverwurst on rye with butter and large slice of onion on top. Damn, getting hungry again, gotta go for now.
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