Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Tue May 19, 2020 11:20 am

As we all know, it's not the size of the gun, but how you handle it and what you use it for.


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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Tue May 19, 2020 11:52 am

7 Reasons Why the AR-15/M4 is Better than the Steyr AUG

Which is better? That AUG or the AR-15?

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves goes over seven reasons that the AR-15/M-16/M4 carbine is better than the Steyr AUG bullpup. Based on James' personal experience owning both guns in addition to a 2018 weapons trial report by the New Zealand Ministry of Defense, James tells you how the M4 is better than the AUG.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQagTI42q10



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More widespread than indoor plumbing.

Going by Vietnam, compatible ammunition; as a family group, compatible magazines and customization possibilities.

It's good enough, might be easier than a Kalashnikov to manufacture.


There are two issues that I wonder about:

1. Can the back alley gunsmiths of Pakistan and Philippines manufacture them?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oKL4GOau5Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdHIUOlIE6g

2. Mass production for the next World War, how precise does the machining need to be?
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Wed May 20, 2020 8:14 pm

The WW2 Double-Magazine MP40/I

The MP40/I was an experimental modification of the MP-40 submachine gun developed by the Erma company (we think) in late 1942. It was presumably developed in response to complaints of Soviet fire superiority with SMGs because of their large drum magazines (and also the larger number of SMGs used by the Soviet forces compared to German units).

The concept is a pretty simple one – the regular magazine housing was replaced by a much wider housing with a sliding block that held two separate standard magazines. One of the two magazines would always be positioned where it could feed and fire, and when that magazine was empty the shooter could simply slide the block to one side and move the second (still full) magazine into position to fire. The prevented the need to fish around in a slow magazine pouch to find a new magazine when a reload was needed.

However, there were several disadvantages to the dual magazine system. For one thing, an MP-40 with two full magazines hanging off it becomes quite the heavy and poorly-balanced weapon to handle and carry. The additional open areas required for the sliding block were much more prone to gather dirt and foul than the standard gun, and the extra weight on the relatively thin receiver tube often contributed to creases or other damage to the magazine well and ejection port areas of the gun, rendering them unusable. The large amount of m metal removed from the receiver tube also left it much more vulnerable to bending than a standard MP40.

Only a small number of these guns were ever made (around the middle of 1943), and very, very few survive today. They were made form preexisting gun retrofitted, and do not appear have comprised any specific serial number block. In addition to the magazine housing, the conversion process also involved slightly shortening the ejector and reshaping the bottom of the buttplate so that it would clear the new magazine release catches.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0wxlONSqeE



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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Thu May 21, 2020 2:06 pm

The Best Female Character in Science Fiction

Princess Leia, Ellen Ripley, Seven of Nine; they all paved the way for strong female characters in sci fi. But I'm not sure I've ever seen a character quite as deep, complex, and totally badass as The Expanse's Camina Drummer. She is awesome. In today's video we break down her character and explain her role in the Belt and the OPA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWNuBjG4LKg



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You know, I think I'd like to see Cara Gee play Honor Harrington, as Jolie is now too old.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri May 22, 2020 2:05 pm

Osorio Selectiva: A Nicaraguan .22 Rimfire Machine Pistol

Made by Señor Osorio in Nicaragua, this is a .22 rimfire caliber machine pistol with several clever design elements. It fires from an open bolt, using a .22-round Italian magazine of indeterminate origin. It has a selective trigger, with the top firing in full automatic (sliding rearward) and the bottom firing in semiauto only (pivoting). Aside from some sharp edges on the vz61-like folding stock, it is a remarkably well built and refined little pistol!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpRxORxA2gg



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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun May 24, 2020 9:28 pm

Clip From The Classic Day Of The Jackal 1973

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR_NLCzMt-k


The Day of the Jackal [ 1973 ] Gun Test Scene 🎬

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahw5lXBzBio


In The Day of the Jackal (1973), the assassin code-named The Jackal (Edward Fox) commissions a custom-made sniper rifle for his latest "job", designed to break down into slender parts, including a suppressor and telescopic sight, that can be concealed inside (or disguised as) the parts of a set of crutches. The gunsmith modifies an off-the-shelf sporting rifle by removing the furniture, shortening the barrel, and cutting the bolt away from the chamber mechanism.

N.B. In the novel, the master gunsmith who produces the rifle, Paul Goosens, is Belgian, a retired engineer for FN's factory in Liège. The film changed his nationality to Italian, and his surname to "Gozzi".

Two identical rifles were produced for the film, one being returned to England as per agreement.

The gun appears to be chambered for .22 Magnum, which is also what the "GURPS Covert Ops" pen-and-paper roleplaying game supplement book states, although some believe that it used .22 Hornet ammunition, judging by the bullets seen on screen.

In the film and the novel, they were said to have hollow tips filled with mercury in liquid form, to make them "explosive." Under the Geneva Conventions, only standard ball ammunition is allowed for use on against enemy soldiers on battlefields, while it remains legal to use other kinds of ammunition when firing at inanimate targets, firing at "unlawful belligerents" such as terrorists and criminals, or equipping civil police forces. However, the Jackal is not concerned with such restrictions.



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I'm a tad sceptical that this would be an effective assassination tool, especially at the range required, even with the high explosive warhead.

Great for backpacking, though.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Mon May 25, 2020 9:56 pm

New! Sig Cross Bolt Action Rifle Review

Check out the brand new Sig Cross Bolt Action! 6.5 pounds, 3 pound total weight two-stage match trigger, completely adjustable buttstock, side folder for compact carry, available in 6.5 Creedmoor, 308 Winchester, and Sig's own .277 Fury cartridge. It could be the perfect backcountry precision hunting rifle. What do you think of it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r36hBmzf3A



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Postby Condottiere » Tue May 26, 2020 9:35 pm

Autonomous farm work - enter the robots

The use of autonomous robots in agriculture is increasing the efficiency of food production. Robots, like Spot from Boston Dynamics, increase accuracy in yield estimates, relieve the strain of worker shortages, and create precision in farming.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBLnAhzPpTQ



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Could just as easy be stalking the sheep, and bring home the bacon.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Wed May 27, 2020 10:38 pm

Huot Automatic Rifle: The Ross Goes Full Auto

During World War One, Joseph Alphonse Huot, a Canadian machinist and blacksmith living in Quebec, designed a conversion of the Ross MkIII rifle to become an automatic rifle. The Ross was the standard issue Canadian rifle at the beginning of the war, and Huopt wanted to find a way to economically provide Canadian forces with an automatic weapon. His conversion functioned by mounting a gas piston onto the side of the Ross barrel, adding a large action cover and 25-round drum magazine, and a Lewis-style cooling shroud over the barrel.

In initial testing with Canadian forces, the Huot performed well. It was seriously considered for adoption, but had to undergo British testing and approval before that could happen. In British testing (by now near the end of the war), it was found to run well enough and have some positive attributes, but not sufficient to justify replacement of the Lewis Gun. It was rejected, and Canadian forces finished the war with the Lewis instead. Huot had spent several years privately developing the weapon and two more working on salary for the Canadian military, and had gone into considerable personal debt for the project. He had secured a deal to receive royalties on production, but that of course came to naught when the design was rejected. Ultimately, he was compensated $25,000 in 1936 (of the $36,000 he claimed to have spent).

Only five of the guns were made in total, with four known to still exist. Two of them are in Ottawa at the Canadian War Museum and one in the Seaforth Highlanders Museum in Vancouver and one in the Army Museum in Halifax.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UI0XvrIfl0



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Huot: Canada's Ross-based Prototype Automatic Rifle from WW1

Due to a shortage of Lewis guns and a glut of withdrawn Ross Mk.III rifles once the Canadian Expeditionary Force had been completely re-equipped with Lee-Enfield SMLE rifles, Monsieur Huot proposed to modify Ross rifles into an automatic rifle / light machine gun (LMG) configuration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYJsr74ABXU



I'd say that your product either must fulfill some unfulfilled need, or be superior is some aspect of performance, manufacture or cost; also, early bird gets the worm.

Compare to the Sten.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Thu May 28, 2020 10:06 pm

The new edition trailer but google-translated very passionately

Sorry, it was all too tempting.

First narrator voiced by Stephanie Swan Quills
Second narrator voiced by Hulkycrow

I do these by translating on Google each of the original lines through a dozen or more different languages and then translate it back to English.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIrDYVriLYk



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That is why we want animals to be special, healthy, clean, and good for suffering.

This is a serious problem.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri May 29, 2020 10:24 pm

How The Death Star Triggered a Galactic Recession

Was Emperor Palpatine's Death Star actually a Debt Star? In the original Star Wars trilogy, the rebel alliance blew up two Death Stars, which may have thrown the galactic economy into a financial crisis. Professor Zachary Feinstein and Bloomberg's Peter Coy tell us why.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d39O3LlFPe4



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Postby Condottiere » Sat May 30, 2020 10:48 pm

M1915 Howell Automatic Rifle Enfield Conversion

The M1915 Howell Automatic Rifle is a conversion of a standard No1 MkIII Lee Enfield rifle into a semiautomatic, through the addition of a gas piston onto the right side of the barrel. Despite its very steampunk appearance, the Howell is actually a quite simple conversion mechanically. The rifle action had not been modified at all, and a curved plate on the end of the gas piston is used to cycle the bolt up, back, forward, and down just as it would be done manually.

The additional metal elements added to the gun are there to prevent the shooter from inadvertently getting their hand or face in the path of the bolt. The crude tubular pistol grip is necessary because the shooter’s hand on the wrist of the stock would normally be in the path of the bolt’s travel. Note that the Parker-Hale bipod on this example is a non-military addition from its time in private ownership.

In addition to these elements, the Howell has been fitted with a 20-round extended magazine to better exploit its rate of fire. However, the Howell was made as a semiautomatic rifle only, and not fully automatic. It was offered to the British military circa 1915, but never put into service. Instead, the British would significantly increase production and deployment of Lewis light machine guns. Howell would offer his conversion in basically the same form to the military again at the onset of World War 2, but was again turned down.

Shooting the Howell was remarkably successful - I had expected it to be very malfunction-prone, but in fact it ran almost completely without fault. In retrospect, I would attribute this to the simplicity of its conversion, which made no changes to the feeding and extraction/ejection elements of the SMLE. The gun was a bit awkward to hold, and the offset sights left one with really no cheek weld at all, but recoil was gentle thanks to the gas systems function and added weight. Quite a remarkable gun, and one I am very glad to have been able to shoot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U682yOpNafg



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Way to get around semi automatic firearm restrictions; should combine it with a bump stock.
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Postby Condottiere » Sun May 31, 2020 10:04 am

The Most Special Delivery of the Vietnam War

As the Vietnam War dragged on into 1967, American morale both at home and abroad dwindled, and in the mind of at least one patriotic, red-blooded, and possibly drunk American, these desperate times called for desperate measures. It was thus that former Marine John “Chick” Donohue decided he would embark on one of the most exceptional beer runs in history. Working his way across the Pacific Ocean, and charming his way onto military planes, helicopters, and bases, Donohue traveled through perilous war zones by telling a single but slightly modified lie - all with the goal of meeting up with soldiers from his hometown to share in the simple pleasure of drinking a beer...

- As images and footage of actual events are not always available, Dark Docs sometimes utilizes similar historical images and footage for dramatic effect. All content on Dark Docs is researched, produced, and presented in historical context for educational purposes. -

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You might think that such sob stories might not pass muster, but at this point of the war, you're dealing with mostly weary, disillusioned military personnel, concerned with personal survival, and a disinclination to question credible documentation or explanations, or go out of their way to make the effort to investigate it.
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Postby Condottiere » Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:41 pm

America's First Black Helicopter - The Vietnam War's Stealth Helicopter

Helicopters are typically not known as discreet machines. Their roaring turbine exhaust, whining overhead blades, and buzzing tail rotors can usually be heard from miles away. Yet, at the height of the Vietnam War, the CIA decided that only the versatility of a helicopter would allow them to pull-off one of the most famous top-secret wiretapping operations to ever take place in enemy territory. In response to the mission plans, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, was left to figure out what many considered impossible - how to create a stealth helicopter.

Orders were sent to the Aircraft Division of the Hughes Tool Company to take on the project, codenamed “Mainstreet.” Tested at Area 51, the program would create two copies of a special purpose helicopter, the Hughes 500P. Their target would be a phone line deep within North Vietnam. It was a mission that would truly test if the helicopter was deserving of its nickname - the Quiet One...

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So if the black helicopters are actually operating, you won't hear them.
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Postby Condottiere » Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:05 pm

WWMD: The Modernized Obrez

Today we look at a highly modified Mosin-Nagant action and how even very old technology can be augmented with modern force multiplication capabilities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAXL5iP1YWA



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Transcendent experience.
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Postby Condottiere » Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:37 pm

How To Build More Homes, Faster | The B1M

How the team at Project Etopia - enabled by Procore's technology - is working to tackle the global housing crisis.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L3gjZ0W9qw



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Rising house prices incentivize supply strangulation, creating a vicious circle.

Digitization; modulization; three dee printing; geographical adaptation.

On ground so old,
it's worth like gold,
and freeholds aren't cemented.

So drill a hole,
in an asteroid knoll,
and make sure it's not rented.
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Postby Condottiere » Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:00 pm

Mondragon 1894 Straight-Pull Bolt Action Rifle

Most people who recognize the name Mondragon know it from Manuel Mondragon's model 1908 semiauto rifle, the first such rifle to be adopted on a large scale by a military (the Mexican Army, in this case). Well, Mondragon was designing arms for many years before that particular rifle. For example, in 1894 he produced a number of straight-pull bolt action rifles in cooperation with the Swiss firm SIG. Some of them, including this particular example, included a rather unique 3-position selector lever. In addition to the expected "safe" and "fire" modes, this also had an "automatic" setting, which would cause the rifle to fire as soon as the bolt was fully closed, without requiring the shooter to use the trigger. This was, in theory, for firing from the hip while advancing - but it clearly didn't turn out to be very practical.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnXecn1tqGI



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Slamfire - as a deliberately designed and manufactured fire mode, is a surprise.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:13 pm

Doomguy Hates Demons Because They Killed His Pet Rabbit (DOOM Eternal vs. Animal Crossing)

No matter which Doom game your play, one thing remains the same - Doomguy kills a lot of demons. If you look a little deeper, however, you'll discover why - because they killed his rabbit.

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:21 pm

Taking Dungeons and Discords Too Seriously ft. Thespio

Only complete chumps pay full price without trying to barter.

: All comments made by any military members in this video are solely their views and are not endorsed by or representative of their respective military services unless otherwise stated.***

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Story trumps rules.

Compared to story in a video game is like story in a porn movie; it's expected to be there, but it's not that important.

Sadly, no one ever bothers to reference Traveller.

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:54 pm

Strange Unique European Revolver

With no markings or provenance at all, the origins of this revolver are a mystery. Its features all point to the 1880s or 1890s, and someone clearly spent a lot of time working on it - but we don't know who. What makes it interesting is the very unusual operating mechanism. It is similar to a "zig-zag" system like the 1878 Mauser or Webley-Fosbery, but with angled splines on the cylinder instead of grooves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHggIGRdvCg



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Ergonomic handle?

Three dee printing and laser measuring probably would create the perfect customized handle, which in some gaming systems gives a bonus to aiming and/or recoil.

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