Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:08 pm

Gravitational motors would resolve the issue (of all terrain).

What's the default technological level, twelve? With nineteen fifties technology it's about the equivalent of hiring a mule pack train, that the locals can deal with, easily (in relative terms) and cheaply (in regard to your operating expenses).
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:21 pm

7 Most Unique Motorcycles in Science Fiction

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Linwood » Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:09 pm

My vision of what a high-performance grav bike should look like starts with the Akira motorcycle.....
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:24 pm

The issue with all ground vehicles in the era of gravitational motors, is there has to be some reason, economic or regulatory, why anyone bothers to still use wheels or tracks.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Linwood » Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:40 pm

I can think of a few. But they are probably all special cases:
  • Environmental concerns - violent weather, high cosmic radiation, unusual gravitic environment
    Regulatory - tax policy, licensing costs/restrictions, tightly controlled airspace
    Cultural - racial phobia, cultural taboos, cultural privilege (only elites can fly
    Security - Flying is risky/banned due to ongoing conflict
    Economic - grav vehicles not supported by local tech limitations
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:51 pm

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You don't have to go high, and it's an alternative to magnetically levitated monorails, with the required infrastructure; sort of truck and railway comparable.

Governors can assure remaining under restricted speeds, ceilings or areas.

Outside of the cost of the gravitational motors, the rest would be rather artificial barriers to entry, especially if you have to amortize them over forty years.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:13 pm

War Thunder Film - My 6 Most Hated Vehicles

Tally-ho! Today I bring you something different! Yes, It's my least favourite vehicles in War Thunder, as requested a year ago.

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1. Assault guns and tank destroyers get upgunned.

2. What's wrong with glue and wood?

3. Poodles used to be hunting dogs.

4. Watch out for Russians with machineguns.

5. Which is why Communists rip off German technology.

6. Swordfish have an extra karma characteristic.

7. Explains the experiment with rubber flight decks.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Linwood » Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:46 pm

But it had a propeller ejection lever? How cool is that?? :D
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:32 pm

Personal Protection: Bulletproofing Your Book Bag (Part 2)

Paul tests the effectiveness of laptops in stopping bullets.

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1. I remember when it was proposed that every American student be issued with bulletproof backpacks; I suspect that those criminally inclined could grab some, stuff them back and front in their windbreakers, and down their pants.

2. You can always make laptop chassis out of Kevlar.

3. Again, you can hang backpacks back and front.

4. You can stitch in the ceramic plate, complete with duct tape, into the lining of the backpack.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:42 pm

No, It Doesn't Take Glock Mags...and Sometimes That's Better

Sometimes it makes sense to use convenient existing magazines. Sometimes it doesn't. Like all things in firearms design, magazine features are all compromises. Single feed vs double feed, polymer vs steel, and straight vs curved...one size does not fit all.

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Probably not an issue with caseless ammunition.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:24 pm

Can A Metal Bowling Ball Survive Inside a Nuclear Explosion?

Can something be made which would survive being so close to a nuclear detonation that it gets engulfed by the million degree fireball? The US actually tested steel and aluminium spheres in experiments involving nuclear weapons. These test articles were named for the physicist who performed the experiment - Lew Allen's Balls - and we can affirmatively say that Dr Lew Allen literally had balls of steel that were tough enough to survive the inferno inside of a nuclear blast.

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:11 pm

Calico Light Weapons System: Roller Delay and Helical Drums

The Calico family of firearms was developed in the late 1980s, and put on the market just in time to be squashed by the 1994 Omnibus Crime Act. The heart of the Calico system was a design for a double-stack helical magazine, which was made in 50- and 100-round versions in both ,22 rimfire and 9mm Parabellum. Both pistols and rifles were made in both calibers, and I am looking at the 9mm type today. Where the ,22s were simple blowback, the 9mm Calicos used the roller delayed blowbacks system developed by H&K. The company was hoping for military or law enforcement, but suffered from a poor reputation for reliability and never got a significant military contract. They also pursued civilian sales, but manufacture of magazines holding more than 10 rounds was prohibited in 1994. Without its large magazine, there was really no reason to choose Calico, and the company basically went into a coma until the ban expired in 2004. It was sold in 2006 and still appears to exist, although I suspect they are simply working from old stocks of guns and parts.

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Calico Liberty 100 Carbine on the PCC Evaluation Course

Before I even started filming this video, the Calico's muzzle brake fell off...not an auspicious beginning! But we will push on without it, and see if the Calico can even finish the course without malfunctioning...and what sort of of time it gets if it does!

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A second wind wheel powers the laser, radio and torchlight.

A more advanced version could have a hundred, or more, caseless rounds in the sealed spiral drum.

Double stacking is kinda neat.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:30 pm

Advanced Garand Rifle: Introduction

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One interesting fact is that, at least for Traveller, is that default damage for the self loading rifle, assault rifle, and advanced combat rifle, are the same; changes involve range and magazine capacity, which is probably connected to propulsion, and possibly better aerodynamics.

The advanced combat rifle is certainly categorized as a military sidearm, the assault rifle as elderly, if still dangerous to unarmoured targets, technology, and probably paramilitary. What might be improved would be a switch to caseless ammunition, but with the same performance and effect.

Moving down two technology levels, you have the self loading rifle with a magazine capacity of twenty, which would make the eight shot Garand a sort of intermediate stage. The primary difference between the assault rifle and the self loading rifle would be the size of the ammunition.

It's probably pointless to make advanced versions of the default self loading rifle, since the advanced combat rifle does the job better.

However, you could probably squeeze ten rounds of nine millimetre heavy caseless advanced combat ammunition into the Garand en bloc clip, which would move damage to four dee.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:06 pm

Advanced Garand Rifle: Rational

You could modernize the look of the Garand, by replacing the wooden furniture with plastic and/or light alloys, and adjustable stock, and to compensate for the likely increased recoil, straight line with an added pistol grip.

I'm not sure as to the unsquishiness of caseless smallarm ammunition, so having it contained with an en bloc clip would minimize deformation. Once the clip is empty, it would be ejected.

Since there's going to be an increased pressure to push out the slightly larger bullet to about one hundred fifty percent above the original effective range, the gun probably needs reinforcement at critical locations.

Accuracy would be based on the inherent quality of the ammunition and barrel, plus sights, whether attached or after market.

Since it's essentially an internal magazine, it's probably easier to regulate capacity, should that be required.

Undoubtedly, you could make it burst and full automatic, if you feel it's worth your while, though going by range and damage potential, semi automatic is probably more than enough.

Initially, I thought that the spirit of the final frontier could be represented by a Winchester and a revolver, and then the em sixteen (or Kalashnikov), but you need a squirrel rifle that can take down a poni, and would be considered legal, or tolerated, in most Solomani jurisdictions.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:36 pm

Taurus Circuit Judge Rifle Review

Paul tests out the Taurus Circuit Judge rifle.

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1. Waste of time, apparently; however, the revolver magazine would allow you to leave it loaded indefinitely.

2. Over complicated in handling, for results.

3. This did get my attention, https://youtu.be/uTyUPsb9eqw?t=1206: less legality, more psychological reasoning in that you're more likely to get off if your gun has five rounds or less, in self defence pleadings.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:24 pm

How to Create Character Arcs for D&D & Pathfinder

Episode #142: Professor DungeonMaster elucidates on how to collaborate with players to create multi-dimensional characters with story arcs. A must-view for DMs & players.

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1. Weakest link.

2. At least she's not crazy.

3. Networks.

4. Soap(ace) opera.

5. Trop(ic)e Thunder.

6. Daenerys did nothing wrong.

7. That would be Milady de Winter.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:05 pm

USMC Stinger Machine Gun: Medal of Honor on Iwo Jima

Corporal Tony Stein
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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, in the Volcano Island, 19 February 1945. The first man of his unit to be on station after hitting the beach in the initial assault, Corporal Stein, armed with a personally improvised aircraft-type weapon, provided rapid covering fire as the remainder of his platoon attempted to move into position and, when his comrades were stalled by a concentrated machine-gun and mortar barrage, gallantly stood upright and exposed himself to the enemy's view, thereby drawing the hostile fire to his own person and enabling him to observe the location of the furiously blazing hostile guns. Determined to neutralize the strategically placed weapons, he boldly charged the enemy pillboxes one by one and succeeded in killing twenty of the enemy during the furious single-handed assault. Cool and courageous under the merciless hail of exploding shells and bullets which fell on all sides, he continued to deliver the fire of his skillfully improvised weapon at a tremendous rate of speed which rapidly exhausted his ammunition. Undaunted, he removed his helmet and shoes to expedite his movements an ran back to the beach for additional ammunition, making a total of eight trips under intense fire and carrying or assisting a wounded man back each time. Despite the unrelenting savagery and confusion of battle, he rendered prompt assistance to his platoon whenever the unit was in position, directing the fire of a half-track against a stubborn pillbox until he had effected the ultimate destruction of the Japanese fortification. Later in the day, although his weapon was twice shot from his hands, he personally covered the withdrawal of his platoon to the company position. Stouthearted and indomitable, Corporal Stein, by his aggressive initiative, sound judgment and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of terrific odds, contributed materially to the fulfillment of his mission, and his outstanding valor throughout the bitter hours of conflict sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Harry S. Truman
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The Stinger was a Browning aircraft machine gun adapted to use an M1 Garand buttstock and BAR bipod, used as a light machine gun by the US Marine Corps during the invasion of Iwo Jima in 1945. The gun was the creation of Sergeant Mel J Grevich oof the 5th Marine Division. Six were built and used on the attack on Iwo, including one by Corporal Tony Stein, whose outstanding bravery is documented in the Medal of Honor citation above. None of the original guns survive today, but I have the privilege of showing you this reproduction created by the Canadian Historical Arms Museum with the assistance of O'Dell Engineering.

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Ramp up that autofire.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Linwood » Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:55 pm

.30 cal or .50 cal? I’m guessing the former as the barrel looks a little light for a .50 cal.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:55 pm

I suspect Rambo would have trouble hip firing a fifty calibre.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:14 pm

Alien Chestburster - Art of The Scene

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