Friday, August 19, 2016

35 years ago

35 years ago, two Libyan Su-22 Fitter attacked and were shot down by two US Navy F-14A Tomcats off the Libyan coast.
Su-22 Fitter


In August 1981, President Ronald Reagan authorized a large naval force including a pair of super carriers, USS Forrestal and USS Nimitz, to deploy to the Gulf of Sidra. This area had been 'annexed' by Lybia, who claimed it as part of Lybia's 'territorial waters'.
How did they justify this? They claimed this bay, which is VERY open to the Mediterranean Sea, was in reality a 'closed bay' even though it didn't meet the requirements of International Law.

Libya often confronted U.S. forces in and near the gulf including at least two occasions where Libyan jets opened fire on U.S. reconnaissance planes.
In an attempt to find the US carriers, the Libyan military sent 35 PAIRS of aircraft into the area!
After a morning full of fending of 'mock' attacks, an airborne early warning aircraft, E-3 Hawkeye, directed the Tomcats (from VF-41 Black Aces) to intercept the 2 Fitter aircraft.
The engagement started when one of the Fitters fired an AA-2 Atoll heat seeking missile at the Tomcats. The Tomcats evaded and answered with their own heat seekers (AIM-9L Sidewinders).
Both Libyan aircraft were shot down and both pilots ejected (Although one parachute did not appear to open) and the US Navy believes both pilots were recovered.
This was NOT the end of the day. Libya launch MIG-25's to continue to harass the US fleet. However, every time the MIG's detected the Tomcats radar, the MIGs ran.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Dear God, this level of stupid hurts

Ok, lets set the scene.
Watch this. Especially at the 16 minute 45 second mark forward.

Is this MORON the best VP candidate the Libertarian party can come up with?
The definition of 'Weapon of Mass Destruction' (WMD) is Nuclear, Biological and Chemical weapons.
So, yes WMDs WERE found in Iraq.
"From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule.
In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act."
But that is NOT my point. This complete idiot thinks that any rifle with more than 5 rounds is 'essentially' equal to a NUCLEAR WARHEAD!
So this
Equals this

“The five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle; the problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon, and those are independent criminal offenses,” Weld said. “That is when they become, essentially, a weapon of mass destruction. The problem with handguns probably is even worse than the problem of the AR15.”
Now, let's look at the other stupidity in this statement. 
The US military hasn't had a 5 shot rifle since 1936, when the M1 Garand (which had an 8 round magazine) replaced the 1903 Springfield. So, No 5 shot rifle has been used by the military in 80 YEARS! 
BTW, Clips feed magazines, Magazines feed weapons. From Wikipedia:

Now,I'm not really a 'term Nazi' for most people, but if you are a politician then GET IT RIGHT!

And then he has to outdo his previous stupidity. "if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon".
I've built several AR's and I have no CLUE what 'Pin' he is talking about, and honestly neither does he.
Voting for people like this, politicians who talk about things that they know NOTHING about, is willful retardation at it's finest.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Almost 26 years

Back in Sept '90 I bought a used Glock 17, it's an early first gen.
Now, coming up on 26 years with her, I'd like to tell you a little about her.
I keep extensive notes on my firearms.
Over 30,000 rounds from various manufacturers including +P ammo and reloads.
3 jams (that's right 3!) one was due to a low powder charge in a reload
6 FTF (failures to fire) 3 or 4 were reloads, so probably my fault

What I willingly changed:
The sights (shiver), Glocks have 'slightly' sub par factory sights, She has had Trijicon Night Sights for about 5 years, A SOLID improvement.
The slide stop. For the past 4 years she has had a Glock Extended Slide Stop Release, I really only got this because friends were telling me it was SO MUCH better, My opinion, Meh. If I decide to switch it again I would get a Vickers Tactical Slide Stop. IMHO, much better but I'm not running to get one.
The Final change.
The recoil spring was getting weak, so I had to get a Glock Guide Rod and Recoil Spring Assembly. That was the ONLY necessary replacement.

Oh, some people get grip sleeves. I use a piece of a bicycle inner tube.
Here's hoping for another 26 years.

A post!

A post I put on Facebook:
Ok, I'm tired of the hypocrisy. 
The left has been demonizing Trump for his immigration policy and his reactions to Mr. Khan's speech at the DNC.
Ok, What Trump said was in bad taste. Very.
But where is the outrage for Hillary's lies? She lied to the families of the Benghazi attack, then when THEY called her out on it, She calls THEM lairs! 
Where is the outrage for her insulting those families? She was the one in charge and the media lets her skate on that AND for saying they 'mis-remember' even though they have her on video! 
Bias in the news is nothing surprising...I just didn't think anyone put that level of ham-fisted propaganda in media outside of North Korea.