Weapons

Obama is the greatest gun salesman of all time

Barack Obama continues to hold the title of the greatest gun salesman of all time as gun sales surge to new highs.

A record surge in recent firearms production and transactions have swamped the federal government’s automated registration system for select weapons, including machine guns.

In a notice earlier this month to the firearms industry, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was temporarily suspending parts of its computerized system to shore up capacity in part to process the required registration and transfer of National Firearms Act covered weapons, which also include silencers, short-barreled shotguns, short-barreled rifles and some explosive devices.   Read more »

Blogging might be a little slow…

…I need to get this yearling into the freezer.  That’s after I climb out of this damn steep gully.  Had to leave the big ones – no way would I have been able to get one back to the top of the ridge!

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Bloomberg gets it and is prepared to put his money where his mouth is

There is a saying that no one wins taking on the NRA.

They regularly rinse candidates and deploy their considerable resources against politicians who seek to impinge of the rights of all Americans to keep and bear arms.

But Michael Bloomberg is going to give it a crack at taking on the NRA…and spending $50 million to do it. He at least understands the daunting task, though I suspect his $50 million will be ineffective against the campaigning prowess of the NRA, who in all likelihood will use this declaration of war as a fundraising drive and pick up even more cash.

Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually out muscle the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda — even Democrats whose positions otherwise align with his own.

“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A. “ ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ ”

He added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”  Read more »

The Gurkhas are here!

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Personnel from 1RGR arrive into Christchurch airport en-route to Tekapo Military Training Area.

Perhaps the most feared soldiers in the world and credited for being the reason the Argies finally capitulated at Port Stanley, the Gurkhas are in NZ for some training.

More than 140 soldiers from 1 Royal Gurkha Regiment (1RGR) have arrived in the South Island for the military exercise Pacific Kukri 2014, a biennial exercise hosted by the NZ Army.

The main body of personnel from 1RGR arrived through Christchurch airport last week and have since departed to begin their training in Tekapo.  Read more »

Now there is a good idea for patrolling the EEZ

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I remonstrated with Wayne Mapp at the time of the 2010 Defence White Paper release. In fact I called him an outdated silly old fool, which he didn’t like.

But basically the white paper advocated the continued use and reliance on hordes of people and equipment that required people to perform routine tasks. Mapp thought he knew best and tried to tell me that a P3 Orion with upgrades and some fancy new patrol aircraft would solve our problems in the EEZ.

I told him that drones and UAVs were the way of the future. Turns out I was right and Mapp has gone.

The Ministry of Defence is considering using huge drones to patrol Britain’s coastline to help replace the axed Nimrod surveillance aircraft.

A military team will travel to America this summer to train for two months on the US navy’s Triton reconnaissance drone which has the wingspan of a small airliner and can fly at a height of 10 miles for more than 24 hours.  Read more »

The Special Ops wish list, laser rifles, pain rays and other cool stuff

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Who wouldn’t want a laser rifle, or a “pain ray”…these are just some of the wish list for US special operations forces.

Laser rifles. Canine air conditioners. There are lots of gadgets that U.S. commandos would love to have, except for the fact that these items don’t even exist.

That’s why the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), which includes the Army’s Special Forces and Rangers, has published a long list of equipment that it wants private industry to develop and build.

What is fascinating about this list isn’t just that it tells us what capabilities U.S. special operations forces want. It also tells us what capabilities they don’t have.

But just as important, it’s a forecast of the kind of warfare that American commandos anticipate they will be fighting. Special operations forces, along with drones, have now become America’s preferred method of waging war. If commandos get a new weapon or sensor, it probably will be used on a real mission or battlefield. And when the special operators get new technology, then it sometimes trickles down to the rest of the military, and from there to the civilian world.  Read more »

Top shot, six dead scumbags with a single shot

This has to be one for the record books.

Six dead taliban ratbags with a single shot.

A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded, The Telegraph has learnt.

The 20-year-old marksman, a Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from 930 yards (850 metres) away, killing the suicide bomber and five others around him caught in the blast.  Read more »

But do they have fricken laser beams

The Russians have nicked the Ukraine’s secret combat dolphins.

Foreign Policy reports:

The Ukrainian military is promising to one day reclaim its former bases in Crimea, but one unit has been lost forever: Ukraine’s combat dolphins, who are now swimming for Russia.

The dolphins, stationed in a Ukrainian navy oceanarium in Sevastopol, will now attack enemy scuba divers, attach buoys to sea-floor mines, and patrol open waters at the behest of Moscow, according to Russian news service RIA Novosti. The program had been set to shut down, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has apparently given Sevastopol’s combat dolphins another crack at navy life. “Our experts have developed new devices, which convert the detection of objects by the dolphins’ underwater sonar to a signal on an operator’s monitor,” an oceanarium employee told the news service in an overt attempt to curry favor with his new bosses. “But the Ukrainian navy lacked the funds for such know-how, and some projects had to be shuttered.”  Read more »

Never bet against the NRA

The NRA is one of the most effective lobbying and political movements in modern history. I am a member for two reasons, the first is to assist them in protecting the rights of gun owners and secondly to learn how they campaign.

Politicians though to try to take them one and they always fail.

After the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, many in the American media insisted that the tragedy should prompt a “conversation about gun control.” These articles were written as if there had never been such a conversation. In fact, the issue had been debated for decades. Given the results,I argued, there was no reason to presume that a new conversation would end in more gun control.

That conversation has now come and gone. The result?  Read more »

Police release helmet cam footage [GRAPHIC CONTENT]

If this is what they do to take down a camper with a knife, the Dotcom raids don’t look over the top at all.

 

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