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The Israeli Navy – Defending the toughest border

Yesterday I was treated to a visit of the Israeli Navy in Haifa.

Security was tight, but not as tight as I expect tomorrow for my trip to IDF Intelligence.

We were told that we could only take photos of soldiers and sailors from behind, or from afar. Every photo had to be inspected.

After a briefing on how the Navy controls all shipping out to and beyond the 12 mile limit and the borders with Lebanon and Gaza we were escorted about a Super Dvora class fast patrol boat to have a look.

This border is their toughest boarder due to the constant movement of vessels, the terror threat along with smuggling and other criminal activity.

One was leaving on patrol and so we were allowed to photograph that as it left the dock.

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Super Dvora class fast patrol boat leaving dock in Haifa. Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

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Friday Firepower – The AK47 and why it became popular

Previous posts about the AK47 are here, here and here.

The Economist examines why the AK47 became so incredibly popular.

MIKHAIL KALASHNIKOV died on December 23rd, aged 94. But his 66-year-old invention, the Avtomat Kalashnikova, has plenty more shots left to fire. Developed in 1947 and first used by Soviet forces in 1949, the AK-47 assault rifle and its many derivatives are now used by the armed forces of more than 80 countries, and by freelancers in many more. No-one knows quite how many are in circulation: 100m is a reasonable guess. As a proportion of all the guns in the world—another number no-one can be quite sure about—Kalashnikovs probably make up more than one in ten of all firearms. Why does an ageing Soviet invention still dominate modern warfare?

The cultural impact of the AK is felt all over the world. Quentin Tarantino’s villains celebrate its appropriateness for “when you’ve absolutely, positively got to kill every [enemy combatant] in the room”. Mexican outlaws boast about their cuernos de chivo, or “goat horns”, the nickname given to the rifle because of its curved magazine. In some parts of Africa, where the gun is seen as a symbol of the ousting of colonial rulers, Kalash is a popular name for boys. Mozambique displays the gun on its flag. In Lebanon, a model nicknamed the “Bin Laden” sells for twice the price of the standard AK-47, because it is the type that al-Qaeda’s former boss was seen toting in some of his videos.  Read more »

Why shooting guns is fun

ᔥ Sydney Morning Herald

A journalist finds out exactly why shooting guns is so much fun:

“OK,” Brandon yelled, “have you ever fired a machine gun before?”

“No.”

“That’s all right. This is an AK-47, I’m gonna take you through it.”

So he handed me this huge weapon, and that’s when it got weird. I don’t really like guns, I don’t think anyone should be allowed to own guns, I don’t see the fascination in guns, and BOOM! I’d just fired a shot! There was a small hole a few centimetres from the centre of the target, and BOOM! I’d fired another! This was incredible!

Brandon grinned and switched the gun to automatic, braced me with a hand on my shoulder, and yelled at me to fire. Rat-a-tat-tat! Now there were about a million little holes in the paper target, spread around haphazardly, and the gun was still bucking and shuddering in my hands.

Suddenly I was Rambo, I was John Wayne, I was the Terminator. I was blasting away like nobody’s business, and wow, I was having fun.

The M4 was next, with similar results – a wildly random pattern of bullet holes and a freshly crowned Aussie gun nut. The Uzi was ridiculous, this snub-nosed thing that fires out ammo with incredible speed. The bullets were still going all over the place, but who cares? I was owning this thing, until… click, click. I was out of ammo.

Brandon patted me on the back. “Do you want a photo with your firearm?” he asked.

Ha, I’m thinking, you mean one of those cringeworthy shots you always see of insecure blokes clutching onto their makeshift manhood?

“Absolutely!”

So I got the photo. And then I left. I’m still no gun nut. But I’d seen another side of the US that day, and it was kind of fun. I can see why those swimmers were into it.

 

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M16 lamp

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The M16 lamp:

HowToBeAHeroine’s M16 Lamp is a great, quick bodge: take one Ikea lamp, stick it onto one toy electronic M16 (sprayed gold), add one Target lampshade.

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Not sure how long this will last

I imagine Google is working out how to shut down Google Shoot View. You can go put in almost any street view covered address and go shoot it up with an M4.