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Tue, Aug. 11th, 2015, 09:29 pm
Dissipator

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Back in 1999, when I shopped for my first AR15, my choices were narrowed down to two: 20″ A2 and  16″ Dissipator. The purchasing decision was based on the legal restrictions against flash hiders — I ended up with the A2 (still in my safe) because it would have less muzzle flash than the 16″ rifle. But the Dissipator option was based on the expectation of using only iron sights. At the time, I couldn’t afford a good optic, and wasn’t sure how durable they were anyway.

Last week, I got to play with the updated 16″ Dissipator now made by Windham Weaponry. It uses mid-length gas system rather than the old rifle-length, mainly to get consistent back pressure for cycling. The sight radius is still the same as on conventional 20″ rifles, with the added flexibility of the removable carry handle. And, unlike my A2, it comes with a telescoping stock that I’ve come to appreciate for its adaptability to different shooting positions and shooter arm lengths.

I also found the other benefit of the full-length forend: the ability to grip it far forward for better recoil control during rapid fire. You can see it in these photos: Adam, a shooter new to AR platform, was able to run the rifle very fast and still keep it on target.

 

Tue, Aug. 11th, 2015, 05:51 pm
Fun guns and the girls who shoot them

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ATI STG44-22 is one of my favorite plinkers. Scoped, it’s impressively accurate.

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Mon, Aug. 10th, 2015, 05:06 pm
New posts on AllOUtdoor

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Carrying Rimfire Ammunition in the Field

Ithaca M49 Saddlegun

 

Sun, Aug. 2nd, 2015, 02:12 pm
Coming all the way from Russia

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Maria Butina came all the way from Russia only to pose with a Russian-made Vepr .308 rifle (though modified so heavily in the US that very few of the original parts remain).

TWS forend, dust cover, sight, SGM 25-round magazine, hydraulic stock to bring recoil down to 5.45mm level.

Sun, Aug. 2nd, 2015, 01:21 pm
Отзыв на фильм: Единичка

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http://kinomassa.net/5125-edinichka-2015.html

Пожалуй, один из лучших военных фильмов. И качество актёрской игры, и спец-эффекты, и сценарий — всё на высоком уровне.

(The movie isn’t subtitled, so I doubt it would be of much interest to English-speaking viewers. The actors speak Russian, Polish and German, the last two dubbed in Russian).

Sun, Aug. 2nd, 2015, 12:12 am
Light carbines on shipboard

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Kel-Tec CMR30 .22wmr with Vortex Spitfire 3x scope

RDB 5.56mm with Trijicon VCOG 1-6x scope

Sat, Aug. 1st, 2015, 03:48 pm
Raising kids today to become independent humans of tomorrow

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Alexis Nicole practices her pistol stance with papa. By the time she grows up, she will have one more skill that adds up with the others to an independent personhood.

Sat, Aug. 1st, 2015, 12:19 am
A rifle so light, an 8 year old can run it.

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And the same 8 year old was able to handle it unsupported as well.  I.C.E.-designed AIR15 was quite a bit handier than her own M&P15-22.

Fri, Jul. 31st, 2015, 04:49 pm
“What’s she doing with my hair?”

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Fri, Jul. 31st, 2015, 12:51 pm
Pole arms and hoplophobes

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I wonder why the fans of Markley’s Law don’t annoy the Swiss guardsmen with their helberds or the Japanese history reenactors with spears and naginatas. Seems to me, the users of pole arms are far more appropriate targets for the accusations of compensating for insufficient potency than the users of small handguns.

Wed, Jul. 29th, 2015, 11:35 pm
“Hey, I carry one just like it!”

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A big advantage of working with competent models is that they can be asked to do a task instead of being directed, minute degree at a time, into a position which mimics doing the task. For example: “Please point the rifle towards the main light, turret stance” is a perfectly comprehensible request to such a model, and I don’t have to worry about the safety selector being in the wrong position, or stance not being balanced.

So, when I pick a pistol and the model recognizes it as the kind she carries back home, that makes for a more productive photo shoot.

Glock 42 with Viridian Reactor laser. The holster turns the laser on upon the draw and turns it off on re-insertion. The laser can also be activated manually.

The laser trace would look like this once the first shot is fired and the air is full of smoke. The stance illustrates one of the advantages of laser sighting: the ability to use a compressed hold to maneuver in confined spaces.

PS: The images represent a sudden defensive use, hence no safety glasses or ear plugs. Don’t shoot without those unless your life is in so much danger, that smaller risks become irrelevant.

Sun, Jul. 26th, 2015, 10:36 am
The past is a different country.

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In reading books written a long time ago, I find many details showing how attitudes evolved since. For example, in the 1917 book “Over the Top” written by Arthur Guy Empey, an American volunteer with the British army, is this note about waiting to attack:

I glanced at my wrist-watch. We call wore them and you could hardly call us “sissies” for doing so.

From that, I am guessing wrist-watches were not considered manly accessories by the Americans of the time. A quick look at Wiki confirms that impression.

Another example, Ernst Thompson Seton‘s Slum Cat, written in 1915. In it, a character noted as unusual because he treats a Negro like an equal:

Jap Malee was as disreputable a little Cockney bantam as ever sold cheap Canary-birds in a cellar. He was extremely poor, and the negro lived with him because the ‘Henglish-man’ was willing to share bed and board, and otherwise admit a perfect equality that few Americans conceded.

But shooting kittens with a .22 rifle in London was all in a day’s work and unremarkable to either the character’s neighbors or to the book’s author:

Jap Malee, seeing the Kittens about the back yard, told the negro to shoot them. This he was doing one morning with a 22-calibre rifle. He had shot one after another and seen them drop from sight into the crannies of the lumber-pile, when the old Cat came running along the wall from the dock, carrying a small Wharf Rat. He had been ready to shoot her, too, but the sight of that Rat changed his plans: a rat-catching Cat was worthy to live. It happened to be the very first one she had ever caught, but it saved her life.

Similarly, a 1950s reader would have been rather confused by today’s description of checking mail or weather, or of taking photographs with a telephone. Perhaps shocked by the casual description of a mixed marriage including a Catholic and a Protestant, outside of dynastic alliances. A 1970’s Soviet would have found it shocking to hear of going to Helsinki for daily shopping, or of problems with getting a visa to Belorus. People whose government prosecuted publishers for advertising of contraceptives would find it curious that condoms are given out in schools, but also be shocked that as little as a “finger gun” would prompt an arrest and an expulsion. In their day, bringing rifles to school was unremarkable.

Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes showcased more than one of the dated pastimes:

For much of that day, he sat in an easy chair smoking his pipe, or droning on his violin, or lounging with a handful of Boxer cartridges and his hair-trigger revolver, elaborating with bullet pocks out patriotic VR — for Victoria Regina — on the opposite wall. Life, it seems, was returning to normal.

The narrator felt that target practice should be an outdoor activity — no surprise in the era of black powder and unjacketed lead ammunition — but neither he nor the neighbors were particularly disturbed by it. Sherlock Holmes’ use of opium is noted but in no more detail than a modern person’s preference for particularly strong coffee would have been. O’Henry ‘s stories also feature opium as a routine way to induce sleep.

Some things get better, others get worse, but the culture shock of looking closely at either the past or the future remains.

Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2015, 09:29 pm
Why have a light rifle?

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To carry the balance of the weight in ammunition, of course!

Volquartsen Ultralite .22 action in Blackhawk Axiom stock. The sight is a C-More attached sideways in a custom mount. Black Dog Machine drum with 50 rounds. And a Ruger 22/45 Lite with Burris micro red dot in a Tandemkross holster.

Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2015, 07:05 pm
A friend is having a sad day today

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Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2015, 12:52 pm
Three pounder in a field position

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Just the solution for a small junior shooter: Volquartsen Ultralite .22 action in Blackhawk Axiom stock. Three pound rifle with a tele-stock. The sight is a C-More attached sideways in a custom mount.

Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2015, 12:19 am
My favorite photo of the day

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Intrepid explorer with panther.

Alexis Nicole stopped by for a photo shoot today. Gremlin took an immediate liking to her. I can see why — she’s a very impressive and multi-talented young lady.

Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2015, 12:15 am
Sometimes shorter IS better: a very handy CQB package

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This is a Spike’s Tactical 300 Blackout pistol with 8.5″ barrel. It delivers fairly impressive external ballistics, but it’s still an AR pistol and requires specific training for effective use. When a friend came by with a registered short barrel lower (also Spike’s by a pleasant coincidence), we put it together and the result proved very useful.

It is light and handy, especially with the short 20 round magazine. Having a stock makes using a scope practical. Given the short range purpose, the best scope would be an unmagnified, illuminated prismatic usable with either etched black reticle or red/green illumination.

Vortex Spitfire is “always on” as the etched reticle doesn’t require a battery for visibility. Unlike a real red dot, it does have a specific eye relief distance (with a generous eyebox), so having the stock is a big help. The optic has no knobs on the left, so the left eye isn’t occluded and binocular vision can be used during sighting. My only wish for the next version would be for the addition of a vertical reference line to avoid canting at longer ranges.

Folding metal sights of good quality are present, but the robust 1x optic makes them almost superfluous.

The model, Jordanne Calvin, was unfamiliar with firearms at the start of the photo shoot but was able to handle the short carbine competently after very brief instruction. That’s a good illustration of how easy the short, lightweight shoulder weapon with an optic is to use.

Mon, Jul. 20th, 2015, 09:18 am
FN PS90 vs. Kel-Tec CMR30

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PDW vs. magnum rimfire

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