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Great piece, really appreciate how you approached it. "Picking a side" can drag you down a road that doesn't lead anywhere.

I'm always up for good history and I have some indian (funny, Livefyre says that's not spelled right, more PC), or "Native" blood...though I'd look more at home among William Wallace's rebels than Quanah Parker's Commanches. However my primary indian roots lie within some of the "Five Civilized Tribes."


Point 1. Create allies with the hostile’s enemies.

Chickasaws fought off the French and their Indian allies, and became friends with the British, and remained rather peaceful towards Euro-American settlers. Indian Removal Act come along, then the Civil War, wherein Chickasaw and Choctaw lost land again because they/we fought for the South.

Come to think about it, I'd add a "Point 8. Don't use Points 2-7 on allies."

2 hours, 32 minutes ago on Total War Part 2: Historical COIN

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Saw this:"Three women dropped from Marines' infantry officer course will not reattempt"

http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141028/NEWS/310280062

3 hours, 55 minutes ago on Marines Graduate “Infantrywomen”

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I've read Al-JZ for a couple years, as you mentioned specifically for Middle-East related topics. Some bias and some questions they raise are pretty obvious, but most stories actually read like real news instead of rehashed AP "articles" that are nearly identical in every national news media platform.


Though I think they were "in the news" for some policy change/controversy last month regarding opinion pieces. 

But I think you'd still have more elbow room working for Al-Jazeera than you would with ESPN...

12 hours, 30 minutes ago on Al Jazeera and Source Agenda

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Saw a good quote yesterday went something like "Although the ebola threat may be hyped, government incompetence is not."

6 days, 14 hours ago on Evaluating Ebola as a Biological Weapon

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Foreign Terrorist Organizations:  http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/123085.htm

Date Added: 10/8/1997 Who:Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) (Kongra-Gel)


Would like to hear what people think of this...delisting the PKK as an FTO. Sounds like it'd only complicate US/Turkey relations even more. 


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-l-phillips/pkk-terror-group-status_b_3289311.html


This ain't London during the Blitz and you won't be joining the RAF, be advised.

1 week ago on Should You Go Fight ISIS?

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@Coriolanus @aGrimm Where and how are "defense articles" defined? 


Also, am I correct in considering that to join/aid/abet officially non-state, yet autonomous,  military/militia like Kurds have in N. Iraq is more trouble legally for (specifically) U.S. citizens as opposed to a sovereign nation with whom we are not at war with?


There has always been a few American's who like to join a fight before Uncle Sam does (obviously not all with the most noble of intentions.) But it seems to me to aid a quasi-state within a state when the quasi-state is affiliated with an organization that is still on our "FTO List" is probably a bad idea if you don't have explicit permission from your home country (read: government).

Look both ways before you cross the street.

1 week ago on Should You Go Fight ISIS?

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"...they somehow provoked the ire of whistle guy. Probably displaying too much affinity for normal breathing."


Yeah you'd think they would've known better...

Great story, much respect!

1 week, 1 day ago on Combat Diver Qualification Course: Death is Just a Breath Away

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Oh yes I got all that. Guess I didn't ask the question well.

My question is more related to the performance history of the round. Are there Any factors that make the round better now than it was when g. Luger first dreamt it up that would've caused people to question it in days if old?

What are all of the "select projectiles"? How do they outperform? in what areas? I'm quite aware of how 9mm can be easier to place and along with easier follow up shots. I've used 9mm,.40, & .45 and am not trying to bash the round, just to learn more about it.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on The FBI is Going 9mm: Here Comes the Science

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@YankeePapa @KineticFury @majrod Like the kid who wants the toy just so the other kid doesn't get what he wants....I have an A-10 scale model hanging from the ceiling I pieced together, impressive-looking platform. 


Some people mocking the F22 being used in Syrian strikes, saying A-10s would better serve. I'm not on either side...F-22 has much greater speed and range..Stil hate to see the A-10's go the way of the dino's but then again I say that about P51's. P47's, and more!

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Sikorsky Unveils S-97 Raider Light-Attack Helo

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I don't mind .45 but really don't care for it in a small commander sized 1911...so as long as handgun size/weight tradeoff is appropriate to the caliber used. And mag cap..of course.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The FBI is Going 9mm: Here Comes the Science

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Will use this as a reference for myself and others when the topic comes up.

My main question in regard to the 9mm vs. .40 - somrthing debates is this: I often hear that "modern advances" in 9mm nulls any advantage .40/.45 previously had.

Is there any tangible truth to that or is it another misconception?

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The FBI is Going 9mm: Here Comes the Science

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Privately funded...200mil, 75% from Sikorsky.

So like @majrod said, nonexistent.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Sikorsky Unveils S-97 Raider Light-Attack Helo

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@YankeePapa @majrod Bureaucrats be like "yo we just got the Osprey, isn't that revolutionary enough for you @majrod?"


Haha. Had four Cobra's fly low over me a few weeks ago and that will remind you how cool rotors are. I'd really like to see one of these in person.  Re: Kiowas I remember hearing that but I was hoping things changed...Think "UAV's" or whatever you want to call them are a factor used as an excuse to "cut the middleman?" Good news is now that the technology exists...we'll probably see it implemented in some form or fashion in the future. 


Of course if the the Kiowa's will be sold at the local Army surplus store at surplus price I'm all for it!

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Sikorsky Unveils S-97 Raider Light-Attack Helo

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@YankeePapa It's amazing to see photos of how veterans and amputees of all types were able to get along with their life, especially from 19th/early 20th centuries. Saw a book once about the subject, one old photograph had a man firing a rifle using his toes and feet, had lost both arms. 



1 month, 1 week ago on You’ve Lost a Limb, Don’t Lose Your Life to Bad Prosthetics

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I now naturally default to the right eye when shooting, but otherwise I think its difficult to change dominant eye. I once heard to read with an eye patch to force your non-dom eye to work.

1 month, 1 week ago on Do You Shoot With Both Eyes Open?

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@asimd @14Charlie @Mitchell McAlister "They're convincing the convinced." 


My thoughts as well. It was "good" that they showed the atrocities but their text reads like a PSA like "click it or ticket."

1 month, 1 week ago on ISIS Gone Wild: State Department Videos No Match For Jihadist Propaganda Machine

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Just feel like a bystander letting some punk bludgeon a kid to death.

Oh wait, that's putting reality mildly.

I'm going to write my representatives again...not enough. Just let me know if anyone decides to "Samruk up" if I can't join I'll pay for bullets. Pardon the rant.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on ISIS Sexual Slavery and Human Trafficking

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Deleted several sentences I wanted to say. Anyone else hate sitting around listening to NFL crap when you've got a rifle collecting dust while this goes on?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on ISIS Sexual Slavery and Human Trafficking

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"But those were foreign children and it really didn't matter."

http://libraries.ucsd.edu/speccoll/dswenttowar/#ark:bb4642496p


1 month, 3 weeks ago on The United Nations Throws the Yezidi Under the Bus

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"Mark Zuckerberg never imagined, in his dorm room, that Facebook would one day be used by Egyptian generals to issue coup threats."


- Jeffrey Goldberg Tweet from 03 July 2013

2 months ago on Azerbaijan President Threatens Armenia With War…On Twitter

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@JohnChristopher1 @Fred82  Re: "Why"

Saw this.... http://news.yahoo.com/why-many-britons-fighting-isis-034234782.html

"One thing that is striking about these jihadis is that some of them are religious novices. Two fighters who came from Britain reportedly purchased copies of "Islam for Dummies"  on Amazon. So they don't necessarily have a sophisticated understanding of Islamic theology. They are drawn to the idea of being warriors."

- CBS via Yahoo


I'm sure you're familiar with "Americanized" Germans in WWII who returned to fight for their homeland, some of them (thanks to Skorzeny) caused quite a ruckus in "the Battle of the Bulge."

2 months ago on Taking Down ISIS: Jack Murphy on Sun News

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 Whole thing reminds me off the Frenchmen in Monty Python: The Holy Grail.


King Arthur: "If you're not English, what are you?"

(Frenchman in an English castle): "I'm French! Why do think I have this outrageous accent, you silly king! 

Galahad: "What are you doing in England?"

Frenchman: "Mind your own business!"

2 months ago on Ukraine detains squad of “lost” Russian paratroopers

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Not much, but I did sign this...worth checking out. http://iraqrescue.org/


2 months, 1 week ago on Yezidi Protest the United Nations for Inaction

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Israel did just kill three Hamas leaders in a strike, one of them being Raed Al-Atar, who was involved in the capture of Israeli Gilad Shalit, the guy who was MIA and prisoner for 5 years, but was swapped for the release of 1,027 mostly Palestinian prisoners. 
Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Aug-22/268068-slain-hamas-commanders-among-israels-most-wanted.ashx#ixzz3B5cVoP1g


2 months, 1 week ago on Senior Hamas official says group abducted Israeli teens

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<the administration had “never intended to disclose this operation” but felt it was forced to by news media outlets preparing to report the story.>

You can sum up a lot about "The administration" with the two words "never intended."

Whole thing does sound suspicious...I wonder if the murder video made it too personal to the administration. Read about it, apparently it begins w/ a clip of the POTUS, then the English-speaking terrorist speaks directly the President. http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/08/islamic_state_behead.php That and the sheer volume of coverage and reporting can put pressure...yet still does not thoroughly explain it.


<"An overriding concern for the safety of the hostages and for operational security made it imperative that we preserve as much secrecy as possible.” - See more at: http://gruntsandco.com/isnt-asked-failed-foley-rescue/#sthash.RoJi8ram.dpuf >.


"We put the best of the United States military in harm’s way to try and bring our citizens home,” said Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary.

Ok, but doesn't mean you should say so when the citizens are still in harms way, what are we trying to show we tried before anything bad happens to them?

"The United States government, as a matter of longstanding policy, does not grant concessions to hostage takers,” one senior administration official said. “Doing so would only put more Americans at risk of being taken captive.”

But we do tell the entire world about when and how we tried to do rescue captives....

2 months, 1 week ago on What isn’t being asked about the failed Foley rescue?

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@The firing dutchman Dieppe also didn't have a lot of real strategic value at the time, but a raid is a raid. Most of the lessons from Dieppe should have and were being learned elsewhere. Biggest problem IMHO was that no real assets were dedicated to ensure success. The raid was "forced" and nobody higher up really believed in or was committed to it. Especially since it was essentially a "recycled afterthought."


Also note that originally paratroopers were going to be used in conjunction with the raid. With proper planning, resources and execution, it could've been a bold Commando-style raid better than St. Nazaire.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Nazaire_Raid


From the book: "It can be something of a dodge to say important lessons were learned from a failure; lessons are or should always be drawn from all experience......" http://www.amazon.com/Rangers-Dieppe-First-Combat-Action-ebook/dp/B0016IXMVE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408599760&sr=8-1&keywords=rangers+at+dieppe

2 months, 1 week ago on The Dieppe Raid: 72 Years Ago

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@The firing dutchman Jim DeFelice's book "Rangers At Dieppe" lightly touches on the subject.

Some things I'd point out from the book.

1. Lots of people wanted FDR's "2nd Front" to open. FDR promised Stalin, Allied countries and populations wanted to see momentum, etc. However starting an invasion of France was not possible in 1942. So one thing to keep in mind it was a "raid" not an "invasion." Churchill and others insisted to focus on Africa at the time while building up for later.

2. The Raid on Dieppe was originally dubbed "Operation Rutter" and was supposed to occur July 7th, 1942, rather than Aug 19. Bad weather and a German bombing of the ships put it on hold. There a few minor changes in plans. Montgomery, (who was involved in early planning stages) recc'd that it be scrapped, and plenty others agreed, yet pressure for some type of 'progress' still existed.

As for planning mistakes, I think a big problem was that nobody was "all in" for the raid, so it kind of sloppy all the way around.

- There was no heavy bombardment, should have had Navy and Air hit the shore and city hard beforehand. Navy wouldn't commit battleships, and a big air raid would cause civilian casualties. Any heavily fortified position should be softened up before you send men with rifles in.

- the "head on" approach without support is foolish. One idea was to use a pincer movement but that was dropped. Allies would go straight into the teeth. Remember Gallipoli?

- Bad intelligence and not taking the German's seriously enough. Aerial shots didn't show everything, there were plenty o tanks hrs away, they didn't even get the occupying German division right. Planners relied too much on wishful thinking on may fronts.

- Landing crafts and landing tanks...other amphibious raids didn't have the same scale of problems...again bad foresight.

-bad comms....while it was 1942, the communication wasn't well, and when you've got a disaster in your hands bad communication only compounds the problem.

2 months, 1 week ago on The Dieppe Raid: 72 Years Ago

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Thanks for the scoop.. I've heard of the NRCC but did not know what it was.


I strongly believe that a significant attribute of good leadership is simply creating a healthy environment for progress and success. There's no need to dictate and little need to manipulate when in a good environment. Having the indigenous people do the work....

"One is in the context of non-violent perception management and gradual cultural re-direction.  Another is financial warfare Read more: http://sofrep.com/36561/non-violent-unconventional-warfare/#ixzz3Azr9mJAN"

Out of curiosity, how effective would Army SF/"Green Berets" as the are now be at that mission? Does anyone else have a skill set that would be a good fit for that?


Anybody read know the story of the American University in Beirut? Founded in the 1870's by American missionaries, gave many Moslem world intellectuals a more Western education, (Europe had a bad name, but Americans could pull it off at the time) it was great  until after WWII when Uncle Sam got overly involved in Middle East politics. Robert Kaplan talks about it some in his book "the Arabists."

2 months, 1 week ago on Non-Violent Unconventional Warfare

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@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA)  Needs more solar ener...ah never mind.

2 months, 1 week ago on RUMINT: Kurds Seeking To Establish Their Own State

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@Jaycel Adkins @Txazz  If a suspect approaches you with a knife, you should expect to get shot.


People (not aiming this comment at you Jaycel) would do well to remember that the perpetrator IS NOT the victim.


2 months, 1 week ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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Economics will always have the "Guns or Butter" tradeoff/ debate.. but it seems that if the wolf (or should I say bear) is at the door... a full powder horn is better than butter to churn.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Russia and the West: NATO Enlargement

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Great read!

Ethiopians were similar to the Sudanese in style, and did clash with the Dervishes....beat them badly in 1889... in the last great battle of edged weapons...old-fashioned steel-on-steel. 

Battle of Gallabat: http://www.fanaticus.org/DBA/battles/gallabat.html


I mentioned the Sudanese because many served wit the British, including in WWII in Eritea, Ethiopia, and Libya.

I have heard that some Ethiopians of the time would cut up live cattle for their meals and would sometimes mutilate bodies of enemies.. Not sure how prevalent it was, was wondering you @YankeePapa know more on the subject. Easy to ascribe the term "savage" on that basis....which of course by no means justifies the Italians. I guess Americans do the freeing, while Europeans bring the "civilizing."


P.s. I've even seen it (Adwa/Adowa) spelt "Aduwa" with a "U". Kinda like the "Irbil, Erbil, & Arbil" in the news these days.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on ETHIOPIA AGAINST THE WORLD: Twelve Years Under The Bus

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@E Jones @oceanconveyor  I find it mildly entertaining when people are in awe of how European countries spend money, little for military and most for "social benefit" or education.


They just don't realized that the US has been the "peace through strength" in Europe since the end of WWII.


Really appreciate the good analysis you put out here on SOFREP, keep up the good work!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Russia and the West: NATO Enlargement

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Say what?!


2 months, 2 weeks ago on Bill to open Air Force to deaf being considered

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@Muskrat Diamond plates/rods are the way to go these days. You can use them dry and are simply quicker and more expedient than whetstones, sometimes waterstones need leveling, and of course the water/lubricant should sit first.

Manufacturers usually mention the angle of the blade's edge, but the most important thing is to keep steady pressure and a consistent angle.

Looks like I need to pick this package up, I rarely have lubricant/cleaning material when out and about...Usually just throw in a sharpener or two, honing rod, and some Q-tips to clean out the handle, but I could use something to keep them together.


Bring the sharpening article on, with pictures! Despite how simple it is it can be difficult to master! Seems like everyone has their own little twist to it.

"A good sharp edge is a man's best hedge against the vague uncertainties of life." - Corb Lund from the song "Always Keep An Edge On Your Knife"

2 months, 2 weeks ago on How To Care For Your Field Knife

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"there have been discussions going on in Poland as to whether the Uprising made sense, but these discussions take place between historians and other experts who did not live during the war."

Good distinction. Seems like Poland other WWII subjects get set aside. We have much of exaggerated and romanticized representations of the "French Resistance" because it was in Western Europe, yet other countries (with more difficult languages to learn, I might add) are largely ignored.


It's also easy to forget the bravery of pilots/crew who flew back then...much higher casualties than today...

Thanks Naval! 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Warsaw Uprising 1944

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@Recon6 @YankeePapa  I've read it twice now, not counting several more times I've gone back to it to look up a few things!


It also mentions the "Evil Elves" & "Project Eldest Son" (also known as Projects "Italian Green" and "Pole Bean") that Jack Murphy mentioned here <http://sofrep.com/36152/dear-cia-thank-killing/>



3 months ago on The Best of SOFREP: Will SEAL Team 6 Kill Chapo Guzman?

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Should've given them to me instead! I

3 months ago on DoD report: US unable to account for 40% of weapons given Afghanistan

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@Fred82 @KineticFury @JHR @genefarnsworth  Good point as well. Guess trying to force a simple answer can be akin to putting a square peg in a round hole...

3 months ago on A Look In The Mirror At Iran Air Flight 655 Shot Down By The USS Vincennes In 1988

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@YankeePapa @KineticFury @Coriolanus  Just realized you are an actual good example though!

3 months ago on Three Ways the US Government Could Kill Edward Snowden

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@YankeePapa @KineticFury @Coriolanus  With all the Americans fighting in other places before Pearl Harbor (England, China...others who deserted or went to Canada or France in WWI&II to enlist).

Something tells me such widespread involvement wouldn't go over too well these days...Where's AW with his "Lawfare" comments?


Not saying it couldn't happen, like if the other countries spoke English...but..."when snakes smoke."

3 months ago on Three Ways the US Government Could Kill Edward Snowden

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@Coriolanus @KineticFury  From what Google tells me, most "denaturalized" Americans were immigrants who were complicit/active in war crimes during WWII. There was a former CIA agent who renounced it...but wasn't able to find any US military cases. Seems like it would be to much of a legal hassle for what I would assume would be a small percentage of problem people.


Did stumble on a few calls to revoke the citizenship of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, if possible. If you could get enough proof...or if he was caught lying...but I think you would have to be a pro bad guy for that to happen these days.

3 months, 1 week ago on Three Ways the US Government Could Kill Edward Snowden

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@JHR @Fred82 @genefarnsworth  I believe that's what Ollie North stated on his radio interview w/ Jack a few weeks ago.

3 months, 1 week ago on A Look In The Mirror At Iran Air Flight 655 Shot Down By The USS Vincennes In 1988

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Fascinating story! Admittedly I was in the group of Americans "that know nothing absolutely nothing" on the subject. I knew there was some support from Brazil, but nothing specific.


Would've been interesting to see the "what if" they decided to, uh, "influence" the government later on...or merely maintained a professional force in S. America...


_"A fair number of South American countries petitioning Washington not to employ larger numbers of Brazilians and not to turn them into a military juggernaut…  The Americans agreed."

Now we just train everybody...



3 months, 1 week ago on “The Snakes Are Smoking” The Brazilian Expeditionary Force in WW2

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Has anyone had their citizenship revoked because of a dishonorable military discharge?

3 months, 1 week ago on Three Ways the US Government Could Kill Edward Snowden

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At 2:15 was that the same kid the pistol the same with the shotgun clip right before it?

3 months, 1 week ago on Ultimate Gun Fails

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Interesting read! I learned something. I never thought about the gases around missiles while submerged. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Precision Shooting in Rain, Sleet and Snow

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Well I say, welcome! Never got into "Mil-Sim" myself but I'm all for fun, outdoor, team building, recreational activities. Anything resembling a weapon is also a +1 for me. I understand the "stigma" mentioned but I like to judge things on a case-by-case basis (read: I don't judge a sport or game by a couple extremists or posers).

Personally I'd rather see hear and see more "Mil-Sim" than "Call of Duty." 

And as Brandon Webb recently mentioned on Twitter...Quote: "Laugh all you want but the next Delta Operator is the 12 year old playing Airsoft Milsim right now."

3 months, 1 week ago on What is Mil-Sim?

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