USN PH2(AC) served from 82-92
We always carried an empty "cut down" Govt. issue sand bag. This would get thrown into a locally sewn tripod "shelf" that attached between the tripod legs via 550 cord. The added weight was needed when running the extreme long Telephoto lenses during a long term surveillance. I've since seen a similar piece of kit for outrageous prices on one of the big commercial camera retailers. I think we made ours for nothing but the time and thread. Since we only needed weight it wasn't too critical that the bag have "sand" in it, often rocks or dirt worked.
I like the custom work, and the QD intrigues me. Can't wait to see the rest of the system.
1 day, 8 hours ago on Rifle Rear Bag!
@Txazz@JackMurphyRGR Old school Commie killin' damn, I nearly had a nostalgic moment there... gotta get me one of these:
1 day, 8 hours ago on Larry Thorne: Three Wars Under Three Flags
@HugeFan No rest for the wicked, you know! Check out H&K pro, the guys making the barrel are Rim Country Mfg, right now they are out of stock. But they can be found. The receiver flats are something to get your hands on! There is a lot of good reasons to buy into that platform. The mags are the ONLY issue in my mind. Wish Magpul or anyone would make some aftermarket mags!
1 day, 10 hours ago on The 300 BlackOut
I stumbled across a manufacturer that produces a 8.8" .300BLK for the H&K 53. Since I run a PTR 91 I'm right at home with the H&K controls and already have so much gear that interchanges, scope bases, brass collector, sight tool, mag pouches. Yes H&K 53 mags are a little harder to find but GOD DAMN that roller locking bolt runs so DAMN NICE! Look at the H&K 53a3 parts kits for around $2500, two tax stamps one for the SBR and one for the collapsible stock, a receiver flat and weld kit for roughly $140. Not sure if you would have to cut down the cocking tube. Just a matter of doing the work and spending the money.
OK,OK, I'll admit it, I'm Old PH2 and I'm an H&K addict. Another part of my twelve step group
That baby would look something like this, just so you know why I'm all lathered up:
As much as the Turks want to be involved in Syria, they will always be viewed by all of the "Arab" peoples as outsiders and occupiers. I might also point out the recent trend in Turkey that has politicization of religious groups, which is pointedly illegal according to the Modern Turkish Constitution as instituted by Kemal Ataturk. The Turks have legitimate complaints against the Kurdish PRK, but the historical animosity resulting from Ottoman rule would be a major hurdle.
It would be logical and sensible to think the Israelis would be a good choice to help with the ground conflict, but again you run into the Arab issue. No self respecting Arab government would openly co-operate with any coalition that involves Israel. That leaves us with Jordan. Jordan has had an increasingly hard way to go, arguably they could be the next "victim" of the Arab Spring. Until the Saudis can be convinced to cut funding to the most radical madrassas, we can't entirely trust what they do.
Welcome to Syria, another flaming bag of poo on the doorstep of the Middle east.
1 day, 11 hours ago on Battlefield America: Literary Reflux in 500 Words or Less, #2
You left out the Huj-dong missile system as seen here during a recent North Korean Military rally:
Sorry, low hanging fruit, blame the Squid gene.
2 days, 8 hours ago on North Korea: Missile Systems
Not to be coy, but, what Asian nation would we consider urban operations against? I can think of at least three obvious answers.
Back to Camo, the use of Feld Grau by the Wehrmacht, the Khaki/OD of US during both World wars seems to show one basic truth. For every day wear, garrison duties and such, a simple working uniform is the only necessity. When deployed theater specific camouflage is the right call. KEEP IT SIMPLE
Where are the senior NCO's? JESUS FUCKIN' CHRIST all this waste of money and energy just to have the latest and greatest uniform? I think ol' Chesty himself must be FOAMING AT THE MOUTH! The senior NCO's of the different branches have been there done that, and are preeminently experienced to speak to the effectiveness of camouflage. Ok, Ok, I'm still righteously PISSED OFF about AQUAFLAGE. What sailor in his right mind wants to look like the ocean? Oh, god my head hurts... Maybe the uniform thing ain't all bad:
2 days, 10 hours ago on What’s Been ‘Camouflaged’ About Camouflaged Uniforms?
I saw it comming, but still want to shake my head with disdain. Various media outlets, (FP, CBS, ABC, NPR) have slyly dropped comments about the "demotion" of the whistle blower. Insinuating bad blood as a motive for the current testimony. From FP :"So I've been effectively demoted from deputy chief of mission to desk officer." This is an especially interesting revelation given Hicks's sterling reputation at the State Department prior to the Benghazi attacks."
1 week, 2 days ago on UT Report: Benghazi Book Uncovers the Details Nobody’s Talking About
A little over thirty years ago I took an oath to defend our nation from enemies both foreign and domestic. I've made a conscious effort to work for change within the bounds of the system. While deployed I helped build orphanages, dig wells, distribute food aid, and I observed people that where truly grateful for the help. Perversely to me at that time, I also observed groups that were hostile to our very presence.
After receiving further education and practical life experience, I became more aware of why our Nation is so hated. My beautiful wife states quite simply that it is due to jealousy; I find that to be a bit too simplistic, I have found that the psychology of families is more apropos. Let me put it simply, I am the eldest of three children, my sister and my brother experienced our family differently than I did. People view our nation through a soda straw that represents their experience.
Knowing this, we as a Nation owe it to future generations to find a coherent policy that will address this dynamic. So far I have been bitterly disappointed by our efforts of the past thirty years.
1 week, 2 days ago on U.S. Foreign Policy Lost…and Found
Damn, I've been involved for the past couple of weeks investigating four cases of impropiety. We handle the initial investigations internally but assign them to impartial/ unrelated parts of our organization. You must be seriously fucked in the head to think that once something bad is found a further investigation is unwarranted. Once we deem it serious enough; I've even gone on to bear witness at a grand jury against fellows we've found to be on the take.
The Department of State must be held to a higher standard than this. I'm beyond appalled. And yes my Congressman, Speaker Beohner has a nice long letter from me asking him to firmly plant his foot into DoS's collective ASSES!
2 weeks, 1 day ago on State Department at Fault Over Benghazi Response
ISR is this redheaded step child that will not go away. The USN ran EA-3 Whales out of ROTA Spain all through the 80's to listen into Med shipping and North African Military comms. It's the mission no one wants but every one needs, and we've lost a shit ton of great guys over the decades in peace and war. May God comfort the families of our fallen brothers. I hope we all meet again to try our damnedest to out do each other telling our favorite "No Shit stories."
2 weeks, 1 day ago on MC-12 Liberty Down in Afghanistan
@Michael Golembesky @Billy the Shit My thumbs are bigger than my Iphone keyboard. And spell check fucks my shit up all the time. I'm on Mike's side in this one.
Battelle at one point after the First Gulf War was doing some research
on Chemical resistant suits, knew a guy that helped destroy a shit ton of used
Saratoga suits that had been damaged in testing. I think Battelle
basically does pure R&D similar to DARPA. I've lived and worked in
Central Ohio for many years and can tell you that they have made a huge
contribution to DoD, NASA, and the commercial world.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Boston Bombing And Social Media
One of the aspects that make the situation so complex is the fact that the Assad forces want a UN led investigation in Allepo, but refuse to permit one in Homs. This just muddies the waters and gives leeway to the conspiracy guru's. Iran is perfectly capable of using the Qods force or Hezbollah within Syria for any number of nefarious deeds. Placing blame, if Chemical Weapons are used, will require a major investigation. Despite the best of intentions the UN is only as strong as the Syrians permit them to be.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on The Great Chemical Weapon Deception in Syria
Wow haven't heard FALN in ages! Any one else ever visit Puerto Rico in the 70's and 80's? Old school Marxist revolutionaries, and bombers.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Battlefield America: Literary Reflux in 500 Words or Less
I personally find the Quran to be as valid a source of religious enlightenment as the Book of Mormon. I don't care what flavor your religion is you're going to see good and bad, it's human nature. All the rest is just pissing in the wind.http://www.gdargaud.net/Climbing/ChoOyu/Pissing.jpg
Lest we forget how we got our super secret agent into North Korea:
Even Kim Jong-Un hates fur, especially on the Worm!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Why Does PETA Want to Kill Our Special Operators?
All I can say is read the caption:
I think it might be contagious:
Said something to the effect the other day, my youngest daughter say's "Dad you do know that unicorn farts aren't real, right?" You can't argue with a six year old....