Ambivalent Skeptic

November 30, 2010

Gone Deer Hunting

Filed under: Current events,Philosophy — Clint1911 @ 1:04 pm

No blogging due to the holiday and opening of Deer (gun) Season.

It is one thing to be out in the woods with nothing but your thoughts. It is entirely different to become part of the woods, noticing every little thing. Constantly. For hours. Where a minutes inattention defeats the effort of not only a day’s labor but of a week’s preparation. You are part of the circle of life. Your role: predator. You have no anger, you have no malice. You place your skill at understand nature, the deer, your gun up against An animal that has the home-field advantage. The deer have no range restrictions, they have infinite time. They have millions of years of evolution and a lifetime of experience slipping though the woods unnoticed.

All the other hunters have put the deer on red-alert. You have one week; only so many days, only so many hours. Your only chance lies in having enough skill, enough luck, and enough patience. And even that may not be enough.

“One does not hunt in order to kill, one kills in order to have hunted.”

Meditations on Hunting by José Ortega y Gasset.

 

Let’s face it, humans are goal oriented animals.

 

November 18, 2010

AR and M16 stats

Filed under: Weapons — Clint1911 @ 11:52 pm

Here is some info on on the military’s spec’s for the AR platform. There is a lot of misunderstanding about the what and the how of this weapon.

Please note, the M16A2 and M16A3 are the same rifle except the A3 is full auto while the A2 has a three round burst. This makes sense being that the A3 was introduced at the same time as the A2 which was BEFORE the picatinny rail standard was made.

In boot camp is was drilled into our minds that the M16A2 was a lightweight, magazine fed, air cooled, shoulder fired, selective fire 5.56mm rifle.

The original M16 weighed 6.35 lbs while the M16A1 weighed 6.55 lbs. The A2 mod boosted the weight up to 7.5 lbs.

EQUIPMENT CHARACTERISTICS, CAPABILITIES, AND FEATURES
M16A2/M16A3
Caliber ……………………………………… 5.56 mm
Weight……………………………………… w/30 (loaded) round mag approx 8.79 lbs
Length ……………………………………… w/compensator 39-5/8 in
Fire Selector……………………………… SAFE-SEMI-BURST (M16A2)
SAFE-SEMI-AUTO (M16A3)
—————————————————————————————————
M16A4 (removable carry handle)
Caliber.. ……………………………………. 5.56 mm
Weight.. ……………………………………. w/30 (loaded) round mag 8.79 lbs
Fire Selector…………………………… SAFE-SEMI-BURST
—————————————————————————————————–
M4/M4A1 CARBINE
Caliber …………………………… 5.56 mm
Weight …………………………….. w/30 (loaded) round mag 7.5 lb
Length …………………………….. Buttstock Closed 29.75 in
Buttstock Opened 33.0 in
Detachable carrying handle w/integral accessory mounting rail
Buttstock has four positions; closed, 1 R open, 3/4 open, and fully Open.
Firing Characteristics:
Muzzle Velocity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,970 fps
Chamber pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52,000 psi
Cyclic Rate of Fire…………….. 700-970 rpm (approx.)
Fire Selector ………………………. SAFE-SEMI-BURST (M4)
SAFE-SEMI-AUTO (M4A1)

ARMY TM 9-1005-319-23&P

AIR FORCE TO 11W3-5-5-42

1-10. EQUIPMENT DATA.

US CUSTOMARY / METRIC

Weight:

Carbine, M4/M4A1 without magazine and sling …… 6 lb 7 oz 2.91 kg

Rifle, Ml 6A2 without magazine and sling……………. 7 lb 8 oz 3.40 kg

Sling, adjustable ……………………………………………… 4 oz 0.11 kg

Empty magazine……………………………………………… 4 oz 0.11 kg

Loaded magazine ……………………………………………. 1 lb 1 oz 0.48 kg

Carbine, M4/M4A1 w/sling and loaded magazine … 7 lb 12 oz 3.51 kg

Rifle M16A2 w/sling and loaded magazine………….. 8 lb 13 oz 4.00 kg

Bayonet-Knife M7 ……………………………………………. 10.5 oz 0.30 kg

Scabbard M10 o ……………………………………………… 5 oz 0.14 kg

Length:

Carbine with compensator, buttstock extended……. 33.0 in 83.82 cm

Carbine with compensator, buttstock closed ……….. 29.75 in 75.57 cm

Rifle with compensator …………………………………….. 39.63 in 100.66 cm

Barrel (Carbine) ………………………………………………. 14.5 in 36.83 cm

Barrel (Rifle)……………………………………………………. 20 in 50.8 cm

Barrel with compensator (Carbine)…………………….. 15.5 in 39.37 cm

Barrel with compensator (Rifle) …………………………. 21 in 53.34 cm

Mechanical features:

Rifling…………………………………………………………….. right-hand twist 6 grooves, 1 turn

……………………………………………………………………… in 7 inches (17.78 cm)

Method of operation…………………………………………. direct gas

Type of breech mechanism ………………………………. rotating bolt

Method of feeding……………………………………………. magazine

Cooling…………………………………………………………… air

Trigger pull (M16A2 & M4)………………………………… 5.5 to 9.5 lb 2.49 to 4.31kg

Trigger pull (M4A1)………………………………………….. 5.5 to 8.5 lb 2.49 to 3.86 kg

Ammunition:

Caliber …………………………………………………………… 223 5.56mm

Type………………………………………………………………. ball, blank, dummy, and tracer

Firing characteristics:

Muzzle velocity (Carbine) (approximate) …………….. 2,970 fps 905.85 mps

Muzzle velocity (Rifle) (approximate)………………….. 3,100 fps 945.5 mps

Chamber pressure…………………………………………… 52,000 psi 358,540

kPa

Cyclic rate of fire (Carbine) (approximate)…………… 700-970 rds/m

Cyclic rate of fire (Rifle) (approximate) ……………….. 700-900 rds/m

1-4.2 Change 5

ARMY TM 9-1005-319-23&P

AIR FORCE TO 11W3-5-5-42

1-10. EQUIPMENT DATA (CONT).

US CUSTOMARY METRIC

Maximum rate of fire:

Semiautomatic………………………………………………… 45 rds/m

Burst ……………………………………………………………… 90 rds/m

Sustained rate of fire ……………………………………….. 12/15 rds/m

Maximum range………………………………………………. 3,938 yards Approximately

3,600 meters

Maximum effective range:

Individual/point targets (Carbine)……………………….. 547 yards 500 meters

Individual/point targets (Rifle) ……………………………. 602 yards 550 meters

Area targets (Carbine) ……………………………………… 650 yards 600 meters

Area targets (Rifle) ………………………………………….. 875 yards 800 meters

November 16, 2010

The money: follow it if you can.

Filed under: Current events — Clint1911 @ 11:19 am

Anarchangel has posted some vids that summarize our economy right now.

http://anarchangel.blogspot.com/2010/11/yaknow-i-was-going-to-write-something.html

 

With the first vid, near the end,  I couldn’t stop laughing at the shear insanity of it.

 

It was crazy in a Kafka, Twilight Zone, W.T.F! way.

 

And it’s all true.

November 14, 2010

Daily Wisdom

Filed under: Daily Wisdom — Clint1911 @ 11:13 pm

It will contribute towards one’s object, who wishes to acquire a facility in the gaining of knowledge, to doubt judiciously.
-Aristotle

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
-René Descartes

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
-Francis Bacon

November 13, 2010

Daily Wisdom

Filed under: Daily Wisdom — Clint1911 @ 10:30 pm

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth—that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one.
-H.L. Mencken

November 12, 2010

Northcoast Blogmeet recap

Filed under: Shooting — Clint1911 @ 2:23 pm

Well, it has been over a month, but I finally got around to editing the photos from the blogmeet Breda was so kind to host for Jay G.  I was honored to attend as well as a little nervous about meeting people who have been sharing their lives and thoughts with me.  I didn’t want to seem presumptuous and bring too many guns and act like I was boasting “LOOK WHAT I’VE GOT.”  So instead I came and felt undergunned.  But at least I didn’t look like a jerk.  (However, there was one time Breda looked at me and I couldn’t tell if she was amused or…. not.)

First up, we had a pretty good crowd.

In the past, when I went to various gatherings, it was mostly a big barbecue with lots of standing around talking with a little shooting on the side.  Not this blogmeet!  We were shooting all day.  All with that came…

AMMO! Lots and lots of AMMO.

And of course people brought so much nice hardware…

…for everyone to share.

Here is Jay G. with a Canadian Hi-Power with grandfathered shoulder stock.

Now for the obligatory cuteness

How often do you see a Star 1911 clone up close and personal like this. Sadly, I forgot to shoot it.

With enough time, handguns can seriously work over a steel plate.

And here is Mike in a rare view of taking our only captive of the day.

Then we moved back to 100 yards for RIFLES!
Everyone was eager to share and willing to show off.

Family members got involved.

The highlight of the day for me was shooting a Savage 99 in 300 Savage. I’ve read so much about this gun and now I finally shot one. I was so impressed with the rifle that I neglected to take a good photo of it. But here’s a good shot of the ammo and scope.

I forget who, but someone brought a SEMI-auto crew severed 308.

Here is Breda shooting the gun the “fun” way.

And her husband shooting it the “military” way.

Having fired a few rounds from the prone myself I can say that you miss a good part of the experience. The recoil kicks the gun up enough that you can not see where the bullets impact. However, shooting from the sitting position tends to have one put the rounds in the dirt halfway to the target.

Here’s another pic of Breda at the not-a-machine-gun with an audience.

And here is Breda with here new friend.

And at the end of the day (literally, we only stopped because it was too dark to shoot) we all packed up and headed over to the food.

This is ONE vehicle (of many) at the blogmeet. This was the average amount of “stuff” for one or two people I met that day.

And can’t wait to meet again.

November 11, 2010

Veteran’s Day

Filed under: Current events — Clint1911 @ 11:03 am

Today we should call up an old service buddy or call a long time friend who was in the service. Not to thank them, that got real old when I was still in uniform. More to say Hi, and let them know you are thinking about them.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off the the range.

November 10, 2010

Happy Birthday USMC

Filed under: History — Clint1911 @ 8:53 am

The United States Marine Corps is 235 years old today.

To my Brothers and Sisters, past, present and future, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Semper Fi, and Good night, Chesty Puller, wherever you are!

 

 

Now a quick story to let you know what kind of Marine was Lt General Puller.

When he saw a flamethrower for the first time, Chesty asked:

“Where do you put the bayonet?”


November 9, 2010

Rules

Filed under: Rules — Clint1911 @ 7:08 pm

Clint’s Rules

1 Do nothing counter-productive.

2 Do not complain about a problem unless you are part of the solution.

3 Do not tell people they are wrong without telling them how to be right!

I came up with these rules when I was sixteen (has it been that long). They’ve been revised a bit in wording and they still hold true. Basically one day I learned that maturity does not come with age but with experience. Two problems developed. First, not everyone learns from their experiences. Second, maturity develops with the right experiences. Sadly, it was too many years later when I learned that last part.

In my young life I was frustrated by people, who should know better, whining. These are the poor fools who never tell you what or how to do something,…until you do it wrong! Too many pessimists raining on everyone’s parade. Which is ironic because a pessimist is usually a failed or fallen opportunist who realized: no, the world isn’t perfect and it neither goes your way nor revolves around you. Then there were (and still are) those among us who live with a wait-and-see attitude until it is too late to do anything. A decision-by-default lifestyle, they choose Nothing by not choosing. And then complain about the lack of Choices!

And the older I become the more I realize that the “Adult World” or “real world” would be a better place if grown ups just stopped acting like children.

Now think of all the problems in your life, at work , at home, with your family, with friends…

Don’t forget the internet…

Now if you, and everyone around you just followed these three simple rules…

No, your life will not be perfect, but wouldn’t it be a little better

…for everyone?

UPDATE: My rules are now called my guidelines.

Happy Birthday

Filed under: 1911,Weapons — Clint1911 @ 11:33 am

Well, more of a brought-it-home day. Today is the anniversary of buying my first gun.

It’s a SW1911PD. I bought it one month after getting my CCW/CHL which was 3.5 years after joining the NRA. No one ever said I was conventional.

I’ve known since I was in high school, maybe before, that I wanted my first gun to be either a 1911 or an N-frame S&W. While in the USMC there was no hurry to buy a gun because POF (personally owned firearms) were not allowed in the barracks. They have to be stored in the armory (which had bankers hours). The plan, when I was still considering being a “lifer”, was to wait until I finished a degree and went OCS or until I made Sgt and could live off base. Long story short, I never made officer candidate school and I had no desire to be enlisted for 20 years. So as a civvie, once I got back into college I took the training and applied for the carry license. Meanwhile Smith and Wesson decided to make 1911’s because, why not, every one else was. S&W had even been making parts and frames for the other guys.

A funny thing about this was how I went about avoiding hype or glamour. I was not going to buy a gun “just because” it was “cool.”

Everything had to have a purpose.  Asking “What does it do and how well does it do it?” was some of the best advice I’ve been given.

I even questioned the Novak sights. Why does the rear sight have a slant in front? That doesn’t help on the draw and when would I need to “speed re-holster”?

I shot as many different guns as I could borrow; I rented 9’s, 40’s and 45’s from the local range. I keep coming back to John M. Browning’s 1911.

The S&W was the right combo of price, quality, and “useful” features while still lacking many “frills.”

Here it is today.

It’s been “personal-ized” rather that customized and the finish is a little worn. Just the way I like it…

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