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Archive for May 24th, 2017

Terrorism in Manchester

Posted by picard578 on May 24, 2017

Wandering Through The Night

The deliberate suicide bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester aimed at western youths has, once again, caught the multi cultural crowd by complete surprise. Evidently the last attack on a concert in Paris was completely unrelated or something.

While this should not be a news flash to anyone, terrorists target where people gather. The traditional targets are workplaces, schools, and events. Or like the San Bernadino terrorists, an event at work for a twofer. Schools, workplaces, events. The “normal” gathering places for people, and when a terrorist wants to kill a lot of people that is where they go.

Beslan was a school, and Beslan was much worse than Manchester. However that visceral reaction to those who have not been jaded by constant contact with the middle east is a bit more than the normal reaction to a terror attack. Because it was aimed at the children.

Children…

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The Quantum Behavior of the 5.56×45 NATO Round

Posted by picard578 on May 24, 2017

Wandering Through The Night

Almost since introduction the 5.56×45 NATO has exhibited the qualities of Schrodinger’s Cat, simultaneously being an ineffective battle round while simultaneously being terribly effective to the point where people keep trying to ban it for civilian use. Thousands upon thousands of words, and hours of argument, for both sides have been spent on the subject.

The 5.56 naysayers routinely pull out ballistic tables and show all sorts of lovely numbers about energy in foot pounds remaining at range: http://usacac.army.mil/CAC2/MilitaryReview/Archives/English/MilitaryReview_20120831_art004.pdf and it should be noted that this article makes the “post hoc” fallacy that the 5.56×45 is inadequate because the M14 EBR program was used. The author makes no analysis of what the mix ratio was, and how those rifles were employed, and other tactical considerations. In Afghanistan the SEALs of Seal Team 10 often considered the 7.62×51 inadequate as a sniper rifle platform since they had the 300 Win Mag…

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