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Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-13-2019, 03:37 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 6,474
Posted By Astronomy
Hmmn... valid point. On the other hand, I found...

Hmmn... valid point. On the other hand, I found that most of the overseas competition was already aware of these things. It's just Light Infantry 101 stuff.

I once conducted a training linkup...
Forum: Pistol and Revolver Forum 11-13-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 585
Posted By Astronomy
Perhaps Tolerance Stacking finally added up with...

Perhaps Tolerance Stacking finally added up with that load in your Milspec. Even if it fired them reliably before, it might have been on the cusp of not firing them.

Check that batch of reloaded...
Forum: General Discussion 11-12-2019, 03:59 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,290
Posted By Astronomy
I lived in Germany for many years. As an...

I lived in Germany for many years. As an American, I adjusted to a different reality concerning dogs in public places. One that eventually came to make a lot of sense to me...

In Germany, dogs are...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-10-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 6,474
Posted By Astronomy
For making faster ground gain on hard surfaces...

For making faster ground gain on hard surfaces (including dirt trails), what about an adult sized kick scooter?

The folding types are light enough to hand carry, sling, or attach to a pack (when...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 11-09-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 438
Posted By Astronomy
Besides the previously mentioned criteria, I've...

Besides the previously mentioned criteria, I've always viewed the distinction between LMG & GPMG as being this:

With an LMG, the weapon can still be practically & routinely shoulder fired from a...
Forum: Pistol and Revolver Forum 11-07-2019, 12:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 585
Posted By Astronomy
I figured you already noticed that... and might...

I figured you already noticed that... and might entertain a slight rear sight adjustment.

I owned the same basic Springfield model back in the early 90s. Excellent handgun. IMHO, still the best...
Forum: Pistol and Revolver Forum 11-06-2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 585
Posted By Astronomy
Nice gun. Great pictures as well. That's an...

Nice gun. Great pictures as well. That's an inherently pretty tight shooting piece for a "military" (non-accurized) pistol.

I'm seeing that you know how to group consistently, but that there's a...
Forum: Pistol and Revolver Forum 11-03-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,853
Posted By Astronomy
I'm in the LCP I camp. Both are decent little...

I'm in the LCP I camp. Both are decent little guns. But...

Although the II (striker fired) has the definitively better trigger pull, the DAO original better meets my pocket carry requirements. It...
Forum: General Discussion 10-30-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 2,826
Posted By Astronomy
It's a Brown Shoe Army again. With the...

It's a Brown Shoe Army again.

With the recent adoption/fielding of reintroduced WWII style Pinks & Greens, the dress footwear for the entire Army is again a brown shoe. Possibly followed by brown...
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2019, 06:30 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 2,826
Posted By Astronomy
Actually, yes. That's possible. Due to officer...

Actually, yes. That's possible. Due to officer casualties. NCO (Acting) Platoon Leaders. Or Frocked to NCO grade (E-5) in a combat zone.

The "discharged as a Sergeant (E-5?)" thing and the...
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 2,826
Posted By Astronomy
You're the one who introduced it (comparative...

You're the one who introduced it (comparative instructional experiences in the military)... in post #1, Paragraph #3. You actually opened that can of worms.

Just out of curiosity... were you...
Forum: Food and water 10-29-2019, 04:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,790
Posted By Astronomy
Re: Beans... A fork in the road. When I...

Re: Beans... A fork in the road.

When I first started doing the freshman-prepper bucket/Mylar/O2 absorber thing, I rushed right out (the very first time) and bought bulk pinto beans. Then found...
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2019, 03:06 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 2,826
Posted By Astronomy
Actually... yes. If you actually care about...

Actually... yes. If you actually care about shutting down someone's accusations. If not, walk away. It's just the internet. A gabfest of strangers gathered around a virtual cracker barrel.

There...
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 2,826
Posted By Astronomy
Seems like a fair query. Easy for any veteran to...

Seems like a fair query. Easy for any veteran to answer with specificity (and damn near instantly).
Forum: General Discussion 10-28-2019, 10:06 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 2,826
Posted By Astronomy
People are simply less civil these days. Partly...

People are simply less civil these days. Partly due to recent decades of permissive upbringing/education and partly due to the safe anonymity provided by the internet. That'll not change until...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-28-2019, 06:54 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 6,474
Posted By Astronomy
A pretty spot-on description of that pace. ...

A pretty spot-on description of that pace.

That 4 mph was a pretty standard rate for rucksack PT in every unit I ever served in. Typically just a morning team or platoon road march completed...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 10-24-2019, 04:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 357
Posted By Astronomy
Bought my first Speed Scabbard (for a 1911) back...

Bought my first Speed Scabbard (for a 1911) back in '83. This after seeing a friend's example perform nicely during a shooting course.

Excellent design back then. Still a classic design today. My...
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 10-23-2019, 02:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 354
Posted By Astronomy
To what useful effect? It's not going to slow the...

To what useful effect? It's not going to slow the other guys down or dissuade them from their intended objectives. They'll just ignore the effort. But ultimately use any captured devices to paint a...
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 10-22-2019, 02:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 354
Posted By Astronomy
They'd respond with a wide variety of closely...

They'd respond with a wide variety of closely coordinated countermeasures. Round the clock attention from Fusion Intelligence Centers, ISR (drones, big and small, at all altitudes), prowling attack...
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 10-22-2019, 01:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 354
Posted By Astronomy
Typical US military devices operate at 600-867 nm...

Typical US military devices operate at 600-867 nm (for small arms mounted/handheld designators like a rifle mounted AN/PEQ 15 ATPIAL or IZLID hand held Commander's Pointer) and at around 1064 nm for...
Forum: General Discussion 10-20-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,056
Posted By Astronomy
I think the disparity between German & American...

I think the disparity between German & American driving accidents/drunk driving rates is due to several factors...

1. As mentioned, driven mileage per year is a significant factor. Deutschland is...
Forum: Urban Survival 10-18-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 16,051
Posted By Astronomy
Some extract comments (about sniper defense...

Some extract comments (about sniper defense considerations) that I posted on another thread some time back...

On defending against "snipers":
...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-08-2019, 10:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,126
Posted By Astronomy
That is an excellent point and one I have...

That is an excellent point and one I have subscribed to for decades. To my outlook, a BOB implies forced travel to a point of safety/security, on some sort of fixed schedule dictated by time, events,...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-08-2019, 09:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,126
Posted By Astronomy
Weights of USGI ALICE ruck components: The...

Weights of USGI ALICE ruck components:

The issue ALICE Large (3800 cu in / 62 liter) pack bag weighs 3 lbs, 1 ounce.
The issue ALICE Medium (2350 cu in / 38.5 liter) pack bag weighs 2 lbs, 12.8...
Forum: Knives, Swords & Axes 10-08-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 979
Posted By Astronomy
Don't wear a lanyard or cord around your neck...

Don't wear a lanyard or cord around your neck that won't give way before your windpipe & carotid arteries do.

Over the years, I've worn various neck knives... and also little .32 ACP pistol neck...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-08-2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,621
Posted By Astronomy
Just a technique... In winter, I keep...

Just a technique...

In winter, I keep booties, a pair of ski gloves, and a balaclava stuffed inside of my compressed sleeping bag. They reside there full time and serve as part of my sleeping...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-06-2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,621
Posted By Astronomy
I've noticed that much of internet discussion...

I've noticed that much of internet discussion (and manufacturer marketing effort) is aimed at the nuances of 3-season bags. Because the vast majority of people simply don't do recreational winter...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-05-2019, 10:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,621
Posted By Astronomy
Good question. Assuming an honest manufacturer...

Good question. Assuming an honest manufacturer rating, the answer is 20 degrees. It will handily deal with 20 degrees and possibly down to zero. But at zero degrees, I'm carrying a -20F bag.

In...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-05-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,621
Posted By Astronomy
There are scads of articles on the internet...

There are scads of articles on the internet concerning how sleeping bag ratings are arrived at. This is a pretty good one; understandable to the layman, but also includes the technical aspects of how...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 10-02-2019, 10:35 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,664
Posted By Astronomy
Sometimes it takes a bit (days) for the person...

Sometimes it takes a bit (days) for the person you are seeking to catch the latest post... and reply. Somebody will come along with the info you need.
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 10-02-2019, 10:15 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,664
Posted By Astronomy
Glad to see this thread breathed back to life. I...

Glad to see this thread breathed back to life. I had forgotten about it after finally making a decision to purchase the Solo. Turned out to be a good stove and just what I wanted. Now part of my...
Forum: Food and water 10-01-2019, 10:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 750
Posted By Astronomy
The Omnivorous lifestyle for the win... Ate...

The Omnivorous lifestyle for the win...

Ate sand - YouTube
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-30-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,499
Posted By Astronomy
1. Not a bad idea to keep a stock of generic...

1. Not a bad idea to keep a stock of generic Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Dramamine (motion sickness tablets), or even some "medicinal" alcohol for calming/sedating folks under your roof. Sleepy time...
Forum: Urban Survival 09-27-2019, 02:31 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 13,127
Posted By Astronomy
They oughta just re-introduce the old cigarette...

They oughta just re-introduce the old cigarette packs and throw in a 2 oz. airline bottle of brandy, bourbon, vodka, etc. Maybe some scratch tickets.

Rations would still mostly suck, but morale...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-27-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,012
Posted By Astronomy
Herd Sniper: Agree about the old rations. The...

Herd Sniper: Agree about the old rations. The Beef & Rice has been gone for a long time, but Mountain House still makes the Chicken & Rice to this day. My favorite and just like it used to...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-26-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,012
Posted By Astronomy
You have to view a gun sales "slump" in context. ...

You have to view a gun sales "slump" in context.

Yeah, today there's a slump in comparison to the US Election Year of 2016, when panic buying levels reached a stratospheric crescendo. After that...
Forum: Health, Fitness and First Aid 09-25-2019, 04:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,799
Posted By Astronomy
I'd suggest more cardio/endurance training (dog...

I'd suggest more cardio/endurance training (dog walking, hiking, running, jogging, swimming, biking, stair climbing, snow sports, local team athletics, backpacking, work related repetitive physical...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-23-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,012
Posted By Astronomy
Very true. "When someone shows you who they...

Very true.

"When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time." – Maya Angelou
Forum: Knives, Swords & Axes 09-23-2019, 07:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,444
Posted By Astronomy
That includes those currently made by Ontario...

That includes those currently made by Ontario (~$50) for the US military:
...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-23-2019, 12:18 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,012
Posted By Astronomy
Fear Sells. Rightly or wrongly, there's presently...

Fear Sells. Rightly or wrongly, there's presently less of it here in the USA.

I'm referring to the general mood of the herd, not necessarily the actual metrics of potential problems. As always, a...
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 09-22-2019, 03:00 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,082
Posted By Astronomy
The OP dropped a lot of tells about his youthful...

The OP dropped a lot of tells about his youthful age and experience. He'll change his opinions as his life progresses. We get older, learn a few things we didn't know before (but thought we did), and...
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 09-21-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,082
Posted By Astronomy
Lighten up Francis... You waltzed in here,...

Lighten up Francis...

You waltzed in here, and glaringly self-identified your own lack of any particular firearms expertise. Then proceeded to proffer superlative opinions & authoritative...
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 09-16-2019, 02:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,924
Posted By Astronomy
This is true. But it misses the main point....

This is true. But it misses the main point. Nobody (on either side) is hitting much of anything at those ranges employing aimed infantry rifle fire (even using magnified optics). They're just...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 09-14-2019, 03:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,394
Posted By Astronomy
Agree. Even with the drill I described, it...

Agree.

Even with the drill I described, it was just an option. From readings about Bryce, he evidently employed his technique as an automatic response... and drilled it countless thousands of...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 09-13-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,026
Posted By Astronomy
I use tents for primarily winter snow bivouacs....

I use tents for primarily winter snow bivouacs. Very occasionally for desert dust storms, beach camping (blowing sand/biting sand flies), or during biting insect swarm seasons in certain places.
...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 09-13-2019, 12:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,026
Posted By Astronomy
Here's the thing... at temps down to 20F, you...

Here's the thing... at temps down to 20F, you need a bag rated at considerably lower than that 20F to achieve actual sleeping comfort. In other words, a cold weather rated bag, not a warm weather...
Forum: Urban Survival 09-12-2019, 09:39 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,595
Posted By Astronomy
Once upon a time, I was travelling along a very...

Once upon a time, I was travelling along a very long range unassisted E&E corridor (read foot movement with rucksack) in central Europe. After a week or so of travel, I was directed by radio to...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 09-12-2019, 05:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,394
Posted By Astronomy
I think the instructor made generally good...

I think the instructor made generally good points.

Summary:

Don't Waste Time on Useless Motion (or merely Symbolic Range Kata). Instead...

Seek Cover (wherever you can get to in a few...
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 09-11-2019, 01:42 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,924
Posted By Astronomy
This 100 times. With beaten zones? Yeah. With...

This 100 times. With beaten zones? Yeah. With deliberately aimed grunt rifle/carbine fire? Figure the odds. Not against live, fleeting, moving, and partially exposed targets.

But, as the old...
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 09-10-2019, 02:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,924
Posted By Astronomy
So how do all these proposed squad-spectrum...

So how do all these proposed squad-spectrum compatible bullets perform as tracers?

Serious question. One whose answer directly led to adoption of sub-performing M855 for the M16A2 rifle & M249...
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