“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"Though this encounter is not recorded in any history books, it was memorable enough for those who took part." I guess so.




In the Rear with the Gear, I always say.

18 comments:

  1. Have you ever wondered what effect a half-dozen guys with scoped 10-22's would have had on some of the major battles of the past?

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    1. There's a book called "The Guns of the South" you might enjoy. It's an alternative history novel, in which the Confederate Army is supplied by time travelers with Ak-47 rifles in order to change history. Good book.

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    2. *Great* book. The subsequent sequels, though, were kinda lame. There's another book somewhere, I forget the title, that has a small group of 1970's mercenaries winding up back at the battle of the Alamo...M1A rifle fire made something of a difference.

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    3. I never read any sequels, didn't know there were any.

      I would imagine semi-autos at the Alamo would have made a dint in Santa Anna's hordes.

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  2. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I am convinced that the only reason that, that kind of warfare (lined up in a march wearing red coats) is designed to kill off as many men as possible to thin the heards back in Old Brittania.

    on a another note;

    I have a 10 meter radio I am looking at

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/GALAXY-DX-98VHP-AM-SSB-10-METER-HAM-RADIO-SKIP-TALKING-SKY-WALKER-POWERFUL-/160922149692?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2577b5233c

    I don't know if that link will work, but its a Galaxy-DX 98 VHP, 10 meter that has been tuned up to 260 watts!
    I'm interested in the 10 meter since I can send a receive over great distances depending upon atmospherics. I can also hang out and talk to a bunch of old guys which have much to say and wisdom.
    As per emergencies. If there was a disaster or something, I can listen and hear whats going instead of monitoring the internet.

    I don't know if I will buy this radio in the coming weeks or months. I will look around and see whats out there.

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    1. I think it had to do with the weapons, CC. Smooth bore muskets were only effective at extremely close ranges. The Prussian Army did a study in which regiments fired at sheets attached to frames. Even at point blank ranges, most of the rounds fired went off into the wild blue. There was also the control aspect, in that they had no communications available to them other than aural, so maneuvering anything other than a big block of men was tough.

      Sounds like an interesting radio. What will you use for power if the grid goes out? You'd need a generator to operate it.

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  3. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    This one will give you the 'warm and fuzzy feeling'

    http://news.yahoo.com/us-aerospace-command-moving-comms-gear-back-cold-015320113.html

    They are reopening that famous bunker in Colorado Spings.

    I can sleep well tonight knowing that half the crazies on the planet may have access to nukes (sarcasm)

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    1. Well, the crazies in Tehran will have access to them in short order, thanks to the mental pygmies in D.C.

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  4. CC, if your gonna use that much power, you need to make sure the antenna is as high as you can get it. I haven't looked at the link but it sounds like there's a linear amplifier involved.....just make sure you don't cook yourself with that being too close to you.

    In most cases, up to 25 watts will get you all over the country if the skip is good, and sometimes even if it isn't.

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    1. Hey Harry and Matt,

      (captaincrunch)


      That radio can crank out 260 or 280 watts!

      Go Big or Go Home I say.

      Really, its nice having that much power if I need it. In a grid down situation. I will have to hook It up to a vehicle, generator. In an extended grid down scenario, its 'hasta la vista baby. No Radio.

      I got a 10 watt Baofeng I can use as a backup.

      The main use of this radio I am looking at is to yammer and talk to people all over the country. If news sources are giving conflicting reports. I can attempt to communicate with someone in that region where the problem is and get information (kinda like a ham) I can also just monitor and listen to others.
      Harry, you seem to find enjoyment just in listening to what is going on in your area. Its also great for intel gathering, or just plain entertainment.

      I am looking at antenna setups. I would prefer an magnetic mount, mobile antenna that I can easily remove from the roof or mast and hook onto a truck if I go on a trip somewhere.
      I don't know if that's practical, but I will look into never the less.

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  5. I also wonder what is going on there.

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    1. Yael, lots of people with different ideas. About all I know for sure is what I see with my own eyes. That, and a few documentaries on tv.

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    2. I was thinking about the agriment with Iran, my comment was in the wrong place, sorry.

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    3. Yael, as we say here, it takes two to Tango. If both parties to an agreement are not negotiating in good faith the deal won't fly. The Iranians are taking the West for fools, and have no intention of abiding by any agreement they make. They are inveterate liars, as everything they have done since the accession of Khomeini proves categorically.

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  6. Have any of you read "Alas Babylon" by Pat Frank? It may be an old book but it covers some real aspects of nuclear war. Imagine fighting in the Roman legions....the progression to rifles and now our drone technology. Is the disconnect from body count in 10's of thousands to mere thousands making us more immune to the results of war?

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    1. Fiona,
      I think most of us have read Alas Babylon. I believe it was the first "survivalist book" I read, some 40 years ago.

      The thing that impressed me about the video was that they could get men to stand up and do that. Shouldn't surprise me though, you can train people to do about anything in the right circumstances.

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    2. Yes...its seems like walking to the firing squad!

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    3. People will do what they have been trained to do.

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