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  1. 3 points

    United States Gun Control Megathread

    A VERY comprehensive survey by the Dept of Justice which includes 287,400 prisoners who used a firearm in a crime and how they obtained it. Includes graphs and other info https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/suficspi16.pdf Highlights An estimated 287,400 prisoners had possessed a firearm during their offense. Among these, more than half (56%) had either stolen it (6%), found it at the scene of the crime (7%), or obtained it off the street or from the underground market (43%). Most of the remainder (25%) had obtained it from a family member or friend, or as a gift. Seven percent had purchased it under their own name from a licensed firearm dealer. ... Among prisoners who possessed a firearm during their offense, 0.8% obtained it at a gun show. State prisoners with no military service were more likely to possess a gun during their offense (21%) than prisoners who had served in the military (16%). Almost 3 in 10 (29%) black prisoners serving a sentence in state prison in 2016 possessed a firearm during their crime. White (12%) and Hispanic (21%) state prisoners were less likely to have possessed a firearm during their crime. Similarly, white (17%) and Hispanic (13%) federal prisoners serving a sentence in 2016 were less likely to have possessed a firearm during the crime than black (29%) federal prisoners.
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    The BFR Thread

    Starhopper is done. https://mobile.twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1083567087983964160
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    General Mechanised Equipment

    Vickers MARRS (Modular Armored Repair & Recovery System), the basic idea is that a MBT (here a Patton) can be quickly converted into an ARV at less than half the cost of a new purpose-built ARV.
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    Ukraine was a significant exporter of weapons to Iran, along with Belarus. I am guessing Ukraine had sold Iran radar technology that is used in the Kolchuga, and so it could emulate an Iranian air defense site, if the IAF were to prepare for the toughest potential air defense that Iran could field. Alternatively, it may be similar to the radars supplied to Syria by Russia for the S-300PMU2 systems.
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    Depends which T-80... GTD equipped versions: 4 speed (I: 16km/h, II: 32 km/h, III: 48km/h, IV: 70km/h) UD: similar 7 speed as T-64/72
  6. 1 point

    What are we playing?

    You can try to play Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, a Polish-made simulator of Russian rebels killing.
  7. 1 point
    Was linked on otvaga. 144 BTRZ, Ekaterinburg.
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    3 SCOOPS!!!!!! Let's do this shit! I am so ready for all the salt, especially with Lindsey Graham on the Judiciary Committee.
  9. 1 point
    Feinstein is a politician of the lowest, and worst kind. People like her and Schumer will be remembered for being little more than parasites upon this nation.
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    This concrete cross in the middle of the Arizona desert is mute testimony to the American spirit of can-do and getting things done, even if it's hard. In the 1950s, the United States had taken upon itself the essential task of spying on the Soviet Union. Why the hell they wanted to spy on a bunch of miserable commies waiting around in bread lines is beyond me, but the point of this story is that Americans can do anything they set their mind to, regardless of whether it's a good idea. To this end the US contracted Lockheed to design the elegant U-2 spyplane. This worked for a while, but eventually the damn commies developed a habit of shooting these things down. Clearly, the commies weren't going to make it easy to spy on them. The solution was to put the commie-spying-on camera on a platform that was both unmanned and in space. To this end, the Corona satellite family was developed: There was just one problem; while the astrogation systems (star trackers that could keep the satellite pointed at Earth), calibration systems (the big concrete crosses the satellites could focus on), and launch systems were all mature, digital communications had not yet been refined to the point where the satellites could beam over the images as a series of radio signals. Film images from the satellites were printed on physical film. The solution? Shoot the film canisters out of the satellite and catch them mid-fall with a cargo plane. Seriously: These two films describe the process in more detail: Eventually, high-bandwidth radio communications would be developed which would obviate the need for the mid-air snatch operation. This was significantly less awesome, but also much more practical.
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    Books About Tanks

    The local university had a book sale, so I basically swept up everything with as much as the word "tank" in it off the military history table. But wait, there's more. Zoom, enhance! These books bound in red cloth are each worth as much as the rest of that stack combined. They're official histories of the Canadian army, published only a few years after the war with the backing of the Department of National Defense. As a result they have amazing photographs and maps actually drawn by military cartographers. And the best part is that since they've been printed 70 years ago, so they're all out of copyright
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    Books About Tanks

    Rummaged through some bins at the local hobby shop and picked up a pair of books. Well, booklets really, but the photos were nice. Lots of colour plates of Sherman tanks in North Africa.
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    Relevant. https://babylonbee.com/news/to-prepare-for-the-worst-democrats-purchase-funeral-plot-for-ginsburg-on-ancient-indian-burial-ground
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    The Psychology and Mental Health Thread

    I just assumed this entire forum was a mental health thread and have acted accordingly.
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    Now you're talking about Classified weapons of mass destruction! Or should I say, weapons of ASS destruction...
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    This whole thread is worth it just to see Lord James pretend to be OG.
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    Lol we should spam the steel beasts forums with docs with "SECRET " added just to fuck with this idiot. Imagine being the guy up the chain of command the moron reports too.
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    So if I posted a diagram of the turret traverse mechanism of a PzKfwVI, carrying the large stamp "Geheim!", this guy would rush to his time machine to inform the Gestapo? I'll load up the Vickers in anticipation..
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