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  1. Collimatrix

    Contemporary Western Tank Rumble!

    Perhaps it's a sheathed penetrator, and one number is the diameter of the inner tungsten penetrator, while the other number is the tungsten penetrator plus outer steel cladding?
  2. I am saying that. If the Democrats want to remain competitive, they need to dig out decades worth of Chicago machine apparatchiks and Clinton lackeys and send them to the salt mines. If the Republicans wish to continue riding this populist high, they need to give in to their bases' desire for blood, and drag out hundreds of Bush-era neocons and give them life sentences for being counterrevolutionaries. That would be a good start. One thing that Shattered makes very clear is that, while Hillary Clinton was an absolute dud on the campaign trail, she was extremely methodical about building up her support in order to cinch the nomination. The lesson she learned from the 2008 primary rodeo was that the only real threat to her inevitable ascendancy were other Democrats. Therefore, she worked hard on developing a network of operators within the party who could guarantee her nomination. By all indications, her team put way more thought into how to win the primary than how to win the actual election. So, in a very real sense, if Hillary decides to run again in 2020 (which would obviously be disastrous), job number one for any enterprising, up-and-coming Democrats will absolutely be to purge the party of her malign influence. The party is filled with Clinton agents programmed to steal votes and money, and the party will not function correctly until they are all rounded up, given show trials, and shipped off to somewhere cold and miserable. As soon as the rest of the Democrats realize that these people are parasites, and not comrades, their days are numbered. Right now they're too spooked to clean their own house. But perhaps, after a few more painful humiliations, some of the young, bright ones will come to see what must be done. The Republicans have a similar problem, but the solution is somewhat different. Simply put, Republican voters have despised Republican politicians for years. They (barely) tolerated them because they saw them as the lesser of two evils (but only very slightly). But now that they have the new Trump movement, what need do they have for the old, legacy Republicans? The answer is that they have no need for them whatsoever. But that salt ain't gonna mine itself! Summary: Gulags. Gulags for all.
  3. The Democrats should consider purging all party members over the age of 65. I'm not saying that all problems in US politics can be solved by throwing the unworthy into gulags... oh wait, yes I am.
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    Documents for the Documents God

    A price comparison of arming the M1 tank with the M68, L30 or Rheinmetall 120mm
  5. I've been meditating a lot lately on humans that I hate. I would say "people I hate," but once I take to hating a someone enough I de-classify them as a person. I've been focusing on hate more because I've realized that there is no point in marinating in negative emotions. What I had mistaken for righteous indignation was really jealousy. I'm not angry at the fraudulent because I hate fraud; I'm angry because they're talentless hacks and I could do a far better job. But I'm lazy, so you, my talented reader, you must do a better job, and become a more ravenous, vicious, and unstoppable leech than ever these mediocre reprobates could dream. I got the idea when I was reading the latest drivel from our favorite poly sci majors, and I realized that the authors are fundamentally parasitic con artists, and, more to the point, half-assed ones. The article is only worth reading if you want to heckle it. It has no factual content. The funniest part is probably where they're talking up the threat of firearms made on 3D printers, and then bring up the Ghost Gunner, which isn't a 3D printer. It's a fucking mill. You know, an example of that old-fashioned subtractive manufacture that's supposed to be obsolete now. This is as intellectually honest as hyping the threat of being stung to death by zebras in the streets, and pointing out that tapirs will bite your fucking arm off as evidence of the severity of the threat. I am, of course, heartened to see that these worms have doubled down on their claim that 3D printing is somehow applicable to clandestine manufacture of nuclear weapons, and are, as before, aggressively misunderstanding fundamental facts about isotope enrichment. If there's anything that these scum are good at, it's ignoring basic fucking nuclear physics. But other than that, it's not a particularly slick attempt to sew panic and profit thereby. The best possible result from this sort of scaremongering is that some useless government regulatory agency will be set up to strangle 3D printing with useless regulations. This useless agency will have some number of jobs that will be filled with poly sci majors and other unemployable refuse. Anyone employed in this hypothetical useless agency would work nine to five in a cubicle, watching whatever their favorite deviant sort of porn is, calling in sick about a third of the time, and occasionally writing internal correspondence that will be beautifully devoid of meaning. Is this sort of soul-raping mediocrity anyone's idea of a big steal? Because if getting a fake job at a fake agency to police a fake threat is your notion of making it, please enclose yourself in a running incinerator. You have some sort of pathogen that causes you to aspire to being a moderate nuisance, and that sort of plague needs to stop now. The problem with these people is that their lies are small. As we all know, big lies are better than little ones. Don't stretch the truth; snap it right the fuck off. The only thing standing between you and gigantic yachts made of cocaine is a sentimental attachment to the truth. The lord of this world will only reward you fully if you embrace him fully. Highly successful liars don't embroider the truth, they dispense with it entirely. Consummate your marriage to darkness and falsity, and receive glorious rewards. Don't say that the Eisenhower administration should have been more aggressive in defense spending and research. Say that the Soviets have more bombers and more missiles. You'll get to be president of Camelot, fuck Marilyn Monroe and will be spared the indignity of old age. Don't say that 3D printing could change the way nuclear weapons are made in the future. Claim that the Iranians and North Koreans, and hell, that the South Africans all made their nuclear weapons by using 3D printers. When asked for evidence of your nonsense, point to the South African invasion of Sudan. Say so with absolute arrogance and an unshakable air of moral superiority. If you are loud and persistent enough, and lie outrageously enough, Satan will come through. Don't shill for big coal companies by claiming that coal gasification technology will improve atmospheric conditions. That's only stretching the truth. You've got to go all the way, and just burn regular coal that you painted with Elmer's glue. Your enemies will end up under review, and you'll get millions in tax credits. Satan delivers. Praise Satan. But you have to be willing to go all the way with Satan. Satan despises spineless, cowering wretches who sin a little to get ahead but still consider themselves fundamentally decent people. Satan came through for the solar roadways bastards. Satan came through for Leroy Jenkins. Trust in Satan, and you will excel. Don't you trust Satan? Do you think that Satan is ignorant of your duplicity? You cannot serve two masters. Drink deep or taste not.
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    General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    So, what I learned in 2018 is that everyone's navy is incompetent. Norway and US keep crashing into things. China's new carrier doesn't work. Russia's old carrier doesn't work, and the one drydock that can repair it is at the bottom of the ocean. The UK Navy site that stores Trident warheads can't keep electricians safe.
  7. I agree that this stance on Trump's part seems internally inconsistent. Maybe he just wants to antagonize NATO for the hell of it?
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    Turkish touch

    What size is Turkey's tank fleet currently? Is that enough to, say, completely replace all their M60s?
  9. Alright, we've got documents threads in aerospace and tanks, we need some for small arms now too. Small arms technology lags other fields by decades, by here at Sturgeon's House, it only lags by months! General Design Theory Treatises: First up is a link to George M Chinn's The Machine Gun. This is the premier English-language book on automatic weapon design theory. Also, because it was a US Government publication, it is legally available for free. The book is mainly focused on the design of autocannons, but the theory is applicable to smaller systems as well. If you read this book and understand it, you are ahead of 90% of the people in the industry. Next is this US Army document on small arms design hosted at Forgotten Weapons. The theoretical information in this is largely taken from Chinn, but it adds a lot of notes from experience on what does and does not work. It also has an excellent quantitative discussion of recoil, and some notes on various concepts the US Army was playing with at the time. More Specific Documents: Extractor Lift in the AR-15 series. This interesting series of tests disproves the rationale behind "improved" "lobstertail" AR-15 extractors. In addition, it shows just how much residual blowback pressure there is in the M4 (it's more than you'd think). Why Telescoped Ammunition Sucks. It really sucks. Jim Schatz on caseless ammunition. Very interesting read from a guy who was there when it happened.
  10. This the third Trump/US politics thread. The first iteration is here, and volume 2 is here.
  11. Is there any word on which countries are interested in buying?
  12. I don't think this is quite correct. Trump did drive up voter turnout for the Democrats, who saw the 2018 mid-terms, among other things, as a referendum on Trump and an opportunity to end his destructive madness. (little do the puny fools know that Trump's madness is completely unstoppable. The stars are right, and no mortal forces can hinder him) The problem for the Republicans was that their base didn't see the mid-terms as a referendum on Trump. Trump wasn't on the ballot, Republicans were. Republican voters are lukewarm about Republican politicians, and much, much more enthusiastic about Trump. Trump isn't a Republican. He's a rich eccentric who hijacked the Republican Party because he thought it would be funny (and boy, howdy has it been). Republican politicians and the Republican base are at odds on a number of issues. Once you get past his flamboyant personality, Trump is basically what would happen if you had someone who told the Republican base exactly what they wanted to hear. When Trump went to bat for the Republicans, he and his base both knew that it was a political marriage of convenience. Trump needed the Republicans to win, or at least hold ground, because he figured they would be somewhat less obstructionist and treacherous to him than the Democrats. He needed to sell his base on the necessity of such a maneuver, and they were not entirely enthusiastic about it. Fortunately, Trump knows all about loveless marriages, so he campaigned for the Republicans with gusto, and attempted to drag their useless asses across the finish line. The Republicans, for their part, did not actively resist his assistance. At the end of the day, however, the only thing that could truly threaten the Democrat's ambitions of sweeping Congress wasn't Trump, it was themselves. Their handling of the Kavanaugh hearings energized the Republicans more than Trump could ever have dreamed to. That was an absolutely catastrophic own-goal. While it's true that the Democrats faced an uphill battle in the Senate, the Republicans actually picked up seats. I think this is consistent with the idea that voters were punishing the Senate Democrats for their shenanigans during the Kavanaugh hearings. This is a notion that some Democrats have themselves tacitly admitted. Republican politicians are, by and large, parasites and Trotskyite wreckers who belong in gulags. There are two reasons that they didn't drive home the message that the booming economy is a vindication of their vision. The first is that it's Trump's vision, not theirs, and they still resent him a bit for it. The second reason is that they're just shiftless losers who are already tired of winning. Trump fucking delivered this time around, he campaigned on behalf of the Republicans and really drove home the "Jobs not Mobs" message. What the hell did they do? Just lay back and think of glowing praise in National Review? Very true. The Democrats are looking around for a hero on a white horse to deliver them in 2020. What they really need are level-headed, young leaders who can clean their own party's house without too much external drama, and a team of crack forensic accountants to figure out where the hell Clinton and Obama squirreled away all the money.
  13. I had disagreed, but it looks like you were right. The Onion was surprisingly on point.
  14. Collimatrix

    Designing A Rifle From Scratch(ish)

    I assume you're handwaving the spring weight, but just so you know, when it comes to coil springs, a long coil spring is weaker. Making a coil spring long is the same thing as putting a bunch of short coil springs in series, which reduces spring constant. If you want a coil spring that's both long and generates a lot of force, then the coil material needs to be thicker, which results in an outrageous and gigantic magazine spring. Which I think you already knew, from looking at AK magazine springs. Just pointing out that there's a further weight penalty for this design choice.
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    Terror Attacks and Active Shooter Events Thread

    There's been a shooting in an Oakland bar. Multiple injuries, no deaths so far.
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    Turkish touch

    The video is quite grainy, but it really does look like an Altay. Look at how far back the turret is on the hull, and how it has the large object on top of the turret. Turkish Leo 2s are older models with the GPS built into the front of the turret, no?
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    Turkish touch

    There seems to be a problem with the fire suppression system on the Altay:
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    Why not turret less light tanks? (WWII)

    Not to mention the tug of war between the panzer branch and the artillery branch...
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    Forum Improvements and Changelog

    I thought I would put this where everyone could see it, since we've finally started doing meaningful changes to the forum, it would be good to document them.
  20. But... his name is Donald Trump, not Richard Trump.
  21. I do not advocate wanton cruelty to animals. I am firmly in agreement with the late senate procedural expert Robert Byrd on the subject of dogfighting. Dogs are sensitive, naturally kind animals with souls. They're like children. Anyone who is needlessly cruel to dogs condemns their soul to a terrible fate. All galloanserine birds are morally different than dogs. They are filthy, smelly, bloodthirsty rapists. They have cannibalistic acrimony where a soul should be. Dogs need to be starved and abused to fight to the death. Two male gamebirds need merely see each other, and they will immediately consent to a fight to the death. Here is a series of pictures of sage grouse fighting for a lek. Steamer ducks will attack and kill other ducks because ducks are chaotic evil. A number of ducks and geese have spikes of bone on their wings so they can club and gore each other to death more effectively. This is a chicken that has been de-beaked. In large commercial operations, chickens must be de-beaked or they will kill each other. Chickens are also chaotic evil. Cock fighting isn't a moral evil. Cock fighting is simply not cock-blocking these vicious, horrible little animals and allowing them to express themselves the way they want to. Who are we to deny them?
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    StuG III Thread (and also other German vehicles I guess)

    You mention having KWM and Rheinmetall Service on speed dial, and also sending the vehicles back to maintenance. How much of the maintenance of the Puma has to be done in special facilities vs. in the field? Is it more reliant on the special facilities than Marder?