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Everything posted by Ulric

  1. I love the news reports when they arrest someone and find "hundreds of rounds of ammunition". Fucking pikers. But that also shows how little the general public knows about firearms. You can burn through a couple hundred rounds on a very modest trip to the shooting range. If you are really interested and invested in firearms, having 10,000 rounds on hand isn't that unreasonable. Also, if you are serious about training with your firearms, ammunition will be your biggest expense.
  2. Oh, I'm aware of the poll tax and literacy test, and what they were historically used for. In the modern age, and at face value, I think everyone should have to pass a literacy test to vote. If you can't read what you are voting on, you have no business voting. Also, universal suffrage was a mistake. Letting the beneficiaries decide how much money they get to take from the benefactors never ends well. Heinlein had it right in Starship Troopers: you get to vote after you put skin in the game.
  3. Holy shit, I'm just trying to imagine how hard the left would flip out if voting was as involved as buying a machinegun. Somehow, we can't even ask for identification for voting, but now they want to tax the shit out of guns and ammunition.
  4. Oh boy, I'm going to need some popcorn for this one. Don't get me wrong, I do understand somewhat of how people outside the US feel about America's firearm proclivities, but there are some fundamental cultural and legal aspects you are missing out on. So, firearms that are introduced into commerce in the US are required to have a serial number. This number officially isn't tracked in any database, and by law the federal government cannot maintain a list of who owns what. They find other ways around that law, but the amount of paperwork they have to process to pin anyone down to any firearm can be pretty crazy. Much of the firearms sales records in the country are paper records, so when the ATF does a trace on a gun, they have to comb through their paper database, find the store that sold it, and ask them to look through the stores records to find the private buyer, and go from there. A serial number that has been destroyed or obliterated is a big no no, and you cannot have one reissued to you, because that breaks any sorts of traceability. The said, there are legal ways to have an unserialized/unmarked firearm in the US. It is still illegal for felons to be in possession of firearms or ammunition, but there is nothing physically stopping them from making their own firearms. If they can't make them, they will buy them on the black market, or steal them. As far as a national database, an official one will be very unpopular, because there belief in the US gun community is that registration is a necessary step towards total confiscation. Considering that our war for independence started when the British tried to disarm a local militia, confiscation won't go over very well here, and neither will registration. Colorado can't even enforce it's magazine ban and universal background check. Creating incentive structures on purchases through taxation is troublesome, from a legal standpoint. You cannot impose taxes that would have a chilling effect on the free exercise of a protected right, in theory. In practice, they like to pretend that the 2nd amendment, which happens to be pretty fucking clear in it's meaning, is an orphan when it comes to legal protection in the courts. People treat it like an absolute bastard of an amendment, making up complete bullshit to help achieve the interpretation that they want. But anyways, there always be ways around stupid laws and definitions like that. People will make a "hunting" rifle variant to a avoid the tax, but the rifle will be trivial to convert to it's "assault" configuration. As far as getting people to buy "less lethal" weapons, good luck. Firearms exist because they are a tool designed to apply lethal force. Lethality is their raison d'etre. Practicality is determined by other factors, not lethality. Generally, if it is a defensive firearm, you go with the most lethal option that is in your scope of "practical". Everyone thinks there is this massive gun crime problem in the US, which is what people would assume after hearing about these mass shootings. The actual numbers are very different. Firearm related deaths aren't even in the top 10 causes of death in the US, and way less than that if you take out suicides. We have over a hundred million gun owners, with close to five hundred million guns in the US, 46% of the total number of firearms in the world. We have 30,000 gun deaths of all types annually. Suicide is more than half, and if you take it down to just homicide, it's about 12,000 deaths. The kicker is that 8,000 of those are gang related shooting in certain urban areas with handguns. The same urban areas that have the strictest gun control laws in the US, and has been run by the same party for 60 years. The same party that wants more gun control on a national level. It's been a while since I've seen the numbers, but that's the rough breakdown. So, I don't really see a 0.0024% rate of firearms to homicides to be a problem. If anything, it's pretty fucking amazing. And it's not one firearm per homicide, either, so the actually rate in lower still. Basically, +99.99% of guns in the US will never be used to take a life. Guns are not the problem.
  5. "See something, say something" they say about red flag laws, unless it's the son of some radical islamic imam training kids in the New Mexico to commit school shootings. If that's the case, they will just dismiss the charges and sweep it under the rug.
  6. As I'm reading through this thread, I'm envisioning some feminist who had come across a monkey's paw years ago. The wishes have been granted, and the fingers have curled in. The other issue is that anyone who legitimately points out issues that males are facing are labeled as MRAs and derided for even entertaining those ideas, even if they are a female. To a certain degree, I feel that 3rd wave feminism has contributed to this problem of mass shootings.
  7. I'm working on an improved magazine, with a modified version of the previous feed tower architecture I tested. I had to reinforce the feed lips to do this, so I made this test assembly to check the feed lip / bolt carrier clearance. So far so good. I was talking to some other people in the industry about this on Saturday. They are big fans of Hexmag, so I told them that I was developing a new magazine. I jokingly asked if they new anyone with half a million dollars to throw at this project, and dead serious they said they knew a couple people who might be interested. So I've spent a fair amount of today cleaning up the feed lips, and I reconstructed the AR bolt carrier is SW (I already had the bolt group from a different project.)
  8. Antifa false flag? Writing a BS manifesto is easy enough, but that's not the most likely scenario.
  9. It's mostly the left waiting to be able pin the whackjob on the right so they have more justification to push an antigun agenda. The right recently has learned how to counter push this by pointing out which subset of hard to pin whackjobs they are, then finding ways to tie that to left wing ideology. The exception is usually Islamic extremism, where the left will breathlessly report about a gay night club being shot up, and how it must have been by some anti gay redneck Republican thumping his Bible as he send fags to eternal damnation. Then they find out it was done in the name of Allah, and they drop it like a potato that was heated up in reactor 4 of CNPP. My favorite part was every news outlet reporting on the 911 call the shooter made, talking about how he was saying "god is great". Yes, Allahu Akbar does translate to that, but there is a certain connotation that is lost when you say it in English. Doing that makes it sound more like a Christian, instead of a Muslim. My take on the garlic shooting is that it's lost it's legs because of several factors. First, it was a low body count shooting. I know that sounds cold to say, but a headline with only 3 people dead isn't going to get clicks, so why waste time talking about something that won't generate revenue. Secondly, it doesn't push the narrative that clear cut Trump supporters and white males are dangerous whackjobs that need to have their guns taken away. Thirdly, it undermines that the antigun narrative a bit, since this happened just south of lefty Mecca, the bay area. With California having just had even more restrictive firearms laws come into effect at the beginning of the month, pushing this story just highlights how having the most restrictive gun laws in the country still does nothing to stop these incidents. If the fail condition for how effective your gun laws are is having a single incident occur, your gun laws will never be strong enough. And outside the US, nobody cares, and rightly so.
  10. It "culturally enriched" 13 people, jeez get it right!
  11. Playing around with tweakscale. The crew compartments are the only thing at 1:1 scale. That engine puts out a peak thrust of >40MN.
  12. Sure, it's not the most accurate rifle, but it is still the sexiest. Retro is why I put laminate on my shorty 74.
  13. You need to have more respect for other cultures. Murdering Christians, sorry, Easter Worshippers is a rich and vibrant part of their heritage and we must respect that. Should you find yourself being ripped to shreds by shrapnel, you should be glad to be able to participate in the culture in a non appropriative way. Remember, they are getting ready for Bombadan, their most holy of times.
  14. So, it looks like it has a cruising ceiling of 9500m at about 200 knots
  15. It flies again! This time it has a modular engine bay. The power plants can be pulled and replaced without upsetting the wing spars. This is the nuclear powered variant.
  16. Jesus God, we are reaching new levels of autism and SJW mockery not previously thought possible with this competition I will have to expand my whiskey budget if I wish to participate in this competition, as well as quit my full time job to focus on this I'm just saying, 2 months of work for 50 capitalist pig scrip is a poor trade. Maybe an honorary title should be bestowed, as well.
  17. Holy shit, Cold War Thunder is going to be a kick in the pants!
  18. This gets messy quick. If someone touches off a nuke and doesn't get instantly dog pilled by everyone else, that send the message that you can get away with using a nuke here or there. If they do get dog pilled instantly, then things are going to get spicy really quick. Mammaries will gain a positive Z value if Russia's Dead Hand thinks that a nuke detonation in India or Pakistan is a launch trigger.
  19. I don't know about you, but I love spending my Tuesday nights walking around in biblically adverse weather looking for minorities to commit hate crimes upon. See, this is what you get when you don't hire American labor! Those hired thugs just rolled over and squealed on him in a heart beat. Good help is hard to find these days.
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