"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." P.J. O'Rourke
Bleg to the Gunbloggers
For my class, we've got an assignment to write a 3-4 page essay on something, preferably materiel related, that we think the Army needs to change.
I've chosen the 5.56 round.
What I'm looking for right now is two things:
1) Bullet drop data for the 5.56 M855 and Mk 262, 6.8 SPC, and 6.5 Grendel at 100 through 500m
2) What exactly is considered the bullet energy threshold that a round needs to have to be considered 'effective' against a human target?
For what it's worth, I'll be advocating a completely new round, designed without being forced to fit into current weapon systems, which achieves probability of hit rates equal to or better than the M855 at all ranges, while delivering superior barrier penetration and terminal effects, especially from shorter barrels at 0-300m and 300-500m from 20" barrels.
If anyone wants to proofread the draft when I finish it, I'll be glad to send it along, but I warn you: to focus is not so much on advocating a specific solution as on what agencies/directorates and processes would be involved in making the change. Very mind numbing, bureaucratic stuff.
My home Dell all-in-one printer stopped working last week, or at least the black ink did. Now, I know that printer makers actually make their money selling ink cartridges, so I didn't expect new ink to be cheap.
So I went to Dell's website, because you can only get ink for Dell printers from Dell. The cartridges came in packages, minimum of three in a pack. $74 was the cheapest.
Thinking, "That's pretty steep," I journeyed over to WalMart's website. Where I found I could buy a new HP 4135 all-in-one for $49.
So the wife and I loaded up the kids and drove over to WalMart and bought a whole new printer, because it's cheaper than new ink.
Dell, you might want to rethink the pricing on your ink.
A Post I Don't Have to Think Much About
Since it's been forever since I posted. Three different military themed videos based on Metallica's Don't Tread On Me.
I like this one because it gives the lyrics.
The pics flash by a bit quickly, but I like the eagle and rattler images.
One with a bit more historical photos.
If you want to dig around a bit, youtube has at least a couple more with the same song.