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 Forum: Bar   Topic: Sad situation. . .prayers appreciated

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:42 pm 

Replies: 31
Views: 428


Here's hoping for a swift resolution to the location change for your grandchild. If the parents are messed up, then you having custody is the best solution. I'm confident you and your wife will not just do a better job than the parents or the system (both low bars) but a good job by any measurement...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: OK... where was this art teacher when I was in high school?

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:13 am 

Replies: 43
Views: 402


M.Becker wrote:
Because he's got brains and it works even at high testosterone levels. Apparently he didn't say no.

There is a Chinese saying about that. "His dick grows out of his forehead and eats his brains."

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Korea

 Post subject: Re: Korea
Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:40 am 

Replies: 233
Views: 6336


With regard to Australia, I've been wondering for a while whether there isn't a deal to be done whereby they combine their submarine fleet with the UK completely - say they supply 50% of the budget and manpower, and 50% of the hulls are on Australian taskings. An awful lot of Australian submarine c...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: USS Fitzgerald collision at sea

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:24 am 

Replies: 585
Views: 13582


OSCSSW wrote:
What sort of a sick mind does it take to come up with something like that?. For all our sake, get some help. Will you please stop those horrible puns? :facepalm:


Yes, I think we'll have to put a muzzle on them.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Range and Angular Distribution of AP Hits on Tanks. 1of3

Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:09 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 273


Which is why the Russians loved our Emma Chtedys when they could get hold of them. That's what Dmitri Lorza said about his Emchas. With the 76 and 85mms on the T34, the gunner tried to hit the enemy tank. With the 75mm on the Emcha, he would decide what piece of the enemy tank he wanted to hit. I'v...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Range and Angular Distribution of AP Hits on Tanks. 1of3

Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:10 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 273


Had they been the Mighty T-34/76 opposing them the action (if in WoT) would have taken no more than 37 seconds. To quote Nick Moran "This tank was designed to serve the interests of the State, not those of its crew". If we listen carefully to his "Inside the hatch" on the T-34/8...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Korea

 Post subject: Re: Korea
Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:04 am 

Replies: 233
Views: 6336


This is the caramel thing IIRC? it is, yes. And it's a really serious problem for the French since they've gone down that road (originally in expectation of major-league export SSN sales) and are now trapped in it. Hence their efforts to persuade people that they have the key to opening up the nucl...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Korea

 Post subject: Re: Korea
Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:38 am 

Replies: 233
Views: 6336


Do I understand correctly that the major type-unique expense of SSN operation is handling the HHEU fuel assemblies? Thus, should a potential... NSSNP (see what I did there?) wish to buy its boats "on the cheap" it could subcontract the refueling out to a nation that already handles HEU fu...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Korea

 Post subject: Re: Korea
Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:35 am 

Replies: 233
Views: 6336


If South Korea gets an SSN, how long before Japan follows suit? The Japanese have been quietly discussing SSN procurement for the last two or three years. Their Soryu design SSKs are close to being an SSN design with an AIP SSK power train and they have the indigenous design art. The only thing tha...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Sad situation. . .prayers appreciated

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:37 pm 

Replies: 31
Views: 428


You can count on 'em Frank. They're on their way. Anything else we can do, just let us know.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Korea

 Post subject: Re: Korea
Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:25 pm 

Replies: 233
Views: 6336


Not just the Norks. Their power projection ability goes up relative to all their neighbors, especially those who are economically dependent on their SLOCs. Very much so - and that also has its impact on the Norks. By increasing presence with all the other countries in the area, that proportionally ...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Korea

 Post subject: Re: Korea
Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:37 pm 

Replies: 233
Views: 6336


Undoubtedly. South Korea is probably the world's preeminent shipbuilding nation, and has a very significant nuclear power program. I've no doubt that if they want an SSN, they can build a very good one very quickly. They're also picked up a lot of German submarine technology by building Klasse 209-...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Korea

 Post subject: Re: Korea
Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:08 am 

Replies: 233
Views: 6336


If South Korea wants to engage in a more regional, or even global naval strategy then SSNs are a fine thing to have, but until the Fat Leader et al are dealt with then I'm not sure they can actually do that. SSNs are power projection tool but, much more importantly, they are a political influence t...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Musings on proto-assault rifles

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:17 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 347


Does that mean de-rimming leaves the extractor with not enough to hold on to and jerk the cartridge out? More likely that derimming will think the metal down around the base of the case so it will either burst or the extractor will rip the base of the cartridge off. That happened a lot with the ear...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Musings on proto-assault rifles

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:07 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 347


M.Becker wrote:
The .30 Remmington has a 52mm casing, that of the .351 is just 35mm short. What would be simpler, shorten the former or de-rim the latter?

Probably shorten the former. I suspect that de-rimming a cartridge isn't as easy as it seems and could result in extraction problems

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Musings on proto-assault rifles

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:58 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 347


I don't see why it would not have worked (The 1907/17 was a pure blowback, so the M1 carbine gas action should have been able to handle such a cartridge without a problem, I know some enterprising gunsmith out there used to convert M1 carbines to 45 Winchester magnum, yikes.) , the glitch would be ...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: USS Fitzgerald collision at sea

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:20 am 

Replies: 585
Views: 13582


Micael wrote:
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NEWS: Navy recommends changes after 2 collisions. No more 5-hour watches. Automatic identification system stays on in busy shipping lanes

Oh my. if ever there was a case of scratching the surface and leaving the real issues untouched . . . .

Talk about putting band-aids on napalm burns.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: USS Fitzgerald collision at sea

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:01 am 

Replies: 585
Views: 13582


I thought we had established that the roots of the problem go back so far that the social engineering stuff had little impact as the damage had already been done? Not really; the problem we have defined is that the social engineering goes back much further than just its present manifestations. In f...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: So this whole urban combat business...

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:31 pm 

Replies: 57
Views: 997


I suspect it's less about blowing the deck, and more the lack of access. The hatchways would be killing grounds. If anything, blowing the decks would be more detrimental to the boarders, if Tromp's experience is anything to go by. Not blowing so much as burning. Uncontained gunpowder isn't explosiv...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: PBS Series "The Vietnam War"

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:21 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 501


His history of Prohibition was very good.
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