“The world’s largest sniper rifle”

The battle-tested M777 155mm Ultralightweight Field Howitzer. Also known as “The world’s largest sniper rifle” due to its range and accuracy, which enables it to “hit windows from 25 miles away.” With a digital fire control system, the M777 has the ability to fire five rounds per minute.  “The world’s largest sniper rifle”   m777_afghanistanM777 155mm howitzer fires at a low ballistic trajectory in Afghanistan.

“Renown awaits the commander who first restores artillery to its prime importance on the battlefield.” Winston Churchill.                  Yours Aye.

Solvitas Perambulum

images‘Solvitus Perambulam’ was a favourite phrase of the Roman’s, which roughly translated means ‘solve it while you walk.’ And by Gawd did they do some walking around dear old ‘Provincia Britannia.’

When ever life throws up a brick wall I tend to follow the Roman’s train of thought. Problem solving whilst walking is different to walking for pleasure, as I tend to do it at a faster speed to get a rhythm going forcing the heart to pump faster, while the senses take in the surrounding countryside subconsciously. It normally involves a route local to my humble abode, of which I tend to head out an hour before dawn breaks. Returning from this mornings perambulation I sat upon the tree logs and watched the swallows expertly skimming at grass top-level, feeding on insects warmed by the suns rays. Just as I poured a hot wet of tea from the flask, a shot rang out, followed by another…173_5Both ’rounds’ came from a firing point 300 feet away, the kinetic energy being well and truly spent as they flicked through the hedge-line into the air over towards my spot. Then another ’round,’ which lifted a leaf from the lightning tree – scattering the birds within. The spent ’rounds’ being .22 lead pellets, and the ‘blapp’ of the rifle meant some f***wits were on the other side of the hedge with air-rifles. Or as I was about to find out, they refer to themselves as ‘air-gunners?’ I stormed over to their firing point bellowing out “Stop-Cease-Fire” (range officers rant from my previous life), before jumping through a gap in the hedge to find two f***wits dressed from head to toe in camouflage, yet sporting brightly lit faces and bare hands as they wriggled about on the ground puffing and wheezing (shape, SHINE, shadow, silhouette, surface, spacing, MOVEMENT.)Panoramic Summer 2012At this point both portly built ‘air-gunners’ stood up looking coy and embarrassed, as I went into rant mode, giving them both a point-blank ‘spitwash bollocking’ whilst reciting the code of conduct for countryside shooting. My point being that Hannah and Nipper often mooch around my side of the hedge while I sit and ponder with a mug of tea on the logs, a pellet close up would take an eye out. Besides which, I take an instant dislike to any barsteward who kills for the sake of it, especially those incapable of making a decent shot, and more so when they hunt small birds!photo-3

They both informed me that “air-gunning” was a recent hobby, which inflamed the situation even further (1). Air Gunners were brave young men who sat within perspex bubbles at 20.000 ft gallantly defending their ship. (2). My 3 acre field is my open air temple, that has brought forth untold pleasurable canine adventures that is not for the use of two grossly over weight wannabe hunters… 

My grand finale was a gypsies whisper in their shell-like ears, which they both hoisted aboard, and departed at the rush with their camouflaged tails between their legs. It was only after they trundled off that I realised I had a stout blackthorn walking stick in my hand, which I must have been waving around like a ranting raving mad man. By the way, I solved my original brick wall problem, and the rest of the day has gone really well.            Yours Aye.

‘Don’t shoot the messenger!’

Published on Jun 5, 2014: Gun Crimes Plummet Even as Gun Sales Rise…Gun crimes plummetA majority of Americans say they think gun crime has increased over the past 20 years, even though it has actually fallen dramatically, a recent Pew Research Center survey shows. Sources: Department of Justice: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: Annual Firearms Manufacturers And Export Report: United States International Trade Commission: Pew Research Center: National Safety Council: Gallup.Gun crimes drop as gun sales riseGun Crimes Plummet Even as Gun Sales Rise ‘Hey don’t shoot the messenger!’ Yours Aye

Browning HP, Sig Sauer, Glock.

Red-faced defence chiefs squandered millions of pounds on 6,000 pistols that were scrapped after just five years. A damning example of waste by the Ministry of Defence top brass, who bought the Sig Sauer handguns before ditching them in favour of Austrian-made Glock. The embarrassing fiasco came at a time when the cash-strapped department was axing 30,000 troops, fighter jets, warships and tanks in a desperate bid to save money. The MoD ordered the consignment of Sig semi-automatic pistols in 2008 as an Urgent Operational Requirement to enable British soldiers to protect themselves better in Afghanistan. UPDATED:  out of pure interest  1.Welcome to Ex-MOD.com    2.MOD Sales, Military Vehicles & Used Ex MOD Land Rovers for Sale   3.Direct Sales – MOD Sales, Military Vehicles & Used Ex MOD Land … Change the £ for $ to appreciate valuearticle-0-005FEA2200000258-191_634x401But in January last year the Army announced that after extensive tests it was replacing the ageing standard-issue Cold War-era Browning pistol – introduced nearly 50 years ago – with the Glock 17 Gen 4 handgun. The Treasury has spent £6 billion on Urgent Operations Requirements, or UORs, which has involved rushing new kit into service in Iraq and Afghanistan when existing equipment proves to be dangerously inadequate MORE HERE:  Ministry of Defence spent millions of pounds on 6000 pistols which it ditched after just five years

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It is my own humble opinion that you cannot judge a decision made in 2008, by the standard of today. In addition to this, the decision to purchase the 6,000 Sig Sauer pistols was part of an ‘Urgent Operational Requirement’ for troops engaged in hostile operations. As such it would have been placed as a bulk emergency order, with the criteria to over match the Browning, at the cheapest price. Its use as a secondary weapon would have been against targets up close and very personal. It was well-known that the 9mm Browning High Power pistols were at the very end of their life in 2000! 

As far as kit and weapons were concerned when I served as a RM; we fortunately had the best, as well as specialist kit unseen in the Army/RAF at the time. I had only one complaint, and that was against the first issue of the RM high leg combat boots. The procurement officer within the Corps should have been reamed out with an old Christmas tree for signing off on them. Typical of such a trial the main issue went to Staff officers, clerks, cooks, and bottle washers. Only a small handful of Commando Unit Marines received a pair for evaluation, of which all complained of their total unsuitability; no one listened. It took five years before some genius rectified the fault, which resulted in a far superior boot. Drip session now over…       Yours Aye.

‘Two friends’ Backpack adventure…

article-2543240-1AD97EE200000578-999_636x382Gun Manufacturers Smith & Wesson have unleashed their newest revolver: a monster .460 calibre handgun which they say is ‘great for a back-up gun, or for hunting’. Named the ‘Backpack Cannon’, the gun was unveiled in Las Vegas on Monday at the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade show, the largest gun show in the U.S., which around 60,000 gun fans attend every year.article-2543240-1AD97FDA00000578-20_634x382 The cannon features a three-inch barrel, high visibility sights and synthetic shock absorber on the rear of the handle, as well as a massive chamber to fit the gigantic .460 calibre rounds, which are some of the biggest and most powerful bullets in the world. MORE HERE: Smith & Wesson unveil the Backpack Cannon, their monster .460 caliber revolver

I thought they released a version of this several years ago? Apparently this version comes with an optional two-wheel ‘strap on barrel bogey,’ and twelve feet of thick para cord, so owners can trundle along dragging it behind them! OK, I made the last bit up about the wheels and cord… Would I have one? Of course I would, just in case ‘Nipper’ ever went rogue, and turned on me ;-)      Yours Aye.

A fistful of $ Dollars USD

Or a fistful of £ Sterling, depending on what side of the pond you hail from. bill-424276

That’s what you will require to purchase Wild Bill Hickok’s Smith & Wesson No 2 revolver when it comes up for auction. The .32 gun with a 6in barrel, blue finish and varnished rosewood grips comes with documentation proving its provenance. 68920 WILD WEST fans will need a fistful of dollars to buy the ­pistol Wild Bill Hickok was ­carrying With todays currency conversion, that’s $ 498,352-USD, or £ 320,000-Sterling. I would lay odds on that it stays on the $ side of the pond, which is where its true history sits. (it would have to be de-commissioned if it was brought into the UK, a gross act of legislative vandalism)!

Yours Aye.

I Support Starbucks and the 2A

Starbucks and 2AMoms Demand Action is a little hot under the collar about Starbucks honoring state and local laws regarding the carry of firearms in their stores. Essentially the java joint matches their store policies with law. So they allow firearms in the coffeeshop if local law allows it. And to show appreciation, gun aficionados are staging a buy-in on August 9th. (I thought it was today and passed by one at the mall. We rolled in and bought three drinks to show support. None of the baristas had any idea about the buy-in, probably because I had the wrong day. But they were friendly to the idea. 2nd Amendment, one of them asked. Neat.)

US Concealed Carry, Inc.

USCCAI find the idea of concealed carry enticing, it’s a great privilege and responsibility. One day, when I’m finished with Navy deployments, I’ll explore a CCW license. In the meantime, I’ll just have to go here:

Welcome to the United States Concealed Carry Association, the Nation’s Ultimate Concealed Carry Resource

If you’re like me, you believe in the 2nd Amendment and that self-defense is a natural-born right. This website is for people like us, people who are willing to carry a concealed weapon to protect their loved ones.

Enjoy our collection of Concealed Carry information and stay safe,

Tim Schmidt
Founder, US Concealed Carry, Inc.
Publisher, Concealed Carry Magazine

The beauty of the second amendment is that it helps guarantee the other amendments. For other gun news, do go visit the Gun Feed. It’s like a midnight buffet, minus the conga line.

Nikki Haley at FNH-USA

Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley, also known as South Carolina’s governor Nikki Haley, visited the FNH-USA factory:

Nikki Haley at FNH-USA.

Nikki Haley at FNH-USA.

Just looking up information on the governor yielded some interesting results:

Her husband, Michael Haley, is a federal employee with the United States Department of the Army and an officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard and was sent on a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in January 2013. The couple have two children, Rena and Nalin. Haley’s brother Mitti Randhawa was an active duty officer who served in the U.S. Army for 20 years.

Every state’s governor should learn about firearms. They are our national heritage. The story of United States is interwoven with the development of guns. I’ve given up on California’s politicians, but I commend the governor of South Carolina for visiting the FNH plant (and getting a concealed-weapons permit.)

Young Sarah Merkle Sings the Truth

Sarah Merckle

Sarah Merkle

If you have an extra five minutes, go hustle your happy way over to this gun-grrrrl’s site to watch a video of Sarah Merkle.

She is a Maryland teenager, eloquent in her defense of the second amendment.

I can’t think of a recent clip I’ve seen that states the constitutional position with such clarity.

And I love how she brings up Chicago and compares the stringent laws the Windy City has with its gun deaths. (There were more gun deaths in Chicago than in the Afghanistan War during the same time period.)

Go Chow at the Gun Feed

The Gun FeedIf you have some extra time on your hands and you are pre-disposed towards weapons and news about them, you really should go to the Gun Feed. It’s a site set up like the Drudge Report, but it is entirely based on guns. The top story, on the Tavor X95, is fascinating. And they have all the right advertisers: Glock, the NRA, Wilson Combat, Ruger. Somewhere, buried deep within its exalted pages, is a link to this blog. I have no idea which blogpost is generating the traffic, I just hope it is not this one.