Reblogged from motodrachen  550 notes

motodrachen:

The phaser range was a facility aboard some starships that allowed Starfleet personnel to practice aiming and firing their phasers. Flashing spheres of light of different colors and moving at various speeds served as the targets. (Memory Alpha)

And if I recall correctly, Guinan held the top score on the Enterprise D’s range until it’s destruction.

Weird thing about that.  The Next Gen era phasers lost the more pistol like quality of the original series, mainly because Next Gen happened during peace time, and the phasers were meant to reflect that as they changed from being offensive weapons, to defensive equipment, looking less like guns, and more like stun guns.  A big change is that they also don’t have sights, and aren’t really designed for manual aiming, meaning they probably have an auto-aim feature.  What all this means of course is that the phaser range, is likely less a test of accuracy, and more a test of reflex.

Of course they also kept heavier equipment such as the phaser rifles in storage for when they faced big threats like the Borg, and those certainly retained their more offensive weapon design.

Personally I still prefer the classic phasers.  Even though I grew up on next gen, the classic phasers just had a much better design.  They were futuristic enough to be believable as energy weapons, but retained the traditional design of a pistol enough that if someone who’d never seen one walked in from the modern day, they’d immediately recognize it as a weapon, and find it pretty intuitive to use.  Contrast when in First Contact a 22nd century woman picks up a next gen era phaser and doesn’t even know how to operate it, and likely only realized it was a weapon from having seen it in use.

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Reblogged from peashooter85  174 notes

peashooter85:

Rare engraved Colleye percussion transitional revolver, Belgium, Mid 19th century.

Wait….where exactly is the frame?  How does it even work?

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DC Carry Ban Struck Down

http://alangura.com/2014/07/victory-in-palmer-v-d-c/

The DC ban on carrying firearms outside the home has been ruled unconstitutional.  This is a huge victory for the 2nd amendment.  Next how about making amends to people wrongfully arrested and prosecuted in DC for having a firearm, or so much as loose brass in the car.

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dethchilada:

Got a speedloader!

Always handy to have a few on hand.  A revolver without a speedloader is like a semi without a magazine.

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Did you know I’m also an artist?  Here’s my fantasy depiction of an early 14th century gunner with his manually lit touchhole hand gonne, length of fuse wrapped around him, pouches of powder and shot, and a dagger for backup.  The eye protection probably wasn’t something early gunners worried about.  The symbol he wears is the symbol for phlogiston the alchemic symbol for fire as basic chemical element.  This particular gunner is a bit of a pyromancer as well.

Did you know I’m also an artist?  Here’s my fantasy depiction of an early 14th century gunner with his manually lit touchhole hand gonne, length of fuse wrapped around him, pouches of powder and shot, and a dagger for backup.  The eye protection probably wasn’t something early gunners worried about.  The symbol he wears is the symbol for phlogiston the alchemic symbol for fire as basic chemical element.  This particular gunner is a bit of a pyromancer as well.

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The Tale R51 Continues

http://www.americanrifleman.org/blogs/remington-r51-pistol-update

Looks like Remington is putting the the Buck Rogers Space Spizzler back into production.

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Lehigh XP a New Paradigm in .380?

So the new Xtreme Penetrator round claims to solve the old problem of the .380 round.  Namely that hollow points don’t penetrate enough, and clog up and fail, while FMJ overpenetrate, and don’t create a wide enough wound channel. 

So with machined bullets being the new frontier in bullet design, that may or may not pan out, this weird little bullet is claimed to penetrate enough, be incapable of clogging, and still produce a wide wound channel.

The round isn’t a hollow point at all, but a solid copper slug with channels cut into it.  For this reason it can’t clog, as there’s no hollow point to clog at all.  The channels cut on the side supposedly cut a wider hole as they pass through, making the bullet truly cut a hole through rather than simply pierce and part tissue that will immediately close back up like a pinhole.

Of course machined rounds are quite expensive, but for defensive ammo that won’t be used often, so price isn’t as big of an issue.  If this design were to catch on though, the design of the bullet doesn’t look like anything that couldn’t be more cheaply produced by swaging rather than milling.

Now personally I carry a proper .357 magnum, but this design might also be beneficial in standard pressure .38 special, and could be a great benefit for those who need to carry a very small gun, or are recoil averse.

Unlike the controversial RIP round, the design of the Xtreme Penetrator seems to be much more practical in attempting to solve a conflict between two types of rounds that just aren’t reliable at lower velocities.

The bullet face however, I think, might cause feeding problems, and again there is the expense issue.  Is it another gimmick bullet, or is it a round that could make the .380 an adequate stopping round?

Take a look at the video and make your own decision.

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Doctor with Gun Averts Mass Shooting

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/07/24/three-people-reported-shot-at-mercy-fitzgerald-hospital-in-the-philadelphia-suburbs/

When a mental patient charged into a wellness center and opened fire, he wasn’t expecting anyone to shoot back.  One of his intended victims, a doctor whom his first shot wounded, drew his weapon and returned fire.

What’s interesting here, is that while hospitals are legal to carry where this happened, the building was a posted gun free zone.  The doctor chose to take the risk of carrying anyone and saved a lot of lives by doing so.

So what do we see here?  We see another would be mass killer who picked out a gun free zone thinking he’d have nice polite unarmed victims, who got more than he bargained for because one person there decided his life was more important than a sign.

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