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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – April 2024

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – April 2024

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is an iconic movie in American cinema and arguably the best of the ‘Spaghetti Westerns.’ Rather than my usual boring rants about Serious Mistakes, Negative Outcomes,   and excruciatingly detailed analyses of Armed Citizen incidents, I’m creating a short collection of a Good, Bad, and Ugly incident each month. Here’s the April 2024 issue.…

Platoons of a Minenwerfer Company

The medium Minenwerfer of the 4th Platoon of a Minenwerfer company The table of organization for a Minenwerfer company that became official on 1 November 1934 provided for four platoons. The first three of these, which employed light (7.58 cm) Minenwerfer, were often described as ‘light platoons’ [leichte Züge]. The fourth, armed with medium (17 cm) Minenwerfer, was known, mirabile…

Warbird Intrepid Electronic Earmuffs

Warbird Intrepid Electronic Earmuffs

If you have never heard of the Warbird brand, you will because because their electronic earmuffs amazing. Warbird is new company to the firearms scene they’ve launched with what are among the best sounding earmuffs on the market. While a new company, it’s founders have decades of experience in the personal protection market so they know what gear works. The…

Hands On: The UK’s L403A1 / Knights Armament KS-1

Hands On: The UK’s L403A1 / Knights Armament KS-1

In September 2023, the United Kingdom has announced the selection of the Knight’s Armament Company KS-1 as the new individual weapon for the Ranger battalions and the Royal Marines Commandos. Back in January, while attending SHOT Show 2024, I was able to get a first hands on look at the new rifle which has been designated the L403A1. The requirement…

Great Ordinances

Great Ordinances

Peter F. Rothermel The Landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock (1854) On 20 December 1620, Miles Standish, a professional soldier in the employ of the people we have come to call the Pilgrims, found a place to mount the ‘ordinance’ that had crossed the Atlantic with him. This hill, which stood some 400 meters inland from the shore, rose…

NRL Hunter Series : What is it?

NRL Hunter Series : What is it?

In this episode, Ivan delves into the NRL Hunter series, discussing its rules, divisions, and stage structure. He shares personal experiences and strategies, relating the series to real-life hunting situations and the importance of gear. Other topics include the role of spotters, unique challenges, community, prizes, and how to get involved. You can find my Competition Loadout here. The post…

MNN Budget LCD Monitor

MNN Budget LCD Monitor

The 2016 Macbook Pro had a fatal flaw in its hinge design. Over time and with use, the monitor wiring passing through the hinge would frey and cause the monitor to turn off when the monitor face is raised into normal operating position. Recently my wife’s 2016 began experiencing the “Dead Screen” problem which progressed to the point that she…

STREAMLIGHT LAUNCHES PROTAC 2AA-X USB TACTICAL LIGHT

STREAMLIGHT LAUNCHES PROTAC 2AA-X USB TACTICAL LIGHT

Streamlight Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, introduced the ProTac 2AA-X USB personal carry light, a rechargeable version of its popular ProTac 2AA flashlight, featuring multi-fuel capability with USB or disposable battery options while delivering 550 lumens and 10,250 candela. The exceptionally lightweight light, small enough to fit in a pocket or attach to clothing or gear,…

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Ukraine’s Grad Rocket-Armed Sea Drones

Ukraine’s family of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) continues to grow as the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) have developed a Grad rocket-armed Sea Baby drone. The one-way or kamikaze USVs deployed by Ukraine in the Black Sea have been instrumental in engaging the Russian Navy, however, more recently new variants have emerged as Russia has begun to adapt and successfully…

Why Marines Loved Jeeps

Why Marines Loved Jeeps

US Marines on Cape Gloucester (1944) While searching for traces of the elusive 20mm dual-purpose gun, I found a report about the use of jeeps in a US Army field exercise. Dated 22 October 1941, this document sheds some light on the decision, taken in January of 1942, to treble the number of such trucks allowed to each infantry regiment…