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About Ronswin

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  1. I received one these Konus spotting scopes for Christmas: http://www.opticsplanet.com/konus-konuspot-20-60x100-spotting-scope.html I couldn't afford a good Kowa or high end Leupold and after a lot of good reviews from other users I settled on the 20-60x100. Good clarity and focus plus, I have no problems finding my AR-15 .223 groups on paper at 200 yards. You will need a very good tripod as this is a heavy scope with a lot of glass.
  2. Ronswin

    true or false

    "A friend of mine told me that Saiga 12 break during 3 gun competitions and Vepr 12 are stronger and last longer. Is that true ?" Well, I just used my Saiga 12 in the Remington Versa Max Challenge shotgun match this past weekend and it was purchased new in 2001. All internal parts are original except for the trigger control group and it's used in approximately 8-12+ matches per year including but not limited to the Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-gun, Ft. Benning 3-gun, Carolina Tactical invitational 3-gun, NC Recon 3-gun, USPSA Area 6 3-Gun, 2010 Pan-Am Shotgun Championship, Task Force Dagger 3-gun, Tarheel 3-gun Challenge, Blue Ridge 3-gun and Soldier of Fortune 3-gun. So, to answer your question, NO.
  3. The previous posts here about the MRAPs being costly to maintain are absolutely correct. After assisting our unit's understrength Alpha shop in keeping up-armored Humvees and MTVRs during my last deployment, I can attest that you just don't order parts for specialty military vehicles like these from the local NAPA or Advance Auto parts and maintenance isn't performed by the mechanics at Pep Boys. The local governments will eventually have to justify the significant operation costs or these vehicles will rapidly become "hangar queens" and quietly rust away on the back lot of some municipal motor pool. They are not intended for a close urban environment nor are they very maneuverable in heavy traffic or tight streets. Just driving one these large armored trucks on a military base with average traffic can be a white-knuckle affair much less trying to rush through a packed city with the pedal down and blue lights on going to an "incident".
  4. Distal, please x-ray a Glock pistol when you have time. I still get an occasional "pistol that cannot be detected by x-ray" from people I work with.
  5. I severely doubt the cancellation of a lame tv show had anything to do with membership here.
  6. I've got an Aussie Shepherd as well and have the Bamboo brand collar on him with built in leash: http://www.mypetsavings.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/13deals.png
  7. Someone records it on video and it gets turned into yet another reality tv show on Discovery Channel.
  8. "None of the different schemes to do this have worked." My original Jeric LRBHO kit works very well and my reload times have definitely improved during 3-gun stages as I feel the bolt lock back after firing, prompting an instinctive mag change. Plus I don't have to fight a closed bolt with a full magazine or download by one round to get the mag to seat.
  9. My favorite cigars have been the Romeo y Julieta, Macanudo and Onyx. Onyx was a lower cost, very mild cigar until Cigar Aficionado rated them in the top ten years ago and the price skyrocketed.
  10. Rapid magazine changes can be accomplished with the AUG/ STG556 with some practice: And "weakhand" shooting can be done:
  11. IF, the delrin brake holds together under the first few rounds then it may not stand up to the long term gas erosion along the ports. I have an older Royal Arms aluminum compensator on my Saiga-12 and it's ports show definite signs of cutting by gas erosion after several hundred rounds of bird, buck and slugs.
  12. This from Military.com on unlawful orders: "I was only following orders," has been unsuccessfully used as a legal defense in hundreds of cases (probably most notably by Nazi leaders at the Nuremberg tribunals following World War II). The defense didn't work for them, nor has it worked in hundreds of cases since. The first recorded case of a United States Military officer using the "I was only following orders" defense dates back to 1799. During the War with France, Congress passed a law making it permissible to seize ships bound to any French Port. However, when President John Adams wrote the order to authorize the U.S. Navy to do so, he wrote that Navy ships were authorized to seize any vessel bound for a French port, or traveling from a French port. Pursuant to the President's instructions, a U.S. Navy captain seized a Danish Ship (the Flying Fish), which was en route from a French Port. The owners of the ship sued the Navy captain in U.S. maritime court for trespass. They won, and the United States Supreme Court upheld the decision. The U.S. Supreme Court held that Navy commanders "act at their own peril" when obeying presidential orders when such orders are illegal. The Vietnam War presented the United States military courts with more cases of the "I was only following orders" defense than any previous conflict. The decisions during these cases reaffirmed that following manifestly illegal orders is not a viable defense from criminal prosecution. In United States v. Keenan, the accused (Keenan) was found guilty of murder after he obeyed in order to shoot and kill an elderly Vietnamese citizen. The Court of Military Appeals held that "the justification for acts done pursuant to orders does not exist if the order was of such a nature that a man of ordinary sense and understanding would know it to be illegal." (Interestingly, the soldier who gave Keenan the order, Corporal Luczko, was acquitted by reason of insanity). Probably the most famous case of the "I was only following orders" defense was the court-martial (and conviction for premeditated murder) of First Lieutenant William Calley for his part in the My Lai Massacre on March 16, 1968. The military court rejected Calley's argument of obeying the order of his superiors. On March 29, 1971, Calley was sentenced to life in prison. However, the public outcry in the United States following this very publicized and controversial trial was such that President Nixon granted him clemency. Calley wound up spending 3 1/2 years under house arrest at Fort Benning Georgia, where a federal judge ultimately ordered his release. In 2004, the military began court-martials of several military members deployed to Iraq for mistreating prisoners and detainees. Several members claimed that they were only following the orders of military intelligence officials. Unfortunately (for them), that defense won't fly. The mistreatment of prisoners is a crime under both international law, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice (see Article 93 — Cruelty and Maltreatment). It's clear, under military law, that military members can be held accountable for crimes committed under the guise of "obeying orders," and there is no requirement to obey orders which are unlawful. However, here's the rub: A military member disobeys such orders at his/her own peril. Ultimately, it's not whether or not the military member thinks the order is illegal or unlawful, it's whether military superiors (and courts) think the order was illegal or unlawful. Take the case of Michael New. In 1995, Spec-4 Michael New was serving with the 1/15 Battalion of the 3rd infantry Division of the U.S. Army at Schweinfurt, Germany. When assigned as part of a multi-national peacekeeping mission about to be deployed to Macedonia, Spec-4 New and the other soldiers in his unit were ordered to wear United Nations (U.N.) Helmets and arm bands. New refused the order, contending that it was an illegal order. New's superiors disagreed. Ultimately, so did the court-martial panel. New was found guilty of disobeying a lawful order and sentenced to a bad conduct discharge. The Army Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the conviction, as did the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces.
  13. Years ago, a friend bought several rounds of 12 ga. flechette rounds at a gun show and we proceeded to pattern the rounds at a private range. At approximately 40 yards, almost half of the flechettes hit the paper sideways and several were bent into a letter "J" going through the paper target. Not very impressive to say the least.
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