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  1. Tyovan, I heartily suggest you join the local police department or maybe the fire department. If your principles do not allow you to be a soldier, then at least look at other jobs that match your ideals. You will never be rich man, but you probably grew out of that daydream years ago. I commend you for not responding to flames. Power to you.
  2. I dunno. I read a newspaper article about a year back saying that the USAF has a helicopter "Top Gun" school. All attend, all leave knowing something that they didn't when they turned up. That sorta place. The newspaper was celebrating the fact that somebody passed with a perfect 100% score. The first and only event in the school's history. Guess what? That pilot was British. Just a FYI. I'm sure the Nightstalkers are good.
  3. Certainly, but the description ".50" only takes into account the bore of the ammunition. Just as two 7.62 ammuntion types exist (Soviet - 7.62x36 and NATO - 7.62x51 (I think )) one very different to the other, the description of .50 can be misleading. Look at the ammunition on display with the pistol in question. That is long ammunition, way too long for a magazine-fed pistol. We both know that the .50 Desert eagle is a magazine-fed weapon, so it is looking increasingly unlikely that the pistol fires anything from a magazine as the grips look too puny to cope with such large ammuntion. Secondly, the gun is huge enough to house the large .50 round. It is clearly a single.shot weapon, therefore, the Desert Eagle doesn't even enter the equation. Nicley pointed out, though.
  4. Kudos to the guy if he can post an apology and accept the pasting he knows is coming. That takes guts. It sounds as though you've crossed a threshold, Joker. If you're not happy with who you are, work to change yourself. With hard work and effort, you can be pretty much anything you choose. You've got a fresh slate. Get busy.
  5. Mugabe's secret police in Zimbabwe use the MP5. They are made and distributed worldwide. it would be easier to compile a list of DOESN'T use the MP5
  6. 5.56 ammunition is pointy, but it'll never be used as a sewing needle. The tip is still blunt, no matter how streamlined the projectile. A knife tip, on the other hand, it VERY pointy. The actual "surface" of the tip of a knife is measured in microns. Combined with your bodyweight and velocity, the pressure on the tip is measured in tons, not pounds. This tip will cut its way through the fibres of a kevlar sheet and the sharpened edge that follows it will slice through the kevlar just as it would through any other material. Thus, knives are a significant danger unless you have a vest specially designed for protection against stabbing. These vests are more medieval than modern.
  7. I'm pleased for Peter Jackson - it is recognition for (at least) 6 years hard work. But I was sad to see so many good films miss out on an Oscar this year - many of which were plainly better than any of the LotR trilogy. Lost in Translation managaed to grab Best Original Screenplay, but quite how Bill Murray lost out to Sean Penn I'll never know. Proof once more that comedy acting will never be recognised by The Acadamy in anything less than a "Lifetime Achievement" rap. Cold Mountain, Mystic River, Sea Biscuit - all badly under-represented in the prize stakes.
  8. The amount of salt in those snacks is enough to give any healthcare professional nightmares. A sure way to a quick death, gentlemen. (I'll keep an eye peeled for them)
  9. Diazepam is known to civilians as "Valium" - it calms a person, therefore slowing the heart rate, enabling fine motor control to be maintained. If you're in a combat zone with gunfire in your earhole and buddies being shot to pieces, you're gonna be stressed in a serious way. The added advantage of being drugged into tranquility would make you a better shot under extreme conditions. I'm not sure if the ARMY/Marines has developed a system to make their snipers unflinchably calm under the most horrific pressure and chaos, but they didn't back then - hence the valium. EDIT: Sorry if I appeared rude to you in my previous post. Armchair warriors who deride the efforts of others without knowing their ###### from their elbow get under my skin. You have my respect for refraining from tearing me a new ######. Once again, my humblest apologies.
  10. Uh, you really, really want to repost those links again. I think somebody with a little too much time on their hands and a...different sense of humour has altered them. EDIT: Tango-Down.net is currently unavailable, with all visitors being redirected to a porn site. The link isn't the problem - the server hosting Tango-net is.
  11. Everybody Hurts - REM I Want To Break Free - Queen Weapon of Choice - Fatboy Slim (The one where Christopher Walken dances)
  12. Aerio, please re-read my post about the M.O. portion of the brain. If you know anything about stress, about the physiological effects of stress, about the methods of controlling those reactions to stress, if you know ANYTHING about acting in a professional manner under pressure, then please share it. Otherwise, keep it to yourself. That 165 yd shot was awesome because nobody died despite large odds against that eventuality. I can hit a torso at 200 yards with a rifle. Being able to hit a ping-pong ball at the same distance with one shot is a different matter.
  13. I think the original estimate of 165 yards was correct. What makes the shot stand out among others is that it was a successful shot targeted at the medulla oblongata. The science: The human body is a wonderful thing. It can accept huge amounts of damage and still function. With regard to hostage rescue, this is a bit of a problem - A gunman with a pistol screwed into the head of a hostage only has to load 4 lbs of pressure onto the trigger to add one more body to the casualty count. Even with a shot to the head, that twitch reflex is still alive and the trigger can still be pulled. In effect, the gunman holds all the cards. The medulla oblongata is the centre of all reflexive movement in the body. This is the piece of brain that controls instinctive flinches like contact with hot steel or the bite from the dog. Send a bullet through that and the unfortunate target drops like a sack of meat: no twitch, no flutter, nothing. Unfortunately, the medulla oblongata is about the size of a ping-pong ball. If you think that shot was easy, think again. Try to imagine shooting a ping pong ball with your first shot knowing that somebody will die if you get it wrong. The slightest hiccup in wind, your zero, pulse or trigger control is now responsible for a persons life. It was one hell of a shot.
  14. Parabellum: I'm glad you like it, sah! Very kind of you to credit me for it too. *salute*
  15. If pre-emptive strikes are allowed: 1) Ask a silly question - "Yoghurt or cheese?" 2) Chinjab to jaw whilst thug considers answer. Unconsiousness will result every time. 3) Run. If the fertiliser has hit the fan: 1) Grab neck with both hands and draw head into my chest. 2) Knee everything until he falls over unconscious. 3) Run. If I am scared for my life and escape isn't an option: 1) Grab neck. Squeeze hard. or 1) Stick thumb in eye. Remove eye. Repeat. or 1) Smile blandly 2) Push head back with left hand, smiling blandly 3) Stab the abdomen repeatedly, smiling blandly. Being imaginative isn't the trick. Keep it simple, keep it offensive, keep it to yourself until you need it.
  16. If the job requires an operator to rise out of deep camouflage at extremely close quarters to rescue a person/capture fragile equipment then yes, an operator might be issued with such gear. Deniable operations are likey to contain "unusual" requests of personnel and odd objectives to be achieved. But just because you've seen a pic doesn't mean the chap holding the MP5 is black ops. The same effect can be achieved with AirSoft and a fool with a ghillie suit.
  17. *approaches Dick Splash's market stall* Wanted: Fairbairn and Sykes Mark I commando dagger. Magic Beans available for trade.
  18. Try this book Well worth a read. He has a big section regarding foxholes and trenches etc.
  19. Yes. During WWI, snipers were trained to shoot personnel manning the machine gun on the other side of the trench. It was soon discovered that the enemy had far more men than machine guns, so snipers were trained to hit equipment rather than people. The rule is simple, if you aim and strike the area around the firing mechanism, the gun is out of action Any kind of damage to the firing port, the area protecting the magazine feed or the area immediatly surrounding the firing block will relegate the gun in question to role of "heap of junk" The delicate nature of the mechanics that remove/move ammunition WILL result in a jam. Every gun is prone to this, as no extra armour is provided. *excuse any mistakes, as I am very drunk*
  20. *please xcuse any errors in this post as I am very drunk* U.S military doctrine regarding knife fighting is that is does not exist. Recent reports of a Marine killing a terrorist with an kerambit: do exist, but any kind of knife beyond the M9 bayonet are unknown (regarding policy) to the US military. Knife fighting IS NOT on the trainign syllabus. A recently designed bayonet developed with Bob Kasper will redress the bayonet to a role more fitting to the bayonet/fighting knife role than current issue bayonets manage. The standard of knife fighting within the US military (if ever recovered) was set by a man called John Styers who used a form of knife duelling (important term) derived from sabre-fencing and bowie-knife techniques developed during the late 19th century. Using a knife against a foe armed with a gun or otherwise is significantly different. The khukri is a marvellous weapon in the psychologival sense. Once drawn, it looks very mean and very nasty. It IS capable of severing a head from the neck and it WILL give the medic a headache. Although the arguement regarding stab vs slash is a valid one, with a knife this size and weight, any slash to a limb WILL sever a large artery, as will any full-strength slash to the abdomen. If you get cut by this knife, you are in serious danger. True, stabbing requires less strength and motion, but with a khukri, strength and motion are a given. I've never seen the Cold Steel version in real life, but I do know that is if a CS blade does not perform, send it back and it will be replaced.
  21. If you ever pick up a khukri and heft it in your hand, you'll know this is one mean knife. I have one which was handmade in Nepal and it is one mean looking mutha. It can be used as a machete, axe, prying tool, hammer, impact weapon and virtually everything else you can think of. See if you can buy a genuine army khukri as opposed to the Cold Steel version. The Cold Steel is sharp as hell, but the edge will never last if you intend to use it as a utility knife.
  22. Medical scientific research (second only to military research in terms of funding) is capable of reading an ECG trace (the little wiggly line that shows how your heart is beating) from a distance of three feet. That was what I saw last year, anyway. Add one hundred million dollars from the DoD and double the progress you're thinking of, and you're probably very close to the capability we have today.
  23. Tell me, just so I can be violently ill. "Eye teeth"? I duuno where the expression came from, but you Yanks can compare it to "left nut" or "weiner".
  24. It could be that it wasn't a police van at all, but a new toy for the "army". Sounds like fun. Any van or truck that powerful would be well-known, so it is probably a customised van loaded with a V12 to cut down on journey time. Sounds like MOD. Which MOD units need to take a lot of kit somewhere very fast? Armed police don't have huge trucks yet, choosing to ride in souped-up Volvos instead. Of course, I'm not say ing there isn't a new vehicle, but from what you say, that is one fast van I'm sure the police will not have the budget for.
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