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October 02, 2005

Sunday Stuff.

SWWBO is home from Bristol today! Whee!

Had a 3 Dog Night last night. Serious thunderboomers *all* night. Sounded like an artillery barrage with Air Force cluster bombs tossed in for variety. The two who can't/won't jump up into the new bed stood by the side of bed and whimpered until lifted to the safe area - meaning packed around the Armorer. I had to turn down the a/c. Which kinda set the tone for today's post - the booming, anyway.

Huh. What have we here? The rich *are* joining the services? Oh, wait - no, not really. Since it's Southern rich people, well, they don't count. The only rich people who count are the ones in the Northeast, LA, and San Francisco. Just ask them. The rich from anywhere else are just so... well, you know, passe'.

Never mind.

H/T Grim, via Denizen Ry - visit Grim's link, there's more there.

Hmmm. Interesting. Cdr Salamander has a caption contest. Grim has a different take altogether. Naif that I am - they're both right. In toto, I side with Grim on pulling the ad. However - if it had been *my* ad (I will now demonstrate why I'm not a marketeer) I simply would have had call-outs showing snipers, ordnance storage, command posts, and mortars... all things the Holy Warriors have stashed in mosques. CAIR still would have hated it - but it would be accurate.

Ooooo. Big Explosions!

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KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq -- Explosive ordnance disposal technicians dispose of improvised explosive devices Sept. 21. The technicians are assigned to the 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin Ruleau)

Heh. I *like* explosions. I know, excessive testosterone (except if you *really* think that, you haven't met some of the damn-fine-looking raging heterosexual female EOD techs I've met...).

I like 'em up close, I like 'em far away.

But, heck, anybody can blow up stuff sitting in a pile by lighting a fuze or pushing a button. The skill is doing it from a distance... and not randomly. (note to EOD techs - the skill is doing any of it on command, natch, and keeping all your fiddly-bits intact - but I hadda set up the next bit somehow...)

Remember Barb's visit to Swiss Maginot-like fortress? Here's a tool that helped the Swiss accurately account for the effects of weather when shooting their big guns - in this case, the 105mm.

If you're an Anglophile - here is an Australian equivalent - for the 25pdr.

I collect fire control and direction instruments (in this case, a Japanese aiming circle/theodolite) in addition to all the other stuff... and I've figured out how to use most of the ones I haven't already been trained on - but this one still has me stumped, not that I've put much effort into it yet - an Australian Artillery Plotter No. 1.

Last, but not least - like any boy - I wanna know what the guts of stuff looks like.

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Such as this russian ΡΓΜ-2M fuze for the smaller rounds in the Soviet/Russian inventory. Interestingly, *most* of the stuff in there is to *prevent* it from functioning... until it's supposed to.

Though with something like this - you don't want any parts left over.

After all this, if you're still bored and looking for something to do, as opposed to sated and ready for a nap - go visit Jay and his Sunday Funnies.

Comments on Sunday Stuff.
Boquisucio briefed on October 2, 2005 01:42 PM


Me loooove good Fuze Pr0n on a Sunday Morn. Though somewhere out there there is a lonely Howitzer or Tank Projectile without its pointy bang-bang thingy.

Boquisucio briefed on October 2, 2005 01:57 PM

Oh - BTW Boss, Is your E-Mail in the fritz? I have had a number of them bounce back.

Grim briefed on October 2, 2005 06:53 PM

Best to SWWBO.

Justthisguy briefed on October 2, 2005 07:03 PM

Oooh, Shiny! on that artillery plotter. Got any RA Gun Rules?

Justthisguy briefed on October 2, 2005 08:47 PM

" left over..." Hey, now, play nice! Actually, my problem is that I don't have *enough* parts, but I'm channelling an old Syndicalist from the Spanish Civil War who swears he knows where I left the barrel of the PD.

Justthisguy briefed on October 2, 2005 09:00 PM

Oh, to get serious: What's that little cylindrical thingy with its axis orthogonal to the main longitudinal one of the fuze, lying in its own little recess accessible from the outside? Some kind of adjustment for just-before-firing? A secret known only to the Party elite for make the thing go off in the barrel?

Really, I've never seen anything like that in any image of any other fuze. All the rest were axially symmetric.

Casey Tompkins briefed on October 3, 2005 12:33 AM

I always wondered what the inside of a Dalek looked like....

{ducking and running for cover}

Blake Kirk briefed on October 3, 2005 02:25 AM

Hey, John,

That Aussie Artillery Plotter bears some vague resemblance to the old M16 (?) plotting board our mortar guys used to use to turn corrections into adjustments for the guns before they got all these newfangled digital calculators. On the M16 you wiped away the grease pencil markings after each fire mission. On the Aussie version it looks like you use real pencils, and just crank a new piece of paper under the plotter each time.

But whadda I know? I was always a direct fire type, myself.

Justthisguy briefed on October 3, 2005 03:42 AM

But, Blake, look at the engine-turned finish on that thing! I mean, Shiny! We have to help JoA find the manual for that thing, for no other reason than that it's really cool to gaze upon!

Justthisguy briefed on October 3, 2005 04:00 AM

Ok, I'm in earnest here, and really would like to know, just exactly what is that thing which almost, but doesn't quite, stick out of the side of that there fuze? I'm serious. Why did they do that?

John of Argghhh! briefed on October 3, 2005 06:19 AM

Near as I can tell, it's the primary safety. There is an arrow on the end that would be visible, in current configuration, pointing to the left. The rod has a hole in it, that is currently aligned up and down, to allow the firing pin to reach the cap. Turn it so that the arrow it straight up, that path is blocked.

Blake - yes, it must indeed work similarly to an M16, obviously as a polar plot device. And they did use pencils - there are actually pencils inside the plotter, where you can't see them. The paper roll has two graphs on it - matching, I assume, different map scales. I don't think you marked on the paper - but rather marked on the rotatable disk.

And yes, JTG - ain't that jewel work purty?

Cricket briefed on October 3, 2005 08:17 AM

Ooooohhh pwetty gun and boom boom pr0n.
*clapping hands together*

So, the Interior Guard needed reassurance?

My best to SWWBO and glad for her safe travel.

It is a Monday with all that that entails.


Ryan Gill briefed on October 3, 2005 10:20 AM

Hey, John, Speaking of Artillery stuff. There's an Army Surplus store here in town that has the training aids for plotting indirect fires. You know, the big assed 5' long slide rule, 3'x5' charts and such. All in the big crate they were stored in?


cw4(ret)billt briefed on October 3, 2005 10:36 AM

"The CV-22 advertisement that appeared in the National Journal is clearly offensive, and did not proceed through the normal channels within Boeing before production."

Nice to know that the CV-22 ad which appeared in Armed Forces Journal *did* proceed through normal channels. And it was clearly offensive, too--no way those rappellers're in a *defensive* posture...

Justthisguy briefed on October 5, 2005 12:27 AM

Thanx, JoA, for that fuze explication.

Umm, I really am trying very hard to "act normal" lately, and the Gun Pr0n is a very helpful intellectual distraction and psychic decompressor. Please keep it up, Sir.