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November 29, 2005

Interesting tidbits.

Hmmm, it *isn't* the poor and disenfranchised who are joining the services. Just saying it's so doesn't make it so.

H/t, Ry.

Inventive minds at work... on eavesdropping... *this* one is going to annoy teens... if you watch Emeril, you know he's always telling you to hit on the cable company for smellivision, right? It's on the way... lastly, another competitor for space in the artillery's basic load - mine clearing rounds. Of course, now you have all those darts for the kids to hurt themselves with - or me to hurt myself with, given my track record...

Speaking of inventive minds... Snerk!

Heh. Ted Turner says Iraqis are not better off than before... Senator Joe Lieberman, just back from Iraq, has a slightly different view. Ted hasn't been there, has he? But - could they both be right? Just like the surgery patient at the moment isn't in the best of health... but is on the mend? Just sayin'.

I see Lex is back. Good.

For a change of pace: Anybody know what this is? A new addition to the Castle Munitions exhibit. It's a milestone piece of ordnance, albeit it had a brief life.

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So, research away! Unless you're a grognard and already know...

Update: Ken and Fred got it at pretty much the same time. But CAPT H got it first, and in detail:

A version of the Armour Piercing- Composite, Rigid projectile. In this case, the round is fired through a tapered bore barrel; the two flanges are squeezed into the main body, and the velocity of the round increases. "...was the squeezebore gun, of which there were two basic types; the Gerlich and the Littlejohn. In both, a projectile fitted with flanges to fit a large caliber barrel was squeezed down to a smaller caliber before it left the muzzle." Geek Warning!

Looks like yours is a 28/20mm for a Gerlich tapered bore gun (2.8cms PzB41?).

Got it in one, John.