Monday, April 13, 2009

Tools of the Trade

OK - the big news today was the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips after a trio of US Navy Seals eliminated three hijackers with headshots at 75 feet. This is quite a job after parachuting onto the deck of a destroyer and then shooting off of the rolling aft deck of said tin can.

What allowed these three to operate effectively (in addition to being amongst the best troops in the military) was likely the Mk 11 Mod 0 Sniper Weapon System - AKA the Navy variant of the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System. The capabilities of this system are more apparent at ranges of 100 yards or more than, say, the M16/M4 system, but you also get what you pay for. This system bought on the open market - sans suppressor, is likely about $10,000 right now, what with the public interest in any black rifle they can get their hands on.

If, however, you are planning on padding your 401k via reselling ARs and AKs, hold on to your horses. It appears that the Right may be wrong. Here is one article claiming what most of us on the left have believed all along - the President and the Democratic Party have more important things to do than take away our guns.

OK - now to just wait for people to actually read this and then shower me with abuse...


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