OSS and Flow-Through

As everyone else seems to be jumping onto the juicy details and videos in the ongoing debate [exaggeration] involving OSS and the company that starts with an ‘S’ but isn’t Silencer Co.

As someone who actually likes the technical side of things, the OSS design intrigues me. Potentially less gasses returning to the shooter, a baffle less design based on radically new ideas, and so on. Even their latest stuff seems to have abandoned aluminum and steel to go for stainless steel and ‘Cobalt’. That seems a little odd, Cobalt is technically the main part of Stellite, but they don’t say Stellite. Silencer Co says they use Stellite, some other places say they use Inconel, and in both cases it’s not unknown which are the most likely alloys used. It’s not really a super top secret which metal is used, the properties and spec sheets are easily found, and cross referencing the requirements of the silencer to the metal information sheet will pretty easily give you a few possible choices. It’s interesting then that OSS doesn’t even slightly narrow it down to a family of stainless alloys or what Cobalt alloy they are using. Did they not get permission to use the Stellite name?

Flow through suppression; now that is a cool concept. Give an expanding gas path that redirects the flow without truly capturing it in the way baffles seem like they would. It’s like the exhaust side of a gas turbine engine, but without moving parts. Surely, with all the firearm innovations that have happened, someone has tried this or a variation of it before, right? Is the OSS that radically new of an idea that came completely out of nowhere?

The short answer is “probably not”. There have been some interesting designs, namely ball and flap suppressor ends that would seal off the silencer while pressure drops while still letting the bullet exit. Then there was the Kitzmann gas tong design that used… well, tongs to seal off the suppressor. Lock the gasses inside it and let them expand in a controlled direction and you’d reduce bolt velocity and gas blowback and various other things, in theory it’s a functional idea. If someone invented valves to make shots quieter, surely someone made what is functionally a helical baffle, right?

Brugger + Thomet and KAC both had helical baffle designs in the 90’s, but as you may note, neither does anymore. The newest B+T VP9 still uses wipes, and those are not exactly new or revolutionary compared to stamped metal baffles. What if we look at something that is not a Welrod in disguise? In that case, we end up at SIONICS, and a little suppressor called the ‘M14SS’ and their later ‘MAW-A1’. Anyone thinking the model numbers of those have something to due with the rifles they were for, you’re spot on. What if I then told you it had helical baffling that was replaceable, was rated for full auto fire and early models had a pressure valve to vent the gas in a specific direction? Well, they did, and they are amazing for their time. If anything, SIONICS seems to have developed the prototype of what OSS refined and made it functional. It’s a shame how unknown they seem, even in car circles at least people know of Turbonique; although the metaphor breaks down in SIONICS seems sane, just revolutionary. MAC-10, 10/22, M14, M16 and many more variants made, and SIONICS is barely known. Perhaps some old collector has a stash, and is waiting a few more years to make a killing on selling them.

And yet, we still use baffles and in a design that remains relatively unchanged. Apart from the occasional monoblock CNC design or oil filter, most of the companies are sticking with baffles. It will be interesting when (if) OSS starts shipping how they truly compare. Maybe this time a helical/flow through design will work. Maybe there is a reason several companies tried and abandoned it. Maybe those companies spent too much money on product development instead of just convincing people their stuff was the greatest ever.

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Not For public Release

Something seems to be off about the statements in the opening of that video.

Apparently video games are bad because you don’t get the strength to load an M1 Garand, but perhaps with how surprisingly common they are in even modern FPS games, perhaps if the kid had ever played one he would know how to load an M1 as he would have seen it done, even if not perfect or ideal, the process would be known.

It could also just be me, but perhaps the best way with a beginner shooter or someone unfamiliar with the gun and trying it for a first time would be to show the various steps and not go “Does that look right? No, you did that wrong. No, that is wrong too. Fix this.” as that might have a better chance of the person shooting actually having fun instead of just being turned off from it.

Then again, I’m pretty sure this channel also has video of the son crashing on a motorcycle and no help being given.

Just-just why.

Untitled, except I guess it is sort of titled

Apparently, one thing that’s a major part of the Sikh religion is the kirpan dagger, and as a part of their religion they must have the “courage to defend the rights of all who are wrongfully oppressed or persecuted irrespective of their colour, caste or creed” to quote Wikipedia.

Anyone willing to protect the oppressed or protect the innocent is in my book, one impressive person.

This is just to say one short thing: Well done.

Good Luck on That

Now given how annoying and restrictive gun laws are and the rumor floating around that something like, oh say the Hughes Amendment was voted against but mistakenly recorded as being voted for and passing, what we as gun owners really need to do is start a strong legal push to take these laws back and to educate people. There are people that believe bullet buttons stop rifles from being fully automatic and that people can just buy machine guns but need a bullet button.

A strong effort to push back and research into that rumor to sue as a possible way to get that law overturned if it was not legitimately voted for would be what is needed, so the best way to start is by making an online petition on the White House site!

Sorry, I got lost now. What exactly have online petitions done other than either create a bunch of emotional drama over a subject (including petitions to have Zimmerman found guilty, which ignores the entire legal system) to every petition on various topics on the White House site? The petitions they don’t agree with aren’t even used to learn that people might be opposed to something or disagree with a policy, they just look at the few petitions that don’t agree with their philosophies and reply with “haha, sucks to be you thinking you could influence something.”

The NRA, 2AF, Calguns, The Pink Pistols, and other organizations are fighting the legal battles. Petitions show you’re invested only enough to just sign a piece of paper. Why not take some more action instead of just a passive gesture? If you can’t afford to donate or don’t fully agree with the organizations, write letters. If you can’t afford that many stamps, send emails or make phone calls. One person calling their representatives to express their viewpoint does a lot more than signing a petition, as your representatives will never really know their constituents support or don’t support something based on a petition they never see.

The ideas of this petition are great, and I personally dislike the Hughes Amendment. Personally, I’ll call my representatives and let them know my opinions on existing bills. It gives them a name and a voice; it gives them the knowledge someone they represent has an opinion and will take the effort to voice it to them.

Plus, it can really help if you thank them for things they voted for or against that you agree or disagree with. A “hello Senator X, I was calling to voice my thoughts on Y bill and this is why I think that it’s good/bad [choose one]: blah blah blah. I also wanted to thank you for your support for/opposition to z bill.”

Oh, Chicago. You… Just You.

A lawsuit filed by the Illinois branch of the National Shooting Sports Foundation challenging the ban on gun stores in Chicago resulted in the judge ruling that the ban on gun stores was unconstitutional and that Chicago would have to pay almost $1,000,000 in legal fees to the lawyers who won. The lawyers submitted their bill for the Attorney general to pay, at which point the Attorney general is refusing and fighting that, saying the fees are “inflated” and that the NSSF didn’t win.

Apparently Chicago’s Attorney general doesn’t realize that good lawyers cost a lot of money and that a judge deciding in favor of one side and making a ruling on a case means that that side won. I personally would hazard a guess that the reason they don’t understand that or the lawyer fees are maybe because they are a bad lawyer, especially with evidence suggesting they don’t know how a legal case is won.  My second guess would be massive cognitive dissonance or being willfully obstinate.

NRA Gun Gurus

The NRA somewhat recently announced a new show to be premiered on the Outdoor Channel called Gun Gurus. Honestly, I had to sit down and think about what that show would be like, because I know how reliable my imaginings are in comparison to actually reading the email they sent. If I’m being entirely honest, it means I will be really far from reality. So, Gun Gurus; that sounds like there will be experts on guns or giving advice about guns. Maybe it will be some experts doing reviews of guns. With any luck, it will be like Top Gear but with guns. A host or hosts, reviews, news, and crazy challenges; maybe even a Star With a Reasonably Priced AR (on their range).

I don’t think I even have words for how much I would watch that if they did that. So, having set myself up for disappointment, I opened up the email and discovered it will actually be a show where a couple experts from the NRA Museum will tour around and basically go to people with old guns and tell them what they are worth. It’s more Antiques Roadshow but where the experts come to the people.

Assuming you like old, odd, and unique firearms, I will recommend that show hesitantly as it will likely have all of those things appear at one point or another.

The standard link to the show website at the Outdoor Channel is here. And the NRA has a post on their blog about the premier episode right here.

Now all I’m left doing is wondering who to email about a Top Gear but with guns instead of cars (or if you insist on properness in a show, firearms instead of automobiles) and where I should send my résumé.

Ready to get both angry and amused?

Perhaps, reader, you may recall Sen. Leland Yee from his attempts to do things like ban video games for people (resulting in them becoming declared free speech) or perhaps for his stance on gun control.

Well, good news! It turns out he tried to take bribes in exchange for official acts, luckily these were from FBI officials and he has now been arrested for fraud AND firearms trafficking!

Well done on that gun control Yee, it sure stopped people from-oh, wait. To ask a non sarcastic question, what kind of person champions for certain laws and then goes out and specifically breaks them? Was he hoping to get a bunch of stuff to use for scare tactics and claim people can buy those illegally so they need more laws?

The foolishness of whatever thoughts led to this arrest make me desire to not even ponder at the motives.

Full news from the Department of Justice here: California State Senator And Chee Kung Tong Dragonhead Among Twenty-Six Defendants Charged In Federal Criminal Complaint.

Time to admit that

I honestly no longer really pay attention to what the President says or to what the people indignantly replying to it say, be they left or right. His approval rate is slipping further down and ever time I see some new thing and lots of reactions I just wonder where it went wrong.

The approval rate is going down, which means people used to be more in favor than they are now, so I just wonder what the turning point was, and a lot of it feels like he is now digging his own grave.

Now it works

Funeral over, internet back and whatever issue I had logging into wordpress finally solved just in time for…. thanksguiving, if you live in the US.

On that note, well, happy turkey day to US readers and anyone else who celebrates it, and to everyone else, Have a pleasant day in general.

Tools and such worth owning

Yes, this IS a laziness post to have something that isn’t just regurgitating a news piece from the NRA (latest news: California seems to be adopting more gun control) since that news is of no surprise to anyone.

Given how popular SHTF seems to be and how much I dislike the world is ending and the sky is falling and raining liquid sulfur and diseases sort of attitude, I just worked on a short list of good tools to have for use.

First, any sort of firearm with commonly available yet reasonably powerful ammo, OR a good bow and a good set of arrows.

Hunting your own food is actually pretty cheap. Arrows can frequently be re-used over and over, but any firearm has the benefit of not having to get closer to large dangerous animals. Both allow you to go and in many places quite legally hunt food. As far as putting food on the table, catching your own is quite effective and allows you to do pretty much whatever with the meat. make it into steaks, sausage, grind it and make it into a chili, whatever you want at a cost much lower than that in a supermarket.

Second, a good quality axe and various other hand tools.

I will flat out recommend as far as an axe any using the more American style blade, as the length of the blade is slightly flared, meaning it doesn’t get stuck in whatever tree you are chopping as easily, which is a good thing. Again, this is a cost thing. Have a wood stove? Cutting down a tree or two, or in areas that allow it, cutting up an already fallen tree (many forest areas allow removal of dead wood by people) and makes for very cheap heat, as all you need is some effort and the cost of the axe.

A brush axe is good for removing heavily grown brush plants such as saplings and other things, and a scythe is amazingly effective at grass and weeds and lighter brush. Faster and cheaper than a string trimmer, it takes a little more skill to use, but is easy once you know. American and European scythe designs exist, each has their advantages and is really suited to where you live (hence two different designs from two different places). Both are amazingly good tools and much easier than hauling a strimmer and premix.

An adze, pick, shovel, post hole digger and a crosscut saw are all useful.

An adze lets you make amazingly smooth boards, a pick is utterly amazing for digging, and a shovel is great for removing dirt the pick broke up. If you have to pry, get a real digging bar, prying will just break a shovel. A post hole digger is great when you need a perfect hole for something like a fence post or part of a foundation. A crosscut saw is much faster than an axe for cutting up a fallen tree, bring it down with the axe then cut into pieces, or skip felling if it is already down and go straight to the cutting. Let the wood dry for a long time and the axe makes an effective but not perfect splitting tool (you really want a maul or splitting axe for splitting, but a regular one will work.)

Last for this list, a needle and thread/manual sewing machine.

Okay, half the men reading this now probably turned away. Axes are cool and tough and manly thanks to lumberjacks, but a needle and thread? A sewing machine? Okay, this is actually a two type one, you want both a basic needle as well as a leather rated one. Remember the first listed item? Well, any hunted animal will have a skin, which if you can remove right you can either tan or send out to be tanned. Tanned hides are amazingly durable, leather being basically one of the best materials around for making durable things. jackets, gloves, protective wear is pretty commonly made from leather, so knowing how to stitch it will let you make stuff out of those hides you have. A regular needle and thread is really good for just patching something. Getting a hole in your pants is no fun, it’s even less fun when you for some reason lack a change of pants for some time (say, a week long trip with one pair of pants. Whip out a cheap needle and basic thread and sew that hole back up!

 

You could go and get all the hand tools and learn to use them and make some environmental statement, but that wasn’t why I put this very short list of great things to have up. Honestly, knowing how to use any hand tool means you are never limited by your tool as to what you can make and where. If you want to make a hunting cabin, you can haul gas/petrol or diesel, a generator, power tools, a propane heater and all that other stuff, or a few basic hand tools, dig and build the thing by hand with much less to haul and much less limitations.

Plus, since even assembling Ikea furniture seems to cause people to have a bit more pride in it, building something bigger or even just knowing how to use a tool that doesn’t require gas or extension cords or complicated setup means that once you have the skill you can build anything anywhere. And that is a good feeling.