Syria’s MiG-29s are in rough shape – It seems to be the fate of a lot of Russian export hardware: they’ll sell it to you, sure, but the maintenance costs over time’ll kill you. Granted, Syria’s MiGs are probably the hardest-worked set since Vietnam.
Raytheon researches ramjet round – XM1155 plays nice with ERCA, but also with other artillery platforms. It’s a fancy guided round, too, although I’m not entirely sure I’m on board with that. In a big shooting war, how important are precision munitions vice munitions you can turn out a few million of in a month?
USPSA matches look like they’ll be starting back up in June, so you can expect some content relating to practical shooting as we get deeper into summer.
Ahmaud Arbery: good shoot or bad shoot? – I think the opinion among your correspondents is ‘bad shoot’, at least with the information we have at hand. The way I see it: leaving aside all the surrounding circumstances, I don’t think a three-on-one fistfight the easy way rises to the standard required for lethal force.
Innovative Arms has a waiting list for Welrod pistol clones – Instead of the quick-wearing rubber baffles from the original, it has a more modern, long-lasting setup in the innards. Innovative Arms estimates a price in the $1200-$1400 range. A bit much for something as simple as the Welrod, but then, pretty cheap for a custom-CNC low-volume replica of an oldtimey curiosity.
HTTPS everywhere will slowly kill the Old Web – Not just sites that don’t have HTTPS in the first place, but HTTPS sites that aren’t updated. The author says that’s bad. I’m inclined to agree, and honestly, I’m not entirely sold on HTTPS everywhere in the first place. Useful if you’re concerned about being spied upon, not as useful if you aren’t, and aren’t doing anything that involves sending data to the Internet. Bit of a big windmill to have a tilt at, though.
USS Nevada found – By ‘Florida-based archaeology firm SEARCH Inc.’, among others, which sounds like it could be the subject of a series of modern archaeological adventure novels. Someone needs to take up the Clive Cussler mantle, and I’m fresh out of time, so consider this idea a freebie.