Monthly Archives: June 2013

Travel by muscle power

In Switzerland, bicycles are very popular. Everyone rides them, from kids to the retirees. Razor scooters are also popular. On the plus side, that keeps everyone physically fit. Supplemented by public transportation in case of bad weather, these options work … Continue reading

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A bear cub in Berne

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Studio space needed near Hermitage (East of Nashville)

(Reposting: had no replies at all when I inquired in April) My home studio works great for product photography and portraits, but it’s too small for groups of people. The dome ceiling limits where I can place lights, and the … Continue reading

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How to make news?

How do people channel their front-page tips to the journalists working for reputable news outlets (such as Wall Street Journal)? As we know, Harry Markopolos could not convince Wall Street Journal to work on exposing Mr. Madoff. Let’s say, there … Continue reading

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Redhead with a KSG

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This is my burka. There are many like it…

Soviet “Ameba” suit often used by snipers during WW2. Mosin 91/30 rifle with 3.5x PU scope.

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Addressing a common misconception

Joe Huffman’s blog tracks examples of what he calls Markley’s Law, the tendency of anti-freedom people to equate gun ownership with penis envy. Dismissing this affectation would be the simplest course of action, but the delusion seems common enough to … Continue reading

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Chris Cheng talks about MP5 submachine gun

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Because they are fun!

Submachine guns have many practical uses. They are also plain fun. This man picked one up for the first time in his long life. Like driving a car or riding a bicycle, the pleasure comes from being in control of … Continue reading

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Friends in Switzerland

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Where to find a good forest trail in Minnesota?

Does anyone know about any predominantly coniferous forests or parks, with trails suitable for  hiking, within 100 miles from Twin Cities, Minnesota? There should be either public access or a possibility to negotiate access with the owner.

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Cats of Berne

The biggest challenge with this cat was staying far enough away to focus. It was very friendly. And this illustrates the importance of cropping to the semantic content.

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Just in case you are hungry

Swiss food.

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A Swiss Spartan?

Looking at his sleeve more closely… Give up the K31? Only if the foes take all of the GP11 first, center mass. Then, the bayonet.

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Most guns will do if you will

Out of these three rifles, I’d have to go with the SKS by preference. SVT40 has a harsh recoil and complex disassembly, K31 has an awkward safety and the paper/foil clips have to be oriented in a specific way for … Continue reading

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Ammunition production since 1863

While in Thun, Switzerland, I visited the parent company of RUAG. As the stained glass indicates, they have been producing gunpowder and ammunition since 1863. My friend Melissa Gilliland is quite fond of their match ammo, and Ashbury Precision Ordnance … Continue reading

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Personal Defense Weapon

BT9 is basically a 9mm pistol with a shoulder stock to aid in accurate shooting. In semi-auto form, it works well to 200m, especially with an optic like the Trijicon Reflex 2 shown. Nearly no felt recoil. A great defensive … Continue reading

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Keltec P32 pistol in Swiss use

P210 and P220 are the official pistols in Swiss army, militia and some police use. I also saw Glock and Sphinx pistols in police holsters. But the most common “unofficial” sidearm seems to be the P32. My Swiss friends estimate … Continue reading

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