It appears that Aimpoint is gearing up to introduce a new addition to of their line of red dot sights. A leaked document found on Facebook revealed that the new optic will be known as the Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO). The optics suggested retail price of $393.00 is very competitive offering. The document indicates the ACO will be available to dealers in mid to late October.
The introduction of another affordable addition of Aimpoint optics will be beneficial for two main reasons. 1) Those who are already sold on the Aimpoint optics quality and reliability will now have access to an even more affordable red dot optic. 2) This price point will have all of Aimpoints competitors rethinking their Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) for dealers. As well they might work at introducing their own line of affordable optics to be in direct competition to the ACO.
Caution, this video will be disturbing and particularly hard to watch for many of you (mainly due to the enormous amount of ammunition that was destroyed in order for us to better understand physics). View discretion is advised.
Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute -SAAMI created this video for fire departments nationwide in order to help firefighters better address the realities of fires in which sporting ammunition is present.
Understand the main focus on this study was ammunition outside of a firearm.
This is a very interesting video, a bit long, but well worth the view. It was hard to watch over 400 thousand rounds be subjected to destructive testing. The conclusive evidence they gained from this testing should put to rest many urban legends which imply's a bullet can achieve high velocity outside of a firearm, specifically outside of a barrel or barrel like object (think pipe, unconventional barrel). Think any of those guys got a case or two for their trouble?
Searching the inter-webs regarding the ongoing Ebola incidents will inevitably lead you to an online advertisement for a respirator or face mask of some type. One of the most common respirators is the N95. These masks are a cheap and effective way of increasing your ability to filter out small pathogen particles.
What is the difference between Airborne and Aerosolization when talking about Ebola?
With the recent Ebola events, new talk of the virus being airborne is all over the news . I wanted to take a moment and talk about airborne or aerosolized pathogens. Aerosolization is when a particle is small enough and light enough that the particle is suspended in and carried by the air currents. Aerosolization can be naturally occurring or man made.
During our training events I ask why attendees have chosen to take a specific class. Sometimes I get really in-depth answers and other times I get the “I don’t know, because It seemed like a cool class” response. Both responses are fine, I often do things just for the sheer enjoyment, but it got me thinking about citizens who have had little or no experience in firearms and training.
What is it that pushes us to take training? Is it your current employment? are you in Law Enforcement and are looking to further your skills in order to better protect the citizens in your area of responsibility?
What about a local Reserve or National Guard member looking to improve in fundamental marksmanship areas prior to their next rifle or pistol qualification? Many of the people who fall into these and other categories have a general idea of what training they should take. How does a citizen who has never been exposed to any form of firearms manipulation begin to determine what the best training classes are, as well as being certain they aren't being ripped off by the latest in “Gun-Fu Masters”?
What happens when you shoot a 62 grain bullet at approximately 2700 feet per second against a certified ballistic steel plate? You get one BIG SPLASH, not the fun type of splash either. You get the type of splash often referred to as spall. The once whole bullet breaking up upon impacting a hard surface causing the round to turn into many - much smaller high velocity projectiles.