Sunday, May 31, 2015

New hand guard on the AR, and an ammo test.

Finally finished getting the Troy Industries Alpha rail I bought forever ago installed on my upper.  It looks good, took a lot of weight off, and feels great on the range.


I put the Aimpoint Pro on top and checked zero. The zero held from the loaner upper I had it on so that saved me some time.  I decided to play around with a pork shoulder I had and see what a round of Hornady 55 grain VMax would do.


I had expected that it would probably completely over penetrate but instead it fragmented and did a hell of job on the pork should. The bone was pulverized as was the meat. There was a nice fist sized hole for a would cavity, rather than the little tunnel I was used to from pistol rounds. I wouldn't want to get hit with this.


The middle picture is the only part of the bullet left intact, mainly the jacket.  If you look back at the previous image, the lower right picture shows what I believe are tiny fragments of lead.  Cool stuff.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Robert's Picks

Doing something new with Robert's Picks.  The title will now link to Amazon, and I'll provide a photo of the cover as well.  As always, if I don't have anything nice to say I don't say nothin' at all in my one word reviews.

Books:


War To The Knife (The Laredo War) (Volume 1) by Peter Grant


The Crimson Campaign (The Powder Mage Trilogy) by Brian McClellan (good)


 The Autumn Republic (The Powder Mage Trilogy) by Brian McClellan (good)


Hidden Empire (The Saga of Seven Suns) by Kevin J Anderson (good)


Half a King (Shattered Sea) by Joe Abercrombie (good)


The Lines We Cross (Jeb Shaw Mysteries Book 2) by S.A. Bailey (very good)


Angles of Attack (Frontlines Book 3) by Marko Kloos (good)


Contemporary Knife Targeting: Modern Science vs. W.E. Fairbairn's Timetable of Death by Christopher Grosz and Michael Janich (excellent)

Movies:


Elysium (UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]