The GAU-8

Funny.

via @saintrph & @formerdemintx

Posted by: Ace at 05:32 PM



Comments

1 Damn, I was just settling into some snark about the Wook on vacation.

Posted by: Cicero, Semiautomatic Assault Commenter at February 15, 2013 05:33 PM (8ZskC)

2 My mind is blown.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair, south of Southern California at February 15, 2013 05:34 PM (QF8uk)

3 Seeing a Warthog in action always makes me smile.

Posted by: Bosk at February 15, 2013 05:34 PM (n2K+4)

4 I WANT that thing on my truck.

Posted by: tony redenzo at February 15, 2013 05:35 PM (lVrhB)

5 I'm not sure Ace has fully assimilated all the response on the best type of blogging.

Posted by: SH at February 15, 2013 05:35 PM (gmeXX)

6 I WANT that thing on my truck

****

A whip antennae is just as deadly.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 15, 2013 05:35 PM (piMMO)

7 The gun they built a plane around.

Posted by: Hanoverfist at February 15, 2013 05:35 PM (HiKk0)

8 Is that a GAU-8 in your pants or are you just glad to see me.

Posted by: tony redenzo at February 15, 2013 05:36 PM (lVrhB)

9 It's a coinkydink but I was just chatting with a buddy about the .50cal Desert Eagle and I said I was holding out for the 30mm depleted uranium version.

Posted by: Bosk at February 15, 2013 05:36 PM (n2K+4)

10 Tank Killer

Posted by: Count de Monet at February 15, 2013 05:37 PM (BAS5M)

11


See, this is the problem with teh rapid-fire posts.


That last one on separate vacations is a target rich environment for comedy. But you stomped on it for an-"ehh" post about a gun.

Mind you I love guns, especially miniguns, but it's not as funny as the vacation post

Posted by: imp at February 15, 2013 05:37 PM (UaxA0)

12 >>>'m not sure Ace has fully assimilated all the response on the best type of blogging.

I never had any intention of listening.

Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:38 PM (LCRYB)

13 Needs lightening bolts on the side.

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 15, 2013 05:38 PM (w+Dvf)

14 Wham, bam, thank you morons.

Posted by: zsasz at February 15, 2013 05:38 PM (MMC8r)

15 And where's the cupholder?

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 15, 2013 05:38 PM (w+Dvf)

16 you know that. It was just an excuse to talk about myself.

Come on. Let's not kid each other. I'm a malignant narcissistic egomaniac and you are my codependent enablers.

Let's just all drop the act and deal with the situation.

Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:38 PM (LCRYB)

17 I've got some deer in my backyard I'd like to introduce that gattling gun to.

Last September I had about forty five foot tall shrubs back there. Now I have about twenty two foot tall shrubs.

Deer -- the 'other' bullet infested red meat.

Posted by: Regular Moron at February 15, 2013 05:39 PM (feFL6)

18 Smart. Military. Blog. And sometimes all three at once.

Posted by: Xander Crews at February 15, 2013 05:39 PM (NPqnO)

19 I'm still surprised they haven't put that gun on some type of armored ground vehicle. They could have used somthing like that in Fallujuah.

Posted by: Soona at February 15, 2013 05:39 PM (TdMZc)

20 A 30mm, seven-barrel Gatling gun. That's almost 1 1/4".

Posted by: t-bird at February 15, 2013 05:39 PM (FcR7P)

21 Jesse Waters doing man-on-the-street interviews and asks folks who their favorite founding father is.

Several say Abraham Lincoln.

One says, wait, Lincoln wasn't a founding father....

He was the first president.



*OMG*

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 15, 2013 05:39 PM (piMMO)

22 So..Legal in New York?

Posted by: Hanoverfist at February 15, 2013 05:40 PM (HiKk0)

23

Let's just all drop the act and deal with the situation.


Well played sir.

Posted by: imp at February 15, 2013 05:40 PM (UaxA0)

24 There's something extremely unnerving about having A-10s rolling in on practice strafing runs on your vehicle during training. Just knowing they could flip the Master Arm switch to "Frappé" and there wouldn't be enough of your crew to send home to momma in a matchbox.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 15, 2013 05:41 PM (TSo9A)

25 Blah, blah, blah. It'll mean nothing in 10 minutes anyway when Ace posts another thread.

Posted by: dogfish at February 15, 2013 05:41 PM (N2yhW)

26 But can it do a spontaneous mortar barrage?

Posted by: Dear leader at February 15, 2013 05:41 PM (PrDJQ)

27 I'm still surprised they haven't put that gun on some type of armored ground vehicle.

I really wonder if anything could stand the stresses involved. There is a reason they only put batteries of 16" guns on ships.

Posted by: pep at February 15, 2013 05:41 PM (6TB1Z)

28 Alot of warthog action in my book, AMY LYNN, available on kindle.

Seriously, as a former aviation electronics tech on F-14s. I understand the capabilities of that thing. It's a bad girl.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 05:41 PM (l86i3)

29 You know the worst thing about this seperate vacation thing? Its going to get picked up and reported as a thing, something to do that other couples should do. Who will be the first female mag to do an article on how seperate vacations can stregthen your marriage.

And this is the type of thing that Ace is always talking about. It will allow Obama to get favorable press in non-political mags. It will be a pro-Obama political story masquerading as a simple story of how they vacation separately.

Posted by: SH at February 15, 2013 05:41 PM (gmeXX)

30 So..Legal in New York?

Under the special "If You Can Conceal It, You Can Carry It" clause.

Posted by: t-bird at February 15, 2013 05:41 PM (FcR7P)

31 >>>Well played sir.

Feed my sickness. FEED IT.

Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:41 PM (LCRYB)

32
The proof for me was when looking at the A-10 someone pointed out that the weapon was at the centerline and the front landing gear had been moved to the side. I think you are correct, sir, that the order is gun first, flying platform second. Then all that armor and redundant system approach followed. The imitation-is-the-sincerest-form-of-flattery stuff arrived with the Russians, who had television in 1812, tried builing something like it.

Go, Ace!

Posted by: DM at February 15, 2013 05:42 PM (LaKlJ)

33 There's something extremely unnerving about having A-10s rolling in on practice strafing runs on your vehicle during training.

Try being in the back of an armored car in Southern Delaware, and seeing first one, then two A-10s appear over the road behind you and make a simulated strafing run. The back of that truck resembled the lower deck of the Carnival Triumph, day 5

Posted by: Blue Hen at February 15, 2013 05:43 PM (PrDJQ)

34 I never had any intention of listening.

Posted by: ace


Would have been funnier if you plopped another post on top 1 minute later.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 15, 2013 05:43 PM (Ipj15)

35 :::16 you know that. It was just an excuse to talk about myself.

Come on. Let's not kid each other. I'm a malignant narcissistic egomaniac and you are my codependent enablers.

Let's just all drop the act and deal with the situation.
Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:38 PM (LCRYB):::

I find the all-new Lack Of Empathy Ace urbane and witty.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 15, 2013 05:44 PM (TSo9A)

36 I really wonder if anything could stand the stresses involved. There is a reason they only put batteries of 16" guns on ships.
Posted by: pep at February 15, 2013 05:41 PM (6TB1Z)


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Pull out some of the old M60 tank chassis, stick a modern turret and this gun in it......fuck yeah.

Posted by: Soona at February 15, 2013 05:44 PM (TdMZc)

37 Would have been funnier if you plopped another post on top 1 minute later.
Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 15, 2013 05:43 PM (Ipj15)


I would have decorated my keyboard.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 05:44 PM (l86i3)

38 >>>I never had any intention of listening.

That there was funny.

Hey, I can type, and load Pmags at the same time. Who knew? And while a shiny new gun thread is up.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at February 15, 2013 05:44 PM (4Mv1T)

39 One man...Boyd!

Posted by: dealkiller at February 15, 2013 05:44 PM (ZrDL1)

40 31 >>>Well played sir.

Feed my sickness. FEED IT.
Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:41 PM (LCRYB)

_________________

We're going to need more trolls.

Posted by: ID check at February 15, 2013 05:44 PM (r2PLg)

41 Moochelle has a reverse Gaitlin strapped to her face and its gunning for lobstah!

Posted by: jeremiah Gosh Darn Amerikkka wright's Sock Puppet at February 15, 2013 05:44 PM (+OTLF)

42

Rapid-fire post on the American Blacks v. Somalis in Minnesota?

Somali sez "maybe it's because we are a minority."

Someone's being oppressed here, but damn if I can figure out who.

Posted by: imp at February 15, 2013 05:45 PM (UaxA0)

43 I think he's hit rock bottom on the macabre thing.

Gotta dig a new gig.

Posted by: ID check at February 15, 2013 05:45 PM (r2PLg)

44
Pull out some of the old M60 tank chassis, stick a modern turret and this gun in it......fuck yeah.
Posted by: Soona at February 15, 2013 05:44 PM (TdMZc)

You would have to drag a trailor behind it. It goes through the ammo fast.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 05:45 PM (l86i3)

45 >>>That there was funny.

It was. I owe this to the fact I am watching a lot of Big Bang Theory and Elementary. Sheldon and Sherlock both specialize in this sort of statement.

Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:45 PM (LCRYB)

46
Today would be a good day for the Slow News Day Gorn to make a comeback.

Posted by: garrett at February 15, 2013 05:46 PM (p1nWj)

47 >>>
Today would be a good day for the Slow News Day Gorn to make a comeback.

whose gag was that?

I'll post a gorn. What should the picture look like? With a boulder or just RARH?

Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:46 PM (LCRYB)

48 It is friday. Where is the lesbian pron?

Posted by: dogfish at February 15, 2013 05:47 PM (N2yhW)

49 He's going to fake himself into a depression.

Posted by: ID check at February 15, 2013 05:47 PM (r2PLg)

50

boulder!


(since I really just want to see the RAAARR)

Posted by: imp at February 15, 2013 05:47 PM (UaxA0)

51 "accidentally" linking lesiban porn just to get some hits?

That's so 2006 Ace.

Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:47 PM (LCRYB)

52 It is friday. Where is the lesbian pron?

Posted by: dogfish at February 15, 2013 05:47 PM (N2yhW)


Why, HELLO there!

Posted by: Madeline Albright and Helen Thomas at February 15, 2013 05:47 PM (Vk2pI)

53 Come on. Let's not kid each other. I'm a malignant narcissistic egomaniac and you are my codependent enablers.

Ah, you silly silly fool.

Remember, you are the one doing the blogging for my amusement.

Dance, my puppet, dance!

Posted by: AmishDude at February 15, 2013 05:48 PM (T0NGe)

54 Like the faux squid rage thang.

Posted by: ID check at February 15, 2013 05:48 PM (r2PLg)

55 USA! USA! USA!

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ drinking heavily at February 15, 2013 05:48 PM (hO8IJ)

56
>>That's so 2006 Ace.<<

Now, that guy brought the funneh.

Posted by: garrett at February 15, 2013 05:48 PM (p1nWj)

57 Rapid-fire post on the American Blacks v. Somalis in Minnesota?

The funny part is American Blacks think all people of similar skin tone think like they do.

But, as most blacks around the world see only black faces, there's not so much of an us/them mentality, and they factionalise on plenty of other factors.

Posted by: zsasz at February 15, 2013 05:48 PM (MMC8r)

58 whose gag is it though? Gotta credit a joke.

Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:49 PM (LCRYB)

59 That last one on separate vacations is a target rich environment for
comedy. But you stomped on it for an-"ehh" post about a gun.

Mind you I love guns, especially miniguns, but it's not as funny as the vacation post


I think this is probably better a "Conversation" post than here.

If you could crosslink your conversation posts in the sidebar or something similar, that would be reasonably awesome.

Posted by: AmishDude at February 15, 2013 05:49 PM (T0NGe)

60
I'll post a gorn. What should the picture look like?

From BBT:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndo-fkY7fnc

Posted by: Regular Moron at February 15, 2013 05:49 PM (feFL6)

61 Theoretically an A-10 at max airspeed will be brought to below stall speed by the GAU-8 firing a full load of ammo. Unfortunately testing this theory would require doubling the yearly military budget to account for the destruction and carnage generated by the test.

Posted by: Lurkasaurus at February 15, 2013 05:49 PM (lNz5k)

62 You know the worst thing about this seperate vacation thing? Its going
to get picked up and reported as a thing, something to do that other
couples should do.


Do you *really* want to go on that scrapbooking retreat with your wife?

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ drinking heavily at February 15, 2013 05:50 PM (hO8IJ)

63 Posted by: DM at February 15, 2013 05:42 PM (LaKlJ)

Actualy.... the Russians had some Tank Buster aircraft in WWII, which were this exact thing.... ie... a plane built around a big gun...

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 15, 2013 05:50 PM (lZBBB)

64 whose gag is it though? Gotta credit a joke.

Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:49 PM (LCRYB)


Whose rule is that?

Posted by: Carlos Mencia at February 15, 2013 05:50 PM (T0NGe)

65 >>>Remember, you are the one doing the blogging for my amusement.

that's what makes the situation so sick -- we both think we're winning.

will someone fill The Empty inside me?

Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:50 PM (LCRYB)

66
Yes, yes #39, it was a Boyd design*.

They actually DID start with an existing gun and built a plane that could carry it.

*The plane, not the gun. John Boyd was also a big deal in the F-15 the F16 and Marine corps ground combat doctrine. Then the Army decided to do it the Marine way.

Boyd is sort of a big deal.

Posted by: Comrade Arthur at February 15, 2013 05:50 PM (mJkp9)

67 Like the faux squid rage thang.

Posted by: ID check at February 15, 2013 05:48 PM (r2PLg)


Did someone say "squid"?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSx0ZSZpslM

Posted by: 政治的な帽子 ~で げそ at February 15, 2013 05:50 PM (Vk2pI)

68 You would have to drag a trailor behind it. It goes through the ammo fast.
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 05:45 PM (l86i3)


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As with other gatling guns, a selective rate switch could be added. A ground configuration could be used anywhere, from urban to pre-cleaning tree lines.

Posted by: Soona at February 15, 2013 05:50 PM (TdMZc)

69 That's so 2006 Ace.

You say that like it has become a bad thing. So confused.

Posted by: dogfish at February 15, 2013 05:50 PM (N2yhW)

70 Smart. And military, too.

Posted by: Greg Toombs at February 15, 2013 05:51 PM (2xLsT)

71 29 --- Yep.
Then there are the times when they get political without even trying to make it relevant to the normal concerns of the magazine.
I just caught a look online at the cover of the latest issue of Vogue. A featured article is "Gabby Giffords on Gun Control." In Vogue?!?
I know Anna Wintour is a major Obamabot, but really.

Posted by: SH at February 15, 2013 05:41 PM (gmeXX)

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 15, 2013 05:51 PM (C8mVl)

72
speaking of funny...

For the men, if you're bored I recommend an old HBO series EASTBOUND & DOWN

it's kinda similar to Strangers With Candy but funny

Also: BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE

Posted by: soothsayer at February 15, 2013 05:51 PM (xIzGn)

73 Back when the A 10s were based at Myrtle Beach I always felt safe from any uppity Georgians

Posted by: Tmitsss at February 15, 2013 05:51 PM (oMAbH)

74 I thought that was a staple rdbrewer sidebar gag.

Posted by: garrett at February 15, 2013 05:52 PM (p1nWj)

75 >>>That last one on separate vacations is a target rich environment for
comedy.

the post still exists. honestly I don't know how much comedy there is. Flag the suspicion that they're on the rocks... eh, to each his own.

I don't have much to say and that's all that matters to me.

if i'm not running my mouth I get bored very quickly.

You for example. You've bored me.

Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:52 PM (LCRYB)

76 >>>a plane built around a big gun.

My wife said that I'm a man built around a big gun.

Or maybe I dreamed she said that.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at February 15, 2013 05:52 PM (4Mv1T)

77 I still have at least one blue tip training round from a GAU-8 as paper weight, non-DU version of course.

Posted by: Lurkasaurus at February 15, 2013 05:53 PM (lNz5k)

78 :::27 I'm still surprised they haven't put that gun on some type of armored ground vehicle.:::

BE MY
SKIN SUIT,
VALENTINE

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 15, 2013 05:53 PM (TSo9A)

79 >>>You for example. You've bored me.

Dr. Cooper, I presume.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at February 15, 2013 05:53 PM (4Mv1T)

80 I just flew in from Sembach and boy are my arms tired.

Posted by: Da Warthog at February 15, 2013 05:53 PM (bGlsD)

81 Come on. Let's not kid each other. I'm a malignant narcissistic egomaniac and you are my codependent enablers.

Let's just all drop the act and deal with the situation.
Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:38 PM (LCRYB)

Ace, I love you just the way you are.

Posted by: Mindy at February 15, 2013 05:53 PM (gBOQE)

82 if i'm not running my mouth I get bored very quickly.

You for example. You've bored me.

****


LMAO!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 15, 2013 05:53 PM (piMMO)

83

>>You for example. You've bored me.<<

Douche-tastic.

Posted by: garrett at February 15, 2013 05:53 PM (p1nWj)

84 Needs a flame job, otherwise, frickin' awesome

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 15, 2013 05:53 PM (8sCoq)

85 GAU-8 is not on any ground vehicles to my knowledge but it is used shipboard as a CIWS .

Posted by: steevy at February 15, 2013 05:54 PM (9XBK2)

86

Gabby Giffords on Gun Control


You know, I'm really sorry that she had half her head blown off by a leftist toolbag. Really. But seriously, her position on anything has gotta be "uuuhhhhh" until she is told what to say. Thank God she survived, but she really isn't some intellectual heavyweight (if she ever was).

Then again, compared to Maxine and Hank, she's probably a rocket scientist


Posted by: imp at February 15, 2013 05:54 PM (UaxA0)

87 Does anybody really need a sever-barrel machine gun?

Posted by: Cicero, Semiautomatic Assault Commenter at February 15, 2013 05:54 PM (8ZskC)

88 will someone fill The Empty inside me?

Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:50 PM (LCRYB)


Not me dude. Maybe Gabe?

Posted by: AmishDude at February 15, 2013 05:55 PM (T0NGe)

89 brb, doin some 'muslim outreach', lol

Posted by: A-10 Warthog at February 15, 2013 05:55 PM (SY2Kh)

90 See ace, you could have posted this along with the Separate Vacation post. There would have been some classic overlap about Obama using this to shoot skeet on his vacation or some version thereof.

Do you get paid by the post?

Posted by: polynikes at February 15, 2013 05:55 PM (m2CN7)

91

> 68 You would have to drag a trailor behind it. It goes through the ammo fast.
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 05:45 PM (l86i3)

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As with other gatling guns, a selective rate switch could be added. A ground configuration could be used anywhere, from urban to pre-cleaning tree lines.
Posted by: Soona


There's no shortage of ground based automatic weapons from .223 to 40mm. That 30mm gatling gun wouldn't be so useful on the ground. The point of it being on the plane is that it can shoot FAST so a lot of shots are fired in the fraction of a second the plane is on target.
Wanna kill a tank and you're on the ground? fire a guided missile. Clear a tree line? Dozens of machine guns (from .223 to 40mm) would work.

Posted by: Comrade Arthur at February 15, 2013 05:56 PM (mJkp9)

92 Why they stopped making the A-10 Wart Hog is beyond me. You can not kill them and they are THE Tank killers and close support king.

They used to be stationed at Myrtle Beach AFB. After Gulf I they would fly up and down the strand to the delight of everyone. Cheers, flags, etc. They would come over low and tip their wings in a victory run. So fucking cool. They are ugly, but they work.



http://tinyurl.com/6lgu2t

Posted by: Billy Bob, The guy who drinks in SC at February 15, 2013 05:56 PM (wR+pz)

93 Not me dude. Maybe Gabe?


Gabe said hell no way.

Posted by: dogfish at February 15, 2013 05:56 PM (N2yhW)

94 Not me dude. Maybe Gabe?
Posted by: AmishDude at February 15, 2013 05:55 PM (T0NGe)

You know, I was gonna go there with a simple "OK bend over" But I let it go.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 05:56 PM (l86i3)

95 okay I've got a gorn post for later.

Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:56 PM (LCRYB)

96 Porn ghost? I like it.

Posted by: oblig. at February 15, 2013 05:57 PM (cePv8)

97 86 --- She's just a prop. The Left really makes me sick when they do that with people, even if they are consenting adults.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 15, 2013 05:58 PM (C8mVl)

98 96 Porn ghost? I like it.


Posted by: oblig. at February 15, 2013 05:57 PM (cePv


Remake of the Ghost Blowjob from GhostBusters?

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 15, 2013 05:58 PM (lZBBB)

99 okay I've got a gorn post for later.
Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:56 PM (LCRYB)

WTF dude, your like a regular poster and stuff. Are you OK?

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 05:58 PM (l86i3)

100 What you have to understand is that Ace doesn't love you. He also doesn't hate you. He nothings you.

He's like Dieter on Sprockets.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 15, 2013 05:58 PM (TSo9A)

101 Yup, but now a days we have one plane that is suppose to do it all ( F-35) but in fact it does nothing well, that is when it even get's off the ground. But I digress

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 15, 2013 05:58 PM (jE38p)

102 Porn ghost? I like it.

Posted by: oblig.


I've read somewhere they like to watch others fap

Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 15, 2013 05:59 PM (Ipj15)

103 Yup, but now a days we have one plane that is suppose to do it all ( F-35) but in fact it does nothing well, that is when it even get's off the ground. But I digress
Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 15, 2013 05:58 PM (jE38p)

I thought it's claim to fame was the stealth tech?

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 05:59 PM (l86i3)

104 GAU-8 is not on any ground vehicles to my knowledge but it is used shipboard as a CIWS .
Posted by: steevy at February 15, 2013 05:54 PM (9XBK2)


Ah that's CWIS

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 15, 2013 06:00 PM (jE38p)

105 Not me dude. Maybe Gabe?

Posted by: AmishDude at February 15, 2013 05:55 PM (T0NGe)



You know, I was gonna go there with a simple "OK bend over" But I let it go.


Yeah, there is a finesse in doing comedy in text. You have to write things so that the tone is right in the way people read it.

And "bend over" doesn't work quite as well as an inside-joke reference because your mind has to think a bit more about what's being referenced.

Also, phrasing it in the form of a question ads to the humor.

I only know this because I took Comedy 101 at the Ace Community College of Movies, Humor and War Porn.

Posted by: AmishDude at February 15, 2013 06:00 PM (T0NGe)

106 I can remember when the USAF was trying to get rid of the hogs and replace it with Maverick missiles because guns were soooo yesterday.


PS. What kind of range would a 120mm mortar have if you poked the barrel through the top of an AC130 and then fired it off at 20k feet altitude?

Posted by: Grimmy at February 15, 2013 06:00 PM (uUsh9)

107 I was thinking the other day about writing dialogue for Porn Star Yoda.

Posted by: zsasz at February 15, 2013 06:00 PM (MMC8r)

108 You know, I'm really sorry that she had half her head blown off by a
leftist toolbag. Really. But seriously, her position on anything has
gotta be "uuuhhhhh" until she is told what to say.



I'd sit on Biden's lap if he didn't insist on making me sing while he drinks a glass of water.

Posted by: Gabby Giffords at February 15, 2013 06:00 PM (8ZskC)

109 I've read somewhere they like to watch others fap
Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 15, 2013 05:59 PM (Ipj15)

I saw this movie once where this Ghost was all rapey. I don't remember the name of it.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 06:00 PM (l86i3)

110 I thought it's claim to fame was the stealth tech?
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 05:59 PM (l86i3)


Well yes that is true, it is very stealthy when it is grounded in the hanger

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 15, 2013 06:01 PM (jE38p)

111 Gabby Giffords on Gun Control

You know, if her parents had any inclination she would be born that way or talk that way as an adult they would be giving each other high-fives for flushing her down the medical waste bin. That's the (D) agenda. Pro-death for the unborn.

Instead she gets paraded around like some side-show circus freak and half the population eats the popcorn off of the ball-sacks of the perpetrators of the carnival show. While ordering tonight's pizza with an EBT card and feeling morally superior.

Posted by: Regular Moron at February 15, 2013 06:01 PM (feFL6)

112 Wanna kill a tank and you're on the ground? fire a guided missile. Clear a tree line? Dozens of machine guns (from .223 to 40mm) would work.
Posted by: Comrade Arthur at February 15, 2013 05:56 PM (mJkp9)


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I take it you're a Marine. In the Army, when we say clean out a treeline, we mean we don't want one there any more.

Posted by: Soona at February 15, 2013 06:01 PM (TdMZc)

113
>>I only know this because I took Comedy 101 at the Ace Community College of Movies, Humor and War Porn.<<

That's all well and good, but there's really no substitute for watching Saturday Night Live from an early age.

Posted by: garrett at February 15, 2013 06:02 PM (p1nWj)

114 Wait.

Brett Baier reporting that Facebook is getting a tax refund of over $400M this year.

That's just this year.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 15, 2013 06:02 PM (piMMO)

115 I only know this because I took Comedy 101 at the Ace Community College of Movies, Humor and War Porn.
Posted by: AmishDude at February 15, 2013 06:00 PM (T0NGe)


So, how many more credits do you need for your Associates?

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 06:02 PM (l86i3)

116 >>>What you have to understand is that Ace doesn't love you. He also doesn't hate you. He nothings you.

i haven't given it that much thought

Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 06:02 PM (LCRYB)

117 and what is CWIS

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 15, 2013 06:03 PM (8sCoq)

118 GIVE ME ALL
7 BARRELS, BABE

Posted by: andycanuck at February 15, 2013 06:03 PM (ORGYc)

119 So, how many more credits do you need for your Associates?

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet

I see what you did there. ...phrased it as a question. LOL.

Posted by: dogfish at February 15, 2013 06:04 PM (N2yhW)

120 >>>and what is CWIS

Crew Weapon Integrated Service


... is one possibility, if you're just making up words that fit the acronym. I can think of others.

Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 06:04 PM (LCRYB)

121 GAU-8 is not on any ground vehicles to my knowledge but it is used shipboard as a CIWS . Posted by: steevy at February 15, 2013 05:54 PM (9XBK2)


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I thought those were 20mm.

Posted by: Soona at February 15, 2013 06:04 PM (TdMZc)

122 :::I saw this movie once where this Ghost was all rapey. I don't remember the name of it.:::

The Entity. Saw it when I was a kid. I remember seeing her titty getting worked around with nothing visibly touching it.

Got some use out of that.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 15, 2013 06:04 PM (JDIKC)

123 CIWS=R2D2 with a hard on.

Posted by: Hanoverfist at February 15, 2013 06:04 PM (HiKk0)

124 This is ace's revenge on us for the Breitbart statement about only reading the comments .

Posted by: awkward davies at February 15, 2013 06:05 PM (USjX1)

125 CIWS, Close in Weapons system. Shoots anti ship missile out of the air with a wall of big bullits. Those Kamakazi pilots wouldn't stand much of a change anymore.

Then again, a couple muzzies in a Sea Ray manafed to raise hell.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 06:05 PM (l86i3)

126 You think that's impressive?



(starts taking belt off)

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at February 15, 2013 06:05 PM (O8sZf)

127 Nevergiveup

CIWS=Close In Weapons System

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 15, 2013 06:05 PM (bTPOR)

128
51 Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 05:47 PM (LCRYB)

"accidentally" linking lesBian porn just to get some hits?

That's so 2006 Ace.



... but The Classics are always in style ...




Posted by: Arbalest at February 15, 2013 06:05 PM (YdC+l)

129 >>>CIWS, Close in Weapons system. Shoots anti ship missile out of the air with a wall of big bullits.

i've heard it both ways

Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 06:06 PM (LCRYB)

130 111 ----"You know, if her parents had any inclination she would be born that way or talk that way as an adult they would be giving each other high-fives for flushing her down the medical waste bin. "

We're not allowed to mention that supreme irony.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 15, 2013 06:06 PM (C8mVl)

131 More A-10 Pron. You know the gun fires spent uranium shells that perch tank shells, right? They kill the shit out of towel heads too.



http://tinyurl.com/c2fvkjm

Posted by: Billy Bob, The guy who drinks in SC at February 15, 2013 06:06 PM (wR+pz)

132 "Rep. Amash votes no on resolution condemning North Korean nuclear test"- http://bit.ly/XE3Slv

Posted by: 80sBaby at February 15, 2013 06:06 PM (YjDyJ)

133
I thought that was THE ENIGMA with Brian Dennehy as the enigma?

Posted by: soothsayer at February 15, 2013 06:06 PM (xIzGn)

134 CO State House is burning the midnight oil tonight in an effort to restrict my 2nd Amendment rights

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 15, 2013 06:06 PM (8sCoq)

135 I see what you did there. ...phrased it as a question. LOL.
Posted by: dogfish at February 15, 2013 06:04 PM (N2yhW)

I can be taught.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 06:06 PM (l86i3)

136 That's all well and good, but there's really no substitute for watching Saturday Night Live from an early age.

Only if your early age came in 1975 or the late 80s.

Posted by: AmishDude at February 15, 2013 06:06 PM (T0NGe)

137 Ah, the A-10. My first 'real' job was as a manufacturing engineer at Fairchild Republic back when they were building 12 of those a month. The story was that if it could carry enough ammo to fire the gun long enough, eventually the plane would stall from the recoil.

Posted by: Darles Chickens at February 15, 2013 06:06 PM (z4vvZ)

138 :::I saw this movie once where this Ghost was all rapey. I don't remember the name of it.:::
>>>>

The Entity. Saw it when I was a kid. I remember seeing her titty getting worked around with nothing visibly touching it.
Got some use out of that.

>>>>

Nah, it was Poltergeist. JoBeth Williams got some freaky deaky going on.

Posted by: Count de Monet at February 15, 2013 06:06 PM (BAS5M)

139 No, but seriously, when did this become a Smart Military Blog? :-P

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at February 15, 2013 06:06 PM (O8sZf)

140 :::i haven't given it that much thought:::

Once you get past the sociopathic exterior, you'll find he has a warm, nihilistic interior.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 15, 2013 06:07 PM (JDIKC)

141 Hi-cap mag ban passed out of committee on voice vote

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 15, 2013 06:07 PM (8sCoq)

142 Ace holds most of you in contempt, except for those of you he hates.

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 15, 2013 06:07 PM (w+Dvf)

143 "141 Hi-cap mag ban passed out of committee on voice vote

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 15, 2013 06:07 PM (8sCoq) "

Assault Legislation.

(Not really a joke.)

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at February 15, 2013 06:08 PM (O8sZf)

144 "Rep. Amash votes no on resolution condemning North Korean nuclear test"

Amash has decided to continue the tradition of making "libertarian" synonymous with "spiteful asshole begging for attention".

Posted by: AmishDude at February 15, 2013 06:08 PM (T0NGe)

145 ISR weapons system is the future.

Good or bad.

Posted by: ID check at February 15, 2013 06:08 PM (r2PLg)

146 You haven't lived until you have heard one of those 30mm babies roar. You just know someone stepped in it. Because goo is all thats left after those DU rounds hit.

Posted by: AZ Hi Desert (All my Hate cannot be found) at February 15, 2013 06:08 PM (ial2b)

147 well, good thing I ordered those 3 13-rd mags from HK this morning

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 15, 2013 06:09 PM (8sCoq)

148 CIWS is not a GAU-8

CIWS IS 35mm

Posted by: Lurkasaurus at February 15, 2013 06:09 PM (lNz5k)

149 Amash has decided to continue the tradition of making "libertarian" synonymous with "spiteful asshole begging for attention".
Posted by: AmishDude at February 15, 2013 06:08 PM (T0NGe)


So he's the new and improved Laup Nor.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 06:09 PM (l86i3)

150 I'm a malignant narcissistic egomaniac and you are my codependent enablers.
I thought Ace was a high-functioning sociopath? But he is right about the enablers.

Posted by: andycanuck at February 15, 2013 06:09 PM (ORGYc)

151 >You haven't lived until you have heard one of those 30mm babies roar.


Yeah I remember a live fire ex featuring 20mm Vulcans- the thing sounds like a chainsaw

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 15, 2013 06:10 PM (8sCoq)

152 I'm a malignant narcissistic egomaniac and you are my codependent enablers.
I thought Ace was a high-functioning sociopath? But he is right about the enablers.
Posted by: andycanuck at February 15, 2013 06:09 PM (ORGYc)


I thought he had Aspys but what do I know?

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 06:10 PM (l86i3)

153 Hi-cap mag ban passed out of committee on voice vote
Posted by: Jones in CO at February 15, 2013 06:07 PM (8sCoq)


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They can pass gun laws all fucking day. Doesn't mean I'll abide by them.

Posted by: Soona at February 15, 2013 06:10 PM (TdMZc)

154 GAU-8 limited to 10 rounds.

Posted by: dogfish at February 15, 2013 06:10 PM (N2yhW)

155 The proof for me was when looking at the A-10 someone pointed out that the weapon was at the centerline and the front landing gear had been moved to the side.
Posted by: DM at February 15, 2013 05:42 PM (LaKlJ)

If you've ever gotten a close-up introduction with one, the gun actually seems to be off-center as well, until you realize that the firing barrel is whereto find thecenterline.

I'm extremely fortunate to have served in an A-10 wing, and treasured every chance I had to go out an observe live fire on our range. Nothing at all like the sound of a GAU-8 going off.

Posted by: Stewed Hamm at February 15, 2013 06:11 PM (PqbL1)

156 134---" CO State House is burning the midnight oil tonight in an effort to restrict my 2nd Amendment rights"
Posted by: Jones in CO at February 15, 2013 06:06 PM (8sCoq)

Good Lord, that state has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Breaks my heart.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 15, 2013 06:11 PM (C8mVl)

157 Hey, man, you don't talk to the Ewok. You listen to him. The man's enlarged my mind. He's a poet warrior in the classic sense. I mean sometimes he'll... uh... well, you'll say "hello" to him, right? And he'll just walk right by you. He won't even notice you. And suddenly he'll grab you, and he'll throw you in a corner, and he'll say, "Do you know that 'tit' is the middle word in "prostitute"?

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 15, 2013 06:11 PM (JDIKC)

158 "150 I'm a malignant narcissistic egomaniac and you are my codependent enablers.
I thought Ace was a high-functioning sociopath? But he is right about the enablers.

Posted by: andycanuck at February 15, 2013 06:09 PM (ORGYc) "

I thought he was an Ewok?

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at February 15, 2013 06:11 PM (O8sZf)

159 So will a CIWS (no matter 20mm or 30mm) track and hit flying squids?

Posted by: Shel at February 15, 2013 06:11 PM (Lr7HR)

160 Going to gun show early tomorrow morning. What to take bets as to how long it takes to get in?

The one before Christmas had 700 people in line when I got there. Going early this time.

Posted by: Billy Bob, The guy who drinks in SC at February 15, 2013 06:11 PM (wR+pz)

161 "Do you know that 'tit' is the middle word in "prostitute"?
Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 15, 2013 06:11 PM (JDIKC)

Yep, that's Aspys.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 06:12 PM (l86i3)

162 At least 2 manufacturers have said they will pull up stakes and leave Colorado if any of this legislation passes


WTG, Gov Hickenlooper


lost jobs, lost tax revenue

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 15, 2013 06:12 PM (8sCoq)

163 mmm, i wold love to have that, although the onlt place it would be effective is in the sun rom,.
so i guess paint it a lovely french blue with some watery white curly qs and roses, stick a couple dozen lilys perhaps with babys breath in the barrel..
mmm gorgeous

Posted by: ette. at February 15, 2013 06:12 PM (nqBYe)

164 Very nice gun. Want.

I have a song stuck in my head that I cannot identify. (Just the hook.)

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at February 15, 2013 06:13 PM (DuH+r)

165 I thought he had Aspys but what do I know?
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 06:10 PM (l86i3)

____________

Aspys really?

Posted by: ID check at February 15, 2013 06:13 PM (r2PLg)

166 Posted by: BeckoningChasm at February 15, 2013 06:13 PM (DuH+r)

Sing it for us!!!

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 06:13 PM (l86i3)

167 148 There are many different CIWS,the one I was talking about is the Signaal Goalkeeper,which uses the GAU-8 as it's gun component.Phalanx is the American version and it uses the 20mm Vulcan but it has been talked about upgunning it.

Posted by: steevy at February 15, 2013 06:13 PM (9XBK2)

168 >Good Lord, that state has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Breaks my heart.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 15, 2013 06:11 PM (C8mVl)

the Donks are in charge

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 15, 2013 06:13 PM (8sCoq)

169 "157 Hey, man, you don't talk to the Ewok. You listen to him. The man's enlarged my mind. He's a poet warrior in the classic sense. I mean sometimes he'll... uh... well, you'll say "hello" to him, right? And he'll just walk right by you. He won't even notice you. And suddenly he'll grab you, and he'll throw you in a corner, and he'll say, "Do you know that 'tit' is the middle word in "prostitute"?

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 15, 2013 06:11 PM (JDIKC) "

That's epic. :-)

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at February 15, 2013 06:13 PM (O8sZf)

170 I loved watching the Warthog out at Davis-Monthan. I swear there was an IFE about once a month with one of those suckers coming in hot with no landing gear and belly sliding down the runway.

Posted by: no good deed at February 15, 2013 06:14 PM (mjR67)

171 ISR weapons system is the future. Good or bad.
Posted by: ID check at February 15, 2013 06:08 PM (r2PLg)


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Nah. Bean-bag gatling guns.

Posted by: Soona at February 15, 2013 06:14 PM (TdMZc)

172 137 Ah, the A-10. My first 'real' job was as a manufacturing engineer at Fairchild Republic back when they were building 12 of those a month. The story was that if it could carry enough ammo to fire the gun long enough, eventually the plane would stall from the recoil.
Posted by: Darles Chickens at February 15, 2013 06:06 PM (z4vvZ)
:::::
See #61

Posted by: V at February 15, 2013 06:14 PM (rr7km)

173 Aspys really?

Posted by: ID check at February 15, 2013 06:13 PM (r2PLg)


Yep, my daughter has aspys, so does the founder of facebook. I'm only half kidding.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 06:15 PM (l86i3)

174 162--' At least 2 manufacturers have said they will pull up stakes and leave Colorado if any of this legislation passes'

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 15, 2013 06:12 PM (8sCoq)

I hope the legislation doesn't pass in the first place, but if it does, I hope they make good on that threat.

We have to fight these people.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 15, 2013 06:15 PM (C8mVl)

175 "Rep. Amash votes no on resolution condemning North Korean nuclear test"- http://bit.ly/XE3Slv

***

He burned his bridges with me the day the whipped out the word "racist" on John McCain.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 15, 2013 06:16 PM (piMMO)

176 So he's the new and improved Laup Nor.

I think he's going on turbo boost compared to Laup who used to do the same thing, especially with pro-Israel resolutions.

Amash could always abstain if he finds resolutions silly, but instead he must grandstand.

Rumor is that he wants to run for Senate. Since he's in MI, I say let him go for it. I think he's pissed so many people off by running to left-wing media outfits to try to make the leftist anti-GOP case that he might get an insurgency in the primaries in his own district, hence the need to bolt.

If he wins in the Senate race, great, better than a Dem. If he has any serious opposition in the primary, he'll lose and can write Reason columns for the rest of his life.

Posted by: AmishDude at February 15, 2013 06:16 PM (T0NGe)

177 where's the BAM< BAM< BAM< guy,? this is the real booming stick.

Posted by: ette. at February 15, 2013 06:16 PM (nqBYe)

178 Posted by: ace at February 15, 2013 06:06 PM (LCRYB)

Buddies in the Navy pronounce it: sea-whiz.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 15, 2013 06:16 PM (GsoHv)

179 Who's got two thumbs and loves Warthog pr0n?

{{This guy}}

Posted by: eleven at February 15, 2013 06:16 PM (fsLdt)

180 or maybe it's tat ta tat tat tat ?

Posted by: ette. at February 15, 2013 06:17 PM (nqBYe)

181 If he wins in the Senate race, great, better than a Dem. If he has any serious opposition in the primary, he'll lose and can write Reason columns for the rest of his life.
Posted by: AmishDude at February 15, 2013 06:16 PM (T0NGe)

Wow, good info. Ay least he won't be on UE, there is that.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 06:17 PM (l86i3)

182 Empire of Jeff

that was awesome.

Posted by: ette. at February 15, 2013 06:18 PM (nqBYe)

183 Wow, good info. Ay least he won't be on UE, there is that.

Whoa, I'm just speculating. All I've heard is that he's considering a Senate run. I wish I knew more about his district and whether or not he's been told he shouldn't run for House next year.

Posted by: AmishDude at February 15, 2013 06:18 PM (T0NGe)

184 Anybody mention that the preezy is a SCoaMF lately?

Posted by: Bosk at February 15, 2013 06:19 PM (n2K+4)

185 A blog is like the ultimate refuge for an AspSyndSpectrum, no eye contact, and lots of insults. Throw in some Tourettes Syn on both sides, and it's comedy gold.

Posted by: Regular Moron at February 15, 2013 06:19 PM (feFL6)

186 Buddies in the Navy pronounce it: sea-whiz.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 15, 2013 06:16 PM (GsoHv)


Yep. I saw them testing on a carrier, A destroyer fired a drone at us, although the drone would have been much slower than a missile, it was cool to see.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 06:19 PM (l86i3)

187 Now this type of thread is what I come to AoSHQ for.

Posted by: Soona at February 15, 2013 06:19 PM (TdMZc)

188 I keep forgetting whether we're talking about Moochelle or Wart Hogs.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 15, 2013 06:20 PM (C8mVl)

189 I keep forgetting whether we're talking about Moochelle or Wart Hogs.
Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 15, 2013 06:20 PM (C8mVl)


The useful one.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 15, 2013 06:20 PM (l86i3)

190 http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNNeth_30mm_Goalkeeper.htm

Posted by: steevy at February 15, 2013 06:20 PM (9XBK2)

191 Flip a coin, Margarita, you're good either way.

Posted by: no good deed at February 15, 2013 06:21 PM (mjR67)

192 Theoretically an A-10 at max airspeed will be brought to below stall speed by the GAU-8 firing a full load of ammo.

In the airshow demos I've seen, the A-10 is always hitting ground targets from a steep angle. So, I'll raise your theory and say that an A-10 can be kept aloft by firing a full load of ammo.

Posted by: t-bird at February 15, 2013 06:21 PM (FcR7P)

193 On an A-10, it's just a big machine gun.

But when you combine it with radar and a computer, you've really got something!

I've seen photos and videos of this thing shooting down 5" shells.

Goalkeeper:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn_dH19R-q4

Posted by: Deanimator at February 15, 2013 06:22 PM (2YnwF)

194 http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNNeth_30mm_Goalkeeper.htm
Posted by: steevy at February 15, 2013 06:20 PM (9XBK2)


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Is this new? All I've ever seen is the 20mm Phalanx.

Posted by: Soona at February 15, 2013 06:22 PM (TdMZc)

195 Insty thread up

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 15, 2013 06:23 PM (piMMO)

196 Soon a, 30mm Vulcan

Posted by: Jean at February 15, 2013 06:24 PM (uRbX6)

197 194 Not used by the US Navy but not new.

Posted by: steevy at February 15, 2013 06:24 PM (9XBK2)

198 I'll go O/T on this thread now that it's old. This would make a great post:

Via Drudge:

"Due to a punitive 39.6 percent income tax rate, a fight in the U.S. is “a no go.”
With the announcement that top ranked boxer Manny Pacquiao will seek to hold his upcoming boxing matches away from the bright lights of Las Vegas and off U.S. soil, the Filipino boxer becomes the latest professional athlete to highlight the current non-competitive U.S. income tax rate."

Posted by: AmishDude at February 15, 2013 06:26 PM (T0NGe)

199 New mini-post up.

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 15, 2013 06:29 PM (w+Dvf)

200 That's not just a post, that's a new school of philosophy Gatling Buddhism .

Posted by: Ed Wood VS Godzilla at February 15, 2013 06:31 PM (obHYs)

201 Anyone know if the GU-8 is the same as the chain gun in the MH-47 Chinook helicopters?

I was on one and they fired that sucker off. Shit it went through ammo faster than shit through a goose. The noise would scare the shit out of you.

Posted by: Billy Bob, The guy who drinks in SC at February 15, 2013 06:42 PM (wR+pz)

202 192 Theoretically an A-10 at max airspeed will be brought to below stall speed by the GAU-8 firing a full load of ammo.

In the airshow demos I've seen, the A-10 is always hitting ground targets from a steep angle. So, I'll raise your theory and say that an A-10 can be kept aloft by firing a full load of ammo.
Posted by: t-bird at February 15, 2013 06:21 PM (FcR7P)
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The theory was from the test engineers at Edwards AFB in the mid-late 90s. Just some rough calculations from watching the A-10 slow down while firing the GAU-8 with high speed tracking cameras. They estimated the the airspeed reduction per 100rds fired. With a stall of around 120 kts IIRC, a full load of ammo fired would stall the aricraft probably from crusing speed (not top speed as i said earlier, its been a while) I wasn't working directly on the A-10 but was at Edwards a few times in the mid-late 1990s.

Posted by: Lurkasaurus at February 15, 2013 06:54 PM (D2Rcz)

203 201 Anyone know if the GU-8 is the same as the chain gun in the MH-47 Chinook helicopters?

I was on one and they fired that sucker off. Shit it went through ammo faster than shit through a goose. The noise would scare the shit out of you.
Posted by: Billy Bob, The guy who drinks in SC at February 15, 2013 06:42 PM (wR+pz)
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The Chinook uses Dillon guns aka mini Guns aka the M-134D, the inside joke is that the D is for Dillon Aero the manufacturer of the 4th iteration of the mini gun. dillon developed a Re-design of the feeder-delinker (FDL) assembly that didn't need 4-8 hours of shop time to clear a jam.
It uses 7.62mm NATO rounds and spits brass so quick it's supposed to be used with a specialized brass catcher to keep operators from falling out the door from spent rounds.

Posted by: Lurkasaurus at February 15, 2013 07:07 PM (D2Rcz)

204 @194 - Goalkeeper's been around 20 years, not in USN though.

The 75mm tank gun in some of the WWII B-25s could have brought it below stall speed if it hadn't been manually loaded..I think some Mosquitos and maybe Typhoons had autoloading 6pdrs (57mm)


Posted by: JEM at February 15, 2013 07:30 PM (o+SC1)

205 Flew that sucker for over 20 years...

What amazed me most about the gun (besides the fact that I could hit a soft-skinned vehicle at 3 miles and still heat up the target's interior to something like 1000 degrees) was the rapidity of the firing/cease firing sequence:
1) Squeeze to the first detent: camera starts recording/LASTE stabilization starts initial elevator movement to steady the platform.
2) Squeeze to the second detent and LASTE kicks in fully, gun begins rotation to about 3200-3600 RPM and fires 72 rounds per second. API mixed with HEI goes down range and I could put everything in a 25 foot circle at 5000 feet. The depleted Uranium API rounds have no explosive--the kinetic energy is enough to flash ignite the oxygen inside a tank as the penetrator turns the armor molten. Each HEI round contains the explosive weight equivalent of a hand grenade.
3) Let go of the trigger and the gun stops firing (that's immediate).
4a) In less than 2 seconds (~1.5 actually), the barrels stop rotating forward.
4b) They reverse, unloading all the breeches
4c) A fresh round is loaded into the first firing barrel and the gun is ready for the next pass.
4d) While you're repositioning, the barrels rotate about 120 degrees, cycling them to the ram air portion of the structure around the gun to keep them cool (and thus more accurate).
The rounds are in a continuous feed loop out of and into the ammo can (the big round thing at the back. Live rounds feed out the front, spent brass is fed back into the can at the rear...we don't eject brass--it would goon up the jet's weight and balance to jettison that much material.

Posted by: Panther 01 at February 16, 2013 08:48 AM (7393o)

206 As far as the aerodynamics go, yeah the thrust of the gun (18,000lbs when firing) is equivalent to the engines' forward thrust (both of 'em--shut UP Eagle/Viper drivers...). On the pre-LASTE jets, yes, it would cause the nose of the jet to "tuck" (move down) slightly and you had to compensate with back pressure on the stick. Now, not so much.

However, the jet ain't gonna fall out of the sky. Sheer inertia makes this a physical impossibility. You might slow a teensy bit but you don't fire long enough to make any significant change to air or ground speed.

Posted by: Panther 01 at February 16, 2013 08:53 AM (7393o)

207 "Anyone know if the GU-8 is the same as the chain gun in the MH-47 Chinook helicopters?"
Chain guns are entirely different from the Vulcan, Mini-gun, Avenger and other rotary barrel guns. They're (generally) single barreled guns, similar to the mechanical machine guns of the 19th century, such as the Gardner. The actual "chain gun" uses an endless operating chain, like the chain on a bicycle, to cycle the bolt.

Posted by: Deanimator at February 16, 2013 06:08 PM (2YnwF)

208 "The 75mm tank gun in some of the WWII B-25s could have brought it below
stall speed if it hadn't been manually loaded..I think some Mosquitos
and maybe Typhoons had autoloading 6pdrs (57mm) "

The Germans used the Bordkanone BK 7,5 75mm self-loading gun in their Henschel HS-129 twin engined ground attack plane. An interesting concept, but fatally crippled by a lousy plane with underpowered (and often sabotaged) French engines, poor visibility, and a cockpit so cramped that some of the engine instruments had to be mounted EXTERNALLY on the sides of the engine nacelles.

Posted by: Deanimator at February 16, 2013 06:14 PM (2YnwF)

209 "Is this new? All I've ever seen is the 20mm Phalanx."

It was featured in International Defense Review when I was in the Army in '84.

Posted by: Deanimator at February 16, 2013 06:20 PM (2YnwF)

210 You know, I flew flew around with one on these with (usually) 1174 rds of 30 mm for 20+ yrs and was never once seized by the temptation to shoot up schools or innocent 3rd parties just because I could.

Posted by: Electric at February 17, 2013 09:59 PM (8BJCP)






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