The black and white image makes me think it’s the night-vision mode of the security camera. What happens is that most of these night vision security cameras have infra-red illumination LED’s around them to improve night visibility. Some specks of dust, depending on their constituent materials, are particularly reflective in the infra-red spectrum and look bigger in the camera than they really are, because they scatter the IR light reflecting off of them.
"The black and white image makes me think it’s the night-vision mode of the security camera. What happens is that most of these night vision security cameras have infra-red illumination LED’s around them to improve night visibility. Some specks of dust, depending on their constituent materials, are particularly reflective in the infra-red spectrum and look bigger in the camera than they really are, because they scatter the IR light reflecting off of them.
IOW, nothing to see here. Move along."
Although without a fan (or something like that) blowing a speck of dust is not likely to be sweeping around the room at that speed and in that manner, so I am not so sure that is a plausible explanation.
 May 14, 2015 at 12:50pm
This is why they say “Don’t try this at home, kids!”. Professionals think about things like debris field, shrapnel, effective range of what they’re using, before they use it. A professional respects the deadly powers they’re dealing with and have a check list. From the video I’d bet my left one that they even used the rock to prop up the charge off the ground.
I try to approach every trip to the range like a professional and I don’t fart around, lest I have one of these “Hey guys, watch this!” moments. I’ve had enough close calls to be tired of these bubbas and get a little nervous when they assign noobs to the lane next to me.
I hate to pontificate, but let’s all do our part and keep an appropriate level of respect for things that go boom.
[-6] April 21, 2015 at 3:19pm
I’m going to have to give the authorities the benefit of the doubt here. U.S. Marshals are usually looking for dangerous people and you don’t know if the person is passing intel on the activities to the people being pursued. If it’s just someone getting pulled over or stop-n-frisked then it should be OK to record away.
US Marshal are some of the best trained and best equipped, having said this there is no reason for that man to assault this woman and destroy her property. As far a passing on intel that is an ASSUMPTION. We can assume the cow jumped over the moon too but does that mean it happened? If that were the case then officers should have explained that and requested she get back. When you plan an action such as these contingencies are discussed and implemented for the protection of the officers. They don't just go blindly into these things.. No amount of excuse justifies the action taken..
 April 9, 2015 at 2:07pm
Suppressors are not like lowers. To manufacture them without permission is to be in serious shizzle with the BATF, so I would hope they got their docs in a row. This is strictly for prototyping a device whose design can be more of a black magic, as they say. The industry is a long ways away from production cans that are 3D printed. These things get HOT. They make mitts to take to the range so you can remove them from your gun after you’re done shooting. It’s not likely the metal 3D printing materials will be able to handle those kinds of temperatures and pressures right now, or in the near future.
So you're not too aware of what is capable with 3D printing are you?
"Metal 3D printing has started to revolutionize the design and manufacturing of automobile engines, rocket engines, medical devices, and even jewelry."
"Of course the ability to 3D print firearms is still wildly controversial, and being able to print silencers is not going to do much to temper that controversy. Once something is doable someone somewhere is is going to do it, so 3D printing metal gun parts was really only a matter of time."
[ http://3dprint.com/56493/metal-3d-printed-gun-silencer/ ]
3D printing is going to revolutionize - IS revolutionizing - the manufacturing world.
Similar to what UAVs (drones) are going to do / ARE doing to many 'industries'.
And so why do so many here voice concern about the potential 'threats' associated with UAVs but... Nary-a-peep regarding the potential threats from 3D printed weapons - ???
(And actually... We now have 3D printed drones.)
Oh Zapp, once again you ride in with your abundant knowledge of EVERYTHING to inform all of us Blazers. How could we ever thank you?
BATF&E Requires that “Blueprints/Designs”be submitted for approval first. In the “ATF’s” eyes, manufacturing a Suppressor is the same as Manufacturing a Machine Gun (and it was done without approval or the $200 Tax Stamp being issued. Ten years and/or $250 K fine for each infraction). The “ATF” doesn't screw around, the ATF and I have some History.
Missing poll option. Both. Kids are disrespectful by nature and need to be taught respect. As a parent of an 18-month old, I know it starts now with the little things. Establishing trust and communication so that when you go up to a monument to honor someone (or in any context, for that matter), we can explain respect and honor and they will receive what we are trying to convey.
 March 19, 2015 at 8:53am
You’d think by now we’ve proved evil people will use all the tools at their disposal without regard for law, but the other side will never get rid of the idea that it is possible to legislate and fund evil away. So we’re still having to pay $200 for the privilege of buying a suppressor or a short-barreled anything because at some point in time gangsters were sawing off barrels and hiding their guns in their trenchcoats. Those little stunts got a lot of publicity and it’s in that context that these laws were written.
Oh and waiting 6 months to receive ATF’s blessing truly sucks; it’s like writing the list to Santa in July. 1 down, 5 to go.
 February 18, 2015 at 4:09pm
I’ve also read many forum posts saying you shouldn’t dry-fire without them or you risk wearing away at your firing pin/striker. I don’t have much experience with that particularly so I couldn’t say yea or nay, but I love them anyways. I don’t take any new toy to the range without first getting the snap caps for that caliber and practicing all the functions thoroughly.
Yup. Problem is, down there it’s a good time of year to leave the doors and windows open. After April you don’t do that because it’s not like the dry heat like you have down there in Texas, Arizona, Nevada, etc.
 January 28, 2015 at 12:11pm
I wonder if the thugs were “locals” from East Orlando or “imports” from Crime Hills (AKA Pine Hills) or other wonderful parts of West Orlando. I remember when West Orlando was a beautiful place to live about 20 years ago, now it seems they can’t go a week without a bank robbery.
The unlocked apartments are pretty typical of students. They are either too ignorant, intoxicated or wanting to keep their doors “open” for friends to drop by any time.
Usually insecticides have a federal warning that it is a punishable offense to use the product in a manner not prescribed, like for personal defense instead of killing ants. They’re considered low-level nerve agents and Comrade Holder would love nothing more than to charge you with chemical warfare and terrorism for having the audacity to defend yourself.
looters: You're right but I will add that the wasp spray would be more effective. I mean the kind that shoots a stream out at 20 feet or more.
I reckon the remedy is to not report it to "authority", and throw the coughing POS in the nearest dumpster or down a convenient ravine, stairwell, or off a roof top. Whatever you choose, minimize the back tracking potential.
 January 20, 2015 at 4:11pm
Roger that. It did take a huge toll on him, but it seems like he would dwell on the deaths of his team mates and Marines more than on his “kills” as a whole. As far as the people in his scope, he seems to have had closure on that by the time the trigger reset.
 January 20, 2015 at 2:29pm
I see both sides of the issue, but the critics are simply wrong. Having read the book, I know there are , in fact, parts where Kyle does in fact call insurgents (not all Iraqis) savages and that he enjoyed his work and felt no sympathy for those who would do harm. The libs who WANT to depict him as a maniac (like the deranged Ed Schultz) will single these out and not take those parts in the context of the whole book. That’s how you know they haven’t read it.
If they had, they’d know that Kyle was grieved at having to shoot women and children when they presented a threat as well as when the insurgents committed violence against or disregarding the lives of their own people. He also enjoyed working closely with the Iraqis when the tribal elders realized the insurgency was a liability and needed to get kicked out of their province.
He did sound “flippant” at times but if you wanted to be intellectually honest you’d also have to take that in the context of the man as a whole as well as the experience that he went through.
@ LWS - "...where Kyle does in fact call insurgents (not all Iraqis) savages and that he enjoyed his work and felt no sympathy for those who would do harm."
With regards to the name calling, belittling the enemy is natural - dehumanizing him makes it easier for you to come out on top in a firefight. You start getting all smarmy and he's going to end up belittling you a lot longer than you will him.
Love your Blaze name. IF I ever get the chance, I think I'll make mine "Pants Up_Don't Loot".
Michael Moore and liberal losers like him don't DO context.
Humans are programmed by nature to not want to kill another human being. Those that do not have that programming we call psychopaths. It takes a huge toll on a man's conscience to disconnect from that part of him that wants to preserve life in order to take a life. The stress these soldiers go through on that one inner conflict must be unbearable to many.
Kyle was able to prioritize his fellow soldiers' lives above those of the enemy. Each insurgent down represented not only less chance of a US military member dying, but may have spared Iraqi lives as well. The unpleasant jobs have to be done, and Kyle did his better than most. Arab women and children are difficult to kill because you know they are only doing what a cowardly man told them to do! Unfortunately, when weighing their lives against American soldiers trying to do their jobs, you have little choice.
You do what you have to, but you still have to find ways to deal with the memory and guilt. Knowing you did a good job and saved lives helps cope with the deaths you caused. He might "sound flippant," but if you dwell on what you did, it'll eat you up inside.
They need to retool it, reorganize it and rename it. Call it something like “Current TV”. Or something…
 November 11, 2014 at 1:25pm
Seems like a cavalier attitude that may not consider other factors, like increasing the likelihood of high-risk pregnancies if they manage to get pregnant at all. You can’t freeze your hormonal profile and how a young female body responds to pregnancy vs an older female body. Good for you if you have the money to brute force it, but it still increases the risk to the child.
I understand wanting to take measures to heed the call to be a mother if you haven’t found the right person and feeling time slip away, but for careers? That’s just not wanting to give your child the gift of your youth. Child is not priority number 1, they’re just another milestone in the program. I speak as a parent who wishes they’d done more with the free years before having a child, but I don’t regret it one moment.
I totally agree, but I will add one positive.
The story says: "The idea is that the eggs could be frozen at an age when the woman is considered more fertile." But it isn't just the fertility. Older women's eggs tend to have a higher incidence of birth defects (Down Syndrome being the most common, I think).
I have to agree. I don't think that the underlying attitude of children being a secondary priority is a good one. It also upsets the natural order - "Mommy, why does Joey's mom's arm flap like that?"
November 5, 2014 at 5:57pm
This guy isn’t the “point man” who fired the first shot into UBL. He was one of the two, along with “Mark Owen” that came in immediately after that and shot him while he was squirming on the ground when they had entered the room after point man. His account in the Esquire piece is embellished to indicate he was the first one to shoot UBL. Even fellow SEALs call Owen’s account way more credible than O’Neil’s.
He seems to have served well, but couldn’t resist the temptation to embellish and gloat, so much so he was reprimanded by command for running his mouth at a Virginia Beach bar when they got back from the mission. I’ll watch just to see if he sticks to his story or backtracks.
I don’t oppose OC legislation. I agree it should be left up to the individual, and it depends on the weapon and overall context of where and when, but my biggest fear is to have my weapon taken from me.
The deterrence factor only deters the marginally inclined criminal element, which could be deterred by other means (situational awareness, basic personal security measures). The determined criminal element will view it as an opportunity, will have as a priority to dispossess you from your gun and will calculate a way to get the drop on you to get it. Where I come from, you’re likely to get held up for your gun when you get to the parking lot and end up on with blood trickling from your head front page next day. That’s not and episode of 24; that’s reality where they have one of the highest per-capita crime rates in the US. I got tired of seeing that and moved.
I like the principled chivalry of the past, but I’ll stick to opening people’s doors for them. OC is fine for marching to the capitol steps, not necessarily when stepping out to the gas station. At that point I need every advantage I can retain because I’m not out looking for a fight, and “they” are.
 November 5, 2014 at 2:14pm
I understand freedom and the second amendment and all, but, I don’t feel the need to show my weapon, and in fact I think it to be a tactical disadvantage. To quote Doug Marcaida “A weapon should be felt, not seen.”
I echo that sentiment to a degree, but it should ultimately be left to the individual.
Life isn't an episode of 24.
I'd rather deter a crime, than let one proceed so that I could get the "tactical advantage!". Better no crime, than having an advantage on one that could have been deterred.
Your quote is meaningless. The general attitude towards oc in these united States historically, until OC'ers marched for your rights to beg the government for a permission slip, was that open carry was the sign of an honest man, whilst only men of ill repute would desire to hide their weapons. Look it up in our history.
But yes, foobared is right in his tolerance. I echo that. Carry as you wish, but let's not start with the silly justifications.
If You do not feel the need, THEN DO NOT DO IT.
It can go either way. A bad guy may leave you alone because he sees that you carry or me may leave you alone because he thinks you might be carrying but isn't sure.
It all depends on the scumbag.