Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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Sound Suppressors For Varmints

Posted: 20 Sep 2010 01:00 PM PDT

Not sure if many Kit Up! readers are aware, but Military.com recently launched a product that will help keep our off duty readers and other enthusiasts up to date on the latest hunting and fishing news and features.

We understand that a good portion of troops spend some off duty time back in the woods in pursuit of game and fish, so we’ve teamed up with a great group of writers and reporters to bring you some fun content about the outdoors.

One of the things we’ve noticed is the confluence of the AR rifle platform and “off duty” activities such as recreational shooting and, increasingly, hunting…In fact, I’m headed down to a deer hunt in South Carolina next month and will be using a Remington 7.62 AR — the first time I’ve ever used one for a hunt.

Well, I thought I’d throw out there a story we’re running on flash hiders and sound suppressors for the civilian AR user and see what our readers think about the current technology of supressors and their application to hunting.

One situation that is perfect for sound suppressors is predator/varmint control in urban and suburban areas. The urban varmint hunter works at hours when others close by are sleeping or watching a late movie. Mainstream media and the non-hunting public equate loud noise from a firearm to danger. Also, a suppressor will frequently allow acquisition of multiple targets without them spooking. A properly constructed sound suppressor will reduce the sound so it is no longer recognizable as a gunshot, clearing the way to get the job at hand done.

One of the biggest complaints with using a suppressor is the need to re-zero each time the suppressor is installed, however, new technology has taken the method the suppressor is attached to the barrel to new extremes that also ensure accuracy repeatability.

Kind of like the SureFire supressors that don’t require a re-zero…

But is the use of suppressors in the civilian market just a fringe thing, or are they a really useful and worthwhile accessory to have for your “off duty” AR?

Be sure to read the entire story on supressors and muzzle brakes for civilian ARs and read the rest of the great hunting and fishing content on Military.com’s Outdoor Channel.

New iPhone App Takes Stab at Afghan Reference

Posted: 20 Sep 2010 06:53 AM PDT

A tipster alerted us to a new iPhone application that helps folks downrange in Afghanistan get up to speed quickly on local culture, politics, provincial stats and levels of violence.

Called MobiAFG, the app was designed by academics at the Naval Post Graduate School in Rhode Island Monterey, Calif.– the Leavenworth of the Sea Services. These guys are top notch researchers and have in some cases lead the way in increasing the military’s understanding of Iraqi and Afghan culture in a nuanced counterinsurgency fight.

While the app is a good start, it’s just not there yet both in its user interface and information.

I gave it a whirl this past weekend and while gratified that at least someone is trying to create applications for this awesome device that can be more than entertainment, the MobiAFG is pretty low brow for anyone but the most clueless on Afghanistan.

Most of the data is thrown-together PDF files from other research outlets adapted for a smartphone screen. And a lot of the data is old. The section on violent incidents in Afghanistan is from 2007 — which might as well be 1990 since the situation has changed so much in the last three years. All it is is a cobbled together PDF file from ISAF. I know for a fact there is a much more current one floating around out there so they could have easily used that.

There’s no visual artistry in the layout and pages are incongruous. It made me wonder why I didn’t just google the info and view it on my mobile Safari browser — it might have actually been more current and rendered better.

With all the cool apps out there that are tailored for our type of readers (shot counter and ballistics computer), the bar is relatively high for a Kit Up! endorsement.

Give MobiAFG a look (it’s free) and see for yourself…but I can bet you’ll delete it until there’s a slicker update.

(Thanks to PL for the heads up)

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