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  1. Possible Candidates... From The Army Times http://www.armytimes.com/article/20110828/NEWS/108280315/Pistols-shot-replacing-M9 Pistols with a shot at replacing the M9Aug. 28, 2011 - 08:56AM | Last Updated: Aug. 28, 2011 - 08:56AM Your next pistolOfficials are not allowed to discuss the selection process while requirements are being written. But Thomas did say the next pistol would be a commercial, off-the-shelf product. Narrowing the field is not especially hard. The soldier requirements division must first consider existing programs of record. If another government agency has a pistol program that meets or exceeds the Army's requirements, that is the one you will get. There are some strong contenders in that category, and they are not limited to the .45 caliber and 9mm varieties. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in 2010 made a big switch to the .40 caliber, and many military leaders would like to do the same. Smith and Wesson's .40 cal M&P nudged the Glock 22 and 27 in the ATF competition. Scores were so close that both received a part of the $80 million contract — and prime standing as the Army enters its search. "It's kind of hard to beat the Smith and Wesson M&P right now," said one industry insider from a competing company, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "It is a polymer gun with high-capacity steel magazines. It has a positive safety and ambidextrous controls ... they simply came out of the gate with the right gun." Other companies with existing government contracts and weapons that meet Army requirements include: • Beretta. The company in 2010 launched the 92A1 9mm and 96A1 .40 S&W pistols. They include increased capacity magazines, removable front sights, an accessory rail, captive recoil spring assembly, frame recoil buffer and sand-resistant magazines. The Army would need no transitional training if it chose the 9mm, and parts compatibility is 90 percent. Beretta's next-generation Px4 family of pistols has polymer frames, modular grips and a rotary barrel system similar to a bolt-action rifle. The Px4 Storm Special Duty .45 ACP, which had been submitted for the now-defunct Joint Combat Pistol program, includes a long barrel for suppressor mounting. • Sig Sauer. Many Navy SEALs carry the company's P226, and the Coast Guard has adopted the P229. The industry insider called the Sig a "workhorse," but said the P229 is an unlikely selection because it is double-action only and has no positive safety. The .40 caliber P250 probably has little to no chance. The pistol had 58 stoppages, 13 of which were gun-induced, during the ATF competition. Smith & Wesson had 16 shooter-induced stoppages and Glock had seven, and neither had gun-induced stoppages. • Heckler & Koch. The HK P2000 is lauded by the Border Patrol. They love its modular grips, dual slide release levers and mounting rails that easily accommodate a variety of lights, lasers and accessories. • Glock. A longtime favorite among many special operators, the latest variants include modular grips and shorter trigger distances. The recoil spring also has been replaced with a dual recoil spring assembly to reduce recoil and increase life cycle. But the venerable Glock does have its detractors, the industry insider said — primarily because the pistol lacks an external safety. In addition, there is no metal-on-metal contact in the magazine catch-recess area, causing magazines to wear out faster and sometimes drop out of the gun. • Colt and Springfield. Both companies are competing to replace the Marine Corps' M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistol. If the winner becomes a program of record before the Army opens its selection process, then it would be in the running. But Colt's variant is a single-action, cocked and locked pistol, which is not popular with many folks in Big Army. .
  2. Overdue? The U.S. Army is moving forward to replace the Cold War-era M9 9mm pistol with a more powerful handgun that also meets the needs of the other services. As the lead agent for small arms, the Army will hold an industry day July 29 to talk to gun makers about the joint, Modular Handgun System or MHS. The MHS would replace the Army's inventory of more than 200,000 outdated M9 pistols and several thousand M11 9mm pistols with one that has greater accuracy, lethality, reliability and durability, according to Daryl Easlick, a project officer with the Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia. "It's a total system replacement -- new gun, new ammo, new holster, everything," Easlick said... <MORE> http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/07/03/army-wants-harder-hitting-pistol/?intcmp=features
  3. If you know where the picnic/eating area is/was it might be worth your time. Even the area surrounding where the outhouse was could be productive. I know I've spilled coins out of my pockets while pulling up my pants after using one. Seriously.
  4. Too cloudy in N NM, rain all weekend. Let me know how it was.
  5. Here is a short YouTube video of a test to debunk dowsing: Dawkins debunks dowsing https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=_VAasVXtCOI I agree with the woman in the video that says the water should be underneath her. That, I think, would be a better test of how actual dowsing is done.
  6. Mike, I think you've been tapping into something for a while now, judging by your success with finding meteorites. I have yet to find an irrefutable meteorite.
  7. I've read the same things regarding idio-motor and possible field effects on rod movement. I can't say what might be true about field effects, but I can comment on the idio-motor (IM) speculation. When I'm dowsing I'm very conscious of keeping my hands tucked in tight to my chest and keeping them level as to not cause any possible IM movement in the rods. When the movement starts, I'm even more conscious of the placement of my hands; making sure I'm not influencing the movement. It's quite a thing when the rods swing and then cross. If anyone reading this has never tried it, please do. There's nothing like it; watching/feeling the rods swinging left/right. See for yourself if you are influencing the rods. If you have a sprinkler system available to you, try following the line from head to head or try laying out your water filled yard hose in a winding pattern and try crossing over its width and then try walking the length in a straight line, not curved like the hose. After that, try following the hose as the rods indicate. You should get a result each time you pass over the water filled sprinkler line or hose. If you do try it, tell us about your experience, pro or con. Everyone reading this topic would really be interested to read about them. Saginaw
  8. Hi Mike. That's amazing what you did with the coins. I never made the Ouija Board connection, and what you said; that dowsing might be like Ouija, may be true. It never occurred to me. I always thought of Ouija Boards as tapping into spirits and/or ghosts, and so I stayed away from them. Chicken me. Dowsing, at least to me, seems to tap into an earthly force, at least when it comes to looking for water. When I dowse, I don't feel like I'm calling a spirit or any kind of intelligent entities. I feel like its a natural something that's just out there, like magnetism, and the rods pick up on it. It may be an energy from the water below or an effect on the ground surrounding the water below. While at GB the other day, Karl and I walked a stretch that the rods seemed to indicate was a run of water below. The flow was running downhill anyway. Maybe it was a vein of gold! Darn wind. I don't know. I've never felt creepy or weird about it while dowsing, like I would if I were using a Ouija Board. If I thought dowsing were using spirits or ghosts, I would give it up right away. I don't want to get into that for a lot of reasons. Funny thing though, I enjoy watching 'Ghost Hunters' on the SciFi Channel. The other day I watched 'The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies' on PBS's NOVA. It was fascinating how newly born Monarch butterflies could navigate their way from Canada to Mexico. They could determine the best time and best wind conditions to cross the Great Lakes and make the journey without ever having taken such a long trip before. Some say they use the sun, magnetic fields, smells, whatever. It's none the less a breathtaking thing when you contemplate it. Like you said Mike, 'There are mysterious forces out there we have yet to explain.' I agree 100%, and then some. Saginaw
  9. As Karl said, the weather was pretty bad. The winds were blowing the rods left and right. We had a calm spell and tried a quick version of the tests I had planned to run. The rods gave yes/no and right/front/left responses, but some of these responses I didn't trust because the wind would gust and move the rods. So the run of tests I had planned were squashed. I had survey flags, question/answer/result sheet(s), and I had my digging tools ready but the wind would have blown the papers and flags everywhere. I plan to try again at another site. BTW: I found a tent at GB. I folded it up and put some rocks on it to keep it from blowing away. If you know anyone who lost it, let me know. Can't guarantee it will still be there. GJ: Thanks for the link. I've been using NWS, MSN, NOAA, and some others to get an average weather picture before going to GB. All of these were off for Wednesday evening; it gusted like crazy there. I will add your site to those I use. Saginaw
  10. Until you find some Willow, you can use a coat hanger to make some L-Rods. check out the videos at: https://m.youtube.com/#/results?q=dowsing%20rods&sm=1
  11. Give it a try, Johnno. Try finding the water or sprinkler lines to and from your house or a neighbors house. Let us know how you fare and your thoughts about it all.
  12. Sounds interesting Ben. I've seen pictures of something similar, but never understood what the wrap on the end was for. Thanks for clearing that up for me. The only add on beside handles I've considered are blunt tips for the reach end. Don't want to poke anyone or anything with them.
  13. Rimmy, thanks for the link, but please don't change you're profile picture! I love that dog half in the hole! Bring him back!
  14. You hunting for Gold, right GJ? That is one thing I plan to try for. Your thoughts about dowsing have been on my mind. I've been planning a strategy that includes the tips I've gotten from Fred, RimShot, Ben, and you to use when I go to GB. I intend to keep a diary during trials to record the results and also so I don't forget anything. I want to share the experience here. I still haven't found my steel rods, so I bought another blank to make a new pair
  15. Gonna give it by best effort Fred. Working out my mantra's now and will refine them once I'm there. Saginaw
  16. Condolences Don. Losing a fellow hunter is somehow different from losing a regular acquaintance.
  17. I hope so Ben. Haven't found anything but waterlines with it so far, but I plan to use some of my own silent prayers to help things along. .
  18. That's part of the strategy this time out Fred. I'm planning to try yours and RimShot's suggested techniques just as described. I'm anxious to see how it all turns out. I've tried it locally, but no hits. GB is a proven strewn and gold field with targets waiting to be found, so I'm optimistic that dowsing will turn up something positive. I intend to update this topic with details and photos from the outings trials. BTW, thanks for the info you permitted Karl to share with me. Very much appreciated! Thanks so much. Saginaw
  19. Hi Ben. Those Russian meteorite hunters are quick to move. Honestly, I'm surprised nothing has turned up yet. You must be right about it still being winter there.
  20. New fireball seen in Murmansk, Russia... Mysterious object seen in the sky over Murmansk, Russia... MORE or go to: http://rt.com/news/meteorite-murmansk-explosion-space-588/ .
  21. Ben, what described is exactly what I did, except I used steel rods. They work great. I put them somewhere safe and now I can't find them. They'll turn. up. Just an aside, but an uncle of mine was a practicing Brujo in his little town in Mexico. He's gone now. Just an aside. Saginaw
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