Monday, September 28, 2015

Guided-missile destroyer of the Arleigh Burke-class of warship - USS Cole

Design of the USS Cole is consistent with the Arleigh Burke-class of warships. She sports a sharp, high-angled bow with her major superstructure covering amidships and a flight deck positioned along her stern. The 5-inch main gun is mounted between the bow and the superstructure with the first of two VLS missile cell collections located between this turret and the superstructure. The second VLS emplacement is set just forward of the flight deck to the rear of the design. The superstructure is identifiable by its large slab, three-sided forward face and maintains the bridge and major sensors, equipment and communications arrays. The mainmast caps the superstructure and slopes towards the stern.

The USS Cole is perhaps best known for the Al-Qaeda attack that left 17 US sailors dead back on October 12th, 2000. She represents one of the sixty-two total guided-missile destroyers making up the Arleigh Burke-class of warship. She further makes up one of the twenty-one ships as part of the Arleigh Burke "Flight I-Class" (these featuring the 5"/54 turreted main gun). These were followed into service by the Flight II and Flight IIA ships making up the other seven-plus-thirty-four vessels in the Arleigh Burke-class.

Her suite of sensors and processing systems include the AN/SPY-1D radar, the AN/SPS-67(V)2 Surface Search Radar, the AN/SPS-73(V)12 Surface Search Radar, the AN/SQS-53C sonar array, the AN/SQR-19 tactical towed sonar array and the AN/SQQ-28 LAMPS III shipboard system. Her countermeasures suite is made up of the AN/SLQ-32(V)2 electronic warfare system, the AN/SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo countermeasures, the MK 36 MOD 12 decoy launching system and the AN/SLQ-39 CHAFF bouys. As part of the Aegis defense system, the USS Cole can use her powerful radar and tracking software to maintain an eye on up to 100 targets at once.

Power to the Cole is supplied by four large General Electric LM2500-30 series gasoline-fueled turbines feeding two shafts a combined 100,000 shaft horsepower. Her top speed is listed at just over 30 knots with a range of 4,400 nautical miles at 20 knots. Her crew complement is made up of 210 enlisted personnel along with 38 Chief Petty Officers and 33 Officers. The Cole maintains a running length of 505 feet with a beam of 66 feet and a draught of 31 feet. Displacement is approximately 6,794 tons light and 8,885 tons full.

As a gasoline-powered vessel, the Cole makes use of twin funnel structures each showcasing stealth-like sharp angles. Each funnel assembly is identified by their black funnel stack exhaust ports that are clearly visible when in profile, protruding ever so slightly. One of the two 20mm Vulcan Phalanx systems sit just ahead and below the bridge while another sits aft overlooking the flight deck and stern VSL missile cells.

The Cole can make room for up to one Sikorsky-class SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter along a stern deck helipad.

Armament consists of two individual missile cell collections: the 1 x 29 and 1 x 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems are compatible with RIM-156 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise or RUM-139 VL-ASROC missiles. This potent firepower is augmented by 2 x 25mm chain guns, the aforementioned Mark 45 5/54 inch cannon, 2 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS (Close-In Weapon System) for anti-aircraft/anti-missile defense and up to 4 x 12.7mm heavy machine guns for close-in defense and boarding. The Cole can make use of 2 x Mk 32 triple torpedo launch tubes fitted aft of amidships along the port and starboard sides to combat enemy surface vessels. At any one time, the Cole has access to some 100 missiles of varying types for any given situation at hand. With all this in tow, she makes up the strong arm of the United States Navy on the high seas.

The USS Cole was constructed by Ingalls Shipbuilding (now part of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding) of Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was ordered on January 16th, 1991 and laid down on February 28th, 1994. She was launched on February 10th in 1995 and delivered to the United States Navy on March 11th, 1996. Official commissioning occurred on June 8th, 1996. In 2013, the USS Cole is expected to receive upgraded missile capability to the RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) series as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, a sort of mobile sea-borne protection net against enemy ballistic missiles with direction provided by the US DoD's Missile Defense Agency.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Kahr Arms PM9

Shown here with a robin eggshell blue frame, the PM9 is a semi-automatic, locked-breech pistol chambered in 9mm.This version comes in a package through Cabela’s with three magazines (6+1 and 7+1 with extension), a black pistol rug and a pocket holster.

Other options available.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

With the Solo Carry DC, Kimber has created a well-designed, balanced and accurate pistol for concealed carry

Caliber: 9mm • Barrel: 2.7 inches • OA Length: 5.5 inches • Grips: Micarta • Weight: 17 ounces (empty) • Sights: Meprolight tritium three-dot night • Action: Striker-fired Finish: KimPro II (frame), DLC (slide) • Capacity: 6+1
The Solo Carry DC takes the basic Solo design and enhances it with a Carry Melt treatment, a durbale diamond like carbon coating (DLC) on the slide and barrel, and a self-lubricating KimPro II finish

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Ark Royal

Classified was a "light" carrier and part of the Invincible class of British carriers, the Ark Royal sports an aircraft complement of various types that include the Sea Harrier jump jet aircraft (fighter and bomber versions), Sea King and Merlin type helicopters with a standard group consisting of 5 Harriers and 10 Sea Kings. Her most notable characteristic was the sloped ramp at the extreme edge of her flight deck, which sat to the port side with a superstructure at the starboard. Self-defense was accomplished through a layout of 3 x Phalanx CIWS anti-missile systems and additional 2 x 20mm cannons for anti-aircraft defense. Additionally, the class can mount 1 x twin launchers for Sea Dart surface-to-air missiles (later removed in 1999), shoring up the defense of what use to be a weakness in the design.

The Ark Royal (originally to be called the HMS Indomitable) represented a fitting addition to British naval power at the end of the century, considering the name had been in use for decades in other forms including an aircraft carrier used in World War 2. This new carrier came at a time when the fleet carrier program was all but gone from Royal Navy consideration and a new initiative was put forth for a carrier to operate an air group of the Sea King type helicopters. Later in development, it became apparent that the Royal Air Force's Harrier jump jet aircraft would also be a prime candidate for consideration for use on the carrier (known in the Royal Navy inventory as the Sea Harrier) and the Ark Royal's role was officially defined.

Friday, September 18, 2015


The KV is a Soviet heavy tank that was in service in the Red Army during World War II. KV stands for Kliment Voroshilov, a Soviet defense commissar and politician. The tank was produced from August 1939 to August 1942. It was involved in the Finnish War and the Great Patriotic War. The KV series was known for its heavy armor protection, so it was nicknamed the "Russian Colossus" by the Nazis.

Thursday, September 17, 2015


The T-34 was a Soviet medium tank and the main battle tank in the Red Army until the first half of 1944. It was the most-produced medium tank during World War II. The T-34 played a major role in the course of the war and greatly influenced the tank-manufacturing industry. Many specialists and military experts have repeatedly named the T-34 one of the best tanks of the WWII period.

Monday, September 14, 2015


The T-90 Vladimir is a Russian third-generation main battle tank, developed as a modernized version of the T-72B. Currently, it is the most modern tank in service with the Russian Ground Forces and Naval Infantry. The tank entered service in 1993. The T-90 has gained popularity in foreign defense markets due to its costs and quality as well as outstanding reliability.

FN Five-Seven 5.7x28mm

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Tsar Tank (also known as Lebedenko Tank)

The Tsar Tank (also known as Lebedenko Tank) was an unconventional Russian armored vehicle developed by Nikolai Lebedenko and a team of engineers in 1914-1915. It differed from modern tanks in that it did not use caterpillar tracks—rather, it used a tricycle design. The project was scrapped after tests proved the tank was underpowered and vulnerable to artillery fire. The single built tank was finally taken apart for scrap.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

CHIAPPA 1911-22 COMPACT Photo by Chiappa Caliber: .22 LR Barrel: 4 inches Weight: 30.4 ounces (empty) Grips: Wood Sights: Fiber-optic front, Novak rear Action: SA Finish: Matte black Capacity: 10+1


The IS-2 (Object 240) is a Soviet heavy tank from the WWII period. The IS, standing for Joseph Stalin, was the official name for Soviet mass-produced heavy tanks produced in 1943-1953. The IS-2 was the most powerful and most heavily armored Soviet tank during the war. After the war ended, IS-2 tanks were modernized and were in service in the Soviet/Russian Armed Forces until 1995.

Extreme Race Guns From EAA

EAA Witness Match Xtreme
Tanfoglio’s Witness Gold Custom Xtreme sports every option an Open Division competitor could want, including a C-More sight.
EAA Witness Stock II Xtreme
EAA Witness Stock III Xtreme
The Witness Limited Custom Xtreme sports a fiber-optic front sight, an extended mag well and an ambidextrous thumb safety.

Russian attack helicopter

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Battle-Proven ARs From FNH USA

Military Collector FN 15 M16
Military Collector FN 15 M4
FN SCAR 16S: Caliber: 5.56mm; Barrel: 16.25 inches; OA Length: 27.5-37.5 inches; Weight: 7.25 pounds (empty); Stock: Polymer, side-folding; Sights: Rail and folding MBUS; Action: Piston-operated, semi-auto; Finish: Matte black or FDE; Capacity: 30+1
FN SCAR 17S: Caliber: 7.62mm; Barrel: 16.25 inches; OA Length: 28.5-38.5 inches; Weight: 8 pounds (empty); Stock: Polymer, side-folding; Sights: Rail and folding MBUS; Action: Piston-operated, semi-auto; Finish: Matte black or FDE; Capacity: 20+1
FN M249S SAW: Caliber: 5.56mm; Barrel: 20.5 inches; OA Length: 40.75 inches; Weight: 17 pounds (empty); Stock: Polymer; Sights: Adjustable front and rear; Action: Direct impingement, semi-auto; Finish: Matte black
FN 15 Tactical Carbine: Caliber: 5.56mm; Barrel: 16 inches; OA Length: 33.7-37 inches; Weight: 6.6 pounds (empty); Stock: Magpul MOE SL; Sights: Magpul MBUS; Action: Direct impingement, semi-auto; Finish: Matte black; Capacity: 30+1
FN 15 M4: Caliber: 5.56mm; Barrel: 16 inches; OA Length: 30.5-34.2 inches; Weight: 7 pounds (empty); Stock: Polymer, collapsible; Sights: A2 front, folding rear; Action: Direct impingement, semi-auto; Finish: Matte black; Capacity: 30+1
FN 15 DMR: Caliber: 5.56mm; Barrel: 18 inches; OA Length: 35-38 inches; Weight: 7.2 pounds (empty); Stock: Magpul STR; Sights: Magpul MBUS; Action: Direct impingement, semi-auto; Finish: Matte black; Capacity: 30+1

F-18 fighter jet in a aircraft carrier's hangar



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