Watercooler 7/13 Open Thread: Budget Buletproofing, Quick Hits, Gratuitous Gun Giveaways

#NeverTrumpNeverKasich #NotInMYNamewatercoolerWelcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got…

 

Budget Ballistic Blocking

Stumbled across a neat little gadget, a backpack-size whiteboard that’ll stop a .45 Auto FMJ round. Manufacturer says it offers NIJ Level IIIA (that’s police body armor) protection of a 10×13-inch area for a sticker price of around a hundred and twenty bucks. Kevin Michalowski at USCCA intends to do some testing on these soon (as of June 27) and report back with results, but haven’t heard anything yet. Then again, if an extra pound of weight buys me even just an extra few seconds to rush an Active Shooter so I can take his weapon away and give him the Mozambique Drill treatment with it…

 

For the Hardware Geeks

One of my favorite sites, Imminent Threat Solutions, has a poster-style chart of American fighting vehicles on land, sea and air our Hardware Junkies miht like. Check it out at this link. Also, for those moment when you just have to melt the living crap out of some Special Snowflake’s frail little ego, check out their Butthurt Report Form package at http://www.itstactical.com/centcom/its-information/in-case-of-butt-hurt-new-its-butt-hurt-report-form-in-the-its-store/ –but don’t just slap the “Be Nice To Me I Got Butt Hurt Today” sticker on ’em, lest the little Gersh Kuntzman wannabes scream about how you “pummeled them horribly.”

 

From the Weird/Odd/Annoying Files and other Quick Hits…

 

This Week In History

  • Sunday, July 11: US takes Detroit under Jay Treaty, 1796; Burr kills Hamilton, 1804; CSA attempts DC invasion, 1864; Babe Ruth’s MLB debut, 1914; To Kill a Mockingbird published, 1960
  • Monday, July 12: Medal of Honor established, 1862; Rolling Stones’ first concert, 1962; NPRC arson destroys almost 1/3 of all military personnel records, 1973
  • Tuesday, July 13: New York draft riots, 1863; Hollywood sign dedicated, 1923; Butterfield reveals Nixon tapes, 1973; New York Blackout, 1977
  • Wednesday, July 14: Sedition Act takes effect, 1798; Billy the Kid killed, 1881; Mariner 4 takes first close-ups of Mars, 1965
  • Thursday, July 15: Georgia last Confederate state to rejoin Union, 1870; Boeing founded, 1916, and first flies “Dash 80,” America’s first jetliner, 1954; US/USSR Apollo-Soyuz Test Project spacecraft launched, 1975
  • Friday, July 16: DC established as US capital, 1790; Farragut first USN admiral, 1862; OKC installs world’s first parking meter, 1935; Apollo 11 launched, 1969
  • Saturday, July 17: Carrier builds first air conditioner, 1902; napalm first used, 1944; Disneyland opens, 1955; B-2 Spirit “stealth bomber” first flight, 1989

Today’s Birthdays: Chef Paul Prudhomme, 1940; actors Patrick Stewart, 1940 and Harrison Ford, 1942; comedian Cheech Marin, 1946; astronaut George Nelson, 1950

This Week In History is compiled with assistance from History.com and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette.

Gratuitous Gun Giveaways

Quote of the Day

Inspired by the combination of aviation news and today’s birthdays…

The focus and the concentration and the attention to detail that flying takes is a kind of meditation. I find it restful and engaging, and other things slip away.–Harrison Ford

As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. Sorry, guys, just not a lot of political headlines catching my eye today–if y’all feel something’s going under-reported please share with the class. 🙂

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