The weekend ran a day long for me (or at least the recovery did), so today’s digest is a short one while I play catch up. First up, Richard Ryan does some ballistic testing of the new iPhone 5C using a Barrett M82A1, after a couple more mundane drop tests. Keep an eye out for how much the phone bends in slow-mo when it hits the concrete. At 60,000 frames/sec, it looks like a slice of cheese hitting the ground.
A recent gun buy-up in Northampton and Greenfield, Massachusetts is being called a success by local authorities, having netted over 300 guns. As is the case in most buy-ups, the majority of the firearms turned in were rifles and shotguns. Since long guns are so infrequently used in crimes, it sorta puts the whole “crime reduction” aspect of these boondoggles in some doubt. In a rare display of sanity, a pearl-handled 1902 Colt Browning pistol that was turned in will not be ground into scrap with the rest of the guns, but will instead be sent to the Springfield Armory Museum (once it reopens from the government shutdown), as apparently the museum gets first refusal on anything that’s turned in.
For still more video fun, Dugan repels an alien invasion with a truck-bed-mounted Ma Deuce and a shoulder-fired MG42. If I could have the opportunity to shoot only one full-auto machine gun in my life, I think it’d be the MG42. That’s probably un-American, but there it is. Video contains language unsuitable for spinster aunts and children who repeat everything they hear. You have been warned.
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