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This episode of Love + Radio interviews Sam Najjair, who left a relatively comfortable life to be a soldier, then a sniper, then a leader in the Libyan revolution. His discussion of why he wanted to be a sniper is interesting – because it was much more personal to him to be able to see the faces of the people he killed.

A second discussion, at the end of the episode, talks about how he handled another sniper. I want to give nothing away – it isn’t a sniper-chasing-sniper drama, by this time he is a leader; the story is still very dramatic. The episode is an hour long, the story starts at 42:37, but I suggest you listen to the whole thing.

Written by Ry Jones

27 August 2015 at 13:15

Posted in GWoT

Mixing powders and oils

I was talking to someone about mixing powders and oils; he uses a setup made for meat processing. It consists of a grinder (which is really just a 1/2 horse motor with extra bits to throw away) and a seven gallon tilt mixer. The mixer can handle 33 pounds of meat, or about the same mass of Boomerite for ~33-16 targets. It has a lid to keep powders down and scraper blades to keep the sides clean. I might sneak down to Lacey this weekend to take a look at one.

Written by Ry Jones

21 August 2015 at 20:43

Posted in Boomershoot

The Alice and Bob After Dinner Speech

Written by Ry Jones

16 August 2015 at 16:41

Posted in Mobile Lifestyle

Tab closing

Written by Ry Jones

15 August 2015 at 21:03

Posted in Life


Consumer thermal is only getting cheaper and better.  Someone told me a couple of years ago to hold off on buying thermal sights, as things were going to get cheaper soon – I guess this is part of the first wave of that.

Written by Ry Jones

12 July 2015 at 3:40

Posted in Hobbies

Run what you brung

Kevin asks:

why is there such a disconnect between the guns we see in a firearms training class and the guns that people actually carry?

Good question. For the short time I shot USPSA in Moscow, I shot with my carry Glock 30 and my carry holster. Once I sold that, I shot with my carry Beretta 96 and holster. After over a decade of hating that holster, I bought a Serpa – much nicer. I recently bought a Glock 17 for EDC and bought a new Serpa along with. I plan on competing this weekend, if I’m able, and I’ll either be shooting from my Serpa or (I hope) the poorly-named GunClip.

I am certain that my scores would have been better if I’d bought a more purpose-suited pistol and a competition, or at least not a concealment, holster. I also had a lot more faith in my EDC over the years because I knew I could draw, fire, and reload from my carry setup.

I can’t say which is better. The last couple of months I’ve been seriously considering building my Glock 17 out as a race gun – but a slidemelt and red dot would cost as much as the gun did, and I’d need a custom holster for all that.

Written by Ry Jones

10 July 2015 at 10:35

Posted in GWoF

BeyondCorp is Google’s rethink of corporate IT security

Here’s the white paper (pdf). WSJ blurbs for slightly different details. This longer form post from 2013 includes two USENIX talks from LISA 2013. Not everyone works at Google’s scale, or with Google’s money, of course. Another search phrase for this is “zero trust networking”

Written by Ry Jones

9 July 2015 at 23:57

Posted in Tech


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