Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The All New and Improved Chant, Gluten Free, Now with Raisins!


Haven't headed south yet, tomorrow me hearties!

In the meantime, watch juvat figure out a way into the liquor cabinet, maybe Virgil beat him to it?

Watch Beans demonstrate medieval weapons technique in the back yard!

See Tuna rant and rave about politics (we hope)!

We've got it all here at Sarge's Used Naval Artillery Emporium and Package Store.

Make us an offer!

(Anything to keep the streak alive I guess...)


C'mon down!



(No, I didn't see any raisins either, stupid ad department, I'll have them sacked. Positively no gluten though, that's for real...)

65 comments:

  1. Hello Sailor! Wanna buy some lime juice?

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  2. Careful Sarge..... the state and feds are going to want to know if you've got NICS involved since you're selling those child-killing, environment ruining weapons of war. Third day of low seventies here then Saturday, high 38F.....yikes!

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    1. Yeah, bastiges.

      Sounds like good weather, and what you're saying is winter arrives on Saturday?

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    2. Got ya beat....it was 80* here this afternoon, it's down to 40* right now (1930 hrs local), and headed for a low of 25*.....fifty-five degree drop in 10 hours or so.....and it's going to rain, turning to snow, with a high of 33* on Thursday.....

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  3. Got anything in a 32lb carronade? I need something light and handy for my apartment.

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    1. Ooh, that's the one thing on back order...

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    2. a bear.... try the Broadsider in Fallout 4, takes a few rounds to get the trajectory spot on.

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    3. Nylon12, there's a perk that gives you a HUD for grenades, does it work for the Broadsider?? I have one stored at the Red Rocket.... Oh.... man, I have to go to work now.... dang it.

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    4. STxAR - A HUD for grenades? What'll they think of next?

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    5. Apartments are tricky, especially upstairs ones. Carronades really aren't appropos for upstairs use, unless you actually have a deck. Mayhaps we can show you something in a nice 3lb or 6lb field howitzer? Recoil is less, so more manageable in tight quarters, shorter barrel, designed to be moved either on its carriage or by pack (broken down into multiple pieces.)

      That's in the ever-popular muzzle load variety.

      Otherwise, we have a rotary Hotchkiss in 1.65 caliber in a mountain mount, 5 barrels, again, disassembles for easy carry.

      And over here we have a Colt Bulldog Gatling, in .45-70. Tripod mounted, easy to carry in two custom boxes (ammo carried extra...)

      Though we have found much fun with mounting a Cohorn mortar in the front door entry, loaded with nails. Popular also for firing party favors or rice (or birdseed) at weddings...

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    6. The lad has a future in armaments sales!

      (Channeling my inner PLQ, it's Coehorn, not Cohorn. A typo I'm sure. And whatever happened to PLQ?)

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    7. Arg, missed an 'e.' Dangit.

      And I have noticed his absence. Hmmm. PLQ, paging PLQ.

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    8. Our home defense protocol was a 6 lb. carronade positioned 10 feet inside the front door loaded with 6 pounds of >45 calibre round ball over 1.2 lbs. of black powder. After doing a collateral damage potential assessment the piece was relegated to the garage and the current protocol calls for a "Brown Bess" with fixed bayonet on the second floor landing outside the bedroom door. As I tend to wear a minimum of nightclothes(a skivvy shirt max) and can still scream like a banshee, adding the kinetic energy plus gravity of charging downstairs I can pin any intruder to the wall or door like a butterfly without giving the anti-2A people anything to complain about. I just have to be careful about slipping on the fear induced guano from the perp. Ancient Gunner's Mate.

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  4. Ahoy matey.

    What about the Air Force cannons? (not canons) I'm thinking A-10s and AC-130s.

    Nicely flemished lines in the top photo, I wonder if they change the direction of the coil according to the hemisphere they're sailing in.

    Feeling quizzical? Where's the quoin, and what does it do? And why do the links in anchor chain have a bar across the middle?

    I travel with a small bore field piece that I made by melting down carillons.
    Yep, I pack a bell cannon. :)

    And when you are in the South, remember that "Bless you heart" might not be a compliment.

    Safe travels.

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    1. The quoin is that block of wood underneath the back end of the gun, used to adjust elevation.

      As to the bar across the links in an anchor chain? I am mystified, let's throw this out to the Chanters...

      Lads and lasses?

      (I am familiar with "Bless your heart." Never had it directed towards me, praise the Lord.)

      Carillon, love that word. When the French built that fort at the foot of Lake Champlain, they named it Carillon, the nearby falls sounded like bells to them.

      Of course we Anglos came along and renamed it Ticonderoga.

      A lot of cannon have been cast from church bells. And no, the Church didn't like that.

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    2. I thought the quoin was that lisping loblolly boy everybody wondered about.

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    3. Because it makes the chain heavier?

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    4. PA - Bwaaaaahaaaaaahaaaaa!!!!!

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    5. a bear - Well it would, wouldn't it?

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    6. Increased weight changes the catenary, which helps the anchor hold better?

      It’s... sort of complex.

      http://www.dulhunty.com/dmp3.htm


      (Among other things like, makes the chain stronger, more resistant to deformation, and less likely to foul.)

      But the simple answer is it makes the chain heavier :P

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    7. a bear gets it with the second part. The bar in iron chains makes the chain stronger, more resistant to deformation, less likely to foul (on foreign objects) and LESS LIKELY TO KINK.

      We all know you're not supposed to be kinky in the Navy, well, until the Lightbringer's administration.

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    8. a bear - It's all about the catenary! Makes perfect sense and "I had no ideer!" Live and learn!

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    9. Beans - Not kinky in the Navy? Hhmm, I'm thinking of a Churchill quote regarding the traditions of the Royal Navy. (Might be apocryphal but someone said it.)

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    10. And if you need amusement, look up runaway anchor videos... yikes!

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  5. On this episode of "Sarge Down South", watch out for grits. Don't even pretend to be healthy. Chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy (my personal favourite: a split buttermilk biscuit, covered with 2 sca-rambled eggs, doused with sausage gravy in a gravy boat, oh.... baby......) Served by a soft talking southern lady to set the atmosphere.....
    Then a day of shooting in the pasture, or sniping turtles in the tank.... Heavenly....

    I'll take a 10 pounder Parrott rifle, and a 2 - 12 pounders.... to go. If the rifle isn't available, hows about a quad mount 40mm??

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    1. I loves me some grits, if they're made correctly. So far I've only found one place up here in Yankeeland that knows how to make grits.

      Gravy, we need more sausage gravy in the North!

      We just happen to have quad-40s in stock! 😉

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    2. Sunday morning. after conversing with the Big Guy, breakfast is Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs. Biscuit on the side so as not to waste even the tiniest bit of gravy. Coffee and my day is off to a fine start.

      I'd like the Pappy Gunn B-25 mod for my Truck please. Either version.

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    3. Excellent choice Sir!

      Would you like that installed?

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  6. The favorite drink of gunner's mates would of course be, carronade. And I'm sure rum would be included.

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  7. What'll you take for two of those 5"-38 twin mounts? I expect you give a discount for seniors and vets.

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    1. Senior and vet discount, of course!

      Let's do a BOGO.

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  8. That first image and caption -- pure gold. And strangely that 5"-38 battery makes my mouth water. A little disturbing, no? Something cool about a bird farm that could (theoretically mind you) sink an entire fleet of modern destroyers with a single salvo while the NAP's drink coffee and play acey-deucy in the ready room.

    If past events are any predictor of the future, it would be fun to see well regulated militias begin collecting various authoritative odds and ends. The name Ticonderoga may epitomize pencil production these days, but it wasn't always so. Lord Howe-Howe wasn't concerned about potential carcinogens in graphite.

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    1. That mouth-watering sight is USS Massachusetts, that it makes your mouth water isn't disturbing at all.

      There were three Howe brothers, the eldest was KIA at Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga) during the abortive assault on said place during the French & Indian War. Of course, then there is the General Howe of Bunker Hill fame and the naval brother, Richard, AKA "Black Dick."

      As a kid I remember the smell of that pencil factory quite well! We visited the place a few times as a lad.

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    2. That made me laugh my ass off. A sailor who can't tell a CV from a BB. Can you spell airdale? I'd still love to own that battery, and I promise I get some real sailors to make it dance. And I was being a smarty pants about the pencils. I figured they made 'em in an old warehouse in rural Georgia or something and had just claimed the name.

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    3. I was gonna say something, but what the heck do I know? Air Force, ya know.

      Hahaha!

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  9. Hey AFSarge;

    If you want good grits, and don't want to gamble on a road trip go to waffle house. They are everywhere in the south and few other places. Get the "All American". Grits, toast, eggs, coffee and waffle , either plain, blueberry or pecan. And if you make it to the Atlanta area, let me know, I will meet you at one, LOL And as far as Sarges used cannon emporium , I am looking for either40 mm bofars or 20mm Oberlikon.

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    1. Yum, Waffle House.

      I do believe we have both the 20s and 40s in stock.

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    2. You can always just buy some and make them yourself. If we have Farina down heah, y'all should have grits up theah.

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    3. That's been tried. Won't be tried again. Trust me.

      And what is "farina"?

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    4. Some even weirder version of 'Cream of Wheat.' Bleh.

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  10. Hm. There's lots of 5"32s and 5"54s in stock. God knows, since we're not using them on either Zumwalts or LCSs.

    Heck, access to some of the Navy 3" and 76mms in stock would be nice. Easier to mount a turret on a trailer or surplus landing craft like they did in 'Nam for riverine forces.

    Hmmm... Get a midsized LCT, a Sheridan with that 152mm (for the turret with gun and turret basket only,) some 40mm, and lots of .50cal goodness. Armor plate, a mortar or two, maybe some rocket launchers...) Hey, Congress, try to vote bad on the 2A now...
    'r

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    1. I have never ever thought about going pirate or how to defend rivers or such. Nope, not me...

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    2. You? Never.

      And I'll testify to that - if given immunity, etc., etc.

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  11. (Dom McCollor)...happen to have a quad 50 mount like the beauty at the Rock Island Arsenal Museum?...

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    1. I think we have a couple of rusty M-16s lying around. Not the rifle, the halftrack with quad-50s mounted in the back.

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  12. Quiz Questions.

    Quoin.
    50 points to Sarge for a complete and correct answer.

    Anchor Chain.
    50 points to abear.
    Honorable mention to Beans for the "Kinky" answer.

    Any answer that included "chain locker" would have broken the tie.

    Well done. https://www.britannica.com/technology/chain-connecting-device#ref272339

    I was involved in a test of the anchor windlass brakes aboard the USS Kennedy (CV-67) before she left the Philly Shipyard.
    The test would have involved a freefall anchor drop until 60 fathoms of chain were paid out, and then using the windlass brakes to stop the fall.
    But we didn't have enough depth of water pierside in Philly. The engineers calculated the weights needed, and the cranes hung weights equal to the 60 fathoms on the anchor.
    The test specification laid out the amount of chain that would be paid out, but I don't recall the number.
    With the pier closed, and everyone in position, the Bosun's Mates removed the pelican hook, and backed off the brake.
    In about a second the chain was coming out of the chain locker and speeding across the deck so fast you could barely see the individual links.
    It was equally awesome and terrifying.
    When the marked link flashed across the correct spot marked on the deck, the Bosun's Mates cranked the brake on.
    Then they hauled the anchor back up from the mud of the Delaware river and found the inertia of the weights had broken the cables that held them onto the anchor, and the weights were sunk into the mud pierside.
    It took a couple more tries to get it right.






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    1. Awesome story. I loved being the corpsman on the foc's'le when they dropped the hook. It's an amazing thing to experience, nearly the equal of standing in the box up above when they're shooting a pair of turkeys.

      Was the Kennedy the one with the bow sonar and atypical anchor layout?

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    2. Now that's one helluva story!

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    3. PA. Almost all of shipyard time aboard Kennedy was spent in the machinery spaces, my part of the anchor test was one of the rare times I went to the forecastle.
      But you had a great question, so I went researching. Wiki says that Kennedy started as a Kitty Hawk class ship, but she was so modified during her building process that she became her own class of one.
      As for sonar, Kitty Hawk, Constellation, America and John F. Kennedy were all designed with a provision for sonar, but the sonar was only fitted to America, and it was removed in the early eighties.

      Atypical anchor arrangement.
      Underway photos show Kennedy had a port anchor and a centerline anchor forward.
      There is mention on Wiki of a stern anchor on the Kitty Hawk class, but I looked at two clear photos of the stern of Kennedy and didn't see an anchor.

      Great question.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitty_Hawk-class_aircraft_carrier
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_John_F._Kennedy_(CV-67)

      Photos.
      Bow view.
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/militaryphotostore/5274663400/in/photolist-9372Eq-dPtV4n-igfFLe-2fNpGky-dPzxcu-dPzxTq-dByfgM-BYvUM-BYvVY-BXM9B-BXMaP-BXMar-5qXda4-5qXdae-5qXdag-wqWqpF-3a1fX7-2b5nfba-2ct7FNH-2b5ne2B-Qkh8TU-2b5ndAM-2b5ndtH-2ct7FCc-2ct7F7n-2ct7Fcx-2b5nezk-6zhYuh-6zdUWD-6zdUwT-6zdUge-6zhYXq-6zhYPJ-6zhYzo-2etsYGv-6zhYCG-7wUbvq-2fLWbB4-Fv7Zzi-scwFSS-NE9Uy3-2aYhzj2-8zEwoU-4AKuk2-4AKvic-4AKtXr-CxAp2V-vExgW-dvKiQE-ihEtTo
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/40080663994/in/photolist-244MT1W-fAdR71-cLpuJW-23Ms3ae-246oivy-FumzH8-LT8SBm-8UvbnY-cL2ZKy-5w2wWP-G9THYd-aq1zH1-5w6SbY-HJ7SRm-cLqrHu-4suGJe-cL33eA-cL32XL-cL8L7q-5X3TyJ-8m6i44-iNXGJ9-Yx6Fxh-aq2rku-XyS7g-cL5GcG-cLrzX1-8m9sDU-5DGMPJ-aq198b-cLh3tC-cLoJQL-cLiKcC-cLftZd-aiHfrJ-cLnKph-cLoJMw-cKHUhL-aq2Tw3-aiNru2-aq1XYX-2TmtHm-aq1zfJ-aiDV9T-cLnb6J-cLh3zb-aq4ow9-aiNe7x-cLJRJf-cL8497

      Stern View.
      http://www.oocities.org/gsudano22/CV67USSKennedy/CV67UssKennedy.html
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/39411748@N06/5864197788


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    4. I then looked a number of America photos, and didn't see any signs of a stern anchor, she does have the centerline and port anchor as seen on Kennedy.

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    5. And a great answer! Thanks, I've got some brushing up to do. :)

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    6. Errata. Change "port" to "starboard." I was looking at the photos bow towards me and I goofed up.
      The anchor is on the starboard side.

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  13. Ahhhh the might 5"/38 caliber....."The Gun That Won The Pacific"!

    Too bad we didn't keep them.

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  14. Well, the 5"/54 caliber weapons that replaced them were and are very good weapons by themselves. Since ditching the concept of dual-purpose, they were/are made for gun combat with an astounding range and accuracy for their size and class (very typical of US naval guns. Combined with the best fire control of anyone and the 5/54s were/are fast shooting, hard hitting guns. Perfect for shore fire support or shooting up other peoples' floating trash.

    Though, I do admit, that Italian 76mm gun suite that CAN do both surface-to-surface (with a bonus of being able to track fast surface movers and splash them with a relatively decent gun depression (as long as chunks of the ship aren't in the way)) and surface-to-air with a specialization in hitting fast airborne targets like missiles and potentially artillery rounds. It's the gun that the up-sized National Security Cutter design being tossed in for FFX is to be armed with, well, that or the standard 57mm gun like on the NSC.

    And that's another thing. Coasties have a better LCS ship, the National Security Cutter, and Frigate, the NSC, than the Navy has come up with.

    Let's see. Buy an actual LCS or for the same price get a NSC just like the Coasties have. Hmmmm....

    (Kinda peeves me off that other nations are out-

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