* Posts by G_232

5 posts • joined 12 Jan 2013

CloudFlare's Railgun protocol gets buy-in from web giants

G_232

Re: Or, you could, y'know, design you [sic] pages right?

'Do you want your favorite news site to appear blank for the first few seconds while the "ever changing" content is loaded from the server?'

You know...I'd be fine with that as long as the overall loading speed was faster. I don't have the technical background that you all seem to have, but only downloading the bits that change seems to make sense.

Google Chrome feature helps you silence noisy tabs

G_232

"take you to the tab that is music"

BUT WHO WAS PHONE?!?

British armed forces get first new pistol since World War II

G_232

If someone were to offer me a glock now I'd bite their hand off, but I prefer the browning to the Sig. It's partly aesthetics, but also the fact that I'm not in an environment where a green-on-blue is likely to happen, so the Browning's poor performance when it needs to be used at extreme short notice isn't an issue, and I'm a much better shot with a Browning (I can get a clean sweep on an ACMT with a Browning, whereas I normally drop a couple of shots with a Sig). I've been issued a pistol so that I don't need to carry my rifle everywhere without leaving me totally unarmed, so my motivations are different. If I was in a green-on-blue environment I'd choose a Sig over a browning.

G_232

Re: We have had a new pistol for a while...

True. Brownings tend to get given to REMFs and senior officers (disclaimer: I'm a REMF).

G_232

I'm not sure if anyone's interested, but I'm a soldier and I've used all three of the pistols mentioned in this article (I'm currently carrying a Browning). Here are some advantages/disadvantages for them.

Browning.

A: Weight helps to keep it steady, so if you're firing quickly then the fall of shot is fairly consistent. People with big hands find it comfortable to hold. It's easy to aim. It's (almost) impossible to break or degrade - missfeeds are normally due to the magazine rather than the pistol.

D: You need a fair grip strength to cock it whilst keeping it and yourself pointing forward due to the powerful return spring ("backhand" cocking it isn't completely safe IMO). Cocking it is slow and easily fumbled, especially with wet/oily hands, so a poor choice for dealing with surprises. Poor safety features mean it's not safe to carry it if it's made ready. Uncomfortable for small hands.

Sig.

A: Easy to cock. Can be carried loaded and made ready, with the hammer forward, so it's ready in a pinch. Light.

D: The lightness gives it a tendency to bounce about a bit if you're firing quickly, so the fall of shot can rise if you're not careful (and if you've drawn it in a hurry) - this can be countered with a good grip, but you might not have time to think of that. The decocking lever is a bit far back if you've got long thumbs.

Glock (disclaimer: I fired 1 magazine through one of these about 3 years ago, so not as familiar as the other two).

A: Easiest pistol to use in the world as far as I can tell. Fall of shot is incredibly tight. Light. Virtually no bouncing around or rise so you can fire accurately pretty much as fast as you can squeeze the trigger (not sure how they manage this with such a light pistol, must be very well balanced). Large magazine.

D: None that I can think of.

By the way, it's not just "that community" that use Sigs - as far as I can tell pretty much all of the pistols carried in theatre are Sigs - I've only seen a few other people with Brownings. The RQ actually apologised to me when he gave me a Browning to bring over. I don't mind though, I prefer it to the Sig.

By the way, the desert eagle is a joke. It's designed for rednecks and saudis.

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