Sunday, February 12, 2023

Can a .223 (5.56 NATO) 'Split a human in half'?


 5.56 Match Ammo  by  mr.smashy,
CC BY-NC 2.0

There's been a lot of noise on Twitter recently about a 'firearms expert' witness providing sworn testimony in California noting that the .223 / 5.56 NATO round fired by the modern sporting rifle, the AR-15, can 'split a human in half'.  While a lurid tale, it's not true or accurate. 

The notion that a .223 rifle round can split a human body in half is a myth. It is not possible for a single bullet, regardless of the caliber or type, to physically split a human body in half. While a high-powered rifle round such as .223 can cause significant damage to the body and even result in death, it does not have the capability to split the body into two separate pieces.

The effect of a bullet on the human body is dependent on several factors, including the velocity and mass of the bullet, the angle at which it enters the body, and the target's body composition and location. When a bullet penetrates the body, it can cause damage to bones, internal organs, and blood vessels, and in some cases, exit the body. However, it is extremely unlikely that a bullet would cause the body to physically split in half.

It is important to note that any type of firearms can be dangerous and should be used with caution and proper training.  If you choose to participate in the shooting sports, please get training on your specific firearm and remember the 4 rules of firearm safety.

Namaskar, and shoot safely,


Wednesday, January 11, 2023

What are the advantages of the 5.7x28mm cartridge over other pistol cartridges?

 5.7 is enjoying a resurgence with the Ruger 5.7 and the Palmetto State Armory Rock 5.7 pistols beciming widely available in 2022.  But what is this hopped up .22 round getting so much attention?  

The 5.7x28mm cartridge is a relatively new cartridge that was designed for use in firearms such as the FN Five-Seven pistol. It offers a number of advantages over other pistol cartridges, including:

  1. Light weight: The 5.7x28mm cartridge is much lighter than other pistol cartridges, which makes it easier to carry and allows for a higher ammunition capacity. This can be particularly useful for military and law enforcement applications, where weight and ammunition capacity are important considerations.

  2. High velocity: The 5.7x28mm cartridge has a high velocity, which allows it to penetrate body armor more effectively than other pistol cartridges. This can make it a valuable tool for military and law enforcement personnel who may need to engage targets that are wearing body armor.

  3. Low recoil: The 5.7x28mm cartridge has a low recoil, which makes it easier to control and shoot accurately. This can be particularly useful for shooters who may have difficulty managing the recoil of larger cartridges, such as those used in rifles or larger handguns.

  4. Versatility: The 5.7x28mm cartridge is versatile and can be used in a variety of firearms, including handguns, rifles, and submachine guns. This makes it a valuable tool for a wide range of applications, from personal defense to military operations.

Overall, the 5.7x28mm cartridge offers a number of advantages over other pistol cartridges, including its light weight, high velocity, low recoil, and versatility. These features make it a valuable tool for a wide range of applications, from personal defense to military operation.

So there you have it - light weight, versatile, low recoil (easy to shoot) and solid penetration for defense work.

Be safe and always follow the 4 rules of safe gun handling!

Tuesday, January 03, 2023

Today I went to work

 Today, I went to the office.  Before that, I made a chart showing what didn’t happen with one part of our handset app.  Yes, I track what doesn’t happen just as well as what does happen.

Today, I would have liked to walk, but did not dress for the conditions. 40 and calm in the morning is not the same as 40 and windy in the afternoon. So what little exercise I got was inside the building. Perhaps to plan better tomorrow, or walk more staircases.

Today, I came home. 

Today, I passed another day.

How to use ChatGPT from OpenAI to automate your blogging

 Welcome back from your holiday vacations! Hopefully you had an excellent and refreshing time away. But now it's back to work, generating content for your blog, website, internal communication site etc.  Did you know you can use Artificial Intelligence to help you automate some of the writing process for your blog? Let's get started with ChatGPT, currently in open beta and free to use.

ChatGPT is a large language model trained by OpenAI that can be used to automate the process of writing blog posts. To use ChatGPT to write a blog post, you can simply start a conversation with the model and provide it with some information about the topic you want to write about. The model will then use its advanced natural language processing capabilities to generate a draft of your blog post.

Here's an example of how you might use ChatGPT to write a blog post:

  1.     Start a conversation with ChatGPT by typing in the chat box: "Hello ChatGPT, I'd like to write a blog post about coming up with good ideas for blog posts."
  2.     Provide ChatGPT with some information about the topic you want to write about. For example, you could say: "I want to write about ways to generate new ideas for blog posts, and how to focus on the blog's overall purpose and mission."
  3.     Ask ChatGPT to generate a draft of your blog post. You might say: "Can you please generate a draft of my blog post on coming up with good ideas for blog posts?"
  4.     ChatGPT will then use its advanced language processing capabilities to generate a draft of your blog post. You can review the draft and make any edits or additions that you think are necessary.

By using ChatGPT to automate the process of writing blog posts, you can save time and effort, and focus on other aspects of your blog. Plus, the model's advanced natural language processing capabilities can help you generate high-quality content that is engaging and informative for your readers.



Monday, January 02, 2023

Today, I Write

 Today, I write about what I did this day to make it memorable. Perhaps not world shaking, perhaps not even meaningful in the grand scheme of things.  But I write.

Today I did laundry, preparing for the return to work on Tuesday.

Today I played video games, learning more about how the game is designed, how patterns are used in communication. 

Today I watched football, allowing the flow of the game to feed my emotions, to feel something 

Today, I stay up too late again reading the Wheel Of Time books series.  I started reading the series in the mid 1990’s when it first came out and have never finished it.  I would like to complete all 14 books by the end of winter.

Today I began thinking of planning motorcycle trips, or firearms training sessions, or firearms competitions throughout the year. 

Today was a good day.

- Will

Saturday, December 31, 2022

How can I set realistic new years resolutions?


Setting realistic new year's resolutions can be a great way to start the new year off on the right foot and make positive changes in your life. Here are a few tips to help you set realistic new year's resolutions:

  1. Start small: Don't try to overhaul your entire life in one fell swoop. Instead, start with small, achievable goals that you can work towards gradually. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and motivation to keep going.

  2. Be specific: Vague resolutions, like "be healthier" or "get organized," are difficult to measure and can be hard to stick to. Instead, try to be specific about what you want to accomplish. For example, instead of "be healthier," you could resolve to "eat three servings of vegetables every day" or "exercise three times a week."

  3. Be realistic: It's important to set goals that are challenging, but not impossible. If you set goals that are too ambitious, you're likely to get discouraged and give up. On the other hand, if your goals are too easy, you won't feel a sense of accomplishment when you achieve them. Try to find a happy medium, and be realistic about what you can accomplish.

  4. Make a plan: Once you've set your goals, come up with a plan for how you're going to achieve them. This might include creating a schedule, setting aside specific times to work on your goals, or finding accountability partners to help keep you on track. Having a plan in place will help you stay focused and motivated.

  5. Celebrate your successes: Don't forget to celebrate your achievements along the way! When you reach a milestone or accomplish one of your goals, take the time to celebrate and reward yourself. This will help keep you motivated and remind you of how far you've come.

By following these tips, you can set realistic new year's resolutions that will help you make positive changes in your life and start the new year off on the right foot.



Thursday, December 29, 2022

How can I get over the post holiday blues


I hope everyone had a good holiday - but even so, there's often a letdown after the excitement and preparation of the holidays.

If you're feeling down after the holiday season, there are a few steps you can take to help get over the post-holiday blues. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Get moving: Exercise can be a great way to lift your mood and improve your overall well-being. Even if you're not feeling particularly motivated, try to get some physical activity every day. It could be as simple as taking a walk around the block or doing some stretching at home.

  2. Connect with others: It's natural to feel a little isolated after the holiday season, when many of your friends and family members may have returned to their own homes. Take the time to reach out to people you care about and plan some social activities. This can help you feel more connected and supported.

  3. Set some goals: The start of a new year is a great time to set some goals for yourself. This can give you a sense of purpose and direction, and help you focus on the things that are most important to you. Try to set goals that are realistic and achievable, and break them down into smaller steps so that you can make steady progress towards achieving them.

  4. Take care of yourself: It's important to prioritize your own well-being, especially when you're feeling down. Make sure you're getting enough sleep, eating well, and taking time for yourself to relax and recharge. Taking care of yourself can help you feel more energized and positive, and better able to cope with any challenges that come your way.

By following these tips, you can help to overcome the post-holiday blues and start the new year off on the right foot. Remember that it's okay to feel down sometimes, but with a little effort and support from others, you can bounce back and get back to feeling your best.




Tuesday, December 27, 2022

DO THIS if you’re in police custody after a self-defense incident!

While the USCCA is trying to sell you a membership, the advice given here is just as valid to a non-member as a member. You have contacted a criminal defense lawyer well ahead of time and have their contact information in your phone and hardcopy in your wallet, right?