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Data showed that while the Taliban can be canny and brave in combat their rifle fire is often remarkably ineffective.

The factors at play:

  1. Limited knowledge of marksmanship fundamentals
  2. A frequent reliance on automatic fire from assault rifles
  3. The poor condition of many of those rifles
  4. Old and mismatched ammunition that is also in poor condition
  5. Widespread eye problems and uncorrected vision
  6. The difficulties faced by a scattered force in organizing quality training

Full story at NY Times – HERE

NOTE: In the Taliban picture I used, I thought it was pretty hilarious how the guy 2nd from the end is armed with a crock pot.  :P

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FRANKFORT, Kentucky –Northern Kentucky University has been awarded $10,660 from the state Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP) to purchase patrol rifles, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday.

Hmmm… Coincidentally the ATF had $10000 worth of “easily convertible” airsoft m4’s fall into their lap.   Agency to agency transfer anyone? :P

Also, awesome use of “Patrol Rifles”…. It’s refreshing to not see them demonized as “Assault rifle” killing machines.  I guess it has always been this way though; In the hands of police they are “tools”, but in the hands of citizens the same view largely isn’t held by the general public.

Under the LEPP, administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS), appropriate agencies can seek financial help for certain defensive items essential in the course of their duties.

“These funds will help ensure that our law enforcement will not be out-gunned and increase security on campus,” state Sen. Katie Kratz Stine, of Southgate, said.

Damn, I’ve only been out of University a couple of years now, but it must be getting pretty rough.  All jokes aside, if this keeps the students safe from psychos then I’m all for it.  I still think allowing students to carry on campus would be a zero cost better alternative though. $10660 isn’t going to buy that many patrol rifles, especially since they will all likely be fitted with some fairly pricey optics.  I say this because I can’t see open sights being a good choice for a possible shootout around hoards of innocent students running in every direction.

In conjunction with the Kentucky State Police (KSP), KOHS derives income from sales of confiscated weapons.

Oh that’s nice! *sarcasm* :roll:  I thought confiscated weapons were either destroyed or else given back to the original owner (if they were found to be stolen).  Or does this policy vary by state and department?  My first thought is that confiscating weapons to fund department purchases doesn’t seem very ethical.

Source: KYPost – HERE

Hat Tip: SayUncle

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Artist: Al Farrow

Price List – HERE (appears to be from 2007)

Exhibit on display now at the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco CA – LINK

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