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  1. The title in Hopslam says it all. If you're not an IPA guy, that might not be the beer for you to try.

    Funny, 8years ago, there was maybe about 4 or 5 pumpkin beers. Today, everyone makes it.

    Dogfish makes a good pumpkin. Saranac too, although a touch sweeter than Dogfish.

    Love all the Southern Tier brews... it's tough to decide between Warlock and Pumpking. My gf goes crazy for the Creme Brulee as well and it makes a great holiday beer even if it's not tied to the season specifically.

    Keep an eye out for Powder Keg from Worthy. It's a potent little sucker, sweet and malty just as winter requires. Not super dark either, which is nice once all the holiday porters and stouts come out.

    I also just found the Dragon's Breath dark hefe from Bayern brewery in Montana. Absolutely amazing... might be drinking a lot of it this winter.

    Added to my list! I'll be on the lookout for them this weekend!

    I forgot about the Pumpking. That is indeed another good one.

    Thanks, gents.

    ~ Greg ~

  2. Toys/projects:


    1971 Mustang Mach 1 351c.i. 4 speed, 2007 Harley Dyna 96c.i., 2004 Suzuki Intruder 800 (for sale), 1974 Yamaha TX500 (for sale) Did I mention the two on the right are for sale?

    That Mach 1 is most excellent. My father had nearly the same car, only his was yellow, when I was born... and then he sold it for some reason. A shame, too. That would have been an excellent hand-me-down. :)


    ~ Greg ~

  3. Tell me Greg (or anyone) do you have any experience with the 338 Lapua? I have long wanted to build a really long range magazine fed bolt action and I have been considering building one around the Lapua. My thoughts were to get a barreled Stiller action and just build the rest of it myself but I don't know if I am up for the hassle of it. Savage makes some reasonably priced stock rifles and of course there are plenty of places to get full custom builds but I don't want to spend that kind of money. The optics alone are pretty pricey.

    I have no direct experience with the .338 Lapua, other than a couple of years ago I was toying with the idea of getting something chambered up for either that round or the .300 WM. But then I started looking at all the costs involved, after already having gotten into .50 BMG, and I ended up moving on to the next "gee I'd like to have X" moment. If I were more of a hardcore long range match shooter I might consider it, but even then there are still some pretty amazing things you can do with the .50 BMG loads at 1000 yards when needed. The .50 BMG might not be as accurate as the .338 Lapua, but its effective range is a lot greater (.338 Lapua can kill a deer out to 1800 yards, while the .50 BMG can reach out to 3300 yards to do the same thing) and... well... there's just something really super cool about having a .50 BMG rifle. .50 Browning MFing MG, man! smile.png

    Since I know I'm not interested in long range precision competition, I think I would only get into .338 Lapua if I had more money than sense and had nothing better to spend it on. smile.png


    ~ Greg ~

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  4. F1 drivers told to stop public criticism of Pirelli tyres


    Formula 1 drivers have been asked to stop criticising Pirelli in public in a meeting with the tyre firm and Bernie Ecclestone at the Italian Grand Prix.

    The talks followed severe criticism of Pirelli by Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg following their Belgian GP tyre blowouts.

    Pirelli met with Vettel between Spa and Monza, leaving the Ferrari driver appreciative of the Italian company's efforts.

    That was followed by a meeting with a larger group of drivers and team bosses on Friday in which topics included the need for more testing freedom and an agreement to voice criticism in private.

    "It was to find a way, if we're to stay in Formula 1, to have a much better working relationship and collaboration with all the parties in the sport," said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery.

    "You can't go to 2017 with a dramatic change in tyre widths with the current regulations saying you can't test.

    "We also feel that there needs to be a greater communication with the drivers and all parties need to agree on what is the objective.

    "You might not agree with the objective, but if the sport decides to go in a direction then we all need to know that we're all looking at the same future."

    Asked if the drivers had been told they were barred from negative comments about Pirelli, Hembery replied: "They've been asked to do it in the right environment, which is in the teams and with us.

    "They should express their opinions in the right manner.

    "Other things happen in the sport and they don't offer an opinion, so it just needs to be balanced."

    Although Pirelli is currently embroiled in a battle with Michelin for the next F1 tyre contract, Hembery said the main impact of driver criticism was on the public rather than Pirelli's board-level decision-makers.

    "It's less about the board, it's what the general public thinks," he said.


    "Public perception, obviously, with famous people saying those things is not favourable."

    He accepted there was also fault on Pirelli's side.

    "We're guilty of not communicating enough with the drivers," he said.

    "I think there's a willingness from the drivers to work with us.

    "The main point is that we need more communication, so we've suggested regular meetings with the drivers so we can take their points of view and put them to the other parties."

    Drivers present in the meeting were unwilling to comment about its specifics.

    When asked by reporters what had been discussed, Rosberg replied: "You guys know too much. I'm not going to say anything. It's not a good idea [to talk about it].

    "[The meeting] was OK. I'm pleased with the effort that's gone in since Spa to try to understand it and take measures to further improve the safety."

    tl;dr: Hey, guys. Quit bitching about our shitty tires. K? Thanks.

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  5. I may be wrong, but I thought the 556 round was one of those poor decisions, like the original F111 that came out of the McNamara DOD.

    To me, it seems like the same deal with adopting 9x19mm as the standard sidearm cartridge. Yes, the gun can hold more ammo in the mag and the warrior can carry more rounds on them in combat, all because of the smaller size compared to previous service cartridges, but then you get into the issue of diminished marksmanship - it's a lot easier to just keep pulling the trigger when you know there are plenty of more rounds to fire.

    Plus, I think the 5.56 NATO was adopted partially as a result of typical engagement ranges dropping considerably in WW2 with all the house to house fighting in the urban areas. I seem to recall reading in more than one place that the 5.56 NATO cartridge was intended for engagements of no more than 300 yards. Or somewhere around there anyhow - the point being that it was assumed that the days of the 1000 yard engagements were over so there was far less of a need for larger/more powerful service cartridges... outside of sniper applications, of course, which is also why most sniper platforms don't even use something as small/limited as the 5.56 NATO. But the fighting in the desert has really demonstrated the limitations of the 5.56 NATO round. I'm sure most warriors would gladly take something in 7.62 NATO (or even .300 BLK) if it was made widely available to them.

    The 62gr. M855/SS109 loading gave the 5.56 NATO some addition reach/oomph, but it still wouldn't be my first choice in a service cartridge if given other (better) options.


    ~ Greg ~

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  6. Greg, Geissele makes a drop in trigger pack for the Tavor.

    Get out your wallet, your welcome. :)

    Yeah, I've seen that. But it's still an issue with the inherently less crisp trigger linkage of the bullpup design. I'm sure it's better than the stock trigger pack... but it's not the same as their AR triggers. The Tavor is still a sweet rifle, of course. I have no plans to get rid of mine any time soon. :)



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  7. I've heard a lot of really good things about Hopslam - I've got some friends who really got apeshit over the stuff. I've never been a fan of IPAs in general, though... but I do like Summit's Saga every now and then. Is Hopslam anything like that one? Or is it over the top on the bitter hopishness?

  8. You can tell it's September already: the various pumpkin beers and Oktoberfest brews have been out for a while and it's only a matter of time before the other winter/holiday beers start making their appearance. So, what are some of y'alls favorite fall/winter/holiday brews?

    My number one all time favorite is the Maritime Pacific Jolly Roger Christmas Ale... it's not Christmas without it!


    For the pumpkiny stuff, I'm also a big fan of the Southern Tier Warlock:


    I've recently been enjoying six packs of Alaskan Pumpkin Ale and Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest. Mmm.... pumpkin and Märzen!

    What are some others I should be on the lookout for?


    ~ Greg ~

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  9. The AUG series is definitely rather interesting... I almost got one of those a while back, but just couldn't get beyond the terrible trigger pull that really defined these bullpup designs for so long. I finally got my first (and currently only) bullpup when IWI released the Tavor here in the US. It still has some trigger pull issues (will never be as clean/crisp as a Geiselle two stage trigger in an AR), but it's considerably better than previous designs and ergonomically it feel like the Israelis designed this thing for be specifically. Everything about it is perfect.


    But I do agree with Ray that the 5.56 NATO round isn't all that when it comes to longer ranges... and we have a lot of wide open flat space here in North Dakota. Something with more oomph is needed when you really need to reach out a ways:


    And when anything less than a belt-fed simply won't do... you have to break out the belt-fed. Because belt-fed!


    ~ Greg ~

  10. When the FIA conducts its tests of new 'closed cockpit' concepts next month, it is hoped that they will offer the best of both worlds, protection from debris but easy cockpit exits for drivers.

    Delivering on both those fronts is essential if, by covering cockpits, motor racing is not going to cure one problem but open up plenty others.

    Ever since the crashes involving Henry Surtees at Brands Hatch in 2009, and Felipe Massa at the Hungaroring a week later, motor racing's governing body has been working hard on better cockpit protection.

    But tests on fitting fighter jet canopies to single seaters highlighted key problems: either the debris would get shot high into the air and risk injuring spectators, or there would be tremendous difficulties in getting drivers out of cockpits in the event of more typical crashes.

    Cockpit access issue

    While covered touring cars and sportscars have doors to allow medical crews access, the only way in to a fighter jet canopy single seater would be in taking the cover off.

    And if it became damaged, the car was upside, or there was another vehicle on top of it, valuable minutes could be lost trying to get cockpit access at the very time a driver needed help.

    That is why the latest concepts due to be tried out are aimed at delivering both debris protection for driver, but not hindering cockpit access.

    The first idea is for a series of vertical fans in front of the drivers head that will help deflect debris in the event of a crash.

    The second idea, which has come from Mercedes as part of a project involving a lot of teams, is for a halo-style solution.

    As our video shows, this concept could deliver improved safety. But through a locking mechanism, can also be easily removed if required so the driver can get out of the cockpit quickly and easily.

    Solutions needed

    Justin Wilson's fatal crash at Pocono has led to a number of calls for action to be taken – and all efforts made to do something about the situation.

    Highly respected team boss Trevor Carlin, who has worked at all levels of the sport, says there should be no excuse for motor racing not introducing the best solution.

    In an emotional blog on his team's website, Carlin wrote: "At such a tragic time it's easy to be seen to be jumping on a bandwagon with knee jerk reactions and no doubt my opinions will provoke criticism.

    "But I wish I had written this piece earlier as the loss of our friend Henry Surtees stays with me everyday and I dread the inevitable next tragedy. Justin's cruel loss has prompted me to finally comment.

    "Money is not the issue here. We are in an industry / sport which has a combined annual spend of billions of pounds, surely between us all we can find a solution quickly; proportionally all the teams and manufacturers can contribute for the greater good.

    "There is no reason why a system cannot be designed and produced that ultimately fits all modern single seaters, an F4 driver is at the same risk as an Indy Car driver.

    "Engineers will always find excuses why it won't work, but if as much time was spent looking for solutions instead of problems we would reach the answer sooner and lives will be saved.

    "As for being a drama queen, I don't think so, just a father who feels a massive responsibility towards the young men and women who drive my cars every day."

    That's definitely an interesting video - I hadn't seen that Mercedes concept before.

    But if that didn't work out, I suppose they could always put doors on the cars. I bet the F1 engineers would *love* that. :)



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  11. Extracting the driver i suspect is the big one

    Hmm... perhaps? But if driver extraction was so difficult from an enclosed cockpit, why are most racing series using cars with enclosed cockpits? I would imagine a closed cockpit F1 car would essentially be like an open wheeled LMP or Group C car perhaps? I suppose it's generally easier to remove a driver from an open cockpit, but I would also suppose that I most situations an enclosed cockpit would make the drivers safer in general.



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    FIA Race Director and Formula 1 technical chief Charlie Whiting has admitted the sport could be some way from introducing closed cockpits (as conceptualised above by Iacoski Design).

    But after the latest incident in Indycar involving the death of former F1 driver Justin Wilson, the FIA race director admitted formula one must also continue to work on better protecting the drivers’ heads.

    In the case of Wilson’s death, he was hit by the nose-cone structure of a crashed rival’s car, raising questions about whether the same could happen in F1.

    “We don’t know whether our noses are secured better or worse than in Indycar,” Whiting told Auto Motor und Sport, “but I can say that our testing is very strict.


    “In any case, we will speak with our counterparts from the Indycar series to see if we can learn something from this horrible accident,” he said.

    In the wake of the Wilson tragedy, the FIA has already committed to re-commencing tests on a couple of cockpit protection concepts, including a sort of ‘halo’ structure that was devised by Mercedes.

    As for an entirely closed cockpit, Whiting said: “I don’t think this [Wilson] accident will change our minds in terms of closed cockpits. We believe that the disadvantages outweigh the benefits.”

    “Nevertheless, we will continue our efforts to find a way to deflect flying debris away from the cockpit, but this is anything but an easy task,” he added.

    Whiting said the results of next month’s testing will be presented in early October.

    What are the disadvantages of a closed cockpit design? I personally like the looks of that Ferrari concept - looks pretty damned slick. I don't understand what disadvantage there would be, other than diverging from the tradition of the open cockpit. I would think the closed cockpit design would be more aerodynamic and certainly safer. And it doesn't appear that drivers' visibility would be any worse than it already is (helmets themselves reduce visibility in general), so in don't understand what Bernie is going on about.



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  13. Oh the 898, now on the 24:24 . . .

    Ermagerd! I can't believe I missed seeing those listed up there... and now they're all gone. Well, fiddlesticks.

    The 898 and Lusis have gone back and forth as my favorite Partagas, though I think if I had to chose one over the other I'd have to go with the 898s. The D4 and Shorts are close right behind. I've liked the P2s when you get good ones... just seems like they've been harder to come across compared to the others. I did send an email Di's way for two boxes of those P2s, so while I wasn't quick enough to snag more 898s, perhaps I at least was quick enough to get the P2s.


    ~ Greg ~

  14. This is completely stupid. There are too many people in this world who seem to be looking for the slightest reason to be offended by something. As if one thing has anything at all to do with the other. I don't even like Hamilton... but to be upset by his video because of something else entirely unrelated is simply stupid. Irrationally and hyper-emotionally stupid.

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    Oh... and thank god for US Marines.

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    Niki Lauda ordered that a video of Lewis Hamilton firing a machine gun be removed from the reigning world champion’s social media accounts.

    On Saturday, a controversy exploded when the video emerged depicting the Mercedes driver firing the weapon at a shooting range, just one day after news broke of a gunman opening fire on a passenger train from Amsterdam to France.

    Briton Hamilton said a “friend” had posted the video, not him.

    Nonetheless, it triggered outrage among some of his fans, but Hamilton played that down by insisting “There never is any good comments on there, to be honest, so it doesn’t really matter.”

    But Mercedes team chairman and F1 legend Niki Lauda begged to differ, even though he defended the 30-year-old, whose lifestyle has been increasingly under the microscope recently.

    “I know Lewis well and know that he means well,” Lauda told Bild newspaper. “But I’ll ask him to remove the video from the internet.”

    The German news agency SID, meanwhile, quoted Hamilton’s boss Toto Wolff as saying: “Lewis is a rock star, but at the same time you also have to see what is happening in the world.”

    This is completely stupid. There are too many people in this world who seem to be looking for the slightest reason to be offended by something. As if one thing has anything at all to do with the other. I don't even like Hamilton... but to be upset by his video because of something else entirely unrelated is simply stupid. Irrationally and hyper-emotionally stupid.

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  16. Another Silver Arrows 1-2 snoozefest. It was really expected though, considering Spa is probably the track most obviously suited to the Mercs' strengths. But I was really hoping Vettel would hold on for P3... what a crappy time for a tire to go kerplooee. But at least both Ferraris finished the race this time. I guess there's always that. LOL

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  17. f1 needs two tire suppliers to spice things up a bit. Imagine if everyone was running the same engine, it would be boring.

    F1 needs as many tire suppliers as are willing to participate. The teams should be able to use whichever tire, engine, chassis, fuel, etc. they're able to sign. And as long as safety is a top priority, the teams should be able to do whatever they want to do to make the fastest, most reliable, best performing car each season. It should be a truly Unlimited class - safety is key, but otherwise anything goes. F1 is supposed the be the pinnacle of Motorsport. It's high time they started acting like it.

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  18. Sauber's summer car wash with a difference

    Usually, pit stops are serious business and may mean the difference between winning or losing points - or even races! But it's the official Formula 1 summer break, so we thought we'd entertain you with a bit of summer fun!

    I would go to that carwash. All. The. Time. :D

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