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Saturday, 31 December 2016

OWL Tracers & 2017:

I celebrated the New Year (2017 Yeahhh!) by cutting my hair with a 'buzzer' straight over the lot - followed by a hot shower - two cups of coffee and by dribbling egg yoke & bacon fat down the front of a new clean shirt - then by burning a pot full of new potatoes.

- Well they only burned on the bottom eh - and I reckon that the blackened saucepan will likely clean-up like new .. one day.

Those of you who have really lived will have fond childhood memories of baking potatoes in the embers of an open air fire - and of that culinary delight while burning your fingers eating the charred remains of the outside and mouthing your way into the still raw interior.

- Hey, Mum must have been so patient keeping an eye on us.


No doubt there will be new stuff to think about in 2017 - How about OWL Tracers (I have this image of an owl with a torch held between its feet).

 OWL Bullet Bases.

OWL tracers use an inert glowing substance applied to the base of a standard ball projectile. The luminescence of this substance is activated during firing, either by the heat, flash / pressure and has no fire risk, and can only be seen from the rear in a 30 degree arc.

This technology may become the military’s non-incendiary limited angle visibility tracer round, called the “One-Way Luminescence” (OWL) tracer. 

Conventional tracers use pyrotechnic compounds burning inside the base of the bullet to produce a bright flash that marks the trajectory of the projectile in flight, allowing for aiming corrections but also tending to set dry bush on fire and great for attacking Zeppelins - so are not generally a good idea in Summer.

- Or maybe the Saiga Mk-107  "low-recoil" .223" will be released onto the market.

The new Russian Saiga MK-107 is a semi-automatic gas operated rifle with recoil-mitigating balanced action. This means that it features two gas pistons in a single gas block above the barrel working from opposite directions.

Life is extra good eh,

Marty K.