Well THAT was interesting…


Nothing like getting awakened at 0300 by “something” scratching at my window…

Only problem, I was on the third floor! Typhoon Malor obviously didn’t read it’s own press release, so it just hauled ass up the Japanese Islands; it wasn’t supposed to get here until late this evening…

Oh yeah, the scratching? Well, there was a tree about 10 feet from the window, it was being bent that far by the winds (est. 70 mph) and branches were scratching the window. Then it started raining… Sideways…

Supposedly 6 inches of rain in an hour, winds blowing like hell, about 0500 it got perfectly calm. I walked outside and there were NO clouds, the sun was coming up and it was really nice (for about an hour); then we got the back side of the typhoon!

More rain (sideways again) winds steady at 35-40mph, gusting to 50mph. Believe me, it gives a whole new meaning to that “windblown” look…

It’s now 1700, beautiful sunny afternoon, not a cloud in the sky, winds are down to 5-10mph. Hard to believe the change in just a little over 12 hours!

Since most of this occurred in the middle of the night (so to speak) I don’t have any pics.

So I’ll throw a random picture in from the range shoot a few weeks ago…

I had a hitchhiker on my Model 70; and no I didn’t shoot until it was gone, so there 🙂
I have absolutely NO idea where that dragonfly came from, or why he liked the barrel so much…

In other news, there is a little bit bigger “round” in development that is now out in public domain…

It’s called the MOP, The Massive Ordnance Penetrator, and is a 30,000-pound bomb that would dive deeper than any previous bomb, and could be strapped to B-2 or B-52 bombers in the near future.

The GBU-24 bunker buster is tiny in comparison to the new MOP. The MOP is 20 feet long and can penetrate bunkers a ‘long’ way before exploding. At 15 tons, the MOP is a third heavier than the previous “mother of all bombs”, the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb, which was only 10.5 tons. The MOP also packs a whopping 5,300 lbs of explosives, which is 10 times the amount its predecessor bunker-buster, the BLU-109, carried.

Basically, all you need to clean up afterwards will be a mop, cause there isn’t going to be anything left…

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Well THAT was interesting… — 17 Comments

  1. Over here in Georgia is about the same. One day rain, the next sunshine. One day windy, the next calm as can be.

    What stinks is, the bad weather is on my off days, while the good weather I gotta work.

  2. We NEVER get hurricanes in the daytime. pfft. Andrew came thru in the middle of the night as well.

    Glad u survived!

    And thats a hellacious bomb!!!!

  3. Exactly how deep does this new bunker buster go, what height does it have to be dropped from to gain maximum depth and how far out from detonation does it reach.
    Just curious

  4. I once saw a Daisy-cutter pushed out the back of a 130. It was about that size on the pallet. But this…is a different kind all together!

    BTW, didna get any work done over there? At least you had a opportunity for some down time—in a foreign hotel.

    Yeah!

  5. Typhoons come and go but the gift of a MOP is to be remembered for years to come. At least by the relatives of those receiving it.

    It would be nice to loan a few of these to Israel for a little in the field testing.

  6. CS- Yep, that’s the standard rule… sigh…

    peedee- It really wasn’t bad, the eye was 20+ miles away. And yep, that is a BIG boy…

    Jeff- Far enough 🙂 penaid in excess of 200 feet.

    Crucis- I was in the Q, so I basically worked the whole day. I’d bought ’emergency’ food just in case, only problem was I ran out of coffee.

    Rattler- yes, “field” testing is always appreciated! 🙂

    drjim- That would be the other option :-0

  7. I have absolutely NO idea where that dragonfly came from, or why he liked the barrel so much

    Must be the same little SOB that finds me every time I go fishing. It waits until I get everything fixed, pull my cap down over my eyes and settle in for a nap. Then here he comes, lighting either on the tip of the pole or the line somewhere between it and the water…
    And of course I rouse up, thinking I’ve got a fish, only to find that damned Snake Doctor (that’s what dragon flies are called around here) bouncing my pole around.
    After about the fifth time of it happening, I resemble somewhat of a mad woman- bashing the tip of my pole in the lake/river/stream/stocked swimming pool, screaming GET THE HELL OFF MY POLE! repeatedly, and finally hooking James in the butt somehow or another. We pack up and end up at Long John’s…

    I was going to suggest you shoot the little thing next time, but on second thought, good job not doing him in. 😉

  8. Snigs- next time I’ll send the little bastard back to ya… 🙂

    WSF- These are not necessarily experiences I ‘want’ to experience 🙂

    Fuzzy- Mee tooo!

    Robert- Trust me, they cost a LOT more than they used to… Not that I would know, but I’ve heard… 🙂

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