Chapter 16, page 18

August 1st, 2019, 11:00 pm

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Dragonrider August 1st, 2019, 11:54 pm
Well the elephant is out of the corner and center stage. Too bad it had to happen right now.
Lurker314 (Guest) August 2nd, 2019, 2:27 am
Now there is a man who knows which head to think with.
E Hines (Guest) August 2nd, 2019, 7:50 am
Good thing that tool has an autolock capability. Can it hold lock while firing? Samson's trigger finger is much too deeply inserted for accurate firing with any "current" terrestrial weapon.
Eric Hines
Guesticus (Guest) August 2nd, 2019, 8:21 am
@E Hines: you noticed his finger position, butt possibly missed the fact he is holding that rifle with one hand!
It's possible that, once locked, he could aim the barrel in any direction and still hit the target
E Hines (Guest) August 2nd, 2019, 8:49 am
@Guesticus: Saw that, just didn't want to nit-pick every little detail--just a favored few.
Besides, it's simple enough to install a gyroscopic mechanism to maintain balance in one dimension, or even simply to adjust the mass distribution to put the center of balance in a desired location, but a gyroscopic mechanism for maintaining 2D balance--and for sweeping the weapon through multiple planes--would be more complex, massier, and not entirely necessary.
Eric Hines
tooniator (Guest) August 2nd, 2019, 10:55 am
@E Hines: Gyros stabilize two dimensions. They maintain an axis pointing.
E Hines (Guest) August 2nd, 2019, 11:07 am
@tooniator: Emphasis on stabilize. Hard to sweep to track a moving target.
Eric Hines
Guest August 8th, 2019, 7:22 am
@Guesticus: Keep in mind that he does have a bipod to help stabilize it. (visible in 2nd and 3rd panel) I will, however, confess to not knowing enough about firearms to say whether he still should need the other hand.
Guesticus (Guest) August 2nd, 2019, 8:24 am
EEEEE! Have missed seeing the Future Mrs Johnson, and now it's one step closer to Lil Tir having a new Mommy :D
Guesticus (Guest) August 2nd, 2019, 8:26 am
Regarding the updated invotive: nice change to the hair, not sure about the finger though, unless it's for which ever of her girlfriends is taking the photo :P
Guesticus (Guest) August 2nd, 2019, 9:51 am
Is pretty Yritai supposed to look like a reverse panda?
Pinkish face butt pale circles around her eyes
Looks cool, just wondering if it was intentional
Merceneiress August 2nd, 2019, 3:26 pm
@Guesticus: for whatever reason, that shot of her accentuates that (I don't think it is evident at other angles) --- not sure how to explain it! Not intentional!
Guesticus (Guest) August 3rd, 2019, 10:23 am
@Merceneiress: can see it in all panels (in panel two you can see the pink go up around her left eye butt doesn't fully cover the forehead: can just make out a line of pink going from about halfway the eyebrow to where her hair is brushed over to the right)

Like said, it looks good (maybe she simply laid out in the sun too long wearing a special Vay eye-protection that sits on the head rather than wraps around the sides)
Merceneiress August 3rd, 2019, 4:36 pm
@Guesticus: You're right, let's chalk it up to the designer Vay goggles she was wearing when she was out patrolling the outskirts.
Guesticus (Guest) August 6th, 2019, 3:12 am
@Merceneiress: if you ever come up with a functional model, and get them made, put me down for two pair :D
Oh, they will need to be able to fit under a cowboy hat ;)
Old Texican (Guest) August 6th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Details Guesticas, now you need to describe your hat. A "Rsncher" has a lot more room than, say a "bullrider". Having worn glasses all my life, I usually favored a mix of the two but never had any real problems with any style.
Guesticus (Guest) August 7th, 2019, 3:17 am
@Old Texican: not sure what either of those styles are, and was meaning, that the Vay goggles would need to be able to fit under it as they go over the head as opposed to around the sides

How do you keep the damn thing to stay on anyway? Been wearing it for over twenty years and still have to put damn hand on it to stop it from blowing off!!

Attempted to find a match online, the closest could find is https://www.stetson.com/store/quicklink-3.html?refSrc=11961&nosto=nosto-page-product2 except the front is higher than the back, was really looking for one similar to what Undertaker use to wear when he first appeared on WWF
Mysto (Guest) August 7th, 2019, 8:26 am
Just a thought regarding the "one handed rifle" thing. It would make much more sense if that weapon had been equipped with a bipod.
Guesticus (Guest) August 7th, 2019, 9:05 am
@Mysto: doesn't even have to be bi
Guest August 7th, 2019, 10:06 am
@Guesticus: Many modern sniper rifles have a bipod as standard equipment. Some sort of mechanical rest would certainly be helpful. Holding it up in the air such as is depicted would be pretty hard on the arm after a while unless there was something to negate the weight of the piece. (which a gyroscope does NOT do.)
Merceneiress August 7th, 2019, 4:05 pm
@Guest: Point taken. Modified the 2nd and 3rd panel...
Guesticus (Guest) August 8th, 2019, 2:35 am
@Guest: was meaning, that it could have been a mono-pod (with the gyro providing added sideways stability)

And, we are assuming the rifle is made out of the same heavy crap one find on Dirt, and not some futuristic Vay-alloy that is as strong and durable as steel butt as light as tin
Mysto (Guest) August 8th, 2019, 8:23 am
Hmm. somehow it changed me to just "guest" on that reply. Oh well.

Anyway kewl! The bipod is perfect. I have only rarely ever seen a mono-pod for a rifle, but then again that's on 21st century stuff, not sci-fi.
Guesticus (Guest) August 9th, 2019, 1:24 am
@Mysto: easy enough if you forget to enter your name (has happened to me a few times :P )

Personally feel that a mono-pod would be better for a sniper rifle (specially if it has a gyro to aid balance), specially when the target moves: while a bipod allows ease of up-down motion, doesn't help with the side-side motion, plus, the monopod can be used as a modified stabby weapon if it comes to hand-to-hand combat (or simply run out of ammo and your position gets overrun)
Mysto (Guest) August 9th, 2019, 9:08 am
@Guesticus: IMO The gyro would be an absolute necessity for the mono-pod to work in a sniper situation; it's really not stable enough on its own.

I've actually handled both; the mono is really just for for a quick steady and is usually accompanied by supporting it against some other vertical thing like a tree or post. The 'switch to bayonet' option is a bonus and is often the selling point, from what I've seen.

Good quality sniper bipods often have a pivot at the attachment point that allows for side to side, so they take that into account.
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