I have a Viridian R5 green laser on my EDC, with the instant-on switch (draw, it lights on its own), and I love it. But in today's world, a 1080p CAMERA?? That is super cool. And, super valuable in today's sue-happy society.
For NY/NJ specifically? You have to be aware of their (unconstitutional) rules - unload, lock the weapon in one compartment (not a glovebox or console, but something out of reach), lock the ammo in another compartment (same rules)...and don't stop for any reason in those states. Seriously. Get fuel and food and bathroom breaks out of the way before you cross in, and hold it till you cross out.
I'd say check reciprocity maps...but it's NY and NJ. Just for grins:
Agreed, and you may do what you will. The question was posted on a public forum, so I posted the "right" answer...
Know your laws. Some states (Maryland included), those "no fireamrs allowed" signs do not carry force of law. They can ask you to leave their property, but not prosecute. Some states...those signs DO carry force of law, and you CAN get arrested for ignoring them.
Use your best judgement, but know what the "right" answer is based on the locality.
There was a mall in Rockford, IL. that I was told had "no gun" signs posted. As I always entered through Barnes & Noble, that had no signs posted at their entrance..... NY, NJ and any other State that would infringe upon my constitutional rights, F.O.
Court, Your friend will have to decide for himself what price he is willing to pay for his liberty. I'd suggest you follow the law. Would be easier for you in the long run.
My specialty in history studies is technology. The tech of the time is more interesting, to me, than the political changes as Empires rose and fell.
Weapons are, and always have been, the bleeding edge of technology. An obvious example is metallurgy. Steel, hardened, layered, is used in swords and spear points long before it got good enough to replace a frame on a carriage/wagon with a strength to weight ratio good enough to justify the expense.
Scandals, serious government screw-ups and corruption, are also older than most know. The first complaint letter known is on a clay tablet, bitching about lousy/wrong copper quality/alloy received by the complainant, in Ur.
If you don't know what Ur was, look it up.
In the 20th century, there are 2 scandals that I think the most stupid/Ego/stonewall in weapons tech.
The Mark 14 torpedo. The U.S. Ordinance dept., The torpedo establishment, had designed an improved torpedo between the World Wars. Budget cuts and other factors led to a weapon that had never been actually tested, being issued to the Navy. It had multiple fatal flaws.
Hours after the Pearl Harbor attack, the U.S. Submarine fleet, which had pretty good subs and crew training, was sent forth with orders to sink the Japanese Navy, and especially cut off the supplies of fuel & raw materials feeding the Japanese Empire.
Results were bad. The torpedoes didn't work. Even when the crews fixed the problem of running too deep, and passing under the enemy ships, ( and were threatened with court martial for doing so, having been ordered not to ) torpedoes heard, and seen, to hit the target just didn't explode. The same problems existed with the kid sister torpedo carried by U.S. Torpedo planes.
In the recent movie Midway, a true incident is shown as Japanese sailors brace for the explosion of a torpedo hit, and stare in disbelief as the torpedo, broken in half by the impact of slamming into a Ship at 30 knots, slowly sinks as they cruise on after the loud "clank!" ...
The real scandal was the absolute refusal by the Torpedo Bureaucracy to admit there was a problem. Blamed it on the Sailors. Ordered that no unauthorized tests were allowed. Accused the crews of cowardice. Threatened to court martial people that complained.........
A lot of brave Submarine and aircraft crews died while stuck with faulty torpedoes. This crap went on for over a year.
From a technical perspective, there are similarities in the 2 scandals. The bureaucracy and the production segments relate in interesting ways.
The U.S. history on torpedo development is weird. A torpedo is much more complex and expensive than a Battleship shell. Miniature submarines with guidance and propulsion engines, but with warheads, instead of the life support system. At $10,000 in Depression era money, you can see the resistance to wasting limited budgets on testing. And they were hand made in the One factory, a government owned Arsenal, ( like Springfield ) and couldn't possibly keep up with the numbers needed. The U.S. Submarine fleet shot up a few years of production in the first weeks of the war. The bureaucracy wasn't keen on buying from non existent private torpedo makers. ( which had gone out of business during the lean years after WW1 ) Eventually, reality kicked in and companies like Maytag made thousands of the finally fixed torps.
Otoh, the L85A1 was ordered just as the gun industry in England was vanishing. The old hands at the government armories were gone, or going, so the team that designed the EM2 bullpup in the '40s were gone. More importantly the testing and refining experience was gone. So the L85 was created by a team of smart guys, but no experience in the highly specialized field.
The basic design is actually quite good. Basically an AR-180 operating system. I'd love to hear feedback from any users! The ergonomics look ok.
The failure, technically, was lack of testing feedback redesign process to finish the design before production.
The failure, politically, was refusal to accept feedback...
True Americans .... those whose knowledge of the country’s roots and visions of it’s future .... those who embrace and celebrate the diversity and potential to do great things and to always rise above adversity .... simply recognize that the small of mind, limited of scope, hide in the center of the herd among us will eschew action in favor of criticizing the courageous souls upon who’s character, talent and hard work we will transcend adversity.
Beyond a bit of novelty and entertainment .... I ignore the scared, the stupid and the parasites.
A Naval Seal summed it up best to me .....”women, children and the aged are victims.... all else are volunteers”.
Let them complain. But .... you get off your ass and do what needs to be done.
I spent a little bit of money and picked up some accessories online.
I picked up an Aimpoint Patrol for my AR carbine and moved the Sig Romeo to my 10.5" pistol. I've been trying to get the hang of a reddot pistol and just can't, so I took the Vortex Venom and put it on my AR9 pistol.
I also picked up a 1200 lumen (dubiously rated...) Olight for the P80 'Glock' I built. While I'm not sure about the standards or how they are rated, as far as the lumen ratings go, the rest of the light seems like a quality piece with a good feel to the switches. It's rechargeable with a magnetic connection. The settings are 800 and 1200 lumens (for a minute and a half or so on a full charge) and it has a strobe feature.
The specs for those lights are a bit misleading. They have max output for a minute (literally) then gradually ramp down until dead. A bit disappointing. They do tend to have a good reputation. They're also high lumen but moderate candela. Side by side they compare favorably with lights I have that have a fraction the lumen rating.
It looks good there. Streamlight makes a TLR-1 HL in FDE that I'd prefer. I got my little Olight Mini because: A. It's one of the only lights I could find an affordable P80 holster maker for and, B. It's small enough for my CCW purposes.