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Inside Story

by on Jul.31, 2014, under Art, History, Technology, Weapons

Sir Thomas Overbury wrote in 1613: "All the carnall beauty of my wife, Is but skin deep." renaissance-nude-lead We don't know anything about Overbury's wife, but we've always heard that it's what's inside that counts. Gun deaths have  declined 49% since 1993, nevertheless the extensive and shocking press coverage has polarized the United States on the subject of gun violence. gun_control030413 Scientists and engineers, in addition to gun enthusiasts, can understand the beauty of the designs behind certain firearms. They are machines, designed by brilliant minds of their times, and their esthetics often reflect the thought that goes to what lays inside. gunshop_1900 These x-rays by artist Nick Veasey turn these ominous looking weapons into fascinating art. The Smith & Wesson .44 revolver sw_44_l veasey-sw44 Walther PPK ppk_silenced_2 veasey-waltherppk Magnum Research Desert Eagle magde veasey_deserteagle Mauser C96 mauc96mag   veasey_mauserc96 Franchi SPAS 12 Shotgun SPAS 12 veasey_spas12   Anschutz 1418 Riflean1418ST   veasey_anschutz M1 Garand M1_Garand veasey_m1garand     Thompson M1928 "Tommy Gun" Thompson-M1928 veasey_thompsonm1 MG42 MG42 veasey_mg42 M14 M14 veasey_m14 M16 w/ M23 Grenade Launcher M2031 veasey-m16 M60 M60GPMG veasey-m60 H&K UMP-9 hk_ump-9 veasey_hkump

Gun X-rays © Nick Veasey

The x-ray pictures make these menacing weapons look intriguing and non-threatening. They become art.

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Playing with Fire – Sentry Safes Suck

by on Oct.21, 2010, under Consumer, Crime, Health, Miscellaneous, Weapons

It was predicted that the computer age would bring about a paperless society when we wouldn't need hard copy documents for anything, but the need for paper documents has actually increased. Our society has become more security conscious. Children are issued a social security number right after birth.  You need a passport to visit Canada or Mexico.  Employers are required to see your original social security card in many cases to be sure you're a legal resident.  So you need to protect those papers. They can be destroyed in an instant. A house fire is reported in the United States every 90 seconds. The most common way to protect your documents and personal property is with a fire resistant safe. You can get 30 minutes, 1 hour, or two hours of protection for a reasonable price. The safes are designed to keep the temperature below 385 degrees for at least the rated time so your papers don't char and other items aren't damaged.

Other things commonly kept in home safes are guns and jewelry. To keep your property safe, it's not just fire you have to worry about. A poorly designed safe, such as Sentry brand, will do more damage to your property than fire. Expert safe technician Terry Andreasen explains: Sentry safes are wet poured when they are filled with their fire retardant material and not all of them are baked or allowed to dry completely prior to being sold.  This causes two immediate problems the first being mold or mildew on your documents the second being rust.

It even warns you in the manual that comes with the safe, though you really have to squint to read it, and it downplays the danger. Here it is enlarged.

I added a couple of pounds of Silica Gel (a desiccant) and refreshed it occasionally, but it didn't make any difference.  Anita S., Sentry's Customer Care Representative told me: "We do realize that you were using silica gel packets in your unit.  However, we do not know the brand or if instructions were on the label on the packets you were using.  The packet that is included with our product does have instructions on it for refreshing to be used again." Sentry was unable to tell me why their Silica Gel was special.  I still wouldn't eat it. I followed instructions for the most part.  I stored most of the papers in sealed plastic bags but they still got moldy. Even the cash I sealed in plastic bags got moldy. There are key hooks on the door, so it should be appropriate to use for keys.

But they corroded.  As did a valuable heirloom. The manual warns you not to store items that need to be secure because it's a fire-resistant safe, not a burglar resistant one.  But the only other caution is that you should "open your unit periodically to avoid moisture accumulation."  There are no warnings about the high-maintenance nature of Sentry safes.

Nice box design belies the awful quality of the contents

Anita S, Sentry Customer Care Representative, suggests these extra steps to keep your items from being damaged:

"We suggest that you open the safe at least once every two weeks for approximately 20 minutes. To alleviate any musty odor, we suggest that you periodically remove the items from the safe and wipe the interior with a mixture of baking soda and water and allow to completely dry." If this extra care is needed to keep my possessions safe, then it ought to say so on the box and in the instruction manual.  But then nobody would buy these crappy Sentry products. So how can you protect your important papers and valuables?  Buy another brand.  For only a little more, you can get a safe from Meilink, FireKing, or Mesa that will not destroy your valuables, and doesn't require frequent cleaning and disinfecting to do the job you bought it for. I own Meilink and Mesa fire resistant safes, and use a FireKing safe and none of them have the problem that Sentry safes have. Check out the selection and prices at http://www.authoritysafes.com.

Don't buy a Sentry safe.  You'll regret the damage to your possessions and their awful customer service.

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How Your Johnson Gives You Perfect Confidence

by on May.16, 2010, under Crime, Culture, Weapons

When your wife is home alone, you can rest assured she'll have no fears or misgivings because she'll have a big johnson in her hands.

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