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SIG Sauer P226 Review Finds Accuracy, Reliability

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Pat’s product review at SurvivalBlog offers a SIG Sauer P226 review that would make the handgun maker proud.  The blogger, a proud gun owner and experienced shooter, bought his first SIG pistol back in the 1980s when he was a Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealer.

Today, most SIG pistol and long guns are Made in the USA. Some marksmen complain that the gun manufacturer has begun to use polymer frames instead of metal. Pat notes ...

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Glock 23 Review Cites Handgun Trigger

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Sean Smith, a senior member from the on-line forum Pistolsmith, has written his own Glock 23 review.  He gives the handgun top marks for reliability, durability, rust resistance and decent enough grades for ergonomics and overall performance.

In terms of accuracy and trigger pull, however, Sean gives the Glock a score of 3.5 on a scale of 5. So what didn’t this experienced shooter like?

The trigger, the marksman explains, felt heavy for a compact pistol and ...

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Does the IRS Treat VA Disability Benefits as Taxable Income?

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VA disability benefits that you receive from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should not be included in your gross income. That’s the word from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the federal government’s tax collection agency.

Disabled veterans should also note that the IRS considers some grants and pension payments as disability income. In addition to disability compensation from the VA, exemptions may include financial benefits under a dependent-care assisted living plan.

Disability income can also include grants ...

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VA Disability and the Wheelchair Games

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VA disability benefits are available to all qualified veterans and post-military personnel who have served their country in the U.S. armed forces. Each veteran has a different story to tell, but those who participate in the Wheelchair Games get additional bragging rights.

From July 13 to 18 in Tampa, Florida, disabled veterans from across the country will participate in the world’s largest competitive wheelchair sporting event.

Now, disabled veterans are joining forces in a ...

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New Healthcare and VA Disability Hotline for Women Veterans

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A new healthcare and VA disability hotline is taking calls and answering questions from women veterans. Staffed by knowledgeable VA employees, this telephone service is also available to families and caregivers of those who have served.

The VA hotline (1-855-VA-WOMEN) is the latest in a series of efforts by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide information to assistance to veterans who need help the most. This includes veterans experiencing a personal ...

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VA Disability Compensation Rates for Disabled Veterans

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VA disability compensation rates depend on several factors. First, disabled veterans need to understand that there are differences in what the VA will pay to wounded warriors based on your disability rating percentage. Spouses, dependents, and children also factor into VA calculations and compensation formulas.

The VA publishes compensation tables for veterans who have a disability rating of 10% or higher. However, if you are a disabled veteran rated as 30% or more, you may be entitled ...

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Super Guppy Transport Cargo Aircraft Capabilities

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NASA Super Guppy transports are large cargo aircraft that can move smaller airplanes. Nearly 50 feet long, the Super Guppy has a large cargo bay and a hinged nose that opens wide enough to fit two T-38 trainers.

During the Cold War and the Space Race, a California aerospace company called Aero Spacelines Industries designed the Super Guppy so that NASA could transport satellite and spacecraft components. The alternative was to transport large, heavy mission-critical systems to ...

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C-141 Cargo Aircraft Capabilities

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The C-141 cargo aircraft was the world’s first turbofan-powered air transport. During and after the Cold War, the C-141 participated in every U.S. military mission from Vietnam to Operation Iraq Freedom. Today, this powerful fleet of military airplanes is now retired.

Built by Lockheed-Martin, the C-141 Starlifter was the first production aircraft designed completely by the company’s engineers in Marietta, Georgia. As both a cargo aircraft and personnel transport, the C-141 Starlifter supplied U.S. forces in Vietnam.

Versions ...

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C-130 Cargo Aircraft Capabilities

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The C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft is designed to perform tactical airlift missions. In addition to airdropping personnel and equipment for combat operations, the C-130 can perform aeromedical, firefighting, aerial spraying, and emergency relief missions.

As a cargo aircraft, the C-130 features a flexible design so that the interior can be configured for different types of military missions. Types of cargo include floor-loaded materials, airdrop platforms, military vehicles, aeromedical evacuation equipment, and palletized equipment.

Built by Lockheed-Martin, the C-130 ...

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C-17 Cargo Aircraft Capabilities

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The C-17 cargo aircraft is a T-tailed, 4-engine military transport built by Boeing.  The C-17 Globemaster III is used by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for military missions as well as humanitarian and peacekeeping operations.

An impressive cargo aircraft, the C-17 can carry a payload of 160,000 lbs. after taking off from a 7,600 ft. airfield. The Globemaster III can then fly 2,400 nautical miles and refuel in flight if necessary.

Typically, the C-17 ...

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