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For the love of guns

Started by Mudwall Gatewood, October 10, 2014, 12:46:22 PM

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Quote from: hcrum87hc on November 19, 2020, 08:27:50 AM
Quote from: troutrus on November 18, 2020, 12:36:47 PMI've been looking to upgrade. This thing is a killer on common houseflies, but wasps and the like just laugh at me when they see me coming.
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Do those really work well?  I've always been intrigued by them.  I think I'd leave the back door open just to let flies in for target practice.
More of a novelty item or gag gift. It will obliterate a fly at 6", but beyond that it merely chases them.

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My old beat up vintage tang-safety Ruger M77 in .300 Winmag still shoots true.

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November 25, 2020, 18:04:03 PM #812 Last Edit: November 25, 2020, 20:33:16 PM by Al
Quote from: Mr. Don on November 18, 2020, 10:23:04 AM110 grain ball ammo.



Quote from: Big J on November 18, 2020, 08:23:05 AM
Quote from: Mr. Don on November 17, 2020, 21:11:50 PM40's vintage .30 carbine.



This M1 Carbine is a sweet gun! The .30 Carbine cartridge gets a lot of crap, but I always thought it was a decent in between cartridge between pistol and rifle cartridges.  Heard stories of guys wanting and getting issued these in Vietnam over the M14 because the M14's were a pita to carry around.  @Al might be able to speak some on that.

Sorry I haven't posted much lately. Been up to my ass in alligators helping manage the Caldwell Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt - got that behind be so will weigh in on the M1 & M2 30 caliber carbine.

When I was enlisted and had not yet gone to war I loved it because it was light and maneuverable. Back then it was either that, a nine pound M1 Gurand or the 12-15 pound BAR. When I first got to Vietnam our indigenous Vietnamese troops also preferred it for the same reasons - using a FMJ bullet it was not much of a man-stopper. Probably a modern bullet would have resolved that but anything but FMJ ball would be considered a war crime. It also did not have very good range. I was down in the Delta where you could see and shoot a long ways so "range" was a factor.

About half way through my first tour (a full year back then - no "deployments" of few weeks or few months like today where a high number of "deployments" no matter where, gives you status), we swapped out the carbines and M1 rifles for the M16. Once again the troops loved them until we got pinned down out in the open but could not reach back to the VC/NVA who were firing from behind a distant paddy dike. After extracting ourselves from a couple of those situations we reissued two BAR per squad. Problem solved.

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My grandfather's .30-40 Springfield Krag he used in the Spanish-American War. Handed down to my father, who handed it down to me.


Big J

Quote from: Al on November 25, 2020, 18:04:03 PMSorry I haven't posted much lately. Been up to my ass in alligators helping manage the Caldwell Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt - got that behind be so will weigh in on the M1 & M2 30 caliber carbine.

When I was enlisted and had not yet gone to war I loved it because it light and maneuverable. Back then it was either that, a nine pound M1 Gurand or the 12-15 pound BAR. When I first got to Vietnam our indigenous Vietnamese troops also preferred it for the same reasons - using a FMJ bullet it was not much of a man-stopper. Probably a Gorden bullet would have resolved that but anything but FMJ ball would be considered a war crime. It also did not have very good range. I was down in the Delta where you could see and shoot a long ways so "range" was a factor.

About half way through my first tour (a full year back then - no "deployments" of few weeks or few months like today where a high number of deployments no matter where gives you status), we swapped out the carbines and M1 rifles for the M16. Once again the troops loved them until we got pinned down out in the open but could not reach back to the VC/NVA who were firing from behind a distant paddy dike. After extracting ourselves from a couple of those situations we reissued two BAR per squad. Problem solved.

Makes sense. Everyone likes a light gun until they want to reach out and touch something. That's why the M14 was the shortest standard issue gun in Military history but they still hang around with units and get issued out sporadically. .308 will reach a little further than .223
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