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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Rockin' and Rollin' at the Machine Gun Range

Every once in a while they let us out of the office to go have some fun and do some real soldier stuff. Saturday we got a late Christmas present: a date with a few thousand rounds and the M240B machine gun. We loaded up in the Humvee and headed out to the Smith Range here on base, named for SFC Paul Smith, the first Medal of Honor winner of this war.

The S1 section getting ready to fire. From left to right: Burnometer, Flecker, Johnson, Kerch, Beans, and me. Have you ever seen a more fearsome group?

SSG Johnson and I were a two man team. He fired first and I was assistant gunner. We fired off the new tripod which was really nice.

Me sending some lead down range.

Back at the ranch, SSG Johnson with his target. The A target was the practice target, the B target was the qualification. Nice shooting, Tex.

Me and my target. This was our first time on this machine gun and I put all but my last 2 rounds on target.

It was definitely a worth while trip, and one of the reasons why I joined the Army initially was to shoot things and blow stuff up. The whole section did really well, in fact I think between SSG Johnson and I we had the best score on the range. It is always good for us Admin guys to show the trigger pullers that we can shoot too. Army Strong!


Beans said...

I feel sorry for any insurgents that cross the S-1's path.

Beans said...

Actually, I don't.

Anonymous said...


Far cry from when we used to black out the house and play lazer tag at home when we were kids. I think I will let you win the gun fights from here on out.


Brian said...

Nice shootin' Tex'!
That has to be a pretty good time.
Too bad BL wasn't down range with his night gown on. You would have knocked the towel right off his head.

Hey, any more axe throwing going on?


Sack said...

I haven't been out to the ol' Tomahawk range in some time. Need to get that going again to keep my skills sharp. Too much work to do unfortunately.

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