Discussion in 'The Guns Galore Section' started by Commando, Dec 13, 2007.
I shot a 90mm Recoilless Rifle when I was in the Army a long time ago. That was fun.
Started off with a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun myself, next was a Crossman pump that fired BB's or .177 pellets. With 10 pumps it would go through a galvanized steel garbage can shooting BB's or 1/2 inch into your brother at point blank range. My earliest medical training was digging the BB out of his abdomen using a pair of mom's tweezers and a bottle of alcohol, so my dad didn't find out. Next was a Mossberg Model 44 .22lr target rifle given to me by an old WWII destroyer Captain that lived next to us at Naval Support Activity Algiers, LA (New Orleans, across the river from the French Quarter). He was some kind of intelligence guy then; he and his wife had never had kids so he kind of adopted my brother and I as surrogates. He taught us how to build scale models, mainly navy ships, took us shooting, took us down to the levee to visit ships tied up at the base, fly those old Cox gas planes that were string controlled. Great old guy.
My dad had a Ruger .44 magnum Blackhawk, a Colt Python .357 magnum, an M1 rifle and M1 carbine, a Gov't Model M1911a1, a Marlin .30-30 lever action, he always kept and a bunch of other guns that came and went, we'd go shooting regularly.
In the Marine Corps, I was trained and qual'd on the M1911 and M16a1 in boot camp, I was an 0331 Machine Gunner so the M-60, M-2 .50 and Mk 19 40mm, personal sidearm was the M-1911 so yearly quals with it and the M16a1/a2, constantly going to the range with the guns normally you'd expend 12k+ rounds during a day for the section M60 or M2. When I checked into my first unit after ITR (Infantry Training Regiment) they were over T/O on machine gunners so they OJT'd (On the Job Training) me on the 60mm mortar-M2. Spent about 7 months there and didn't move back to the guns until my first deployment. Also trained on various hand grenades, M-203, and M72 LAW. After I got out, one of my former Marine Corps Corporals moved here from North Carolina, he'd been a Sniper and bought his two M-40's when he got out (Quantico builds the rifle to the shooter and they used to allow you to buy them when you got out) and went to the US Army. I've shot them several times.
Went into the US Army my personal weapon became an M-4 (well actually the XM177E2 and XM-4, the predecessors of what became the M4). I was an 18D as my primary MOS, completed the medical training I'd started on my brother years earlier. In addition, as my secondary I had to learn all NATO and Soviet/Warsaw Pact weapons their function, disassembly/reassembly, immediate actions and FAM (Familiarization) fire them. Before each deployment we'd have to demonstrate we retained the knowledge and/or retrain/familiarize with the weapons we were deficient in. We'd also train on weapons we might encounter in the area we were deploying to which eventually became just about any widely distributed 20th Century weapon. So, if it was widely used by a major military, I've probably shot it.
My personal weapons today are fairly limited because I've given many of them to my boys. I have a Soviet SKS, an M16a4 greatly modified, started out as a 21" heavy barrel Bushmaster years ago (I keep it and my plate carrier by the front door, bad guys show up, release the 100lb dogs and follow them out). An M1903 Springfield in .30-06, a 9mm Glock, a .380 auto pistol, a modified M1911a1 in .45 ACP, and my wife has a Glock in .22 caliber (her carry gun). I also have an 1862 Richmond Musket (repro) in .58 cal and two 1853 Enfield Rifled Muskets in .577 cal that we like to shoot. Probably missed a few but WTF, right? If any of you come to my area shoot me an e-mail and I'll take you shooting, between me and the boys we have quite the variety of weapons. My former team leader in SF (got out as a Colonel, taught Physics at West Point for a while, then owned/ran a DoD Contractor business) just moved back here and bought a farm 30-40 minutes down the road so we have another good place to shoot!
Oh, almost forgot, I have an 1898 French Lebel cavalry carbine in 8mm Lebel, it's a freakin' beast!
Just my trusty sidearm.
The carbine length Lebels are some of the most unpleasant military rifles I've fired. (As are their compatriots -- the various Berthier carbines which fire the same 8mm cartridge).
I got to pull the trigger on the Missouri's main battery once. Everything after that was meh.
Since it actually mentions Guns:
I made a miniature cannon in high school. Poured the mold, turned the barrel on a lathe, bored the barrel - with rifling (which freaked the shop teacher out wondering how I did that), made a Civil War era solid platform. It'd shoot a BB through a 1/2" sheet of plywood from 20 feet with the instructors supplied black power. Still have it and will most likely pass it down to one of the grandsons. After that class there were several panes of glass to replace.
You win !!
Actually, I DID win. Navy Relief raffle.
Well, Biak is right, you win! Unless some former Japanese sailor that fired the Yamato's guns comes along.
Yeah but the Missouri's still afloat.
I shook hands with someone who launched nukes into Space. Does that count ?
More bang for the buck. :tup:
I was taught at an early age to fire weapons and received my first BB gun when I was 5 or 6, with first firearm to my name being when I was 13 or 14.
I have handled most anything through the years, with the exception of some full-sized machine guns. I have the opportunity at a gun range nearby, I just haven't take the time.
I have fired several examples from the period of this forum, from various countries. My favorite is the Carbine, M2.
I have fired several hand-held automatic weapons. The one I disliked the most was the Uzi. I could not keep the muzzle down.
One of my hillbilly cousins bragged that he could bag squirrels from the livingroom. He then proceeded to show me. His wife, in their kitchen, heard him ratchet a round into the level-action rifle but wasn't fast enough to run into the room before he fired off a round.
"That's twice you've shot out a window, you moron!"
I was probably nine years old when I shot my first shotgun. I remember it as being an unpleasant experience. Rural living... Throughout my lifetime I have probably owned somewhere around 150 different firearms. At one time, I had 130 firearms in the house, but I have been selling off the last few years. I only had a couple that I didn't shoot because of some odd caliber that was unavailable. I have a 150M shooting range on my place, I am a certified firearms instructor and I used to teach handgun shooting on my home range to qualify people for their concealed weapons license.
51 years ago, The Navy taught me to shoot the 1911A1 pistol and I have (at least) one since. I had a rich friend, back in the 90s,, who's father collected high-end firearms, especially machine guns; I got to shoot a lot of them, and the one I liked the best fired .22LR rounds. It was a hoot! So to answer the OP, yes, I have shot a real gun.
That’s a bunch of guns
Second place for me is a Navy Relief raffle with a fully loaded out Cobra at the first prize. I refused $5,000 U$D for that ticket. (We were enroute from Pearl to Long Beach with a tiger cruise embarked. The passengers went nuts when that snake spoke with authority. (That's a phrase I haven't heard since pleasure cruises on the Mekong and Tonle Sap.)