Open Thread, Sunday 9 March 2014

Iditarod 2014 AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen


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26 Responses to Open Thread, Sunday 9 March 2014

  1. From Chrissy, at PN: “Poor Boeing. They just can’t get no RSPECT.”

  2. solaratov says:


  3. Knight4GFC says:

    Mitch McConnell: ‘We are going to crush’ the Tea Party in 2014 elections – See more at:

  4. barnslayer says:

    Interesting read on the evolution of American semi-auto rifles and light machine-guns.

    • Outstanding read. Even if it’s embarrassing that our procurement process hasn’t been better over the last 60 years. Our guys deserve better.

      This reminded me of a question I had for you, Barn. Why are there clip guides on the M1A? That’s a big old hunk of metal that doesn’t serve any purpose in a magazine-fed rifle if you’re not planning on loading it with stripper clips. Does anyone ever just take those things off? I’ve never seen one without the guide.

      • barnslayer says:

        They’re for stripper clips. I guess ammunition on clips takes less space/weight/cost to ship than in mags. Better to have them just in case. I’m not an expert on it but removing them might effect bolt retention. Maybe they designed the receiver that way to remind the older guys they shouldn’t try to shove an M1 clip in there.

      • solaratov says:

        Ammo for the M-14 came in bandoleers with two five-round stripper clips in each pocket. The stripper clip was inserted into the guide (while a magazine was in the rifle) and the rounds pressed down into the mag.
        It was faster than single loading ammo into mags – but not as fast as using “stripper spoons” to load a bunch of mags.
        We usually doubled up the ammo load so that there was one full mag refill in each pocket.

        You can find five and ten round stripper clips around the web and in surplus stores – but the spoons are sort of hard to come by.
        Stripper clip guide (spoon):


        • Well, good to know! Thanks. I’d seen online requests for the clips, and people buying them, even hundreds of them at a time. I guess I didn’t know why. For our purposes, it’s been fast enough to hand-load the magazines, but I can see wanting a spoon and a bunch of pre-loaded clips to speed the process.

          Quick story: I was shooting the M1A other day with my son-in-law and son#2, and being cocky, smart-ass kids, they decided they were both better shots than me after shooting for a couple hours with the iron sights and getting comfortable. I’d been focusing on the .30-30 at long range, so they hadn’t seen me shoot the M1A. We threw our money in the pot and took 10 shots apiece at 3 different targets at 100m. I went last, and they got real quiet as they were looking through the spotting scope. Final score:

          Smart-ass son-in-law: 58
          Smart-ass son#2: 49
          Smart-ass Grunt: 90

          And I’m the blind old man! It was sweet collecting that cashola!

    • I just mentioned this article to a neighbor who was Army 1st Cav, and spent a lot of time being shot at in a 4-blade moving target in 1969-70. I thought the VC were “lightly armed,” but he said they got shot at much of the time by .54-cal MG fire. Holy crap! He totally agreed said the new M-60 is a joke. Not big enough. You need big guns for suppressive fire, otherwise they don’t even pay attention. He said he got sent home after carrying a helicopter pilot while crawling 6 km after the pilot had taken a .54 hit to both knees. That must suck.

  5. Get this. Present this form to your doctor if he asks you about guns in your home. Hilarious. Via Uncle Al at iOTW.

  6. tessa50 says:

    Long read, but worth it. I had never heard of this. Some of the pictures have short videos if you hover over them.

    • Pretty good storytelling for the Times. Compelling read. Those guys have had it rough; that’s for sure, but it’s kind of hard to be too horrified in a world where there are hundreds of thousands of slaves being worked to death in Africa and China, and tens of thousands of sex-slaves right here in the USA right now getting beaten every day. Truth is, gutting turkeys may be hard work and bloody and undesirable, but it’s not the shocker that this Times writer seems to think it is. Still, great read. Thanks!

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