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First a little background:
Back in 1989 I joined the U.S. Army and completed basic training between my junior and senior year of high school, and was placed in the USAR (U.S. Army Reserves) until completion of high school.

After high school, I wasn't quite ready to go active duty, so I hung out in the Reserves a little longer.

In the Reserves, I met a buddy (PVT Butler) who was in the same boat I was, still in high school, split option, etc. We pretty much became inseparatable, and we caused alot of trouble together. To give you an idea of how much trouble we caused, by the time we went to Annual Training, a little over a year since he and I joined the Army, we were still PVT/E1.

On with what happened:
For that years Annual Training, the unit convoyed to Pellam Range, outside of Ft McClellan, AL. Once at Pellan Range, we were going to setup camp for two weeks. During the convoy PVT Butler and I were in a HMMMV at the rear of the formation, we knew the route the Unit was taking and along that route we pass a large food store (Food World). We decided if we slow down, and let the convoy get out of sight we could stop at Food World, and get some pogey bait (junk food) for the two week bivwak. Great idea right? Well, once we pulled up to Food World, we discovered we had a problem, the guns. We knew we couldn't leave Class III firearms unguarded in a HMMMV that doesn't lock, so let's see what our options were and you figure out which one we took:

Option A: One man watches the guns, while the other gets the pogey bait, then switch.
Option B: Figure Option A would take too long and abort the operation.
Option C: Throw the M60, and the two M16s in a shopping cart and both get the bait.

hint: at the time of this occurance, PVT Butler and I were ~18 years of age.
 

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It was fun, throwing food in a shopping cart that was also full of machine guns. People were real friendly getting out of the way for us...
 

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You got to be kidding me, so you did go with Option C, I guess you can say: "NO FEAR", other than what others were thinking.
 

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Balls of steel boys.......balls of steel.
 

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haha, none. i think the mothers grabed them and ran.
 

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Got a military gun story. Date, December 7, 1958. Place, Oklahoma Military Academy, Claremore, Oklahoma. I joined the Army Reserve in Bartlesville Oklahoma in November of 1958, didn't go on active duty for basic training until May, 1959. On December 7, 1958, prior to basic training, the reserve unit went on a weekend drill by driving south to
Claremore, Oklahoma and shooting Browning M1917 machine guns on a 1000 inch range at Oklahoma Military Academy. (OMA is now the campus of Rogers State University.)

We took 6 MGs to the range and went through a proscribed 1000 inch course of fire. During the shooting, a guy next to me was blasting away with his MG and a tracer round impacted the earthen berm behind the target. This tracer went vertically, straight up into the air, and fell back to earth, landing right in the middle of the guy's back that had shot the round. He was wearing one of the old OD Korean vintage field jackets, and the still spinning bullet layed in the middle of his back,.......spinning,.......on fire,.........and set his jacket on fire! I kid you not! We put the fire out on the jacket and the guy was OK. During that same day, I had a jam, ( as well as many other of the shooters). The ranger officer called "lock and clear all weapons". Well, I had one in the chamber and I could not get it out by pulling the operating handle to the rear. Well, I did the most logical thing? Had to clear the gun, right? Well, if you can't get it out of the chamber,.......squeeze it off! WRONG!!!!

I was never stupid enough to do that in my military career! ;). Other than that, it was just a wonderful day at the range. Cloudy, cold, overcast and we were burning the wood from the ammo boxes in a 55 gal drum to keep warm! In addition, before the day was over, we had shot the prescribed course of fire and had literally mountains of ammumition left,....so what did we do. Well there was not a jack rabbit in sight that was safe,....and before the day was over, all the target frames were down and we had "used" six barrels for each MG! OMG! What a day. Now to add insult to injury, before we left, we had over a pickup truck full of .30-06 cases and links. The people running the show offered the brass to anyone who wanted it. A few took a few "buckets full" of brass, ........but I wasn't into reloading yet,......so I passed! ;-(
 

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Even the military was more fun back then-sounds like you had a blast. I'm 57, and I remember those lighter days-now everything's rules, lawyers, and paperwork.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Gutpile Charlie


We took 6 MGs to the range and went through a proscribed 1000 inch course of fire. During the shooting, a guy next to me was blasting away with his MG and a tracer round impacted the earthen berm behind the target.
A 1,000 INCH, huh??? Tell me you're kidding! [:0]
 

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quote:Originally posted by Gutpile Charlie

Claremore, Oklahoma and shooting Browning M1917 machine guns on a 1000 inch range at Oklahoma Military Academy.
Ahhhh, the dreaded 83.3 foot range qualification. :D
 

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quote:Originally posted by Keith Smith

We decided if we slow down, and let the convoy get out of sight we could stop at Food World, and get some pogey bait (junk food)
I thought the Marine Corps were the only ones to use the term pogey bait!

How about gee-dunk? Did ya get any gee-dunk?
 

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Hey Ruger Packer,.....I'm not kidding. I'd never heard of 1000 inch range until I saw the targets for this course of fire, but since that time, I've seen reference made to it regarding military marksmanship. Yuppers, that's a very strange distance.
 
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