Obama is so full of it, it would be hilarious if it wasn’t for the fact that he was our President.
His asinine remark about Horses and Bayonets reminded me of a few things. We still use Horses in the Army. A lot of them. Facebook is full of pictures of US Soldiers on Horses in the War Zone. Because nothing is better for rugged mountain patrols than horses.
The latest issue of Guns Magazine (December 2012) page 33, shows an advertisement for US PALM. In this ad it shows a rugged looking cowboy with three grunts behind him, all on horseback. The Cowboy is the senior trainer for the Arizona Cowboy College.
I had the chance to do a mounted patrol in Arizona, in the mountains above Fort Huachuca.
This patrol didn’t end well for me as the horse put me into a patch of cactus, but that’s beside the point. Horses are still a part of the military and will always be so as long as there are Horses.
My favorite part of Boot Camp was the Bayonet Training… after of course the Rifle Training. I loved the aggressiveness. I loved the Pugil Stick work. We all gathered around a circle, two fighters got in the ring and used pugil sticks to beat the piss out of each other. I was pretty good at it. I defeated a couple guys pretty easily, not because I was so awesome, but they just kinda sucked. Well the DS got this big grin on his face, took off his hat and shirt, and was handed a pugil stick. He told me to give him my best shot. A couple seconds later I had landed one on him. He stopped, took a step back and gave me this sickening smile that I will never forget and continues to haunt my nightmares. .. he then blasted me in an uppercut with the pugil stick so hard that it lifted me off my feet and landed me half out of the ring. I was knocked out for a few seconds.
The DS actually gave me a hand up, dusted me off, asked if I was okay. I said I was fine and that I wanted another round. DS patted me on my back, gave me a complement, and declined kicking my ass again. That night after chow the DS said to me that he was surprised I had actually landed a blow on him as no Recruit had ever done that before. It was barely a tap. He said that had it been a real bayonet, I’d have opened up his jugular and he he would have been dead. I said, yeah, but you would have died after my decapitated head stopped rolling around on the ground. He actually laughed.
In the field I only actually used my bayonet once. And that was to spear my rifle into the ground so I could relieve myself.
The US Marines though, those cats take the bayonet a lot more seriously. Their training is far more intensive.
I would not want the US Military to ever drop the bayonet as a weapon. It’s old school, sure, but can be very effective in the hands of a man that is trained and motivated.
So there you go… No new Army handgun for some time to come. Sorry guys.
Of course, the M9 isn’t all that bad, when running off of good Beretta made magazines. It’s full sized frame makes it controllable, confidence inspiring, and it’s both accurate and reliable… again, when running off factory mags and not after market. Of course, my problem isn’t the gun, but the chosen caliber. Maybe we can get an upgrade kit and make them all .40’s at least? No? Oh well. The 9mm has done a good job with what it’s had to deal with. The problem though is that the US Military has to use FMJ ammunition, where as we can run good JHP’s if we like. If the Military could use some good old Hollow Points, then I think the complaints about stopping power would diminish greatly.
If not HP’s, then how about EFMJ’s? Expanding Full Metal Jackets. They look like regular Ball ammo but expand on impact.
I’m concerned about Trunk Monkeys right now. The term comes from the funny videos on YouTube, just go there and look it up. It’s amusing. But what’s not so funny is the job of Rear Security and the guys that have to pull this slot. They are called “Trunk Monkeys”. This is not an easy job to pull if you get tasked for it. Reason being, you get told to be the Trunk Monkey, you jump into the back on an SUV and it’s pretty much up to you to make the best of it.
You can see these Trunk Monkeys are in the back with gear, tools, an unsecured spare tire… No safety, no protection. These Trunk Monkeys are hanging it out on the line more than anyone else in the detail.
This is one of the most famous Trunk Monkey photos out there, as this one is US Secret Service. I’m not giving anything away as this one has been out there for years now.
Now, of the Trunk Monkey is lucky, he’ll at least have a seat or something. But again, very little protection for the Agent in the back.
This guy has a seat and a weapon mount to help him do his job better. Maybe a seatbelt, and some upgraded body armor…. but again, the protection is minimum his movement in the vehicle is minimum. The fronts of the vehicles are protected with bullet resistant glass. The backs? Not so much, and especially not if the rear window is opened.
I’d like to see an armor plate on that weapon mount. Something to help deflect some incoming fire.. I’d like to see a swiveling seat on a slider so the Trunk Monkey and can move side to side to better engage and avoid threats.
I’m talking to the Members of the Military here… Now, here’s the problem. The Tea Party is a non-partisan lose group of people who believe in the US Constitution. The same Constitution the US Military has sworn oaths to uphold and defend. If you disagree with them – if you take issue with them – then you hold your Oaths with treasonous hands.
This asshole’s scenario, of a Tea Party Insurrection – if these people are pissed enough to take some sort of action – there is probably a damn good reason and it’s probably one that you should be in support of. Because this has indeed happened before in the United State. Here’s a little piece of American History for you. After WWII, the Veterans came home to find some problems that peaceful means of resolution failed to correct.
Now, this is the very scenario that this Ahole is saying that the US Military needs to stop. Look at who these people are you are going to be fighting here… Your Brothers. Your fathers. Guys just like you after you “Get out”. Guys just like you, who have sworn the same Oaths. And these Oaths do not have an expiration date. The Oaths are never voided.
You guys in Uniform – You need to pick your sides. Do you hold your Oaths or are you an Oath Breaker and a Traitor to your Nation?
There should always be a USS Enterprise in the US Navy… because we’ve always had one. Well, mostly, but that’s besides the point. I read the news with great sadness that the current USS Enterprise was to be decommissioned and scrapped.
The choice is between the Colt Rail Gun and the Springfield MC Operator.
Between the two, I’d pick the Springfield in a heartbeat. Springfield has shown consistent quality control and a commitment to its customer base by backing up their products with the industry’s best customer service. Everyone I know that has one of these MC Operators has been more than impressed with them. Accurate and reliable.
One thing I don’t understand is why the Operator instead of the TRP? The Springfield TRP Pro was the pick of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team…. a group that is a little picky about their weapons, and absolute artists when it comes to the application of those weapons. The TRPs roll out for about 1500 bucks and the MC Operators for about 1200. But money isn’t a question for these guys. It’s not the rail, because we’ve seen TRP’s with and without rails. Mayhaps the MC Operator is more reliable than TRP? Hmmm…
First it was Michelle Obama, with a captive audience of US Soldiers basically telling them that they are all fat and need to eat salads.
“Don’t worry, you’ll be a veggie guy soon.” She quipped.
What? They are our Warriors. They need MEAT… They need PROTEIN. Forget the Salads unless they ask for it and give them steaks with sides of bacon. We need our military strong and scary ferocious. Salads… WTF? Does she think for a minute that anyone of those Soldiers would have been there if they had not been ordered to?
And now there is this “SS” Controversy. To these Marines, the SS badge means Scout Sniper… and unless you are a Scout Sniper – Shut the hell up about it. This is their right to be proud of the achievement of becoming one. Unless you work at a Gun Shop and meet 543 Scout Snipers every day that is. The Marine Scout Sniper Program is one of the US Military’s Elite groups. I trained with some Marine Scout Snipers at “Long Range International” and let me tell you, they were really and truly the best shooters I have ever had the honor to spend time with.
Unless you are a part of it, you have no right to force your ignorant opinion about the matter. Why do I say Ignorant? Because the “SS” Badge has been used for decades and no one says crap about it. Hot Rodders call it “Super Sport”.
Iran looks like it wants to tussle. The US is more than game. Iraq was more of a threat, and we rolled them in a matter of hours. Iran will take less time. Unless we station troops and move in and try to set up housekeeping.
I’d suggest a blitzkrieg, sink their ships, demolish their military assets, and all of their suspected nuke sites… Then get the Hell out of dodge before the dust settles.
George Bush’s big folly was the Mission Accomplished sign while we still had boots on the ground. Let’s not relive that mistake.
Take all US Forces in the Stan, get them ready to roll… Then wait for Iran to blink first. The moment they twitch, nail them. Follow Sun Tsu’s advice. Hit them first, and hit them so hard that they can’t hit back. Don’t look at the explosions, just walk away. Done. Then when China talks Shit, we can just crack our knuckles and grin.
There is one Aircraft that the US has that outshines all others. There is a lot of gnashing of teeth over the loss of the F-22 program and the failings of the F-35 program… we’ve retired the F-15 and F-14’s…
But we still have these… and they work harder and pull more duties than any other aircraft we have.