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A little Gunner Zen - Bradley-lite.

A little fun in the sun for a sailor, shooting his Bushmaster, just like a Bradley Gunner.  Well, without the TOWs, the personal protection, fancy sights (unless that bulbous thing there behind the gun is feeding a screen on the gun) and the rather large chassis it's all attached to.

11/07/2008 - U.S. Navy Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Michael Finch test fires a 25-mm gun aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) Nov. 7, 2008, while under way in the Gulf of Oman. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Weinert/Released)

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He looks boored.  Give a Jarhead a toy like that and he'll be leaning into it with a scowl on his face, a cigar clamped between his teeth, and a hard .... well, you know what I mean.  Shure wish we had boom sticks like that when I was on sea duty.  "Prepare to repel boarders, starboard side aft!"  would have sounded a lot better with something other than a fire hose in your hands.
 
I'm with you, Corporal Mongo.  Put me in that harness, and I'll have nice, big, predator smile spread all over my face.
 
Might just be a photo op shot where it seems no-one is ever allowed to look like they enjoy their job.

Or he might be concentrating.
 
Nah, that's the look of "missed it by *that* much".
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And I'd take a turn or three in the harness of that bangstick then whine, piss, bitch and moan when it was no longer my turn.
 
And I'd take a turn or three in the harness of that bangstick then whine, piss, bitch and moan when it was no longer my turn.

And that, Sly, is a *correct* attitude.
 
I agree with most of these comments, It does look like he really aint into shooting that massive thing.

Id be all geeked out.

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I was whelped right, John, despite the fabrications Bill may try to foist upon you.
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If memory is not skippin' my noggin', the chain gun currently used by the Bradley, was originally developed by Oerlikon as their KBA Multipurpose Naval Mount.
 
I haven't laid eyes on a KBA, so I'm not 100% sure but I would put money on the 2 being totally different.
The KBA is a gas operated cannon derived from the TRW 6025 "Bushmaster" The Hughes/MDHC/Boeing/ATK M242 Bushmaster is electrically powered with the breech bolt and carrier driven back and forth on a track assy by a chain. The KBA fires 600 RPM while the M242 is set up with three rates of fire: single shot, 100RPM and 200 RPM. They can both use the same 25 x 137mm ammo.
 
He looks like he's vaguely afraid of it -- loud noisy metal thingy nervous.

I'd be hunched into it, trying to push it closer to the target.

Somebody else's turn? %$#@! you -- getcher own gun...
 
As an old .50 gunner the ergonomics are obviously all wrong: ( maybe not for the Jarhead breech hunch) no way to lean back hanging on the  spades, the poor boy can't see overthe thing.