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Ah, for the days when someone else was paying for the ammo...

This would be a nice start.  For what, about 10 minutes maybe, if I was letting the barrel cool...?



At least this bubba got to play with it...


Belts of 7.62mm ammunition are prepared and ready to be distributed to international competitors prior to an international machine gun shooting match at the 2012 Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting, May 9 in Puckapunyal, Australia. AASAM is an international marksmanship competition consisting of 16 different countries. In the second photo, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Blake Cameron, III Marine Expeditionary Force combat shooting team, fires a M249 machine gun from a kneeling position at the 200 meter firing line during an international machine gun shooting match at the 2012 Australian Army Skills at Arms Meeting, May 9 in Puckapunyal, Australia.

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I see a woeful dearth of tracers...
 
Whereas my first thought was "that sure looks awful heavy to carry down to the range".
 
Ha Puckapunyal is where my father was trained.  I'm sure it would get lighter quite quickly once you got there MikeD.
 
When I got tagged to carry the platoon M60, our platoon sarg, a Vietnam (Keh Sanh) vet took me aside and explained the wheres and whyfors to me.

According to him, when out on patrol, once the gun was down to 10k rounds, it was basically out of ammo.

There's a reason the machinegun is called a Pig.
 
 A lot of ELCAN scopes in the picture gallery.

Cheers
 
 That 1st pic is a wonderful sight. Too bad it ain't for us.
 
Unca Bill,
Remember, tracers work BOTH ways...
 
Back when I thought I still had my huge inheritance, I considered buying some kind of full-auto thing.  Even back then, about eight years ago, the rate of fire was quite daunting in terms of dollars per minute.  I coulda run through a _whole bunch_ of money, quite quickly, without even shooting anybody who had it coming, or anybody else, even.

Shoulda done it when I had the bucks. I wouldn't be any broker than I am now.
 
Yesterday, we delivered for pre-deployment training at 0630:

-19 cases of .50 cal (3,800 rds)
- 2 cases of 7.62mm (1,600 rds)
- 2 cases of 5.56mm, SAW (1,600 rds)

For a total of: 7,000 rds; all gone before 0930.

For BillT: all were 4:1 ball/tracer
 
Don'cha just looooove a little "belt" in the morning?
 
ChrisP, a special "headlight" tracer was developed for use by the USAAF in WWII. Its purpose was to make damn' sure that it worked both ways. The idea was to make the other guy very aware that he was being shot at, so that he might flinch, and thus throw off his aim by making him a bit less brave. It seemed to be somewhat successful, at least in the air.
 
I'm sure it would get lighter quite quickly once you got there MikeD.

I'm sure it would as well, oh Silver one.  But I'm just as sure that someone's got to police up all that expended brass too (not saying I'm bitter about having to police up other folks' brass... heaven forfend...).

 
If that is 7.62 mm, how does it go in a SAW? 
 
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