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Redneck River Rafting...


FORT KNOX, Ky. (May 9, 2012) Engineman 1st Class Kenuan Lawrence, assigned to Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 1, mans a .50 caliber machine gun during a live-fire exercise. The squadron completed a three-day field exercise to prepare for their final evaluation problem that will qualify them for deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Hoskins)

Of course, as Beavis notes - if it's live fire, someone needs to yank the blank adaptor off that Ma-Deuce!

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 " mans a .50 caliber machine gun during a live-fire exercise."

Pardon me, swabby-you might want to take that blank adapter off the M2 before you start throwing lead down range...

On the other hand, that is a pretty sweet gun tub, what with smoke grenade ejectors and what-not.
 
Good catch, Beavis.  The DoD captioners win another one.
 
This looks like a lot of fun. It would be more fun if OPFOR got to hoist the Jolly Roger and put together a boarding party.
 
To be fair, it's customary to do some dry runs with blanks before proceeding to the live-fire portion of the exercise.  So, I get the captioning faux pax...it's a blank run, rehearsing for a live-fire exercise, but that's a lot for a caption to say.
 
OMG!  We've got a caption-defender!  You're rare, Brett.  Welcome!
 
My son is a BM1 in the USCG and he has taken Tactical Coxswain training there and also at Camp Lejune. It is a live fire course ... one of the few where they can live fire train from boats at speed. Plenty of video of the exercises on Youtube. The USCG tried to set up a range area for occasional training on Lake Erie near Put-in-Bay. The Canadians and some local politicians threw a fit and wouldn't allow it. Something about the treaty of the War of 1812 not allowing machine guns (I am pretty sure automatic weapons weren't mentioned in 1812). Obviously during training an area of Lake Erie would have been cleared of all commercial and private boats. No danger.
 
Lest anyone think otherwise... I *want* one of those boats...
 
You're gunna need a much bigger falls to float that.  I've come to realise the biggest critic of the mils are not the moonbats, it's the mils themselves. 

Possibly Larry the 2nd to last sentence was the problem.  Vote swaying probably.  Might have been a money game too.
 
"it's customary to do some dry runs with blanks before proceeding to the live-fire portion of the exercise"
If so things have changed a lot since my time in the service. If you were caught with a single round of ball ammo on your person during MILES training you were done son, off to Adak for the winter. I can't see any CO or RSO thinking "Hey lets mix up some balls and blanks and see what happens!" Not to mention the fact that after firing blanks we were required to clean that nasty residue out of our issued weapons for three days before firing ball again.
Ahh, those were the days. . . .

 
Whose bright idea was to have Lawrence keep his M-4

1. at weather arms

2. with a mag inserted

while he's around all those immovable objects? If he hits anything with that mag while he's shifting and it doesn't get knocked out of the well, it's junk -- and if it does get knocked out, it'll never seat again without giving the base of it a good, solid whack.
 
 Argent, you are correct about we are more critical of ourselves than the moonbats.  And with us, it's informed criticism...  
 
To be fair, it's customary to do some dry runs with blanks before proceeding to the live-fire portion of the exercise.

Considering the time involved in removing the BFD and then resetting the headspace and timing, I'd guess blank runs beginning at 0800 and live fire about 1400-ish...