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Contemplative beauty...

 I do love how well copper and brass go with blue, black, and grayish green...

That's just purty, I don't care who you are.


It's funny how the USN wanted to get rid of .50's shipboard even before Pearl Harbor for 20mm Oerlikons because the Navy decided it was ineffective caliber. And now they use .50's and the Oerlikons are long gone. A few Oerlikon 20mm would do much for a ships close punch
What kind of sight are they using on that? 
What ship?
I don't know the vessel.  The picture wasn't captioned.  I suppose I can hunt that up though.  Just a minnit..,

Ah!  Here we go:

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 14, 2010) Gunner's Mate 1st Class Nona Butler, left, and Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Andrew Just reload a .50-caliber machine gun during a weapons familiarization shoot on the fantail of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway in the Pacific Ocean conducting drills in preparation for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Benjamin Jernigan/Released)

Thanks for the caption, John.
I was going to guess that the one on the left was a chick young woman, just from the shortness dimunitive stature.
Being a grouchy old Gunner who retired 30+ years ago, every time I see a picture with brass littered all over it makes my teeth hurt. We used to have to gather up every caseing we could recover and bag it for storage. On a long cruise we'd end up with a magazine full of brass from everything from 5 inch to 30 cal. It got sent back to the ammo manufacturers for reloading or smelting. It's also dangerous. If you're lucky you'll only slip on a caseing and break an arm or leg; if you're not lucky you could easily end up going overboard. (End of rant)

Question: What do they do with the brass nowadays?

 You'd think the pinheads in the puzzle palace would come up with something to help collect the brass better below the weapon if they are going to be that anal retentive about wanting to recycle it..

By the looks of that platform I'd lay odds they sweep/kick it over that 1" lip around the bottom quite easily.