After my devastating equipment failure on my first visit to Battlefield Vegas, I resolved to go back a week later (2 days before finally leaving Vegas) and shoot just as many guns again, but make damn sure I got the footage this time.
I didn’t want to pay to fire all of the same things again so I’ll possibly have to shoot some things like the Uzi, Stg44 and M1928 again next year if I go again, but I did really want to get the Garand on video and it was the best option there in terms of $/Time ratio, so I doubled up on the 30.06. The AKM was obviously rather ‘bland’ as it were and unoriginal in terms of choices, but having never fired any AK variant before I really wanted to get a little trigger time on the rifle, and more specifically cartridge, that’s been used against British and allied forces by far the most in recent conflicts (and indeed a large portion of conflicts since WW2). Of the lot though the M3A1 ‘Grease gun’ has to stand out as my favourite. SMGs are always the most balls-out fun weapons to shoot to my mind because they’re easy and just look and feel cool. I also really like guns with a low rate of fire in fully-automatic mode, it just seems more satisfying, visceral and meaty than weapons like the Minimi or MAC-10/Ingram. Of course I’d hate to go to war with an SMG and at the opposite end of the scale I really love the full power cartridge firing semi-only rifles and bolt actions; though I’m yet to actually fire one of the latter, I simply enjoy the visceral sound and feeling of running the bolt and the inherent accuracy that comes with knowing you really have to make the shot because you don’t have the facility to immediately squeeze of another one as soon as you’ve fired.
A while back on the facebook page I shared some video of guided .50 cal bullets, so even though my initial reaction to this new annoucement was “got to be a joke” I realised shortly after, that actually, this shouldn’t be so surprising. These missiles launch from currently available 40mm weapons such as the M320 that replaced the M203 in US service in recent years (itself another variation on the HK AG36 that we’ve been using as the L123 ‘UGL’ on the L85A2 for some time).
Conventional 40mm projectiles currently in service are heavily dependant on the skill, training and amount of practice undertaken by the firer in order to hit targets and only contain a comparatively very small amount of explosive, so require an accurate shot to actually have an effect on target (or to pass through narrow door/window openings). Also, regardless of skill, the currently deployed HE munitions can only push out to ranges of around 400m in the 40x46mm low velocity format. This new design, which presumably has a built in propulsion system, can reportedly fly out to 1.5 miles and with laser guidance should be able to hit exactly where it’s needed without much trouble in the slightest.
Despite being written by a Brit, this blog is entirely pro-liberty and freedom (in the original, old-school sense, not the bullshit redneck sense that some people use to sully the very notion) and hence that includes guns.. and drugs and cars and everything else a person may want to own. As long as your owning of any given item does not directly negatively affect another person, that’s all that should matter.