When I was a kid I sat in the balcony of the old Ritz theater in downtown Pascagoula and tried to contain my abject horror as I watched a movie about a giant shark eating a tiny boat and everyone on it off of Amity, New York.
The reign of terror was ended by a few well-placed 30.06 caliber rounds from a surplus M-1 Garand formerly owned by a scary former bluejacket from the USS Indianapolis.
Well, that rifle, serial number 1,808,895 was made at Springfield Armory in 1943– just in time for WWII and later Korean era service. The gun, owned by Mike Papac and Cinema Weaponry, is now on loan to the SPAR where it is on display of famous firearms used in film.
The movie in question?
You know the one…
In a direct rebuttal to the current state of German Army battle rifles, lets take a look at the downright primitive stuff they had a hundred years ago…
It looks like the Heckler and Kock G36 wunderschtuzen is stumbling and falling– due to accuracy issues.
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced on Wednesday that the controversial G36 rifle ‘has no future in the German Army,’ signalling the end of a two decade relationship between the army and the dodgy weapon.
In recent weeks the Defense Ministry had admitted that the rifle, which the Bundeswehr has used since the mid-1990s, has “accuracy problems,” specifically a loss of accuracy when the rifle gets hot – either due to the air temperature or sustained firing.
Then came a report from the UK that the weapon, used by British counter terror and domestic security units, is in hot water there as well.
A study found that, “when the atmospheric temperature reached 30C (86F), bullets missed their mark by about 50cm (20 inches) at a range of 200m (220 yards) and by up to six metres – about 20ft – over 500m (546 yards)”
Back in the 1500s when pistols were pretty hit and miss (puns, anyone!) many designed for hunting came complete with a wicked blade that was affixed to the end to allow a hunter to finish off his harvest– or defend himself from advancing wounded boars, wolves or bears.
These knife-guns fell out of favor over time but come back up in other forms in recent generations.
“This is a special Soviet knife designed in the 1970s at the order of the Ministry of Defence and KGB of the USSR. An ordinary scout’s knife had to turn into a combined multifunctional weapon. They made a knife with a firing device adapted for a special 7,62 mm cartridge. “
Reminds me of the U.S. Made GRAD and the Italian made Arsenal .22LR revolver knives that have been imported for years as AOWs. They are little 5-6 shot revolvers that double as a M7 style (AR-15/M4/M16) bayonet.
I covered them and other knife-guns in more detail over at Guns.com a few years back.
Ford B-24H-30-FO B-24 H Liberator, s/n 42-95379, ‘Extra Joker’ in the last photo taken of her on August 23, 1944.
She belonged to the 725th Bombardment Squadron, 451st Bombardment Group. 15th US Air Force. (USAF Photo/Colorized by Royston Leonard)
Joker was attacked by German Fw-190s over Turnitz, Austria while on a daylight raid.
All 10 crew members, consisting of the regular crew of THUNDER MUG (42-7475), were KIA.
The lost crew members spanned from coast to coast and ten different states:
1st Lt. Kenneth A. Whiting – pilot Salt Lake City, Utah
1st Lt. Alvin W. Moore – copilot McMinnville, Oregon
2nd Lt. Francis J. Bednarek – navigator Ashley, Pennsylvania
2nd Lt. Edward S. Waneski – bombardier Brooklyn, New York
Sgt. Peter Breda – top turret gunner Lima, Ohio
Sgt. Harry V. Bates – ball turret gunner Reinholds, Pennsylvania
Sgt. Joseph Garbacz – right waist gunner Detroit, Michigan
S/Sgt. Milton R. Nitsch – left waist gunner Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Sgt. Elmer J. Anderson – nose turret gunner Los Angeles, California
Sgt. Oscar W. Bateman – tail turret gunner Baton Rouge, Louisiana
After the war the 725th was inactivated for 15 years before being stood up as the 725th Strategic Missile Squadron, manning HGM-25A Titan I ICBM missile silos. Once Titan was withdrawn, the 725th was shuttered for a final time on 25 June 1965.
With the focus in the past week or so on the retired super-carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) and the Doolittle Raiders, I figured this was a neat tie-in.
Of course, these planes had in some cases a take off run more than double that of the raiders who took off from the Hornet in 1942, but hey, they still flew B-25 bombers off a flat-top. And when you add to the fact that the Mitchells were pushing 50 years of age…not bad.