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Barrett brings the AR10 love

Barrett Firearms staked their name in the long-range-rifle category with their M82 (which went into production in 1989) and later M107, both .50-cal BMG heavy hitters. They have since downsized to the MRAD series of bolt guns and the REC7, the latter an AR15-style rifle in 5.56 NATO and 6.8 SPC.

Well, now they have finally entered the AR-10 (7.62x51mm NATO) game and delivered the REC10 to market.

Chambered in .308 Win, the direct impingement AR-10-style semi-auto has a carbine-length 16-inch barrel and receivers machined from billet 7075-T6 aluminum.

And, as a shocker, they have already got a military contract on it, which makes sense for units that are already using M110/SR25s and looking to upgrade.

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Richard Overton, America’s oldest living WWII veteran, has died. He was 112 years old

A native of the Lone Star State, T5 Richard Arvin Overton began his military service when he enlisted in the Army at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in 1940. Serving with the (segregated) 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion, USAAF, he served throughout the Pacific Theatre including at Palau and Iwo Jima.

Even late in life, he liked his cigars fat and his coffee Irish.

We profiled Mr. Overton back in 2015 and he showed off some of his personal guns. He was a hell of a man. Ave atque vale

Nuts! 74 years ago today

An M1 bazooka team from the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in position Dec. 22, 1944, outside of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge:

Via 82nd ABN museum

It was also on this day that General Anthony Clement McAuliffe of the 101st gave his famous reply to the German offer to surrender.

The reply was typed up, centered on a full sheet of paper. It read:

“December 22, 1944

To the German Commander,

N U T S!

The American Commander”

And the crowd went wild!


The General steps away, 235 years ago

In this letter, dated December 20, 1783, from Annapolis, Maryland, Gen. George Washington informs Congress that he is officially resigning his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and  is”desiring to know their pleasure in what manner it will be most proper to offer his resignation; whether in writing or at an audience.”

Letter from Washington to the Continental Congress re resignation. Old Military and Civil Records RG 360 12/20/1783 06935_2006_001 (National Archives Identifier 5757421)

In a stroke, Washington, who could have pulled a Ceasar, instead hung up his sword and pistols.

The old warhorse did later return as President, where he personally led militia forces in 1794 at age 62 while in uniform during the Whisky Rebellion (the first and only time a sitting American president commanded troops in the field), and, while Adams was in office, serve as the titular head of the military during the Quasi-War at age 68, and still loved to visit with veterans and fellow soldiers.

In 1787, the fine gentlemen of the Philadelphia Light Troop of Horse (which still exists today) hosted Washington and others at City Tavern for a get together during the Constitutional Convention and the 55 attendees drank: 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, eight of whiskey, 22 of porter, eight of hard cider, 12 of beer, and seven bowls of alcoholic punch.

Dr. Hammer’s T250 Vigilante

Basically a scaled-up version of the 20mm Vulcan, this 1950s-era 37mm monster used a half-dozen barrels that all went just past 8-feet in length. The electrically-driven gun’s fodder was the 37x219mmSR round, which was based on a shortened and necked-down 40mm Bofors case.

Its planned rate of fire? Some 3,000 chili-dog-sized shells per minute in 48-round bursts with an eye towards anti-aircraft use, although this could be dialed down to be used against ground targets. Could you imagine 37mm shells raking an enemy pillbox in the latter?

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Pink and Greens all-round

I like how they included a German-issued Schützenschnur, which was first awarded by Frederick William I of Prussia, and can be earned by U.S. troops.

The official Stand-To has come out on the new Army Greens service uniform, based on the iconic “pink and green” uniform worn during World War II. Starting to issue in 2020, the mandatory wear date for all Soldiers will be 2028. Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) — will remain the Army’s duty/field uniform.

“This uniform will be constructed of high-quality fabrics and tailored for each Soldier. This will be cost-neutral and covered under enlisted Soldiers’ annual clothing allowance. The new uniform and associated materials will comply with all Berry Amendment statutory requirements for Clothing and Textiles.”

Aegis Ashore batting 3 out of 5

“KAUAI, Hawaii (Dec. 10, 2018) A Standard Missile (SM) 3 Block IIA is launched from the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex at the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii, Dec. 10, 2018, to successfully intercept an intermediate-range ballistic missile target in space. This is the third successful intercept out of five intercept tests for the SM-3 Block IIA missile. Aegis Ashore stations in Poland and Romania, as well as a future site in Japan, will be equipped with the SM-3 Block IIA missiles to strengthen Americas short- and intermediate-range missile defense strategy.”

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