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A battered relic of Saipan

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Japanese Arisaka Type 99 7.7x58mm bolt action rifle with grenade damage and inscribed presentation plaque captured at Saipan 16 June 1944. The “mum” is present on the receiver, a rarity in an of itself. This rifle recently came up at auction with an estimated price of $1,500.

Via Rock Island Auction

The right side of the buttstock has a small brass plaque that reads “AT 0440 ON THE MORNING OF 16 JUNE 1944,/AN AMERICAN INFANTRYMAN JUST LANDING/ON THE SHORES OF CHARAN-KANOA BEACH,/SAIPAN, THREW A HAND GRENADE AT A/JAPANESE SNIPER, KILLING HIM INSTANTLY./THE FORWARD STOCK OF THE RIFLE/WAS DAMAGED BY THE EXPLOSION./PRESENTED BY/COMMANDER WALTER BANTAU, USNR”.

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Inside the Sullivan Cup

The Army has a two-part video series about the Sullivan Cup, “This ain’t your mama’s table VI qualification.”

Big Green takes the top 16 M1 tank crews and pits them against each other in a week-long competition at Fort Benning.

The production team from the Defense Media Activity goes down to Fort Stewart, Georgia, to see two 3rd Infantry Division tank crews, “Cannonarchy” and “Count Trackula”– both from Charlie Co. 1-64 Armor— compete for a chance to go to the Army’s premiere tank crew competition.

And it’s really well done and insightful. The term “degraded engagement” takes on new meaning.

Part I

Part II

Dragon’s teeth removal in a bag

M85 Carrying Case, photo via Pritzker Institute

M85 Carrying Case, photo via Pritzker Institute

The M85 carrying case is a component of the M183 Charge Assembly, a satchel charge used by demo guys ranging from Army engineers to Navy SEALs to destroy obstacles. The M85 case can hold 20 pounds of C-4, enough to destroy a single three-foot-high by three-foot-wide concrete dragon’s tooth obstacle.

What gets crammed inside to turn the M85 case into the M183 is 16 M112 block demolition charges and four priming assemblies. The whole thing is a blast at parties and great to prank your friends with. m183-chargeWithout that, the M85 is just a sack.

Advance to the barricade!

Fort Benning’s Army Marksmanship Unit has put out a short training film on approaching and shooting from barricade.

The AMU has been producing “Shooter’s Corner” clips for the past several months and most have focused on manipulation and nomenclature of the M4 and M9.

In the latest installment, SSG Luis Saucedo and SFC Christopher Toepfer demonstrate the Army’s technique for barricade work from both the standing and kneeling positions including working those pesky reloads.

More on barricade work and alternative shooting positions with SSG Andrew McElroy, below.

The rare M2-A1 but evolutionary medium tank

Len Dyer of the National Armor and Cavalry Restoration Center discusses the M2-A1 medium tank in the latest edition of Tank Talk.

Just 94 of these little 18-ton gems were made by the Rock Island Arsenal in 1939 as a larger development of the M2 Light Tank. It was obsolete before it ever left the assembly line and, while the M2 Medium never served overseas, it proved useful in maneuvers before the war and in crew training during WWII.

If it ain’t raining, we ain’t training

Also translated as “If it’s not snowing, we ain’t going.”

1-10th Special Forces Group Soldiers maneuver through shooting range at Panzer Range Complex, Boeblingen, Germany, Nov. 08, 2016., Photo: U.S. Army Special Operations Command

1-10th Special Forces Group Soldiers maneuver through shooting range at Panzer Range Complex, Boeblingen, Germany, Nov. 08, 2016., Photo: U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Click to big up.

“Through rain, sleet, snow or storm our Special Forces Soldiers will deliver to your front door…or back door, window, roof, basement crawl space. You know…wherever they see fit.”

Why no polymers for Big Green?

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With news the Marines have adopted a variant of the Magpul PMAG as standard, four U.S Senators with military service on their resume asked the Army where they stand on polymer mags.

The lawmakers penned a letter to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley last week, calling the branch’s top officer out when it comes to the fact that polymer mags are not currently authorized.

“We request a response as to why the Army has not approved any polymer magazines for use in combat, or in training, and an update on if the Army is considering approving them now,” noted the lawmakers, pointing out that the Marine Corps recently approved use of a polymer magazine for their rifles after a five-year moratorium on such devices by both services.

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