5.56 Timeline

WTF quote of the day

This gem bought to you by AR15.com, a giant forum that sometimes talks about guns.

The 5.56 round is practically harmless unless it fragments. Reliable fragmentation velocity is about 2600 fps.
Your barrel has a muzzle velocity under 1900 fps, which means its effective range is zero meters. You could shoot someone with it point blank in the chest and they’d likely be fine, unless you happened to get lucky and strike the spinal cord. If you had used an 11″ barrel, you would probably OK for 30 yards or less…or if you had used a .300 blackout, you’d be fine with that barrel length.

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At least the first person to respond to him responded with laughter.

The extreme novice mindset

In many, if not most, martial arts one of the first things learned is how to fall safely. Often this is incorporated into a roll allowing the individual to quickly move and pop back up in a position of their choosing. Hell, grey belt training in the USMC was pretty much just 10 hours of break falls. As students of these martial arts learned to do take downs and throws, their training partners know how to safely fall, and better yet roll out of those take downs and throws.

This is a good thing, but like all good things, there are downsides. Sometimes students get so used to rolling out of a throw or take down that they will throw them selves and roll out of it when they see someone start to perform a throw or take down on them. Sometimes they don’t don’t even realize they are doing this. It can get so bad as to where you start to do a throw on someone and before you even touch them they throw them selves and roll out of it. They end up doing you a disservice as they are not giving you a good training partner.

On the other side, if you meet Joe Averageman on the street and attempt to throw or take him down, he is deathly afraid of going to the ground. His conscious and subconscious mind knows that his head hitting the asphalt from 5’10” up could well kill him. Every grain and muscle of his body is going to be resisting that take down or throw and the person performing the technique is going to experience something completely different from the experience of training with an experienced training partner who has no fear of falling.

Working with professions is so very different from working with the extreme novice that it is not comparable. Imagine being a teacher for college post-graduate students, or being a teacher for Pre-Kindergarten. As gun nuts, the consummate informed professionals we are (or think we are), we end up being so far removed from the total extreme novice that it can be easy to forget just how ignorant they are.

I often see people say stuff like how the AK is better for novices and the AR is better for experts.

So what’s wrong with this picture?

I find when I hand an AK type rifle to someone who has no experience with one, they often can not even insert a magazine. Same with the M14/M1A. Rocking in the magazine is an unknown concept. Sometimes people will even manage to get the mags stuck in the wrong position by rocking them in back to front.

Who would guess what little button, and where, holds the action open? How obvious is it?

I once had a novice shooter tell me it was not possible to lock the bolt open on the AR15 with out an empty mag inserted because there was no control for it. He was trying to argue with me over it while I locked the bolt to the rear on his AR15. His argument quickly subsided.

Now there is no good justification for a gun owner to be that ignorant. But keep in mind so much of what we would considered inanely obvious are actually complete unknowns to the masses.

Don’t get me started on novices and the Beretta 92FS safety.

Crew Served BAR Gear

After the Browning BAR was adopted, the military did what the military does and came up with a doctrine for it, support gear for it and all kinds of related jobs. A lot of people think of it as a one man show. Not like the tripod mounted belt fed machine guns with a crew to serve it. But it was. And there was some interesting support gear for the BAR crew.

BAR gunner belt
BAR gunner belt with 5 mag pouches and pistol pouch with no cup. Final BAR belt was 6 pouches fro BAR magazines

Above is a belt to be used by the BAR gunner. The black portion is a “cup” for sticking the butt stock in to hold during walking fire. To it’s right is a double mag pouch for the M1911 as the gunner was issued a pistol as well. Later BAR belts only had 6 large pockets.

BAR assistant gunner in full load out.

Other than the BAR gunner himself, there was the 1st assistant. The assistant, wore a special belt that was a combination of the BAR belt and the cartridge belt for the m1903 rifle. You can see the four pouches that held 2 stripper clips of 5 rounds each. Around the belt behind those you can see the larger pockets that held two BAR magazines each.

In addition to his belt, he wore two bandoleers across the chest, with three pockets each for six mags.

Below is the belt the 2nd assistant would be wearing. Four pouches for a total 8 magazines for the BAR and his forty rounds of .30 caliber ammunition for his M1903. The 2nd assistant may or may not have had the bandoleers.


You know how it is. One minute you are cramming tacos down your gaping maw and the next thing you know you are assuming room temp. on a metal slab.

Cinco de Mayo, Graduation and Superiority 03-27/28-18

FRESNO, Calif. —

A man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game in California, authorities said Wednesday. Sponsored by Taco bell?

Dana Hutchings, 41, of Fresno, died Tuesday night shortly after arriving at a hospital, Fresno Sheriff spokesman Tony Botti said.

An autopsy on Hutchings will be done Thursday to determine a cause of death, Botti said. It was not immediately known how many tacos the man had eaten or whether he had won the contest. Poor bastard. Can’t even get recognized at his moment of ultimate triumph!

Fresno Grizzlies spokesman Paul Braverman said in a statement that the team was “devastated to learn” of the fan’s death and that the team would “work closely with local authorities and provide any helpful information that is requested.” I’m a little skeptical that they care that much.

Tuesday night’s competition came ahead of Saturday’s World Taco Eating Championship to be held at Fresno’s annual Taco Truck Throwdown. The team on Wednesday announced that it was canceling that taco-eating contest, though a “taco truck throwdown” featuring food trucks and musical entertainment would go ahead as planned. I see what happened here. With so much at stake with this prestigious title on the line, foul play had to become part of it. It’s a high pressure game with so much to win or lose. It’s clear some one attempted to rig the game by knocking out the odds on winner.

Matthew Boylan, who watched Tuesday’s taco eating contest from his seat in Section 105, told the Fresno Bee he quickly noticed Hutchings because “he was eating so fast compared to the other two (contestants).”

“It was like he’d never eaten before,” Boylan said. “He was just shoving the tacos down his mouth without chewing.” I knew it! A fine athlete struck down in his prime over money. It’s really not surprising.

He said Hutchings collapsed and hit his face on a table about seven minutes into the contest, then fell to the ground. The eating contest ended immediately. Suppressed .22 Hi Standard to the back of the head from under the bleachers?

During the 2018 Taco Eating Championship in Fresno, professional eater Geoffrey Esper downed 73 tacos in eight minutes, KFSN-TV reported.

Competitive-eating contests have become major attractions at festivals and other events. Among the most popular is the annual Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest on New York’s Coney Island, where Joey Chestnut this year’s champion ate 71. Esper finished third.

When will we end these eating contests? Death, illegal betting, lives and careers ruined, performance enhancing steroids. Our children look up to these heroes of the arena. I for one say it’s passed time congress take a look at the big money, high stakes world of competitive eating.