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tashabear
tashabear
that was FUN.
I just got back from the M9 range (9mm handgun). After some 17 years (!) in the Army, I've never qualified with an M9 before; always an M16 or M4. I didn't do as well as I might've liked, but I qualified, first time go on all three phases: day fire, night fire, and firing while wearing my protective mask.

I'm pooped, though, because I was wearing my body armor the entire time, and standing around for five hours wearing a 30-pound vest gets a little wearing after a while. And I stink. I'm sure my feet are just nasty.

And I'm not packed to go home... but even before I left for the range, I'd decided that I wasn't really going to. I'm going to take the stuff I need (pretty much the computer and some knitting) and buy new socks and underwear and a couple of tops. And I need new sneakers anyway. Whatever I don't take home this weekend can wait till I go home on leave.

i feel: tired tired

4 trips or shoot the rapids
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bubbette From: bubbette Date: May 28th, 2005 07:32 am (UTC) (base camp)
You're in the Army. Everyone has a backup of 11-Bravo, right? 11-Bravos are not supposed to use the M9. If the enemy is that close, throw your M16 at him and run for it.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 28th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC) (base camp)
Everyone has a backup of 11-Bravo, right?

Ah, no. You're thinking of the Marine Corps.

I was only issued an M9, so I shoot what I have. However, as the instructor said, if the shit hits the fan and I get into a fire fight while armed with an M9, there'll be a rifle available shortly and and I can use the M9 to fight my way to it.
bubbette From: bubbette Date: May 28th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC) (base camp)
At one point and time, all Army personnel, no matter what their primary MOS code was, were 11-Bravo(s) as their secondary MOS. The theory was that anyone in the Army should be able to play infantry. (Yes, the people who had it as their primary went first...)

Personally, I'd rather you stay somewhere safe and not have to worry about whether you can hit something with your M9. (I use a 92FS, which is roughly the civilian version, as my primary when I go to the range. I can hit the target, but I do a much better job of scaring it with near-misses.)

Short form: keep your butt down.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 29th, 2005 09:45 am (UTC) (base camp)
At one point and time, all Army personnel, no matter what their primary MOS code was, were 11-Bravo(s) as their secondary MOS. The theory was that anyone in the Army should be able to play infantry. (Yes, the people who had it as their primary went first...)

Not in the nearly 20 years I've been in the Army. I still think that's the Marines.
4 trips or shoot the rapids