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  •  really? that's interesting, Spit, 'cause (5+ / 0-)

    the extended clips we used to have on the firing range at Barksdale were for use on the range, period. Training purposes. M-16s came with 30-round mags. We typically didn't load 'em to full capacity; most orders of fire were for a 10-round mag. We did have, for OSI and SPs, some 15-round orders (just like we had '3 and 2' orders for the .38 revolver) -- the idea was to train the personnel in class to shoot effectively -- that is to say, on target and in a timely manner -- under a variety of conditions.

    You could buy banana clips (anywhere from 50 to 120 rounds of 5.56 / .223, which was what the '16 shot) for privately owned weapons; some outfits had banana clips as issue-equipment (our range trained USAF AD, AFRES, ANG, and US Army reserves and guard personnel). I don't care for 'em, 'cause they're a magnet for misfeeds and other malfunctions IMO. But just 'cause I think that way doesn't mean there are not other shooters for whom they're useful (e.g. the parish sheriff's folks, who preferred one banana clip to 30-round regular mags and a pair of spares pouched on the belt, for their GAU-5 variant weapons).

    For our purposes the shooting wasn't designed to kill (we weren't teaching snipers). It was designed to disable a target (and, hopefully, cause said target to pull a helper or two out of the line of battle -- center of mass; that may be outmoded nowadays. But the thinking in the '70s was it took another guy, or two, to move a wounded soldier aside, or along on a retreat).

    You can teach kill-shot marksmanship. I don't know if they still do or not, but sniper training used to specialize in that. One shot. One kill. Often under circumstances that made the target drop when nobody expected it could be done.

    I think hunters ought to practice it as much as possible, because it's a sin to let a wounded animal suffer; but that's me, again, and my Texas heritage goes back to my Dad's years as a teenager / young adult during the Depression -- you don't waste ammunition, it causes your whole family to go hungry. Much of my personal hunting got done, in fact, with a slingshot / bow and arrow -- sticks and stones are free for the picking up, and rubber bands are pretty cheap, as is string.

    I'm so old I tend to think of RKBA as not limited to firearms, especially -- and particularly not to pistols.

    LBJ & Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees: Texas is No Bush League! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 03:04:37 PM PST

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