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RE: Of Guns and Museum Pieces

By LCDR James Thompson USN


May 07, 2013
Tuesdau AM

In response to Mr Hanger's previous letter, I could not help but retort. There are several points I would like to make. First of all as an Afghanistan War Veteran I find his assertion that he knows more about weapons as a member of the military than a civilian would, both snide and repugnant. I am active duty US Navy, and as a member of the US Navy Marksmanship Team and having shot at the national matches at Camp Perry Ohio, I can attest most of the best shots in the US are in fact civilian shooters. The fact that he is not aware of this showcases how ignorant he is of the facts.

Mr Hanger is not only ignorant and an idiot he is quite possibly a liar to boot. The US Army does NOT have a "rifle team", since 1956 when President Eisenhower established the unit they have had the US Army Marksmanship Unit, or the AMU. Everyone ever associated with it mentions they were on the AMU and their specialty was rifle, or pistol, or shotgun. No one but a wanna-be braggart would say they were on the army rifle team. Prior to the AMU, individual units fielded rifle "Teams" for competition but there was no unified Army Team. Try again nimrod.

The last thing I would like to leave the readers with is for a supposed expert to make the assertion that the 7.62x51mm NATO round that is fired out of the M14 can be fired out of the AK47 which fires the 7.62x39mm round (notice how 39 is SMALLER than 51) is proof positive this guy can't tell his muzzle from a hole in the ground.

Crawl back under your rock Mr Hanger, the grow-ups are trying to have a conversation.

LCDR James Thompson USN
Oak Harbor, WA

About: "KHS Class of 1995
Active Duty US Navy, Naval Aviator
Member of the All Navy Marksmanship Team 2006-08, and 2013
Afghanistan Veteran 2008-2009
Published Firearms Author; Guns and Ammo Sept and Nov 2009"

Received May 04, 2013 - Published May 07, 2013

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