Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Pistol Training

The Army way, in the Second World War.

There are some differences between then and now.


w3ski said...

That really makes me want to go burn some powder. Raining hard here today tho and my .45 isn't stainless.

The New York Crank said...

I had one of those in the army, circa 1962. (Members of 3-person machine gun crews, of which I was one, were required to carry this sidearm.) What I remember about it is, despite the voice over propaganda on the film, it had a terrible kick (which you can see in the early frames) which made it very inaccurate except at extremely close range. Once, on the firing range, I emptied a clip and, while I hit the edges of the target with most of my bullets, I got three shots into the bullseye. The officer in the next lane was furious with me — because it was his target, I hit, not mine. It was, unless you were very very good (which I was not) that inaccurate.

The running joke was, if you saw the enemy coming at you and all you had was your.45, the best thing to do to defend yourself would be to throw it at the guy.

Yours crankily,
The New York Crank

CenterPuke88 said...

Interesting viewing, although I cringed at the number of muzzles pointed at the instructor, especially early on.

Comrade Misfit said...

NYC, I shot a number of somewhat ratty-looking .45s that had been in inventory since WW2. I don't remember one that was as inaccurate as you say. I could make headshots with them.

I saw a five-foot-nothing woman who was new to shooting qualify as expert with one. Her target looked as though someone had shot out the center of it with a 75mm. That was with a non-match .45 firing service-grade ammunition.