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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by 8-Ball, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. 8-Ball

    8-Ball Old Soul

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    So my unit went to the range to qualify on the ol' M16 today. Cold, rainy, and windy but I shot a 39/40 so not too bad, considering.

    The situation I wanted to tell you guys about turned my day into complete s***, immediately.

    I was in the first firing order of the day, so I got done early. I wasn't doing much afterwards so I told our supply sgt I'd police up the 9mm brass the officers were shooting.

    Before I start b****ing, I would like to add that everyone there knew that supply has to have a brass count/weight to turn in that corresponds with the ammo drawn. There was tons of 5.56 shot but only a few 9mm so the 9mm had to be an exact count.

    There were 7 officers qualifying on the 9mm. Once they got done I walked over there and they all handed me their spent brass. All except one LT.

    I said "you got your brass, LT"? He says, "I got some, I threw the rest in one of them buckets".

    The buckets he was referring to were four 5 gal buckets, each about a third or more full of .40 and .45 brass and a couple ammo cans full of .40 brass. I thought, ok it should be on top. Nope. The jackass took all of the buckets and dumped them into two, mixing seven 9mm casings in with thousands and thousands of .40's.

    I spent 45 minutes looking through 5 gal buckets for 7 9mm casings until a couple of privates in my squad were done shooting, then they searched for another hour or so.


    Sometimes these officers wear me out.

    I had to b**** to someone, sorry you had to hear it. :tongueout:
     
  2. KilgoreTrout

    KilgoreTrout Impossiblist

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    so i can shoot 45 out of a 10mm?
     

  3. 8-Ball

    8-Ball Old Soul

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    No, only other metric rounds, such as 9mm. :)
     
  4. Ol Timer

    Ol Timer ↓ hog hunter ↓ Millennium Member

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    What is the reasoning? Loss prevention?
     
  5. Scared_of_zombies

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    and they are more accurate, cause its the metric system.
     
  6. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

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    8-ball,

    Why does it have to be exact? What if you had some of your own stash? Why not just shoot off three rounds, and replace the LT's brass (do LT's even have brass to begin with? :supergrin:)

    I don't get it...
     
  7. 8-Ball

    8-Ball Old Soul

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    I'm really not sure, I'm not supply. I would think it would be loss prevention. Pretty sure they get reloaded too.

    Believe me, if I had 7 rounds of my own I would have just turned them in.
     
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  8. KilgoreTrout

    KilgoreTrout Impossiblist

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    i bet they match the firing pin marks on each spent case back to the gun it was fired from.

    better not try and fool them.
     
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  9. metrogruntual

    metrogruntual o__O

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    steer clear of the officers. following this advice, i was successful as a SGT

    based on my experience since then, i plan to do the same now as a 2LT
     
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  10. groovyash

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    Am I the only one who thinks its insane to keep an exact count on spent brass? We police up what we can find and throw em all in a 55 gal drum when were done shooting. Some places just love to make work to justify work.
     
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  11. 8-Ball

    8-Ball Old Soul

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    I'm ALL for enlisted going gold.

    ex-NCO's make the best officers.
     
  12. 8-Ball

    8-Ball Old Soul

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    Only on the 9mm, since there were so few shot.

    The 5.56 gets weighed and, IIRC, has to be +/- so many ounces.
     
  13. metrogruntual

    metrogruntual o__O

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    i've heard they make the worst too

    as such the "jury is still out" on myself

    :supergrin:
     
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    randyinaloha Old Guy

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    Next time it might be fun to throw in some extras just to mess them up.
     
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    GotGlock1917 Lifetime Member

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    This story would have been a lot more interesting if you had poked your finger on a sewing needle while digging through the brass.
     
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    the iceman Proud Veteran CLM

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    That's weird that they would be so hung up on a few pieces of 9mm brass.

    I never understood that. One night in Germany, someone lost a round during a live fire exercise and we spent all night policing the area over and over until someone found it.

    It poured all freaking night too! I don't miss those days!
     
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    Which weapon systems are you using at the range that shoot .40 &.45's
     
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    Any officer senior to the LT, worthy of the title "LEADER", would have the LT find his own brass. Any LT worthy of the respect of his troops wouldn't need to be told. Sounds like a leadership vacuum.
     
  20. 8-Ball

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    It was left over from the police shooting there.