The Gunbunny Hop

Just a little love for our favorite Marine Artilleryman, URR.


As a grunt, I always liked to tease artillerymen for being a bunch of layabouts with little to do but brew up coffee.

But this clip shows a Marine M198 155mm howitzer crew working hard at putting rounds down. And they show the end result of lots of practice- a smooth fast firing crew where everyone knows exactly what they are doing. Notice no one steps on anyone else’s toes.

And when the infantry is having a bad day, having a fast shooting gun crew on the other end of the radio is a good thing.

Via Blackfive.

10 thoughts on “The Gunbunny Hop”

    1. I think his primary job is to hand over the primer/percussion cap for the charge. But I’m not a cannoneer, so I don’t really know all the jobs that everyone is doing.

  1. My son did basic at Sill and after observing the Marines there wished that he had waited and joined the Marines instead. My son was not impressed with the training, and when we visited at the end and saw his company marching over to Gunner’s Inn, we weren’t impressed either.

    They marched from the barracks to Gunner’s Inn in a mass formation rather than Platoon formation and the rear third of the formation wasn’t in step with the other two thirds. One couple said within the hearing of the Drills “we just came up from graduation at Lackland AFB and they were more military than this bunch.” The Drills winced at that, as well they should have.

    15 years later, my son is glad he didn’t join the Marines. Funny how these things work out as we age. Still, the Marines are a STRAC outfit that anyone should be proud to have been associated with.

    1. Sadly, you don’t see the word STRAC used much anymore. Not only is the word out of usage, it is directly linked to the fact that being STRAC just doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Too much “Garrison” mindset conveyed in that idea, I guess.

    1. Actually, STRAC was Strategic Army Command, the major stateside headquarters that provided a ready source of trained units for deployment overseas. In the 50s, troops spent a LOT of time on spit and polish, and uniforms (even fatigues) were heavily starched and pressed. STRAC became synonymous with “squared away” and “sharp.”
      A soldier who looked good and had plenty of pop was said to be “STRAC”

  2. It’s a 1970’s acronym for Steady, Tough, Ready Around the Clock. To be very motivated, very Gung Ho, very military.

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