The Dumbass Chronicles – The Most Dangerous Range Ever | Military Stories, MMA News, Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy

So there I was enjoying a two-martini lunch when the Battalion XO, Major Good Ideafairy, walks into my office and says, “Lieutenant…I want you to run a joint end-of-year weapons range with the Koreans next month.” Anyone else think this is how those “do’s and don’ts of range safety” videos start off?

It’s an annual thing – Army units have to expend all remaining ammunition in their accounts by September 30th or they don’t get any the following year. The logic goes like this – if Uncle Sam gives you 10,000 rounds of ammunition and one fiscal year to shoot them off, then failing to do so means you don’t need 10,000 rounds of ammunition. You probably only need 9,000 rounds and therefore you get a smaller allocation the following year.

via The Dumbass Chronicles – The Most Dangerous Range Ever | Military Stories, MMA News, Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy.

I had to get rid of 17,000 rounds of linked 5.56 one afternoon.

8 thoughts on “The Dumbass Chronicles – The Most Dangerous Range Ever | Military Stories, MMA News, Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy”

  1. Should have just dropped a couple cans in any nearby water source. It’s always been done. Once the ammo is issued, it must go, 1 way or another. Where do you think all that real GI Lake City, comes from, and available for sale, at local gun shows, etc etc?

  2. I would have a ball with 17K rounds of linked 5.56.

    The article is a real hoot. Particularly the end.

    Love the euphemism for the BXO.

    My son is an Engineer at the Lake City plant. The Armorer asked if my son could get an employee discount. 🙂

  3. Come on! Anyone that has popped a few claymores KNOWS that you get only one clacker per case of mines!
    Last time I ran a claymore range the BN XO had to actually be the OIC while I ran it because of the post policy (not at all implying this is required in Korea or at the time the author was writing of). The poor XO was scared when he saw that the mines were melted to the inside of the bandoliers and were so hot that they had expanded and you could see explosive filler residue at the seams.

    1. Last time I went to the range, I was the ammo NCO for a company live fire. And the CO made me splice in about 50′ of WD-1 onto each Claymore.

      So I did. In a thunderstorm.

      Somewhat to my amazement, they all fired on the first try.

    2. The way the live fire range was set up, he wanted the Claymores a good deal further from the initial fighting positions than the regular firing wire would allow. I don’t recall the specifics (I was just running the ammo, I didn’t get to fire any of them).

      I was mostly nervous that I’d either set off a blasting cap while splicing (and then have to explain why we had a Claymore with no blasting cap) or have a misfire and have to get EOD out there.

      But apparently, the Western Union pigtail splice works well, even in the rain.

  4. Great story, except that the “expendex” at the end of the FY isn’t necessarily just the result of gaming the system. Dollars to donuts it is because the damned S-3 denied a bunch of ammo requests all year long, especially after July 1, with the excuse that there wasn’t any to spare. So some Company/Battery commander got an ass chewing for not having his people qualled or fam-fired on their sidearms, or his crew-served weapons training done.

    1. Some stuff, not small arms ammo, but missiles and stuff, has to be shot after it’s past its warranty date to rotate war stocks, also.

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