Murdoc’s apologies

The return to the real world and my dy job has seriously hurt my posting frequency. There ought to be a law.

Here’s some Marines as an interim post:

Philippine Sea (Feb. 13, 2006) – Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31 MEU) conduct battle-sight zeroing with M-16’s to adjust the weapon for maximum accuracy on the flight deck of USS Juneau (LPD 10). The three-ship, Sasebo-based forward deployed amphibious ready group consisting of Juneau, USS Essex (LHD 2) and USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Adam R. Cole (RELEASED)

(Click pic for better look.) Although there’s brass laying around on the deck, note that these Marines’ weapons have closed dust covers. And the guy in the foreground has no magazine in.

Pic from Navy News Stand, which (as usual) has a very much larger version available.

UPDATE: Oh, and since I don’t have much for you today, here’s a couple of Instapinch posts:

Both posts feature the F-14 Tomcat and several pics. Definitely worth a look.


  1. Marines are big into ‘snapping in’ – practicing aiming the rifle for a period before live firing. Either they are not the first group through to use that adhoc range, or they just changed targets or target distance and are snapping in again. I’m sure they keep the ejection ports closed as much as possible in the salty sea air to protect their fragile obsolete rifles.

  2. Wow – I’m forgeting how to zero. It takes multiple trips down to the target to see where you are hitting and adjust the rifle sites to move the impact group into the bullseye. Usually six shots initialy then every three shots. They are just getting ready to fire a new group.

  3. Desert MARPAT clothing, woodland MARPAT helmet covers, and old woodland pattern webgear… It’s a CSM’s nightmare. We’ve got the same thing in the Army. I’ve seen soldiers wearing woodland BDUs, with DCO pattern IBA, and ACU pattern helmet covers. Ugly stuff.

  4. Bram, You mean they don’t leave their rifles loaded between groups? That seems like a wasted effort to keep unloading and reloading them. 😉 Joking aside, wouldn’t it be easier to work in teams of two with binoculars rather than walk back and forth to zero the sight?

  5. Chuck – Such efficiency could possibly lead to fat lazy Marines. I’m former Marine now Army National Guard – we all do the range walk – it’s only about 25 meters. I have shot at the Marine known distance range (where the guys in the pits pull and mark your target for you) without zeroing first. They just gave us 10 extra rounds to use at the 200 yrd line to adjust onto the target.

  6. I can only think that zeroing sights in the humid sea air is going to be completely pointless compared to the ranges when in the hot dry desert. Density and therefore bullets aerodynamic resistance is definitely going to be different.

  7. It won’t be that different. The other and most important part of FAM firing is to test the weapons and components to make sure the danged thing works. If it don’t go bang. It’s a real let down.