This opportunity sprang up last second for me from our CATM (Combat Arms Training & Maintenance) guys. They were going to be shooting the Barrett M107. The 107 is a bit of a lifetime opportunity for those who don't have a need to shoot it like the EOD guys who would be shooting for qualification. The weapon system can run over ten thousand US dollars, and ammunition for this qual was incendiary so it was punching out to thirteen dollars a round even for the military that is a lot of change. So when you hear there are some openings to get a bit of trigger time men far and wide come running in hopes to get even a round off. The photos below sum up one of the better days in my military career so far. Enjoy the read!
I would like the thank the guys at CATM who made this possible first, I had a hell of a time and it was the perfect sendoff for me finally departing Okinawa.
We started off at the 400m mark, this allows you to easily hit the target and make sure things are good to go with the weapon system before starting to really push it out to longer ranges. To mark hits the targets were placed above a large birm, behind the birm people stood to pull the targets down and mark the hits before posting them back up above. This helps to keep track of the shots and make it easier to count how many have placed in your zone for qual.
The system kicks like a horse but puts some serious power down range. The best part of doing the photos was seeing everyones face as the wave of pressure comes back on them. When the gun fires even if you are a couple feet away you will feel the blast in your chest. If I missed the timing the smiles afterword were always priceless.
The day did not go without issues, one of our 107s actually had a pretty hard time ejecting correctly, Sgt Parsons had to strip it down and eventually retire it to be fixed another day before moving to the 800m line.
The pads at the 800 were not nearly as nice, you could tell people rarely find themselves back that far however the overgrowth made for some nice shots. We also managed to get range control some time behind the guns!
All in all the day went perfectly. I managed some amazing captures, the light was working well with me and some of these could easily be used in the project down the road. Plus I got to put over a hundred rounds of fifty cal down range, that alone will make any day incredible. Have a nice night everyone and enjoy super bowl weekend!