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M82A1 Demonstrated Without PSH

Take a gander over back at my home site for a good introduction by the Marines to the Barrett M82A1 .50 caliber sniper rifle, without all the pants shitting hysterics we keep hearing from the anti-gun crowd about how the rifle is great for blowing up schools buses, setting fire to entire villages, or is responsible for causing widespread famine in Africa.

6 Responses to “M82A1 Demonstrated Without PSH”

  1. Robb Allen Says:

    Bah. I prefer the PSH. Gives a good excuse to use my icon.

  2. Cactus Jack Says:

    Sweet! I want one.

    BTW, at risk of sounding like a knucklehead, what’s a PSH?

  3. Sebastian Says:

    PSH = Pant Shitting Hysterics

    We even have an icon now.

  4. Cactus Jack Says:

    Sebastian Says:

    August 9th, 2007 at 4:38 pm
    PSH = Pant Shitting Hysterics

    DOH! *slaps head*

  5. JayeRandom Says:

    That video actually has a sinister history. It was commissioned in 1999 by then-Representative Rod Blagojevich (now governor of Illinois) and Representative Henry Waxman in order to promote anti-.50 legislation.

    http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=564

    Friday, June 18, 1999
    Civilian Access to Military Armor Piercing Ammunition

    At the request of Reps. Blagojevich and Waxman, the Special Investigations Division in conjunction with the Office of Special Investigations of GAO worked to reveal how the Department of Defense indirectly armed citizens with some of the most powerful and destructive ammunition available. Armor piercing ammunition for fifty caliber weapons can pierce armored vehicles and bulletproof glass when fired at a distance of over a mile. Until Congress acted in response to the investigation, military surplus fifty caliber armor piercing ammunition was readily available in the U.S. civilian market as a result of a little-known Department of Defense demilitarization program. As part of the investigation into fifty caliber sniper rifles, expert Marine snipers provided a demonstration of the power and accuracy of these weapons. The demonstration was recorded on video tape. Also as part of the investigation, undercover investigators from the Office of Special Investigations of GAO taped conversations with ammunition dealers who sell specialized armor-piercing ammunition for fifty caliber sniper weapons.

    http://www.henrywaxman.house.gov/news_files/news_statements_50_cal_gun_5_3_99.htm

    As part of the investigation, the U.S. Marines invited the minority staff to Quantico to see the weapon in action at their test-firing range. We have a video that shows what we learned about the weapon from the Marines. This video was made possible by the efforts of Captain Ukeiley, who is the Officer in Charge at the Scout Sniper Instructor School at Quantico; Staff Sergeant Bryan Zickefoose, who helped brief us; and Major Mike Walker, who set this up and organized everything. We thank them for their help. I would like to play the video now.

    What they were trying to accomplish that year was this:

    http://oversight.house.gov/documents/20040830104241-89232.pdf

    A BILL To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to regulate certain 50 caliber sniper weapons in the same manner
    as machine guns and other firearms. This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Military Sniper Weapon Regulation Act of 1999’’.

    All that they were able to accomplish, thankfully, was defunding of DoD sales of surplus 50-cal armor-piercing ammunition thru September 30th, 2001:

    http://oversight.house.gov/documents/20040830104218-49101.pdf

  6. Sebastian Says:

    That’s really good information. I wasn’t aware of the history there. Interestingly enough, I’m pretty sure HEIAP ammunition has never been available to civilians. It was the API stuff they desurplussed, which was the stuff that didn’t penetrate that well.