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LTC Stephen F.
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Sad but unsurprising this news the domestic terrorist Micah Johnson was booted out of the Army for various offense including keeping an unauthorized MK-19 grenade and somebody else's medicine in his room on an Afghanistan base in 2014 SFC (Join to see). He seems to have been an unstable individual based on his service record and the police reports we have seen.
It is unfortunate that he learned how to fire military weapons in the Army. If a psych evaluation had screened him out the shooting of so many policemen and bystanders in Dallas might have been avoided.
The 40mm grenade may be more stable than the 40mm M203 grenades but I don't it. When we fired them in the early 1980s they were notorious for misfires and early explosions. They are designed to arm after rotating a set number of times when they pass through the rifled barrel of the M203 or MK19. I remember a safety NCO running off the range at Graf after he had some shrapnel in his neck because he stood up while he cajoled another NCO to fire the M203 at the M203 range at Graf.
I hope and pray that the Army and USMC are doing a good job at screening out unstable people from military training.
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CSM Charles Hayden
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No brass, no ammo Sergeant!
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SGT Robert George
SGT Robert George
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That was no sock in his underwear !!!
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CSM Charles Hayden
CSM Charles Hayden
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SGT Robert George Back when: 'my' LT's, officer's wooden barracks was visited by the MPs after 'loud noises' were reported. LT W---- opened the building' sentry door wearing only his jocky shorts. The MPs did not notice the Artillery simulator hidden in the "pouch".
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SGT Robert George
SGT Robert George
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CSM Charles Hayden - Thats crazy CSM I had the old wooden WWII barracks at Ft knox in basic Ill have to get you some thumbs in the morning .....
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Capt Gregory Prickett
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The AP doesn't have a clue. A Mk-19 grenade is a 40mm round of ammunition. It's not like a M67 fragmentation grenade that you throw. Hell, it doesn't even arm until it has traveled 18-36m.
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SFC William Farrell
SFC William Farrell
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We were just talking about that today at a military vehicle show. Capt Gregory Prickett. Ive fired the M79 and the M203 many times but I dont recall that. Maybe with old age I forgot.
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Capt Gregory Prickett
Capt Gregory Prickett
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There are two different 40mm grenade rounds, 40x46mm low velocity; and 40x53mm high velocity. The low speed round is for the M79/M203, the longer high speed round is for the Mark 19. The low speed HE/HEDP rounds arm between 14-27m, but the original M381 HE round armed at 3m, basically right after it left the tube.
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SFC William Farrell
SFC William Farrell
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Capt Gregory Prickett - Thanks Cap. I would have loved to have fired the MArk 19. The Marines on board the USS New York were demonstrating it when I went down to the city for the christening. I like the arming early, you never know when you may need it!
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