Re: merit badge substitutions; .223
Ted Burton (tedbrtn@CYBERHIGHWAY.NET)
Fri, 3 Nov 1995 21:05:05 -0700
Whoops, my knuckles have been rapped, justly.
One small footnote: the remark about 20-round magazines being fun was
uncalled for; any rifle can be fired in single-shot mode; the lock-back
feature of the .223 when the magazine follower rises from an empty clip
actually facilitates single-shot loading. The ammunition is 'free.' For
that matter a murderous variety of street-sprayers comes in .22 caliber. We
took one off a drug dealer one time and added it to our collection.
We maintain precise, professional supervision on the police range; our head
instructor is a police detective who was a military firearms instructor in
one of his hitches, not to mention that he had service in the 101st in
Vietnam. He is well aware of what firearms can do, as it has happened to
him (as well as to me). The group that works with the boys in the riflery
and police skills area consists of police officers and fish and game
enforcement officers, for whom firearms safety is a part of life. It always
fascinates the new boys to learn from Cpl. Kangas that even in war with
full clips they were taught to fire two or three rounds at a time to
preserve aiming, that aiming is the key, not speed or volume.
However, your criticisms of my remarks were well taken, given the lack of
detailed context in what I said. I meant only that the merit badges are
intended to teach a skill; we should focus on teaching the skill more than
on the precise methodology by which it is learned. I certainly did not
intend to say that we turn boys loose with military weapons, let alone
advocate turning a patrol loose with them.
If a merit badge requirement were to make a gizmo 1" wide of leather tooled
by the Scout, I would not reject a gizmo 1 1/4" wide made because that is
the size of the young man's gizmo holder. I would reject one 3/4" wide,
however, as it would represent less work.
Bruce, your knowledge of the existance of, and access to, the written word
continues to amaze me. Some of us are left to struggle with logic.
The units continue to grow, and all are well and happy.
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