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Utah Bob #35998

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  1. https://www.sarcoinc.com is a big surplus dealer. Keep checking with them. If you find one for under $100, unless it’s a yard sale, it’s a repro.
  2. I want big huge. I have a 60” now. I’d like a biggern.
  3. Those are 105mm shipping tubes. No doubt one of the Redlegs here can explain it in detail. The 105 round has a warhead and brass case. The warhead has a fuze screwed into it before firing. The case is loaded with propellant bags, the number of them depends on range being fired. The unit that supplied us with arty support was B Battery, 1/19 Artillery. They were very good.
  4. Yeah I know the firebase one needs work. I just haven’t gotten around to fixin it yet. I have dozens like that.
  5. No. I used the camera for years after I got home. Film might be 10 or 15 years old.
  6. You have a right to be frightened. That chair creeps me out. My thoughts will be with you.
  7. The wife drags my old Ricoh SLR out of the deep darkness of a little used closet. “Oh my God! Feel how heavy this thing is!”, she says. I hefted it and yeah. It’s a brick. I haven’t used it in probably 15 years. It took me a while to remember when I got it. June of 1970 I think it was, at the PX in Phouc Vinh, RVN. Used it during the last couple months of my tour. Great camera. Took some decent pics. Nothing automatic about it. Sure is heavy though. Didn’t even know I still had it. It’s a relic.....like me. Still had a roll of film in it. I had to think hard to remember how to get it out. For you youngsters, film is a thing you used to put in cameras. Then you had to take it out and go drop it off at the drugstore and a week later..Bingo....you had your photos. Amazing 20th century stuff.
  8. We have lower fuel prices than most of the world. And we’ve had low prices for so long that we tend to really yell when they go up. California’s has the highest prices in the country generally. More than most countries, we are a car based society. The train system in Europe makes dependency on autos less prevalent. We will drive rather than walk across the street.
  9. Idiot senator Blumenthal wants an immediate grounding of All vintage planes.
  10. And it'll be A felony to run with them
  11. I can only assume he did not inform ups that a firearm was in the package.
  12. Checkpoint Vasily just doesn’t have a cool ring to it.
  13. I can’t imagine being without a knife. I was so happy when Colorado finally legalized auto openers a few years ago.
  14. Let me reiterate that I am not a novice to guitars. I simply have not played for so many years that there are a number of brands that I am not familiar with. Naturally I wouldn’t buy a pig in a poke.. If a number of pards say, “This brand sucks”, that helps me cull the list. I know all the classic names; Gibson, Ibanez, Yamaha, Fender, Martin, etc. but never heard of Oscar Schmidt and others.
  15. Imagine telling someone from another responding agency you’re looking for a #3 male. Confusion would reign.
  16. Best Ever? Hmmm.... That’s gonna take some cogitatin.
  17. Unfortunately we have no local shops.
  18. I think I’ve had enough of these “ worst ever” threads.
  19. Yeah I used to get stuff for my son from them.
  20. Coffee with cream. Hahaha Suspect is a Male juvenile. Red shirt, mocha complexion. Espresso? Pumpkin latte?
  21. Body armor is issued to the individual officer. It comes in a variety of sizes. Military stuff is pretty much small. Medium and large.
  22. Fire in the Hole When I was a young captain with the 1st Cavalry Division in 1970, at a fire base north of Tay Ninh, Vietnam (VeetNam as LBJ used to call it). One day, in preparation to moving the base to another location, the Battalion Commander wanted us to dispose of all the old ordnance. I grabbed a platoon leader and told him to police up the old ammo and miscellaneous ordnance and haul it way outside the wire. Then get the engineers to dig a good deep trench and light it off. I then turned my attention to other matters and pretty much forgot about it. I was a helluva delegator. But, I had no idea how much old crap was on the base. It had been there for many months before I arrived. All day, unbeknownst to me, the young LT and his minions energetically loaded a deuce and a half up time after time and hauled the ammo Grenades, mortar rounds, High Explosive 105 and 155mm shells, claymores, White Phosphorous rounds, rockets, greenie stickum caps, cracker balls, rice krispies and anything else that would make noise. Late in the afternoon I inquired how the detail. was going. "All done Sir" said the smiling young butter bar", Can we wait till dark to set it off? The troops would like to see it." "Sure, whatever", I said. " Just give the Tactical Operations Center a "fire in the hole" when you're ready." (Note: Tactical Operations Center or TOC was a fancy name for the shipping container buried in the mud where all the radios and the Bn command staff hung out and drank Cokes. Fire in the Hole alerts everyone that a Big Noisy Event is about to occur). After a delicious post-sunset supper of mystery meat and mac & cheese, I was sitting in my lavishly appointed bunker preparing to read a 3 week old newspaper from home when I heard the "fire in the hole" call on the radio. A few seconds later, the ammo box lined sides of my hole bulged in and then snapped back. The atmospheric pressure changed, the bunker filled with dust, and I felt a great disturbance in the force. It was one of those explosions you don't hear but feel. I think if God spoke to you, he'd probably sound like that. Especially if he was pissed. I ran out of my underground condo and headed for the TOC, figuring the old man might not be pleased. Along the way I could hear the shouts, oohs, aaws, and cheers of appreciation from the troops as a whopper of a mushroom cloud rose into the evening tropical sky. Many parts of the landscape sparkled with newly ignited fires. I noticed the counter mortar radar dish had fallen over and there were a lot of hats drifting around. I was about halfway to the TOC when the second, and much bigger explosion, went off. I don't know how much stuff the boys set off but this one brought me to my knees. Some of the cheers sounded more like screams this time. I was never in the middle of an Arc Light strike but I imagine it would have been similar. Perhaps less noisy. I suspect at that moment, some geeky fella sitting is a USGS office in California glanced at his seismometer and said, "Hmmmm". Later, there was some speculation that several of the troops nearest ground zero had gone back in time briefly. there may have been something to that. They certainly had that dazed look and silly smile of someone who doesn't know exactly where they are. The mushroom cloud from this one looked properly nuclear. It rose to about a million feet into the Southeast Asian atmosphere (that would be Vietnamese feet not American feet so it's really maybe not that impressive. I'm not sure how many British feet it rose. I think they call em Pints). The cloud loomed over the base and every now and then, much to the delight of the watching infantrymen, an M-72 rocket would shoot out and head for places unknown. it was like Rocket Roulette for awhile. Burning white phosphorous is also extremely spectacular at night but I cannot recommend in for July 4th events, especially during drought conditions The Col. met me before I could get to the TOC. He was, as I expected, not happy. He expressed his displeasure for quite some time. It was a mere side note in my meteoric, if brief, military career. P.S. One good note was that we didn't see any NVA for a week. I would have liked to see their reports on the event.
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