"Uh oh," I said, turning to leave.
"Wait soldier," he said. "I need to ask you some things, so get your butt over here."
I did as I was told.
"Now," he said, "you served in the military didn't you?"
"U.S. Navy, sir," then catching myself, I said, "hell yes C.W., you know I did."
"You carried a weapon, right?"
"For eleven months and 28 days," I said, "but who was counting?"
"M-14, M-16, M-60, .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, M-79 grenade launcher, and, for most of the time of the Tet Offensive, a sawed-off 12-guage shotgun." I smiled briefly thinking of the scenes. "Even the colonels showed respect for that one."
"Ahem, yes," he said, scribbling again. "Any how long did it take to insert a magazine, charge the weapon, and take aim when you thought trouble was coming?"
"When danger approached, how long did it take you to prepare for it, to have your weapon loaded and at the ready?"
"Uh, C.W., ..."
"Colonel Rankhoher to you."
"You didn't get ready if you knew danger was there." I said, "You stayed ready."
"You inserted a magazine into your weapon?"
"You locked and loaded the son of bitch, took the safety off, pointed it to where you thought the trouble was coming from, and put your finger on the trigger," I said.
"Ahem," he said, and made a note.
"My friends in the infantry even sometimes employed a "mad minute" in which, at a pre-determined time, everyone on the perimeter would fire for sixty seconds in the middle of the night in the direction from which potential danger might come."
"Did it accomplish anything?"
"Just woke everyone up."
"But in actual battles ..., let's discuss the efficacy of prepared combatants."
"In actual battles," I said, "they estimate it takes 50,000 rounds to kill a single enemy combatant."
|I think this would detract from|
the movie, but who knows? - C.W.
"Oh dear," he said, writing again.
"The snipers do much better," I said, "around 1.3 rounds per kill, but they are prepared and have the elements of surprise and distance. And of course the rate is much better for civilian hits, say when firing into a village."
"Ahem," he said. "So the most reliable position for protection with a firearm is to be on the ready, weapon charged and aimed, and finger on the trigger." He resumed making notes.
"If you want to meet that one in 50,000 goal," I said. Then it dawned on me. "What are you doing," I said, "preparing a safety manual?"
"Ahem," he said. "No. It's a preparedness protocol for arming citizens to protect theater audiences."
Click an ad so I can buy some more ammunition. - C.W.
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