Yesterday, several of us went out to the range to get some shooting in. This Bren and the Browning 1919 (on tripod) were just two of the numerous machine guns that were there on this day.These and others were brought out by Mike Meador of EFI. Mike makes, repairs and sells all sorts of great stuff, both NFA and non.
And yes, I brought the new M60. The pig performed flawlessly at first, dominating the downrange impact area and destroying a hostile propane tank with 200 rounds.
Then I turned the gun over to David, and the Bad Karma fairy landed hard.
They aren't supposed to smoke like that.
As I was testing the gun on different types of ammunition that I had on hand, I let David run the gun with some Russian steel-cased ammo that I had a batch of. He fired less than one box before the Event occurred. A case became thoroughly wedged in the action, putting the weapon out of commission. Now to be fair, the problem was the crap ammunition. Had David not been on the trigger, I myself would have loaded and fired that ammunition shortly, so I can't blame him or the gun. But this will not stop me from referring to him as The Destroyer of M60s forever more.
Returning to the shooting, we have Mike here coaching Dan on the operation of the Browning 1919A4.I remember when I had one of those...and it didn't lock up on steel-cased ammunition.
And here's Oleg Volk demonstrating excellent form as he fires my Uzi.
Ah, the smile that only an Uzi (or a functioning M60) can put on a shooter's face.
A good time was had by all. Sadly the M60 could not be unjammed back at Mike's shop, but I have been in touch with the gun's actual manufacturer who fortunately lives somewhat close to me and Murphy and I will be driving it back to Mordor shortly for the requisite repair.
But until it crashed, that thing was awe-inspiring.
PS--Thank you to those of you who called my phone last night to help me find it. (It was in the laundry basket.) I will gladly return the favor to any of you, any time.