The snipers are usually first to fire

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canada goose outlet belgium “When you push forward and you’re actually in Iraq, in Afghanistan or Canada Goose Jackets wherever the Marine Corps might send you, that weapon never leaves your side,” Sgt. Sherman said. canada goose outlet belgium

canada goose outlet online He’s holding an M4, the canada goose black friday sale newest rifle to be issued to Marines. His battle buddy, Corporal Shamar Methany, is carrying canada goose store the older M16. The M4 has a slightly shorter range, but it’s two pounds lighter. canada goose outlet online

“Two pounds is a lot when you’re counting everything that you’re trying to put on an infantry Marine,” Sgt. Sherman said.

The M4 is the latest rifle shorter and lighter to be issued to the Corps.

canada goose outlet in new york The barrel of the M4 is also six inches shorter, which doesn’t mean much out on the firing range, but could mean everything in urban combat. canada goose outlet in new york

“If Canada Goose sale you’re coming around a corner into a hallway, inches can mean a big difference when it’s Canada Goose Outlet showing canada goose clearance whether you’re coming or not,” canada goose he said.

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canada goose jacket outlet store The real snipers are creeping through the woods carrying a very different kind of weapon designed to pick off the enemy at long range. Like the camouflage suit Sgt. Jacob Ruiz is wearing, his rifle is custom tailored. canada goose jacket outlet store

canada goose parka outlet uk “I don’t imagine there’s anybody that has a closer relationship with his weapon than a sniper,” Martin said. canada goose parka outlet uk

“Snipers definitely fire far more rounds with a lot more responsibility and understanding what that round is doing than any other formal infantry,” Sgt. Ruiz replied.

As with the infantry rifles, canada goose outlet the canada goose factory sale Marines are switching to a smaller, lighter sniper rifle.

canada goose outlet us Sgt. Jarod Chambers says he will miss canada goose coats his weapon (“This is all I’ve known since I’ve came to this”), but he can console himself with the fact the new model is four pounds lighter. canada goose outlet us

“We have a thing over there: Ounces equal pounds, and pounds equal pain,” said Sgt. Chambers. “So the less ounces you’ve got, the less pain you’re going to have.”

Each rifle in a Marine fire team has a different purpose. The snipers are usually first to fire, trying to pick off high value targets, like enemy machine guns, giving the rest of the fire team a chance Canada Goose Coats On Sale to move across open ground.

canada goose outlet winnipeg Machine Gunner Ryan Moore is the first to come up, laying down a base of fire. canada goose outlet winnipeg

canada goose outlet location “That could be risky,” said Martin. canada goose outlet location

“When I was in Afghanistan it definitely seemed that a machine gunner had a nice target painted on his flak jacket for the enemy to shoot at,” Moore said.

The weapon’s drum contains 200 rounds, which he fires in two to three second bursts. Any longer and the gun’s recoil will make his shots go wild.

canada goose outlet store toronto “In my buy canada goose jacket cheap opinion, for the most part machine guns will actually change or paint the actual outcome of the battle space,” said Moore. “I’m going to instill confidence in my squad and their ability to move forward, and then I’m also going to put that fear in the enemy where they don’t want to fight.” canada goose outlet store toronto

These Marines could spend all day telling you about the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of their weapons, but here’s the one cheap Canada Goose thing you really need to know about a Marine and his rifle:

“It is a very personal thing, and it’s something that you take ownership of,” said Sgt. Sherman. “If there’s something wrong with it, it’s something you didn’t do properly, not the weapon itself. You fix it, you make it better, cheap canada goose uk then you get back in the fight.”

“So the weapon is only as good as the Marine?” asked Martin.

“Absolutely, sir. A weapon is going to do what it’s designed to do. Marines are trained to make it do what it’s designed to do.”.

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