From: Cross Lanes WV USA
ORIGINAL: Wild Bill
Harry, you old scoundrel, you! I have read, however, of gunners who fired their .30 cal from the hip so to speak, I'm trying to remember the exact event. Old minds fade fast. There was an instance of this with some machine gunners on Guadalcanal. There was a Marine who had adapted a .30 caliber MG with a sling, I believe on Iwo Jima. He even had a name for it. I'll have to look that one up.
So I guess we can have a "Rambo" every once in awhile, with the ammo belt trailing off his arm, a thick cloth around the barrel, and blasting away!
On this matter, I think I remember moving an MG only one hex. I believe it fired normally I'll try it tonight and see if I am right. Has anyone else seen this?
Bill, the Marine on Iwo was Tony Stein, who fashioned a hand-held weapon from an aircraft MG. He called it his "Stinger".
As for the "Rambo" stuff, that was inspired by guys like John Basilone and Mitchell Paige, who did indeed fire a 30 cal from the hip, charging down a hill. Both of them won MOHs at Guadalcanal. Basilone was killed at Iwo Jima.
< Message edited by KG Erwin -- 3/3/2005 6:09:40 PM >