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Training guys to shoot 1911A1

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Seabee's carried the 1911A1 up through Desert storm. I was lucky or unlucky however you see it to be the a range officer one summer to certify all officers and enlisted non-com's assigned the weapon. Most of the handguns in the armory were just plain wore out from target practice over the years, however once in awhile you could find one that shot fairly good. Some of those guys would have done better throwing them. I always remember this one fellow that came back 5 times to qualify, I finally had to put two good guys on either side of him and have them throw him a round each string to get him through. The best part of the job was there was always people that didn't for one reason or the other show up, it was a real pain in the butt to check live ammo back into the armory, so I stayed at the range with my escort 45 and shot the rest of it up each day. That was a very enjoyable summer for me.
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I learned first hand during basic training why no one wants to shoot full auto. We were issued M16 A1's. And after our first trip to the range drill sergeant asked who wanted to shoot full auto. Myself and one other unknowing recruit volunteered. I guess I must have gone through about 6-7 mags before I had had enough. Wasn't until we got back to the armory that I learned why no one else wanted to shoot. Being new to the M16 I learned those old wore out A1's are a pain in the a$$ to clean when the armorer is anal. The only reason we were allowed to shoot full auto was because they didn't want to check in a partial case of ammo at the armory.
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