7 Full Auto Videos from the LuckyGunner Machinegun Shoot 2011
May 31, 2011 7 Comments
Dear Guns and Ammo,
I had read stories like this in your magazine, but I never thought it would happen to me.
I spent the weekend shooting machine guns at the Luckygunner Blogger Machine Gun Shoot/Bulletfest 2011 near Maryville, Tennessee. I got to fire full auto versions of the AR-15, Browning Automatic Rifle, Glock 18, HK G3, Kriss Vector, MP40, S&W M76, Thompson, and Uzi.
The guns were great, LuckyGunner supplied the ammo for free, and it was a chance to meet bloggers who came to East Tennessee from all across the country. I put a lot of names to faces.
Today: 7 Full Auto Videos
Wednesday: Video and Notes for non-Full Auto Guns: Coonan 1911, S&W M&P9, and Kel-Tec PMR, RFB and KSG
Thursday: People Pictures and Some More Guns
1. Glock 18
For years John Donovan of Castle Argghhh! has told me that my link to his Glock 18 video sent him more traffic than any other referrer. Last weekend we both got to shoot one.
The Glock 18 on full auto was more controllable than what I had heard on the Internet playground. The 33 round magazine kept it running a good long while, too. I count nine or 10 bursts in that video followed by a single shot.
2 and 3. Browning Automatic Rifle
The BAR was my favorite of the historical guns. Nice piece of history designed by John Moses. That Thirty Aught Six makes it a little bit of a bear to fire in full auto, though its 18 pound weight helped controllability.
The German MG42 had a very distinct sound. Even when a dozen guns were going at once you could always tell when someone was firing the MG42 due to the high cyclic rate. I just missed firing this one myself. SayUncle shot it, they said “this is the last ammo belt,” the next two guys in front of me shot it and I stepped up to the line to discover that was all she wrote. It goes through ammo in a hurry.
I’d love for someone to count the number of rounds fired in this short video. It sounds like three shots, but it’s three high speed bursts.
5. KRISS Vector
KRISS was on hand demonstrating their line of .45ACP pistols, SBRs and submachine guns along with the Sphinx pistols. They were nice guys, very patient and professional, and they ran a good line. The subguns were very controllable and had all the bells and whistles, including suppressor options, red dots, folding sights and forward grips.
Here’s Tam of View from the Porch shooting all three versions and displaying some fine gun handling skills. You’ll also see Reuben (not sure of the spelling) of KRISS doing the orientation. Great guy to have on the line.
I didn’t get to shoot this one, so I just imagined shooting a full auto M1 Garand from standing. Sebastian from Snowflakes in Hell described it as “brutal” but he still came off the line with a smile on his face. He don’t want no teenage queen.
7. HK G3
Great ergonomics. Very satisfying. This was surprisingly easy to shoot off the bench with a bipod, but I’m not sure how controllable it would be standing. There’s a reason militaries have switched to assault rifles. The full auto AR-15s were a breeze to shoot in comparison.
Bonus video: Maxim belt loading mill
There were a couple of Maxim Guns on hand. With their big carriages they’re made more like artillery pieces than infantry weapons. Here’s the crew-served device for loading cartridges into the belt. One person loads cartridges into the hopper and the other cranks. I was told the design prevented cartridges from going in backwards.
Many thanks to LuckyGunner for inviting me and for all their hard work. Likewise for the volunteers who manned the stations and kept things running, and for the people who donated their arms for us to try.
Special thanks to the person who lives next door and doesn’t mind the sound of machine gun fire for two days. Best neighbor ever!
Come back tomorrow for notes on the guns that weren’t full auto. (LATER: the post is up here.) If you’re coming here for the first time, welcome. You can subscribe to the RSS feed or friend me on Facebook.