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Largest projectile you’ve fired?

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After three years of active duty I joined the Colorado National Guard. I was Air Defense Artillery and assigned to a M110 self propelled 8”howitzer unit they sent me back to Fort Bliss and had me train and qualify as a Redeye gunner which is pre stinger shoulder held missile. At summer camp at Fort Carson they had me deliver chow to the firing batteries in the field and I was mesmerized watching these big guns fire. On one a company safety officer asked me if I’d like to pull the lanyard on one and with a little training and nervousness I got to touch off an 8” projectile it was pretty darn exciting!
And little did I know that a few years down the road I’d start my 33 year career with Department of Energy and in the early 80s I was working on the W79 an 8” nuclear projectile for the M110 it was a nasty little nuke!👊🏻🇺🇸
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A while back, a friend and I decided we were going to shoot up his stock of 50/140/750 Sharps cartriges so that he could clean up his brass and load some more. We each shot 5 ends a piece until the 50 cartridges were gone. The 1st five were darned cool and made a neat 3'" group at 385 meters. The second 5 hurt, and not such a neat group. 3rd 5 hurt a lot more and was not even close to being fun. 4th 5 shots were horrible, headache,shoulder and arm deeply bruised, what the hell am I doing? Had to prove how manly stupid were and last five, guess what, you don't hit the target when you close your eyes and hold the rifle away from your body. You could never ever convince me to set down behind that rifle again.
Then he remembers why he had a recoil pad.
I just told him real men don't use pads.
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