Originally Posted by cpttango30
Why do you own one or more AR-15 rifles?
The time: 1975
The place: Lackland Air Force Base, TX
The why: Basic training
I am blind as a bat without my eyeglasses at distance. (Near sighted)
Of course I managed to break them several weeks into basic, about 3 days before we went to receive some small arms training and "qualify" with Air Force M-16A1 rifles. Of course my replacement eyes had not yet been procured.
So after we went through our classroom training and got out on the firing line, they put us in our positions at our firing points. The RSO went through the course of fire procedure again and then asked if there any questions. I raised my hand and informed him of my predicament.
He asked me if I could see the target (silhouette) downrange from me.
I answered "barely -- it's just a blur".
His response: "Then shoot at it!"
After it was over I dreaded awaiting the results since this was the second time in my life I had ever fired a center-fire rifle. Then as everyone was gathered around the RSO to get their scores, he called out my name and score. Then he says -- "Blind my @SS!", and said that I cleaned the target (75/75). He then proclaimed me to be a sand-bagger.....
That was the day I was sold on the platform - for life!