I went to my range to volunteer as a range safety officer/magazine loader for a machine gun shoot for the Youth Marine Corps and the local Boy Scouts. It turned out to be one of the most full-filling days I've had recently. The camraderie was outstanding. It was great to help out with keeping those magazines topped so those young kids could keep sending lead downrange. Here's a list of what was used for the shoot ( I got to shoot these also for my efforts as ammo guy - a BIG plus!!!!): M1 Garand M1903 Springfield M-14 M-1 Carbine Uzi 9x19mm (fully automatic) MP-40 9x19mm (fully automatic) M-3 Grease Gun (fully automatic) Thompson Sub-Machine Gun (fully automatic) Sten 9x19mm (fully automatic) FAL .308 rifle AR-15 Rifle Armalite .50 BMG (there were other rifles, and muskets, at the other end of the line that I didn't really get to because I was pretty busy...lol.) Targets were set up from 25 yards to 300 yards out. It was great working with these kids. These kids have given me hope for the next generation because they all displayed great respect and manners throughout the whole event. I spoke with a retired Gunnery Sergeant there and we even had a competition between us two. We both faced off to determine who could hit the 300 yard steel target the most with the M-14 and the M-1 Garand. The result: A Tie!!!! We each got perfect scores!!!! After that we shook each others hand and developed an even greater respect for each other. He was a credit to the Marine Corp. Another good moment was firing the Armalite .50 BMG rifle at one of the 300 yard steel targets. Granted, it's not hard to hit a 300 yard 24 inch target with a .50 BMG. Those things are pretty flat shooting. It was still fun to experience the muzzle blast. Another great experience is shooting a first series Thompson Sub-Machine gun .45 ACP on full auto, using hollowpoints. You wnat to know what is worse than a 1911 with hollowpoints, the Thompson is your answer. I would glady take that to war even today. Those things as such a joy to shoot. The recoil is soft, and easily manageable. No wonder every one wanted them in WWII. Basically, this day has been great, and it re-affirmed my faith in today's youth and was a great example of the true America that is still out there.