Condition 3

6 11 2010

A Gunners Mate onboard USS DECATUR (DDG-73) makes his M-240B machine gun “Condition 3.”

Condition 4 means no rounds are loaded into the gun, and the weapon is on “safe”

Condition 3 means that rounds are loaded into the gun, but the chamber is empty and the bolt is forward, with the weapon on “safe.”

Condition 1 means that rounds are loaded into the gun, the chamber is empty (this is specific to the M-240, a 9mm for example will have the chamber loaded) and the bolt is back, with the weapon on “safe.”

There is no condition 2 for this weapon.

I like guns, if you haven’t been able to tell, its just much more difficult to get to shoot them than a camera. The mechanics, use, and combination of craft and art of both devices fascinate me. They are also yin and yang to each other: passive to the others active. Peaceful to the others destructive. Silent to the others cacophony.

I love to shoot guns with my camera. Just not the other way around!

A Gunners Mate makes his M-240B rifle "Condition 3"

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