For the last 14 years, Marine snipers have suffered setbacks on the battlefield due to outdated equipment, specifically their sniper rifle: the M40A1. The Washington Post’s Thomas Gibbons-Neff, himself a former Marine sniper, writes about the weapon’s limited range compared to friendly, and more significant, enemy forces.
The M40A1 came into existence after the Vietnam war, and maxes out at 1,000 yards, which is 300 yards behind the Army’s standard sniper rifle, and 600 yards behind the systems used by the British, Chinese and Special Operations Command forces.
“...the next time we see combat, the Marine Corps is going to learn the hard way what happens when you bring a knife to a gunfight,” a Marine sniper instructor told Gibbons-Neff anonymously.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.