Wednesday, October 13, 2010

There are squibs, and then there are squibs...



...and here you thought a squib load in your .38 was a bad thing.


(H/T to CTONE.)

22 comments:

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

~click~ ~FWOOOP!~

"Dammit!"

Bram said...

Thank you lowest bidder!

I like how they are casually walking along the wall during a firefight - and how they end up next to a goat while taking cover from our own defective ordinance.

TheRock said...

Man, as the clip queued up, I was thinking - how did they get a squib from LC in 223 or 308? There are some many damn quality checks, something has to be holy shit wrong.

Then I heard "fire in the hole!" - o_O

Oh shit!

Anonymous said...

A canuck buddy of mine with the canadian Leopard II's in Afghnistan has a fun story of a 120mm Cannon not firing on schedule in a scuffle.

Hangfire in 120mm. NOT GOOD. Very confusing. The Infantry commander finally told the tankers to "point that thing somewhere safe" and took the place the old fashioned way, with airpower from an orbiting USAF F16.

Anonymous said...

It looked like even the goats knew to go to cover.

Gerry

SpeakerTweaker said...

I love the one guy cackling madly as the entire crew runs away from impending boom. I really do.



tweaker

Tam said...

The one goat looking around, all "WTF?", as the jarheads went pounding past was priceless, too.

CTone said...

At least they found the humor in it all.

I wonder what became of the lucky jihadis that were supposed to get splattered by that missile? It's too bad we didn't get to see it.

Thanks for the link!

Chas S. Clifton said...

Reminds me of the 1970s wisdom not to buy an American car made on a Monday. I sure hope that quality control normally is better!

reflectoscope said...

This isn't the fire time I've seen a Javelin not light its sustainer. Huh.

Jim

phpmyid.com said...

The fact that he's just videorecording a firefight is surreal. Maybe he had the thing running before the first shots were fired, but who says to themselves, "Hey, I'm being shot at! Where's my camcorder?"

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GuardDuck said...

who says to themselves, "Hey, I'm being shot at! Where's my camcorder?"

I've seen video a friend shot (more audio than video due to all the shaking, blurriness and poor night shot capability) that had him trying to get the camera to see through his .50 cal sight in the middle of a firefight.

The audio is great. The guy down the turret is yelling "shoot him! shoot him!"
Camera shakes around...
Friend says "hold on, hold on"
"shoot him"
"almost"
"quit screwing around and shoot him"
"aw dammit, alright"

More common than you would think.

Tam said...

Welcome to modern warfare.

As P.J. O'Rourke noted 'way back in Operation Desert Dust, you could tell where the American Army had been by the absence of AA batteries... ;)

Will said...

Both sides video, although the jihadis tend to mainly do it of ambush type incidents, so they set up ahead of time. They do it to look good for tv use.

Related issue is soldiers talking on cell phones to family during firefights. Results of this are Not Good.

Will said...

Speaking of which, is that a cell phone in the cameraman's hand?

Pathfinder said...

The Javelin left the tube. Is it still a squib if it leaves the tube?

Anonymous said...

The French version


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGf-sS4js5Y

Gerry

Will said...

Is the minimum armed distance started from leaving the tube, or secondary ignition?

wv: addhunb... is this something the manufacturer forgot when building it?

cj said...

Nice writeup on the missile on wikipedia...makes the whole video make more sense, from the wait before firing, to the firing mechanism (and secondary system not activating).

The goat WAS a nice touch :)

D.W. Drang said...

@Will: ...is that a cell phone in the cameraman's hand? Negative, handheld radio, probably /\/\otorola or ICOM. (Reminds me, I need to drop in on Tactical Tailor and pick up a MOLLE pouch for my ICOM handheld...)

And I'm sure the manufacturers of snowboarder helmet cams are selling a ton of them through the PX. (I know for a fact that they're available there...)

Anonymous said...

So, did they blow it in place with a rifle shot, you think?

Matt
St Paul

Bram said...

What is the RMA process for a javalin?