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Old February 11, 2013, 04:31 PM   #1
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where be duh bolts?

This may be old, if so my apology.
Did anyone notice that during the inauguration day parade that the bolts had been removed from the Marines' M1s. Anybody know the reason why?
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Old February 11, 2013, 05:12 PM   #2
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Wow, I didn't catch that before. I guess Obama doesn't trust the USMC.

Video of it here. Go to about 1:14 and you can see every Marine has no bolt in his rifle.
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Old February 11, 2013, 05:14 PM   #3
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Standard practice.

There are reports of it from the Bush Administration... the Carter Administration....
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Old February 11, 2013, 07:21 PM   #4
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It was to protect our Devil Dogs from Garanditis, otherwise known as M1 Thumb

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Old February 11, 2013, 07:34 PM   #5
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Never noticed that or heard of it before. Don't know why, but I learned something at least.
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Old February 11, 2013, 10:56 PM   #6
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I thought it was because there wasn't a corpse-man around in case anybody got hurt.
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Old February 12, 2013, 12:43 AM   #7
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Sorry Brian, but at his 2009 inauguration parade. the Navy's M-14 had bolts. Why the difference?
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Old February 12, 2013, 01:14 AM   #8
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Maybe Obama or the SS knows how many members of the military feel about him and didn't want to risk it? One rogue Marine with his rifle could wreak a lot of havoc in a short amount of time if he so desired.
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Old February 12, 2013, 01:58 AM   #9
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found link to video to see no bolts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuJRf7HNVSo
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Old February 12, 2013, 07:48 AM   #10
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maybe its because every successful presidential assination since 1900 has been done by a marine?
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Old February 12, 2013, 08:13 AM   #11
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Back in the 60's a big wig was severely injured when walking past an honor guard.
He had a cold and turned his head to sneeze and a young soldier mistook his movement as being a motion to allow him to inspect his rifle.
The soldier brought his rifle into position to hand it off just as the man sneezed and somehow the bayonet ended up in the big wigs eye.

Been a long time, so I don't remember who the victim was, but I think he was with the defense department or the state department.

Some parade rifles are permanebtly disabled, with the bolt welded shut. Since the Garand is a favorite for firing salutes at funerals or special occasions they are less likely to be welded shut.
Removing the bolt and replacing it later is not difficult. removing the bolt gives a visual cue that the rifle is harmless. Also when the butt is grounded hard the bolt of an autoloader can fly back under inertia and snap shut, distracting the man doing the drill. So its probably best that the bolt either be imovable or removed during drills.
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Old February 12, 2013, 08:44 AM   #12
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maybe its because every successful presidential assination since 1900 has been done by a marine?
Almost, but not quite - you forgot McKinley in 1901.
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Old February 12, 2013, 05:59 PM   #13
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Probably because the Garands being used are drill rifles.They don't need bolts. Not everything is a conspiracy to disarm people.
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Old February 12, 2013, 06:32 PM   #14
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didnt mckinley take a day or two to pass? thats not comepletely successful.
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Old February 12, 2013, 07:31 PM   #15
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didnt mckinley take a day or two to pass? thats not comepletely successful.
Eh - dead is dead, even though it took eight days.

Maybe I'm missing the joke, but if you're not including McKinley, then doesn't "every successful presidential assassination since 1900" just mean Kennedy?
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Old February 12, 2013, 07:35 PM   #16
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Warren Harding may have been poisoned, but I think the suspicions of historical scholars have not fallen on a Marine in Harding's case..
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