I'd be interested in chatting with any current or former military small arms specialists. Besides being a former 11B rifleman in Vietnam, I later served as a 45B20(H) small arms repair instructor. As a federal civilian, I was the small arms repair inspector at Fort Drum, NY in the mid 80 to mid 90's, and was then promoted to Equipment Specialist (Ordnance) with the Fort Drum MAIT (Maintenance Assistance and Instruction Team). I created the Unit Armorer Course at Fort Drum, a two week ADVANCED firearms repair course, and traveled to many locations within and outside of the continental United States; taking my higher-level course on the road. My course addressed subjects such as metallurgy, firearms design theory, basic and advanced ballistics, math for gunsmiths, propellant chemistry, military small arms repair, and military marksmanship. I am also the author of the US Army's only published book on the subject, "The Armorer's Handbook", which for years has been available online.
I also am a distinguished honor graduate of the 9-week US Air Force Combat Arms Instructor Course and served many years in the Air National Guard in various Security Police squadrons as a senior Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Specialist. I am a graduate of the Remington Arms School in Ilion, NY and specialized in the M24 Sniper Weapons System and match grade weapons. I am also a former (recovering) competitive shooter.
I would be interested in starting a discussion group for military firearms specialists. If you read this and are interested, please contact me. We are an under-recognized, but important part of what makes America's military the most lethal in the world.
Chuck Ruggiero, aka Guntutor
Proud Veteran and Patriot
...unafraid to use my real name...