Re: Military Gunsmiths
Why am I NOT surprised? At Fort Drum we serviced a lot of national match weapons that came to us from places like ROTC marksmanship training centers and various numbered Army, Corps or divisional teams. The complaint we often heard was that the "NM" maintenance at depot-level was a joke, and many teams and units refused to send their weapons to depot. At Drum we bench mounted and sand bagged every weapon at the range, and sub-MOA was always the standard (we always strived for .25 MOA, but outdoor environmental factors always made it impossible to get that precise. Drum did not get an indoor range until 1996.)
Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, we nevertheless succeeded because the chief of our DOL maintenance division was dedicated to quality and supported everything that could be done to assure it. As the firearms QA guy, I always knew I had 100% of his support. He just retired two weeks ago after 4 decades of service.
It is truly sad that as my generation of workers has left the craft, so little remains of that capability within the Army.
Chuck Ruggiero, aka Guntutor
Proud Veteran and Patriot
...unafraid to use my real name...