Thursday, July 28, 2005
Excessive Force in Iraq
What the heck is a precision-guided pistol?
Oh, the general wants his troops to carry the Italian made 9 mm Beretta pistol (we call it the 92F) which is the standard issue military sidearm now. The M-9 (its Army name) which replaced the venerable 1911A2 in the 80s, is no more "precision guided" than any other pistol.
All you need to do to make it precision-guided is aim it. Don't they already carry them?
Oh, here might be the problem. The story says: "Gen. Chaves, who commands the Hawaii Army National Guard 29th Separate Infantry Brigade, said the answer was to equip soldiers with laser-guided 9 mm Beretta pistols. "
Laser guided, my butt. He wants guns with the little laser on the front pointing to where the bullet will go over short distances. You've seen them in the movies. People with even the most modest of shooting skills don't want or need them.
But I'm back to one of my original question. Don't they carry the M-9, already? If not, who took the standard issue sidearm away from them? I doubt it was the Iraqis.