"It was immortalized by John Wayne (who else?)
in 1949's "Sands of Iwo Jima,"
where the Duke reversed the phrase to the current "lock and load." "
Having fired the M1 GARAND myself, I can understand
John Wayne's reversing
BECAUSE ... you have to "LOCK" THE BOLT "BACK"
BEFORE ... you "LOAD" A FULL CLIP OF AMMO into the weapon.
Hence ... "LOCK and LOAD."
posted on 06/29/2010 2:35:03 PM PDT
(It's simple, fight or die.)
Thanks for the link & comments.
posted on 06/29/2010 2:39:35 PM PDT
(Xin loi minh oi)
To: Yosemitest; 04-Bravo
Thanks for the explanations. Very interesting.
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