Skip to comments.Iowa soldiers win Army award for their invention
Posted on 12/05/2011 8:27:27 AM PST by Free Vulcan
Sergeant Winkowski says they didnt have an ammo carrier to lug the extra bullets and there was a lull when they had to reload. He says theyd seen ammo carriers in movies and decided to gather up some spare parts to build their own. They took an old rucksack frame and stripped it down, welded together a couple of ammo cans and added a speed loading shoot.
We took it out to the range and gave it some testing and it worked out pretty good for us, Winkowski says, And so we took it into combat, and we got into a big huge fight where we again were outnumbered, surrounded, and it worked out great for us. So right then we new we had something pretty special.
Winkowski grew up in Bell Plaine and McNew in Reinbeck where both did some work on farms. The sergeant says that background led them to build something they could use in their jobs as soldiers. You know, call it Iowa problem solving or whatever you want to call it, but absolutely that was kind of the drive behind this, we were constantly trying to make things better, Winkowski said.
Looks like they've been watching Predator, Terminator, etc.
It's a continuous feed device for what looks like a SAW.
I have two of these backpacks and they are great!
Sucking water sucks.
This thing will spray the water into yer parched throat, clean up a small hazmat spill or irrigate a wound.
We farmboys were raised by fathers/grandfathers who knew how to repair equipment creatively with the materials/tools on hand. You work hard and fast and learn quickly that temper tantrums do nothing useful.
“Sergeant Winkowski says they didnt have an ammo carrier to lug the extra bullets and there was a lull when they had to reload.”
If they weren’t so anti-life, anti-American and anti-gun, Big Media would have taught their reporters and editors by now that you don’t load bullets into a gun.
It's not cheap: $4,000.
Sergeant Winkowski says they didnt have an ammo carrier to lug the extra bullets and there was a lull when they had to reload.
No, Dar. Sergeant Winkowski did not say this.
More info with cool pics.
The big pic has me scratching my head a bit -- the MG the soldier is carrying looks like a SAW, but the rounds in the feed belt appear to be .308. Are M240s being issued with SAW-type forends?
7.62 would make more sense in another way: The belt-chute for that caliber could readily be scavenged from minigun systems; I don't know of any such assembly for the smaller .5.56 round.
I want one.
No spelling skillz, or spellcheck fail?
Has more to do with "farm boys" and rural work/innovation ethic than Iowa, per se.
Sadly, that's what's become passable from our nation's universities. Is it any wonder we're on the decline?
It’s reminiscent of Churchill and the tank, and the GI who suggested during the Normandy invasion that the put dozer blades on tanks to deal with the hedgerows.
Several years ago one of those ‘farm-boys’ I worked with told me a very telling story. He lived 10 (ish) miles from town and had a date with a particular gal who lived there. Before and after school he got his list done, got all cleaned up, jumped into his truck and nothing... Don’t recall what failed, but it was dead. He called his dad who was still working, desperate for options, and got a little help with diagnosis, but that was it. He apparently canabalized one of the tractors and rigged his ride. The truck sounded like crap and would only go about 20 mph, so he was late. When he got home his old man about killed him and he was up a few more hours putting the tractor back together.
The only thing he’d say about the date of 20+ years ago, was that his girl friend was impressed with the effort he’d gone to, and to that day, he claimed it was the best date of his life. He told that story to about 5 of us, all of which were laughing so hard we hurt.
PING FOR LATER
I don't know about that. Dealing with recalcitrant farm equipment can give one a real edge up on creative invective.
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