Skip to comments.Officials seeking missing M-60
Posted on 07/07/2005 3:44:36 PM PDT by holymoly
"Missing: One M-60 assault rifle."
That's not a message Chief Deputy Hondo Wooten wants to give area residents, but due to the large number of active duty and retired military personnel in the area, Wooten said he has little choice. When stolen from a Joplin-area gun show on Sunday, June 21, the gun was broken and whoever stole it will be trying to obtain spare parts -- possibly trying to buy the parts from current or former military personnel rather than authorized dealers.
Wooten said the M-60 assault rifle would be very dangerous if it gets into the wrong hands.
"It's a weapon which is specifically designed for combat," Wooten said. "It does have the capacity for full automatic with a cyclical fire rate of 800 to 1,200 rounds per minute."
Anyone shooting the M-60 won't need to be very accurate to kill an opponent, Wooten said.
"You don't even need to point; just hold it in their general direction and pull the trigger," Wooten said.
According to Bert Guy from Gatling Guns in Arizona, the gun was stolen from a Class III dealer at the Oklahoma Full Auto machine gun shoot. Wooten said a Class III dealer has a legitimate right to stock and possess the items stolen, but other people may not be as scrupulous.
"Fortunately this gun had broken at the shoot on Saturday so the thieves will be looking for replacement parts," Guy wrote in an e-mail message to area law enforcement agencies.
"Spread the word and let's get this gun back to its rightful owner," Guy wrote. "Let's spread the word and bust these jerks."
Guy said at least two different rewards are available for the stolen gun and more may be offered later.
Items needed to make the gun operable include an extractor, extractor spring and roller bearings, but Wooten said people may try to purchase other M-60 parts as well.
"Although the weapon is supposed to be inoperable because of a broken part, anybody with a knowledge of gunsmithing could buy what they need to make it fully operational and fully automatic," Wooten said. "We don't necessarily believe the gun is in Pulaski County, but due to the potential risk posed by this weapon, we want to make sure all law enforcement know about it."
According to the Joplin Police Department staff member handling the case, those with information about people trying to buy M-60 parts should contact Detective David Lewis at the department's main number, (417) 623-3131. Wooten can be contacted at 774-6196.
Oh for cryin' out loud. How flipping retarded can a person be?
The M-60 is a belt-fed machine gun. It is not an "assault rifle".
Beat me to it. Anyway, the thing is perfectly safe inasmuch as it does not have a bayonet lug...
but it's black and has a pistol grip...
But it's got two of them deadly pistol grips!
I wonder how many of these are out in the wild on the black market..
I bet a *ton*
Well, I'm doing my part. I've just sent this thread to my friend in South Dakota who owns Jack First, Inc. If you've ever needed gun parts, chances are you are familiar with that name.
Or a "high capacity magazine".
I have a mental picture of Chief Deputy Hondo. No, I just have an opinion of his mentality.
quite a few would be my guess....
When I first read that I was thinking that we were soon going to see footage of a tank rolling down the road with 50 police cars behind it as it smashed everything.
Where was it stolen? If taken at the auto gun shoot it would be in the Grove or Miami areas or even the Tulsa area.
I'm not sure how the Joplin P.D. got involved in the case.
Humped one all over the world.
What an idiot.
BTW, when I went through Army Ski School, I never learned what to do with the poles. Both arms were hugging the 60.
You should see me ski now, both pole held on a sling...
Do I have to give it back? I was using it to trim trees in my back yard.
His and Hers M-60s for sale.
So does my hair dryer! Should I go turn myself in now??
It's a light machine gun that came out during Vietnam. Had a pretty bad tendency to jam if you didn't know each individual M-60's "personality" and tendencies. Once the gunner got to know the gun, it was generally pretty reliable according to my brother (Major, US Army), but you need to be able to go from one machine gun to another if one breaks in the middle of combat without having to learn its idiosyncracies.
HENCE...the Australian-made M240 Bravo that replaced it. Its reliability is legendary. You can have the ammo belt running through dust, dirt, rocks, water, mud puddles, and it will keep right on firing as if the belt was sterilized like a surgical instrument.
I wonder when this was. June 21st this year was Tuesday, this says Sunday June 21st.
To be fair, this is not a quote from Chief Deputy Hondo, but a paraphrase in the words of the reporter, Darrell Todd Maurina. (Why am I thinking Darrell is a girl?)
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