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Firearms Faux Pas: A Detailed Look at the USS John McCain’s Misguided M4 Moment

Video Highlights

  • A photo was released by the Navy showing the skipper of the USS John McCain firing an M4 with a Trijicon VCOG mounted backwards and the front lens cap closed.
  • The handguard was installed incorrectly and the vertical foregrip was in an odd position.
  • Though the skipper's primary role is not rifle proficiency, the incorrect setup of the rifle is noticeable and humorous.
  • Despite the setup, the skipper was still posing as if he was expertly firing the gun; the mistake was not noticed by anyone involved in the photo's release.
  • The photo was quickly removed due to the embarrassment it caused and the Marines were quick to correct the error in their own photo.

Video Summary

Firearms aficionados across the nation were recently left in a state of disbelief, thanks to an image shared by the U.S. Navy. The image, featuring the skipper of the USS John McCain wielding an M4, turned heads not for its display of military prowess, but instead for the glaring mistakes apparent to any seasoned firearm enthusiast. A closer look at the photograph revealed that not only was the Trijicon vcog (Variable Combat Optical Gunsight) mounted backwards, but the front lens cap was also left closed, the handguard was installed incorrectly, and the vertical foregrip was positioned awkwardly. To say that this image sparked a wave of criticism and amusement would be an understatement.

Critics argue that as the skipper of a ship, proficiency in firearms might not be the most critical skill required. After all, if the situation has escalated to a point where the ship's commander has to resort to repelling borders with a rifle, things have already gone significantly awry. However, the image's comedic value lies in the attempt to project an image of a hardened, battle-ready figure, only to fall short due to basic firearm handling errors.

A deeper discussion arises when considering the fact that the skipper would not have been able to see anything through the scope due to the improperly mounted vcog and closed lens cap. Regardless of whether the lens caps were open or closed, the inverted positioning of the vcog would have made it impossible for the scope to function correctly. Yet, this did not deter the skipper from posing confidently for the camera, rounds at the ready.

What is perhaps even more perplexing is the apparent lack of recognition of these errors by anyone involved in the process of capturing, editing, vetting, and posting the photo. This oversight is indicative of a potential lack of firearm knowledge among those responsible for the image. While it is true that the Navy might not be the go-to source for quintessential firearms proficiency, this incident has been seen as a significant blunder by many.

The Navy's quick deletion of the image suggests they too recognized the mistake, albeit post-publication. In the aftermath, the Marines were swift to demonstrate the correct use of firearms, further emphasizing the errors made in the original photograph.

That said, it's important to remember that we all have moments of misjudgment, and the Navy is no exception. This episode serves as a reminder of the importance of having a basic understanding of the equipment we use, regardless of the field we’re in.

This incident also serves as a stark contrast to companies like Franklin Armory, the sponsor of the video that initially brought attention to the photo. Known for their binary firing system, Franklin Armory is a testament to the importance of understanding and respecting firearms, serving as a beacon for responsible and proficient gun ownership in America.

In conclusion, this incident serves as an amusing reminder of the importance of understanding the tools of one’s trade. Whether you're a firearm expert, a casual shooter, or a high-ranking naval officer, it's essential to know the ins and outs of your equipment. After all, a tool is only as effective as the person wielding it. As we move forward, let's hope that this incident serves as a learning experience for all.