Rule 5 Blogging: Estonia

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of January Jones in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude. This week: soldiers from Estonia! Click any photo to enlarge.







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  2. I gotta say ropelight, these modern weapons are bloody fantastic. The most sophisticated things I ever fired were a Thompson and a BAR. I’m gettin’ old!

  3. Yes, Eric, the old model 1928M1 Thompson would accept the 50 round drum magazine, but it was always problematic. Soldiers complained the fully loaded drum was too heavy, rattled and gave away their positions, and the sliding side-mounting arrangement made it slow and difficult to clear jams*. Thousands of drum mags sent to Britain before the US entered WW-2 were sent back with requests for the more reliable 20 round box magazines.

    Consequently, in late 1941 the US redesigned the Thompson to eliminate the drums and accept 30 round box mags as the new standard M1A1. Other changes were also made, including relocating the charging handle, changing the action from delayed to straight blowback, and removing the cooling fins and the Cutts compensator.

    By the time Hoagie got his hands on a Thompson in Vietnam the old drums were long a thing of the past. But, they do retain a favored fresh and current place in our memories, and collectors value them greatly.

    *That detail might come in handy sometime for possible use in one of your adventure yarns.

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