Big gun training at E3

Maj. Randy Zeegers, 20th Special Forces Group, Alabama National Guard (second from left) instructs me on the proper use and handling of a large rifle in sniper training at the "America's Army" booth, E3 2006.


The gun weighs about 40 pounds without ammunition, and about 60 when fully loaded. That's pretty heavy.


It was not loaded at the time this polaroid was snapped. One would not operate the weapon from this position. Instead, the weapon would rest on a tripod, low to the ground, and the sniper looks through the scope (which terminates just above my left shoulder) at the target. Here, my right index finger is positioned just next to the trigger, but not on it.


The soldier at far left recently returned from duty in Iraq. He is wearing typical sniper concealment, fashioned from burlap and mesh.


When the alien zombies come from space, I will be ready to fight and defend Planet Earth

  • Bonnie Burton 9y

    Xeni: if you ever start a band, please make this your album cover! Actually I think you should make that image into a poster and sell it on boingboing!
  • martineno 9y

  • bryan campen 9y

    @ so awesome: "But he who hits the joystick on this day with me shall be my brother."
    --Bill Shakespeare
  • Aaron St.John 9y

    What you have there is not a machine gun. It is either a M82 or M107. It is a semi-automatic rifle, and not and automatic machine gun.
  • Xeni Jardin 9y

    Thanks for the correction, Aaron!
  • Kevin Trotman 9y

    Todd beat me to the wookie comment... Nice shot Xeni.
  • Werner Egipsy Souza 9y

    Girl! You sure have a lot of fun!
  • Giovanni Portelli 9y

    ..yes!! defend planet earth!!!
  • ah3a8D8uofo 8y

  • Ivetta23 8y

    That is one sexy B!+cH there that the Blonde is holding, what a lucky girl she is !!!
  • Ivetta23 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Bi-Girls & Guns, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • Jakenuts 8y

    Wow.. Great. The US Army can't get enough cannon fodder for Georges little adventures the old fashioned way (i.e. promising education to poor folk), so they build a video game and you proudly assist in promotion. Sad days..
  • Jorge M 8y

    I got the greatest "Wizard of Oz" vibe from this picture.

    You got the Lion, the scarecrow, Dorothy and the Tin Man.
  • Arashi Kage 8y

    war is game!
  • Pelican-MAN 7y

    Barret 50.Cal?
  • copsunited1 Thanks for 1,000,009,150,010 Views 7y

    Most likely a Barrets. The burlap and rags is a Gillie or Gilly suit. It provides camoflage for the shooter and his "spotter". The .50 cal has a range of 5 miles. The longest rcorded "kill" was near two miles. One shot, one kill. I have the greatest respect for those intrepid individuals.
  • Alexeagle1 7y

    Nice Barrett. Nuff said.
  • tuffi 7y

    Its a barret M82 .50 12,7x108mm
  • Amanda 7y

    Holy shit. That's preparation.
  • rockypyro1490 6y

    50 cal. best everr.
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