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Editor, Lieut. ( jg) E. A. McDonald
13 August 1937
The Springfield Rifle
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bullet to " drift" to the right. However,
the .30M1 bullet up to and including
1,000 yards is negligible in
Twist- The spiral formed by the
groove in the barrel. The twist is to
the right and uniform, one turn in 10
Grooves- The four spiral channels
between the lands.
Rear sight-- It is graduated on its
leaf from 100 to 2850 yards.
Maximum range- 5,465 yards ( 3.1
miles) at an elevation of 45 degrees.
The ammunition- Is a cartridge,
called the ball, caliber .30M1, and consists
of a brass case, primer and the
bullet. Waterproofing is accomplished
by shellacking or varnishing the inside
of the neck of the case before seating.
the bullet and placing a drop of shellac
on the point between the primer
and the case.
The cartridge case contains 50
grains ( a little more than one tenth
of an ounce) of smokeless powder.
The primer- That is, a cup containing
percussion powder, which, when
struck by the firing pin explodes and
ignites the powder in the cartridge.
The bullet is steel jacketed, with a
core of lead and tin composition covered
with a gilding metal, weighing
175 grams ( about one third of an
Muzzle energy- 2,675 foot- pounds.
Pressure- 48,000 pounds per square
Penetration- Into various materials
is as follows:
At a range of 200 yards, the bullet
will go through a 14- inch steel plate,
and penetrate 6% inches of brick 18
inches of solid oak or 19 inche~ of
Ra~ idity of fire- As a single loader,
the nfle can be fired at the rate of 23
aimed shots a minute, and with the
magazine in use, 25 aimed shots a
minute have been fired.
Life of rifle- With reasonable care
the life is about 4,000 rounds in one
target practice season.
2d Lieut: " Where the dickens are
your shots going?"
Marine on rifle range: " I don't know
but they're leaving this end all right."
Us Navies are sorta gettin' used
to tha chippin' hammer racket and
tha Navy Yard humanity a swarmin'
over tha decks 0' our proud ship 0'
steel but all is nary brass that glitters.
' Slike tha time Pa brought home a
box 0' city candies for Ma, and Ma let
out a suspicious wail which was heard
for miles around, " Pa, you kaint be
foolin' me, tha Lord knows you're lit
and I know you're lit so traipse along
upstairs without nary a bite 0' supper
but be a leavin' tha sweets on tha
table and mayhap we'll both be a
forgivin' you afore long, even if I
have to send up a prayer for you."
No sir, a body couldn't fool Ma. And
you can't fool us laddies 0' tha sea
Well, it seems that there are a
goodly share 0' them varmints 0' tha
air, them pesky skeeters a flyin'
' round up in these parts about tha
Navy Yard and they're causin' quite
a mite 0' irritation among us crew,
especially to tha tender hided lads.
Yes sir, a body's gotta do a tolerable
bit 0' scratchin' at times in order to
be a feelin' pert.
But there's means 0' gettin' ' round
most any trouble and be a turnin' it
to somethin' good if a body gets to
scratchin' his noggin ' stead 0' his skin.
Tha other day a cloud 0' these critters
started to pursue me ' round tha decks
and I was just able to keep a step
ahead 0' tha lot by doin' some fast
runnin' from one division to tha other
when all of a sudden I ducked into
one 0' our gun turrets and slammed
tha door shut in tha nick 0' time. " I'm
safe," says I, a laughin' to myself.
But would you believe it, Sal. There
arose tha clatter 0' a thousand rivet
hammers. Afore a body could say
Earl Schemmerhorn tha bills 0' tha
lot were a drillin' through tha steel
sides, they were so thirstin' for my
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R. C. Ball, Ch. Pay Clerk
Stefan Sivak, Jr., SK2c
R. B. Thompson, Seale
John Boris, F3c
G. A. Smith, Prtr3c
R. L. Beckwith, Seale
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A weekly publication of the ship's company
of the U. S. S. Houston, Captain G. N. Barker,
U. S.., Commanding and Commander C. A.
Bailey, U. S. ", Executive Officer.
After anchoring in Southampton harbor,
her commanding officer refused
the services of an ash barge to the
amazement of the Port Captain. After
the barge had been sent back to the
dock for the second time, the Port
Captain who did not believe the story
that the battleship was burning oil,
and therefore needed no ash lighter,
paid a visit to the ship to ascertain if
ashes were being thrown into the
harbor. An inspection of the firerooms
convinced him that no ashes were being
The Delaware, which went out of
commission in 1922, served with honor
through the World War, being attached
to the Sixth Battle Squadron
of the United States Atlantic Fleet,
operating with the Grand Fleet.
" Mr. Jones, dad wants to borrow
" All right, sonny," said Jones,
reaching for his coat. " You run along
home- I'll bring it over."
The call for wrestling candidates
is soon to go out. As the foundation
for a good wrestling squad is made at
the beginning all hands are welcomed.
Provision has been made with the
Navy Y. M. C. A. in Vallejo to accommodate
as many grunt and groan
artists as come out.
Under the capabla leadershp of
" Headlock" Wellbourne this year looks
like the bumper one for the Houston
in wrestling. Let's get out there and
see what you can do. It's good, clean,
healthy exercise and it's a lot of fun.
Let's go, Houston.