Time for another “Redneck Saturday”…this time with a special guest; Machine Gun Joel!
With Joel and his main arsenal in attendance, I brought no firearms but instead arrived loaded with all of my photo gear. I used 2 DSLR bodies and switched between them; using a standard lens on the D7100 and my Tamron zoom on the D7000. Program Mode was the method of the day; this stuff moves way too fast for Manual. I began with 459 images, trimmed that down to 278, and processed 57 of those; 29 of which are here.
The music for this page is 10 from 6 from Bad Company. There are plenty of favorites here, with “Can’t Get Enough” (this page was delayed as I learned some of the chords),“Shooting Star”, “Bad Company” and “Ready for Love” leading the charge.
Ok, ok…I snuck in a little Crystal Gayle; “The Sound of Good-bye” (a truly wonderful song)….
Machine Gun Joel and Cody are checking out Joel’s FN SCAR 17S. This gun packs a substantial wallop.
Ammo belts ready for action. These are set for the main event, which we’ll see later.
Neil with his Longines .32 (built in the late 1920’s!) after just firing a round. That blob over the gun is a spent shell. Wanna know why it’s blurry despite the very high shutter speed? Because it’s out of the narrow depth of field. I just figured that out…while listening to Crystal Gayle!
Mike with his Ruger Mini-30, that we saw on “Redneck Saturday” in 2012. I took this image behind him as otherwise I’d be shooting into the sun. Mike is wearing sun protection as it was hot; into the low 90’s.
Austin with his “My First Rifle” .22 by Crickett Firearms. Rob, his dad, is right there providing close supervision.
Neil with his Mossberg .22 rifle. He almost looks asleep here but it’s all concentration when Neil is on the line. The purple background is from some pop-up shade tents he brought.
The business end of Neil’s rifle. Nice bokeh from my Tamron (which it should be at 300mm).
Cody with Joel’s FN SCAR 17S. I was well off to the side getting this image and shook with each each shot; even though I knew they were coming! A very powerful weapon.
Cody takes out an unlucky apple. Note the other half on the very right edge of the frame. This, as you would expect, was a coordinated shot, with my Nikon on continuous burst mode. Later on, Elisa and I took aim at the apples with her .22 (from much closer range, mind-you).
Joel with Mike’s Smith and Wesson 500; a .50 caliber hand gun. Tremendous power from this revolver. I shot it twice; that was enough for me.
Silhouette time as I went to the other side for this image of Cody with his AR 15. Note one shell is flying off to his right and another is just ejecting. I think this was taken in single-shot mode, so I got lucky.
Mike’s Colt 4500LT; just getting ready to fire.
Machine Gun Joel with a 50 round “drum” magazine (.45 caliber) for his Tommy gun. This is one of my favorites from the day as Joel’s smile captures the spirit of the event.
There’s a reason why we call him “Machine Gun Joel!” This is a Thompson SMG 1928 going to town. As you would guess, I used continuous burst mode on my D7000. It allowed me to capture the stringed stair-step appearance of the shells.
Yeah…I think he got him.
It’s Neil’s turn with the Tommy.
Now Rob is firing away. Note his eye and ear protection. Note my increased ISO to bump up my shutter speeds.
…“and it’s pronounced, KNEE-CON!” It was my turn with the Tommy, so Joel took this one of your photographer firing off a burst. The smoke looks pretty cool, doesn’t it?
“So let me get this straight…we’re doing WHAT with the TV?”
This is what happens when NASCAR gets preempted by re-runs of “Ally McBeal” …yep…
Cody taking out another water bottle. Using burst mode, I actually captured the rifle blast before the water bottle was hit, as seen in the inset in the upper right…these are consecutive images…pretty neat!
This was actually a “miss” but I liked the fake wood exploding. Also note the screen; anyone interested in a slightly used TV?
Time for the main event; the World War II era German MG-42! Here is Joel firing off a burst. I’m telling ya, still images simply do NOT do this weapon justice; so stay on this page for a special look at the MG…it’s coming up!
This amazing gun fires 20 rounds a SECOND! I am NOT making that up… just crazy.
Rob with his turn at the MG. I also fired off a few bursts with it. Joel instructed us to keep the rounds low so we did. I even shot several into the ground.
Both Joel and Mike went “Rambo” and stood with it. Not easy to do, indeed.
One thing about a 71 year old machine gun, they can jam. That’s what happened here, as a shell got caught back up in the chamber as the ammo belt was swaying. That was the end of the event for the MG-42. Still, it was an absolute thrill to have been there to see (and shoot) this incredible weapon.
As I said, the MG-42 is special. So special that for the first time ever on Blue Light Pix, I am embedding video. Here is a 7 second clip taken by Elisa, of the mighty MG-42 in action:
Something else, isn’t it! Joel is at the controls, obviously. You can hear Elisa laughing; we all were!
Closing shot. This is a 10mm shell that was lying on the ground and was obviously penetrated by a round when I shot the MG. It might have looked silly at the time, but Joel later told me it was actually much safer to shoot into the ground versus losing control and shooting into the air. This shell is in my possession. Kinda neat.
Afterwards we dined on some outstanding Chanticlear pizza and caught the NASCAR race from Richmond, which was won by my favorite driver; Carl Edwards in the ’99 Kellogg’s/Cheez-it Ford Fusion!
Special thanks to Rob, Elisa, Cathy, Austin and Caylee for hosting “Redneck Saturday”…it was great! Of course, extra-special thanks to Machine Gun Joel for giving us this very unique opportunity…it was awesome!
So, how are we going to top this “Redneck Saturday!?” Not sure, but I recall hearing something about an A-10 Warthog (with those 12″ depleted uranium rounds) doing a strafing run…hmm…
all images © Scott Woelm – September 2013