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This Retro Army Training Video For Vietnam-Era Door Gunners Is Scarily Adorable | Task & Purpose
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This Retro Army Training Video For Vietnam-Era Door Gunners Is Scarily Adorable | Task & Purpose

If there’s one combat billet that gets crapped all over by Hollywood, it’s the modern helicopter door gunner.

Armed with a muscular M60 7.62mm machine gun and perched high above the kill zone, the door gunner doles out and destruction as though it were a casual neighborhood drive-by. Which is why all those ‚ÄúHey man, whoa, that‚Äôs enough!‚ÄĚ scenes in war movies from¬†Full Metal Jacket¬†to¬†X-Men Origins: Wolverine¬†(lol) usually involve an overzealous aircrew corporal mowing down scads of innocents below. If the Bell UH-1 Huey was the pale horse of Revelations, then the M60-toting door gunner was the death that follows.

How did the military ward off that bad stereotype? With another bad stereotype! Door-gunning is more like fighting off bandits on the stagecoaches of old, according to this jarringly upbeat 1966 Army training film,¬†unearthed¬†by Guns.com, on ‚Äúshotgunners,‚ÄĚ the ‚Äútough, skilled Soldiers trained to protect the sky-coaches flying over South Vietnam.‚ÄĚ

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