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The WW2 "Stinger" machinegun

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If you don't recognize this contraption... you're probably not alone. But you will from now on. The Marine who created this weapon was Tony Stein with the 28th Marines on Iwo. Tony was a toolmaker from Dayton Ohio and he cannibalized a AN-M2 .30 cal machine gun from a Dauntless dive bomber, added a M1 Garand stock and sights, and a BAR bipod. The weapon had a fantastic rate of fire between 1,200-1,400 RPM.

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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to

CORPORAL TONY STEIN || UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE


September 30, 1921 - March 1, 1945

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, in the Volcano Island, 19 February 1945. The first man of his unit to be on station after hitting the beach in the initial assault, Corporal Stein, armed with a personally improvised aircraft-type weapon, provided rapid covering fire as the remainder of his platoon attempted to move into position and, when his comrades were stalled by a concentrated machine-gun and mortar barrage, gallantly stood upright and exposed himself to the enemy's view, thereby drawing the hostile fire to his own person and enabling him to observe the location of the furiously blazing hostile guns. Determined to neutralize the strategically placed weapons, he boldly charged the enemy pillboxes one by one and succeeded in killing twenty of the enemy during the furious single-handed assault. Cool and courageous under the merciless hail of exploding shells and bullets which fell on all sides, he continued to deliver the fire of his skillfully improvised weapon at a tremendous rate of speed which rapidly exhausted his ammunition. Undaunted, he removed his helmet and shoes to expedite his movements on ran back to the beach for additional ammunition, making a total of eight trips under intense fire and carrying or assisting a wounded man back each time. Despite the unrelenting savagery and confusion of battle, he rendered prompt assistance to his platoon whenever the unit was in position, directing the fire of a half-track against a stubborn pillbox until he had effected the ultimate destruction of the Japanese fortification. Later in the day, although his weapon was twice shot from his hands, he personally covered the withdrawal of his platoon to the company position. Stouthearted and indomitable, Corporal Stein, by his aggressive initiative, sound judgment and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of terrific odds, contributed materially to the fulfillment of his mission, and his outstanding valor throughout the bitter hours of conflict sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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that's one clever jew!
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When my buddy worked at the DDay museum, he had that gun built for the Pacific wing. It's pretty fucking sweet and works damn good also.
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I don't think he was Jewish...

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I don't think he was Jewish...
Stein?

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He's American... he ain't no damn jew.

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Talk about a hardcore motherfucker. Do more with less, adapt and overcome. This man's life is the reason why we are able to live they way we do today. No pussy ass falling out of runs or complaining about shit. He just made it happen with what he had available. Fuckin-A kid.
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Talk about a hardcore motherfucker. Do more with less, adapt and overcome. This man's life is the reason why we are able to live they way we do today. No pussy ass falling out of runs or complaining about shit. He just made it happen with what he had available. Fuckin-A kid.
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I want one. Also: bear Jew status?

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That thing looks sinister
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Talk about a hardcore motherfucker. Do more with less, adapt and overcome. This man's life is the reason why we are able to live they way we do today. No pussy ass falling out of runs or complaining about shit. He just made it happen with what he had available. Fuckin-A kid.
You took the words right outta my mouth!
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The crazy thing is you can probably only run around with a few hundred belted rounds with something that large... and it has a cyclic rate of 1,400rpm, so it's going to eat a little under 25 rounds in a 1 second burst, so carrying an astronomically high amount of ammo - 300 rounds, you get roughly 13 seconds of fire.... crazy.



Imagine Tony Stein running around barefoot on iwo jima with multiple pillboxes firing directly at him.. his gun was shot out of his hands twice during the battle... firing this fucking beast:

http://www.youtube.com/v/_PvfvJsnc2Y

He must have looked like the T-101 out there. You will never be this much of a bad ass.

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Stein is German for stone... I dont think he was Jewish yale...

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Stein is German for stone... I dont think he was Jewish yale...
it has several meanings in german - to carve, a stone, it can be used as a verb or adjective. Jewish names commonly use "stein"..he could be a jew, who cares... In my opinion he was in the wrong theater then.
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