This has to be one of the most depressing videos all freedom and gun loving Americans will see all week. See, the U.S. Army – the people who are supposed to be protecting our freedoms – sells all sorts of stuff when they are done with it. Duffle bags, meals ready to eat, armored vehicles…tanks. But there is one class of issued equipment that the Army does NOT sell, and, in fact, destroys at the time of decommissioning. That item is guns.
When a gun becomes obsolete to the U.S. Army, as in it can no longer be repaired – any gun from rifles to pistols to machine guns – the weapon is sent to a facility in Anniston, Alabama to an Army Depot operated by the Defense Logistics Agency. There, guns are fed into a machine known affectionately as Captain Crunch and turned into scrap.
All Americans who have an affinity for shooting, and all that entails, please find an adult beverage before watching the video below and beginning to mourn. (Toasting the crunched weapons is, of course, encouraged. Playing TAPS is optional.)
After you, the reader, have finished hyperventilating at the sight of all those guns being crunched and then torched so that nothing is recognizable, here are some straight facts about Captain Crunch.
- Daily, 2,500 weapons can be eaten, uh, scrapped by the big machine.
- In the first six months of operating beginning in August of 1993, Captain Crunch ate 300,000 guns. That number includes 32,000 rifles, 20,000 M3 “grease gun” submachine guns, and 110,000 M1911A1 semiautomatic pistols.
- Each weapon destroyed costs $3.26. The scrap is then sold to civilian buyers to the tune of $12 million as of 2007.
- In 1995, the total number of guns destroyed in this manner topped 600,000.
- As of this year, Captain crunch has destroyed over a million weapons.
When it comes to TRULY obsolete, broken or unusable firearms, a machine such as Captain Crunch turning iron into scrap is a great tool to have. It is quite laudable to strive to keep weapons out of “the wrong hands.” Now, can the Army work with the Justice Department on keeping weapons from walking across the border?
H/T – Popular Mechanics