10 thoughts on “Response Boat–Small and .50 Cal. Reviewed

  1. The Ma Duece will go one for many more decades~

    What I found interesting is the new entrant into the USCG small boat arena, Metal Shark which has gotten serveral boat builidng contracts from the US govt recently. 38 may bet them 500?!!

    And these boat are powered by Honda o/bs

  2. From the article,
    “where the M2 has been successfully employed in one-shot sniper mode using a telescopic sight. Discovery of the M2 sniper option is widely credited to legendary USMC sniper Carlos “White Feather” Hathcock in Vietnam.”

    I got hits on moving sampans at 900 or yards using single fire (the only way to use it as a “sniper” weapon) and the standard iron sights. Of course, it was sitting on top of a 400-pound 81mm mortar that helped stabilize movement. I don’t believe Hathcock invented the use. It had far more use before.

    It is a good system. I’ve seen, literally, hundreds of thousands of rounds fired, and with care they are very reliable. Mr. Browning did a great job on all his machine guns.

    The fact remains that to hit any target from a boat requires the boat to slow down. I saw a training exercise on a river near Fort Knox and they were all over the place because they were, as the Italians says, all ahead “tutta!” The weapon system makes no difference if nothing is hit.

    Gee, that sounds like my monograph the only shots that count are those that hit.

      • There are some creature comfort improvements that are nice improvements. But it seems the design team worked overtime to solve a lot of problems that didn’t really exist IMO. I don’t mind (maybe prefer) the boat when it’s sunny and 75 degrees with calm winds and no chop. In all other conditions I’d take the Safeboat in any configuration. The hull is extremely noisy (think being in a dryer with $1 in nickles and a brick) and hard riding (to include porpoising), has substantial trim problems (they had to add hydraulic trim tabs) not to mention some fundamental hull form issues that have led to several near misses. It has a 3’x5′ plate glass crank operated window on each side…enough said about that. As you’d imagine (from the number and size of windows) the daytime crew vis is quite good. But at night it’s like being in a carnival hall of mirrors…dangerous I think. It also has a left hand helm…which is just weird and unnecessary….apparently intended to solve the problem of having the throttles easy to access by the crew in case of coxswain ejection or some other unlikely scenario. Construction quality and durability/longevity is seriously suspect.
        Crew seating is a huge improvement. Electronics package is a worthwhile upgrade as are functionality and ergonomics generally. Crew comms is a nice to have (but seldom used in the field).

      • Wow, I haven’t heard about any of those issues before. One improvement over the Defender class that I know of is that they have ballistic protection.

      • The gen 1 RB-S had clear deficiencies….far from perfect. But it was pretty simple boat, well built on a proven hull and procured on short order.
        Some felt it was unsafe because it handled too aggressively and has relatively poor crew vis. The latter of which is a valid concern.

  3. I was one of the first Reserve Coxswains qualified on the RB-S, on 25008 at Station LA/LB. The crew visibility issue was (and is) a training issue for Cox & Crew, that wasn’t really well handled, until way too many near misses, and finally a fatality (San Diego). I realize that wasn’t a 25′, but the visibility issue was nearly identical between the 25′ & 33′. The sheer speed of the boats was also a new training issue. I describe it as the transition from a 30KT (41’s) max to a 40KT minimum, with very little in the way of understanding or acknowledging that difference.

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