4 April, 2013
Spinning a Drill Rifle
Since the 1970’s, rifle spinning has emerged as a coordinated, militarized dance routine. Spinning rifles was originally used by military honor guards during ceremonies. It has been used more recently in college R.O.T.C. and in high school J.R.O.T.C. as exhibition routines for drill competitions. The “armed exhibition” teams, as they are called, provide a routine of precision and skill. These routines last over seven minutes long. It takes skill and hard work to be able to spin the rifles for extended periods of time. Having the stamina and learning to spin the rifle with precision, is a process in which lots of time and work must be put forth to master the skill.
The first thing that must be done is determining which rifle to spin. There are two commonly spun rifles and those are: the M1 Garand, and the 1903 Springfield bolt action rifle. Both are obviously replicas, but it can be done with actual ones, there is just more of a risk. Knowing everything about each rifle is a key point in learning how to spin each of them.
The 1903 Springfield can be considered the easier to spin of the two. It is well balanced, and a lighter and sleeker alternative to the M1 Garand. The Springfield is made up of mostly a poly-carbonate material with metal where it is needed. The Springfield is forty-four inches in length providing a comfortable grip while utilizing the rifle. The weight of the rifle is eight point six pounds providing a tolerable amount of weight for any gender. The rifles length makes the rifles weight balance throughout the entire rifle, making it easier to spin. The Springfield is more common among exhibition teams as opposed to the M1 Garand.
The M1 Garand is more difficult to spin compared to the Springfield 1903. The M1 Garand is heavier and bulkier rifle to be spinning. The M1 Garand is made up of wood and metal, more than what is in the Springfield. The M1 is...