Following my first few weeks we were given lectures, stories and advice from trained military professionals who were well schooled in the history and accuracy of the Pacific theatre. Learning about these true stories and how these individuals were able to use their courage and rely on their weapons in times of need began to bridge the gap from that era for me and focus my energies on replicating those experiences. This too, was still only the first steps of my exposure to this period in time. To my enlightenment I was involved in a 3 day weapon shoot out in the desert where we not only got to see authentic, period weapons from WWII, but also got to use them! It was a fantastic chance for me to get maximum exposure to these weapons and an opportunity I won't soon forget. To feel the weight, smell the oil and hear the discharge is an experience that can project your mind to a time when your life depended on the functioning and accuracy of your weapon. I had time over the days spent there to catalogue each weapon and take extensive notes on major points: Dimensions, weight, materials they were composed of and rate of fire. Taking hundreds of digital photographs I was also able to stock pile a library of images I knew I would use later to build and texture my virtual recreations.Make sure you go ahead and read the full article. Some past Insider articles include:
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