M14 with shot line adapter

M-14 Shotline Adapter

I didn’t know they used shot line adapters. When I saw the photo I thought he was using a suppressor.

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 24, 2008) Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Aan J. Doscher, assigned to the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), fires an M-14 with a shot line adapter toward the Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7) during a refueling-at-sea. Harpers Ferry is assigned to the Essex Expeditionary Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua J. Wahl (Released)

Full sized photo here.

Hat Tip: Navy.mil via. MP.net

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  • Hah. We just watched a show where they were about to perform at-sea refueling and I backed it up to watch them shoot the lines across again.

  • Cool! Did they say the range that the line was shot?

  • You know, they matched course and speed and kept the distance even, but I can’t remember what they said it was.

    Seemed like about 100′, but it’s kind of tough to get a real sense of scale, especially on TV with zoom lenses and all.

  • Very interesting.

    I have this overwhelming desire to get myself a line adapter … never know when it may come in handy 😀

  • Rus

    Used to see these all the time. Distance between ships is about 160 feet.

    More on Unrep here:


  • Thanks for link Rus