Claymore’s Adventures: Making a video with Colt Defense (1985) (UPDATE: Video Online)

    Editor’s note: Claymore’s career took many interesting twists and turn through some of the world’s most notorious regions. A list of his blog posts can be seen here.

    UPDATE: The video is now online. Sorry about the SNAFU.

    Don’t ever think cinder block walls are “cover”. As you will see in this video

    Well the day is here. In this video all the fans from The firearms Blog can now see Claymore as he really looks with no masking.

    I found this after it was sitting in my closet for years and remembered that Steve was getting into posting firearms videos and thought I would send it to him.

    After a saga of getting it changed from VHS to digital, and sending it via the postal service it has now been converted by Steve and ready for posting.

    I got involved in this project after meeting a Colt exec. in the military and police sales when they came to our range to test and show off the then new M-16-A2. After that first meeting we became “buds”.

    Readers of TFB may have read some of my “adventure stories” and during these adventures anything I thought Colt might be interested in I passed to him and those got him some good reviews from his bosses.

    So when they wanted to produce this promo video, to show at military and police conventions, on a limited budget they asked myself and two other off duty Troopers to help out (on our own time, we were not paid by Colt).

    So onto the show as they say. For those TFB readers that have wondered just what claymore looks like I will give you a hint….. anyone firing the M-16-a2 in this promo left handed is me.  I also fire it briefly right handed. If you look closely at my hands they are black from all the firing we did that day way back in around 1985.

    We got all dressed out in our best military looking uniforms on a freezing cold day and got started.

    The scene starting at 03:11 shows a live 203 round exploding and it’s just a puff of black smoke down range. And then the large fireball explosion of the “Ammo dump” at 03:20.

    The secret is that large fireball explosion was really 1/2 lbs. of C-4 under two gallons of gasoline set of remotely by the third trooper off camera. He set the charge off when he heard the 203 practice round fire. When we said “that was a pretty large explosion for a 203 round” the execs said we will just say it was an ammo dump that was hit.

    As I said it was a freezing cold day and we troopers did the scene like the Marines do at 05:15 and had to break the ice off that stream so we could “trip” and dunk the rifle and then take it out and fire it. But it took several cuts and none of them made the cut and we were wet and freezing. So they stopped filming and continued using some Real USMC reserve Marines in the summer to complete the video.

    The day was a lot of fun firing mag after mag filled with pre-loaded 5.56 rounds and not have to load them ourselves.

    The rifles ran fine with no malfunctions all day.

    Now you guys have to know that even after watching this video you still will not be able to track me down as it was about 30 years ago and I don’t look like that anymore.

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!