• Marines Marching In Inauguration Parade Had Disabled Rifles

    by  • 8 February, 2013 • Guns, Military, Politics, Video • 56 Comments

    M-14 no boltTake a close look at the M-14 rifles the Marines where carrying at Obama’s second inauguration. The bolts have been removed from the rifles rendering them unable to fire a round.

    Apparently Obama’s Secret Service doesn’t trust the USMC. Simply searching each guy to make sure he didn’t have a live round hidden on him wasn’t enough, they had to make sure the guns were inoperable.

    Remember all those times George Bush (miss him yet?) traveled to Iraq to meet the troops? Troops who had working rifles slung on their shoulders, with loaded magazines in pouches on their belt.

    I can’t recall ever seeing the troops with weapons in hand when Obama paid them a visit and after seeing this, if anyone can find such a photo, I’d have to bet that the bolt carriers had been removed prior to Obama’s arrival.

    It’s painfully obvious how much contempt Obama has toward the military and the feeling is mutual…and the Secret Service knows it too.

    Hat Tip: Tom Moe

    Watch this video, at about 1:14 you’ll see the troops passing by the camera, every single rifle is missing it’s bolt. I wonder if the bayonets are made of rubber?

    UPDATE: This report has received a lot of attention and while there is a consensus that something is dreadfully sinister about the Obama administration, it seems that there have been times when military members were ordered to remove bolts from their weapons due to “VIP’s” in the area.  Hey, it got us talking didn’t it?

    56 Responses to Marines Marching In Inauguration Parade Had Disabled Rifles

    1. Betty Butter
      9 February, 2013 at 03:04

      This is why I’m not too worried about Comrade Obama’s secret wish for some crisis to come along so he can declare Marshall Law. But I do expect him to nationalize more land – hey, we can get that back when it gets sold off, unless the Chinese are the ones who buy it.

      • Whattaconcept
        24 February, 2013 at 20:44

        The MARINES are a major deployment ASSIGNED to the Protection of the “POTUS”…… (Soon to get the NEW “Abbreviation” of “POPTIC”.. in other words.. the “President Of Propaganda and TREASONIST-IN-CHEIF!!!”)

        For Obummer to remove the bolts from their rifles leave him that much LESS protected!!!!

        Let’s send that squad to guard the ho’ on her Wal-Mart escapades!!!!!!

        • Jeni
          1 March, 2013 at 19:14

          <3 Love your new acronym 😉

          The bolts removed for the parade is an outrage and unacceptable. When will this obamination be impeached already??!
          God help us, he is out to ruin this great country and the sheeple are just sitting by letting it happen. He wants a second civil war and is sure to get one if he keeps up the propaganda and lies and takign away our rights! WAKE UP PEOPLE

        • Linda
          19 March, 2013 at 11:08

          Let’s have a little respect for the “position” if not for the person (including the wife).

          • Will
            11 July, 2013 at 14:19


            What does that even mean? It is impossible to to have respect for the position when the person who holds it is a vile human that needs a meeting with the creator

      • Linda
        19 March, 2013 at 11:06

        Well, if the Chines buy our land they CAN’T take it to China – the land is here to stay, no matter who’s name is on the paper!

        • inxs52
          6 October, 2014 at 08:50

          You gotta be joking me ?????!!

    2. Whoopie
      9 February, 2013 at 07:51

      The Marine who stands by the helicopter to salute when Obama comes and goes, I wonder if there’s a real pistol in that holster he wears?

      It’s a disgrace that Obama trusts the troops to fight “for him” (his quote) but he doesn’t trust them to have a working firearm in his presence.

      • Ceremonial Guard "Grunt" 1965
        17 February, 2013 at 11:27

        If you REALLY want to know, try walking up to that helecopter. This is top level security and questions are asked AFTER the fact. Trust me, “been there, done that” Semper Fi

        • Paul Stach
          18 February, 2013 at 07:52

          I was stationed at MB MCI Co. 1962 to 64 Was you at MB or at The Navel Yard.We attened and marched in both Kennedys and Johnsons and were not required to remove the bolts from our M-I rifles.Thanks Cpl Stach.Semper FI

        • Fulltimedad
          28 February, 2013 at 13:11

          But under Obama are they armed with real bullets and live rounds. NO other President has removed bolts from Marines on Parade in the past.

      • Old Mullet
        3 March, 2013 at 22:25

        Did anyone notice that the weapons are not bolt action. They appear to be M-1 Garands (auto or semi-auto). The only exception I could see in the video were the marines at each end of the flag barers, they had bolt-action and the bolts were there. I suggest this needs to be examined by a weapon armorer or gunsmith who is familiar with military rifles. The truths about this leader already out there are bad enough, let’s not get caught in falsifications.

    3. sidney
      9 February, 2013 at 13:54

      well i guess they should hold their dicks end the other hand Semper Fi my friends

    4. Buffoon
      9 February, 2013 at 14:18

      Are we sure this isn’t just SOP?

      • Whoopie
        9 February, 2013 at 14:55

        Examiner made a cursory search and found something even more curious. In the 2009 Inaugural Parade, the United States Navy marched with rifles that had not been so disabled (see 1:24 into that video plus the final slide).


        Many thanks to the Examiner for linking to this story at Blur-Brain.

        And thanks to Bob Owens…


        And Doug Ross at DirectorBlue Blogspot…


        • Buffoon
          9 February, 2013 at 19:49


      • TexMarine
        10 February, 2013 at 18:13

        Technically, putting rifles in most squids hands counts as rendering them completely disabled.

        • Buffoon
          10 February, 2013 at 18:26

          AAAAAAwww sh*t. Your gonna hurt Whoopies feelings…

          • Whoopie
            10 February, 2013 at 18:34

            So’k Buffoon, jarheads always be hatin’ their great Navy brothers. We be takin’ care of ’em anyways, holdin’ their hands, givin’ them free rides, patchin’ up their boo-boos.

            • Jesse
              11 February, 2013 at 05:30

              Yeah sure, tell that to the 1st Marine Div at Guadalcanal…

        • DD777 Gunner
          13 February, 2013 at 10:06

          Glad you said “most” as this squid taught a few reserve jarheads how to shoot.

        • 18 February, 2013 at 12:32

          LOL…awe…come on people. A little inter service rivalry is good. That comment made actually laugh out loud. I have a son in the Air Force who is in munitions and put the weapons onto the F-15E’s. My other son is a platoon commander in the Army of an Anti Air unit. You should here them go at it. All it love….

          • Whoopie
            18 February, 2013 at 12:57

            Yeah, I had to bunk in the BEQ (bachelor enlisted quarters) with a couple of Air Force guys and we had a blast playing pranks on each other. My best buddy during that time was a Marine.

        • tsut@sbcglobal.net
          18 February, 2013 at 18:49

          This SQIUD was a corpsman in Korea. The weapon we trained with was the M2 Carbine, an inaccurate piece of crap that jammed almost always. We didn’t care because we had Marines looking out for us which they did very well. We did the same for them. This squid will always be proud to wear the globe and anchor!

          • Whoopie
            18 February, 2013 at 19:19

            Fleet Marine Force, I tip my hat to you sir!

          • stephen mangiameli
            20 February, 2013 at 16:03

            All Marines consider Navy Corpsmen (that serve with Marines) as Marines too. Thanks ‘Doc” for fixing us when we leaked! Semper Fi
            master Sergeant USMC (ret)

        • Corporal
          4 March, 2013 at 15:56

          Best laugh I had all day. But this really is a ridiculous thing that took place. I’m glad we are rid of him after rid of him after this second term.

    5. fraggy
      9 February, 2013 at 17:05

      they are M1 Garand rifles….. no big deal, just for the record

      • Whoopie
        9 February, 2013 at 17:12

        Ha! Good catch Fraggy. I was looking so hard at the receivers I didn’t notice the woodwork.

        • DD777 Gunner
          13 February, 2013 at 10:07

          Look in the receivers, you can see the followers. Those are parade pieces, just like the m1917 Enfields we carried 50 years ago.

    6. PaladinUSMC
      9 February, 2013 at 20:53

      I CAN tell You this for a FACT! Those Parade Rifles have been
      INOPERABLE for DECADES ! They are Used SOLELY for Drill and Ceremony !!!

      M1-Garand drill rifles have been re-machined to be very loose for
      that snapping sound at each station of arms (close order drill)

      and they are not safe to fire They are NOT a Current Issued Combat Arm !

      Somehow, I think this Supposed story was worked up over a couple of stiff drinks at a local Bar !!

      • Whoopie
        9 February, 2013 at 21:35

        There are a number of videos of the USMC silent drill team. I just watched one and it appears that their Garand rifles have bolts. See what you think:


        I know what you’re saying about loosening up the wood, but the M-1 Garand is a fine rifle and many folks still shoot them. sanding the insides of the forestocks and loosening the mounting bands wouldn’t make the gun unsafe to fire.

        You could simply put a weld in the chamber so a round can’t be inserted or remove the firing pin. The only reason to take out the bolt is to make it plainly visible (to the Secret Service) that gun is useless.

        • oldranger68
          10 February, 2013 at 10:11

          Different units have different drill weapons. I wouldn’t want to attempt to fire any of them if they, in fact, even have firing pins. However, it has been long standing policy, in high level stste functions, that bolts or firing pins be removed mainly to prevent accidental injury to troops, dignitaries, or civilians. I don’t believe that a slight toward the troops was intended.

          • Whoopie
            10 February, 2013 at 10:15

            I have long ago stopped giving Obama the benefit of the doubt.

        • Ollie Dozier
          17 February, 2013 at 11:16

          Photo is doctored/phony! No Marine would ever carry a weapon(right shoulder arms) in that position. Check all photos and video of ALL troops and the carry of their weapons. This pic has been computer enhanced to show exactly what SOMEONE wants to be seen, and apparently there are enough people out there who are buying into the lie. Gee, what group of people would want to do that, and for what reason??

          • Whoopie
            17 February, 2013 at 11:38

            Just for the record, that photo is screen grab from the video. And I have no idea what you’re talking about as to carrying the gun that way. Right shoulder arms is the rifle resting on the right shoulder, held vertically with the elbow tucked beside the ribs. I been to bootcamp and know the drill.
            The operating handle is fully forward yet no bolt is visible and you can see right down into the magazine well.

      • Ollie Dozier
        17 February, 2013 at 11:24

        I can tell YOU fo a fact (Everyone at 8th and I, as well as the Marine Silent Drill Team, stationed at the Navy Yard) used their M-1 garand to qualify annually, to train in the field, to drill on the parade deck. This was our TO weapon. 1962-1966. the pict is a phony! No Marine fron 8th and I would ever carry his piece at (right shoulder arms) in that position. Someone want to show a bolt-less weapon, and the rifle has to be turne din such a position as this to accomplish THEIR aim. PHONY/CONPUTER ENHANCED. Wonder wh benifits from such a LIE?? “Could it be SATAN”

    7. oldranger68
      10 February, 2013 at 10:06

      It has been my experience that none of the rifles used in the ceremonies in memory have been functional. They are parade rifles and are not safe to fire under any circumstances. I hate the Communst Obummer but he can do enough, himself, to garner hate without unresearched stories like this.

      • stg58/Animal Mother
        10 February, 2013 at 13:14

        All that may be true, but the bolts have not been so visibly absent. It is a message more than anything else. I have never seen the SDT perform live or on video with missing bolts.

    8. Kingbear
      11 February, 2013 at 10:26

      I was a combat infantry person attached to D-2-5 in Korea. When In returned I was a DI at MCRD San Diego. PaldinUSMC is dead on. If you will notice no M1s in that parade had bolts. This was not by order or even knowledge of the CIC. Did you see the people in jackets walking along they are the armed guard and for your information at least one and maybe two of the SUVs had a 50 cal in a mount that would come through a actuated gun position in the roof of the SUV.

      • Whoopie
        11 February, 2013 at 10:59

        Look guys, for the last time, it’s not about security, it’s about appearance. There are ways to disable a gun that don’t show on the outside. Doing it the way they did conveys the appearance that Obama doesn’t trust his own military. And that’s the disgrace.

        • Retired Military Dude
          11 February, 2013 at 13:02

          “Doing it the way they did conveys the appearance that Obama doesn’t trust his own military. And that’s the disgrace.”
          That is the impression you’re trying to convey. Even after being told it’s been this way for decades. That’s the disgrace, your dishonesty.

      • Ceremonial Guard "Grunt" 1965
        17 February, 2013 at 11:08

        As a Marine who served at Marine Barracks, 8th an I, I can ASSURE you that the photo is a PHONY!! The position of the M-1 Grand is meant to show “No Bolt”??? NO MARINE at *th and I would ever carry his piece (at right shoulder arms) that way. The rifle that they carry are FUNCTIONAL in every aspect. In 1965, when the rest of the marine Corps were issued M-14’s we carried M-1’s, we qualified every year with this weapon,, we trained in the field, we drilled in parades an ceremonies with this weapon and we provided security at camp David with this weapon. The picture is definately PHONY/DOCTORED?COMPUTER ENHANCED! Take it to the bank and SEMPER FI

    9. TexasPatriot
      11 February, 2013 at 14:52

      I’m no fan of our current administration, however, this is a inflamatory claim not based in fact. I surmise that this was a Marine Corps unit-level decision since other Marines in the parade, as well as my former Army outfit, The Old Guard, plus Air Force and Navy units were all carrying weapons with bolts installed and closed. The ONLY other unit I can identify as NOT having bolts in their rifles are U.S. Military Academy Cadets. Go to this website and review the pictures for yourself. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mdw_events/sets/72157632575511845/with/8409782474/

      Let’s try not to lower ourselves to ‘their’ standards. Liberals hate facts more than anything. Getting it wrong just gives them more ammo to paint us as nuts.

      • Whoopie
        11 February, 2013 at 14:58

        Lower ourselves to their standards?
        “In every war, the aggressor sets the rules of engagement.”
        -Rush Limbaugh

    10. 13 February, 2013 at 19:20
    11. Wildrice
      17 February, 2013 at 16:48

      I was in the Army from 1964-1967. I was also in a ceremony unit named “The Firing Squad” which fired blanks at funerals . Our rifles were the real deal. Biggest problem was blank rounds didn’t have enough recoil to eject/recock the next round and we needed to use the side of our hand to slam in another round, it hurt during freezing winter grave site volley’s. The rifle was real & intact..

    12. Gene Tinelli
      18 February, 2013 at 16:34

      I have no problem with this. Anwar Sadat and a number of other Egyptian officials were killed at an Inauguration parade by troops passing by the reviewing stand.

      • Whoopie
        18 February, 2013 at 16:50

        So you’re saying the US Marines are no more trustworthy than a bunch of Israel hating Egyptian terrorists?

    13. Joe Tuzzolino
      20 February, 2013 at 12:16

      The photo is not photoshopped, the Marine is at eyes left that is why the rifle looks out of position. Watch the video except for the squad on the left (right looking at the formation) who is the guide squad all are looking to the left causing that gap between the rifle and their heads

    14. scp412
      20 February, 2013 at 17:38

      I did pass in review at Fort Bragg in 2008ish, when then President Bush visited for All American Week. We were made to remove our bolts from our M4s for the ceremony. So it is not that far fetched to believe and also most likely had nothing to do with trust.

    15. m. mercer
      20 February, 2013 at 19:17

      I know a USMC Colonel retired after 40 years in the Corp who said that this is SOP with the Secret Service, not a Presidential decision. He personally witnessed this at his home coming from Viet Nam with President Nixon, and with President Bush in Somalia. So take another look at this blog it is completely misleading! I wish it wasn’t because I hate Obama like many of you that posted comments but this is U.S.Secret Service standard operating procedure with any President.

    16. cheryl
      21 February, 2013 at 22:44

      What a load of BS!!!! Standard parade weapons…you really think we send Marines into battle with those antiques??? I have stock in Golden Gate bridge for sale…… LOL
      I just love all you crazies who think there is some huge conspiracy behind this. I worked I Air Force logistics for 28 years. Parade policy requires non-funtional weapons. Bolts May or may not be visible depending on how the weapon was de-militarized…. bolts and or firing pins may be spot welded on some…or removed. ..so you might see them with or without a bolt in place… This is standard policy..and has been for years.

    17. Capt. Curt
      22 February, 2013 at 01:20

      Jar Head Jar Head don’t be blue
      You could have been a Sea Bee too.

      Some one had to get the beaches ready for your landing
      Your Mother the Navy loves you.

      Sea Bees- The best friend you ever had, cold beer and hot food any time for you guys.

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