The other day I was standing in front of the High Court building on Poai Road. Across the street is some kind of military compound and guarding the compound were two Conscript Kids. They were all decked out in their uniforms and white helmets and standing opposite each other at the drive-in gate.
One of the Conscript Kids had an M-16 and whenever a car drove in the “sans-rife kid” would bark something and the other kid will do a port arms (i.e. snap the rife up and across his body) Then after the car had driven in the kid with the gun would return it to rest with the butt on the ground. All of that is fine.
But, having shot pistols and rifles most of my adult life (and being a card carrying member of the NRA) I noticed something that quite disturbed me. Each time the kid ported his rifle he stuck his finger into the trigger guard and wrapped his little conscript finger around the trigger. In the process of doing so, he has passed the muzzle of the gun across the door of the car and across the body of his fellow guard. All of which is a gross violation of firearms safety. Now I realize the locals are not much on safety and usually display a childish glee around guns and generally have no sense about anything so the event does not surprise me.
But now the question; are the rifles issued to military guards, at least in Taipei City, loaded?? Now from a safety standpoint, that makes no difference. Firearms training in civilized countries, like California (I realize California is not a country, but then neither is Taiwan), teach that “all guns are always loaded”. But I just kind of wondered if the rifles they give the Conscript Kiddies are loaded.
Private Poagao, ROC Army Retired, maybe the man to answer this question. Of course it maybe a State Secret!
San Chung City Citizens Militia