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This is a discussion on Weapons you used in the military? within the Gun Stories forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Originally Posted by sfc rick Darn....where to start? USMC issue M16, 60mm&81mm mortars, 1911, M60 , U.S. Army issue M9, M109/155mm, M60A3/105mm, M2, M3 grease ...


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Old September 20th, 2014, 05:06 AM   #16
 
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Darn....where to start? USMC issue M16, 60mm&81mm mortars, 1911, M60, U.S. Army issue M9, M109/155mm, M60A3/105mm, M2, M3 grease gun, 249 co-ax

Just too many to remember during my career in the Marines and Army. I either carried them, drove them, and then cleaned them. My MOS's were 0341, 13B, 13F, 19E, 19K, 79T, 79S... and probably a couple more I forgot. 1974-2000 and then done.
Pretty much the same situation with me between Marine Corps (Infantry, & Military Police) and later the Air Force (Security Police). Too damn many small arms and such to remember. A few I recall are; M1, M14, M60, BAR - yeah, they were still around - M16, 1911, S&W M-15, M79, etc.



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Old September 20th, 2014, 05:10 AM   #17
 
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The weapons I used were the M1 Grand , BAR , Colt 1911,Browning 30 cal Machine gun.
And yes we wore real steel pots : )
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Old September 20th, 2014, 08:44 AM   #18
 
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I was an Army MP '73-'76 in Mannheim, FRG. Our primary issue weapon was the 1911A1, I was issued both a Remington Rand and an Ithaca at different times. As hard as I tried, I could never qualify as Expert with any of the 1911s in our arms room. I qualified as Marksman at MP school Ft. Gordon, GA and Sharpshooter in Germany.
Other weapons that I qualified with were: M16 - Expert, (Basic Ft. Ord, CA); M60- Marksman (FRG) M2-Expert (I was assigned gunner on three man team in FRG).
I also familiarized with S&W model 10 and 15, M203 grenade launcher and the LAW.

Of any of those, I would really like to be able to fire the M2 again. The M16s were fun too, all of ours were 20" triangle handguard A1s with 20 round mags, no three round burst, semi or full auto back then.

My avatar is our 15th MP Brigade patch from our unit in Mannheim; Co A, 95th MP Bn, 15th MP Bd. The 15th was deactivated shortly after I ETS'd in '76 and was finally reactivated as the garrison MP unit at the Ft. Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks a couple of years ago.

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As a USAF F-4 electronics tech, 71-75 all I had to do was shoot an M-16. Since I was on an indoor college .22 rifle team and had shot all my life outdoors, qualifying was more than easy.

In fact I got yelled at for shooting too fast and not taking a full 2 min to shoot 10 rounds or something. I was short anyway...

So I guess in a way, the F-4's did my fighting - Korat '72.
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M-14, Fort Knox basic training 1966. Back to reserve unit M-1.
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As a USAF F-4 electronics tech, 71-75 all I had to do was shoot an M-16. Since I was on an indoor college .22 rifle team and had shot all my life outdoors, qualifying was more than easy.

Experience shooting before the Army definitely helped. My dad was a career USAF officer, retired as LTC in '75. He got me started shooting .22LR 50' Indoor Match with the Chanute AFB Junior Rifle Club when I was 9yo from '63-'66 when we transferred to Evreux-Fauville AB, France. After that I shot with a rifle club at KSU but flunked out and went into the Army before I could qualify for the KSU Rifle Team. You could tell on the firing line at Ft. Ord who grew up around guns and who didn't.
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I was issued - at various times - a 1911, an M16A2 (later added the M203 grenade launcher "option") and an M9. I scored "expert" with the 1911, M16A2, M203, M9 and the BGM-71. As far as "shots fired in anger", those all came out of the M16A2.


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I was an Army MP '73-'76 in Mannheim, FRG. Our primary issue weapon was the 1911A1, I was issued both a Remington Rand and an Ithaca at different times. As hard as I tried, I could never qualify as Expert with any of the 1911s in our arms room. I qualified as Marksman at MP school Ft. Gordon, GA and Sharpshooter in Germany.
Other weapons that I qualified with were: M16 - Expert, (Basic Ft. Ord, CA); M60- Marksman (FRG) M2-Expert (I was assigned gunner on three man team in FRG).
I also familiarized with S&W model 10 and 15, M203 grenade launcher and the LAW.

Of any of those, I would really like to be able to fire the M2 again. The M16s were fun too, all of ours were 20" triangle handguard A1s with 20 round mags, no three round burst, semi or full auto back then.

My avatar is our 15th MP Brigade patch from our unit in Mannheim; Co A, 95th MP Bn, 15th MP Bd. The 15th was deactivated shortly after I ETS'd in '76 and was finally reactivated as the garrison MP unit at the Ft. Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks a couple of years ago.
Which kaserne was your unit on in Mannheim? I was in Mannheim about a decade later, '83 to '86. Was with an Infantry unit at Coleman Barracks. Quite a few MPs there at OCS (Old Coleman Stockade) but I don't remember what units...

To stay on topic... I spent 20 years in the Infantry and qualified or familiarized with more weapons than I can remember. M16A1 and A2, M203, M60, 1911, M2HB. Grease Gun, was that an M3? M47 Dragon, M72 LAW and later the AT4. M4, M9, M249, M240 and M24. Cross trained as 11H so I spent some time with the TOW system. Dropped some rounds with the 60mm and 81mm mortars. Got to familiarize with various foreign weapons through the years including of course AK47 and AK74 and several variants. Lots of guys tried to avoid going to ranges or running them...I volunteered any time I got the chance just to get the opportunity to fire something new!

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Army Security Agency (ASA) 1968 - 1970

M14, M16 & M60
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Army from Feb 64 to Jan 67, basic training with M1 Garand, went to Germany and was issued an M14. Never fired the M14. Did fire the Ma Deuce 50 cal machine gun several times. Had the chance to fire M60 MG, but refused due to being very unreliable at that time. I understand tht it did beome reliable in late 60,s
Never heard of the M16 until well after I was out.
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M1, m14, m16, m60.
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Navy 1966 thru Oct 1969.
1968, Vietnam, M14, M16, M60, M79, Colt 1911.
Glad I had the M16 -- humping the M14 got old quick.
Heard all the stories about the M16 so kept it clean daily and never had a problem.
The Marine Sgt on our team adopted the M60

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Initially qualified with the M14, later the M60, 1911, and finally M79 and LAWS. Only familiarized with the M16A1 in 1969, rotated out before I had to qualify.
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M1 in military academy, m14 at Ft Hood and m16 & M79 across the pond. But the big ones were the 155 Howitzer, the 175 gun and the 8" Howitzer.
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Mine was a M1 Garand, 1911 .45, Thompson Sub-Machine gun, and we had a 12 ga double barrel side-by-side parkerized Parker shotgun on the CGC Ingham.

I would like to have that shotgun today!

I carried the Thompson into banks when we did a payroll run. Sweet!

I shot Expert with the M1 but never got the chance to shoot the 1911 for qualification.

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