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Old September 28th, 2014, 09:24 PM   #46
 
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I was issued the M16A2, as well as the M242 and a pair of M240s. I obviously shot several other weapons in boot camp and SOI. Probably the coolest thing I shot was a WWII era flamethrower. A reenactor let us take a squeeze on it in exchange for a drive in the LAV at some dog and pony show. It was really cool!

I practiced on the TOW system a lot, but it wasn't my MOS and I never got to shoot one. That would probably top the flamethrower.



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Old September 28th, 2014, 10:38 PM   #47
 
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Did yours have a gun or was it one of the earlier, no gun versions?
Unfortunately.... no internal gun; a MkIV gun pod could be mounted externally but it was notoriously difficult to align with any degree of precision.
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1918A1 BAR pound for pound the finest assault weapon ever made.
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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...


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Chuck, I don't know how I missed your post earlier.... The 8th Infantry was at Coleman Barracks back then. I had a friend who was a division MP with the 8th. We were mostly road duty/traffic plus convoy monitors (REFORGER, Brigade 75, etc). The 8th MPs spent most of their time in the field.

Originally, I was at Sullivan Barracks (in Kafertal) all the way in the back near the 512th Maintenance Company mess hall. In 1975 our unit moved to Taylor Barracks to a much larger building. We used to eat at the Coleman Stockade when we were on mids (midnight shift).

Our MP Station was across from the American Express building in Benjamin Franklin Village. It was pretty good duty.

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Qualified with an M-14 in basic, an M-16 and 1911 in AIT. Carried the 16 and 1911 in-country. When I was on convoy escort, had an M-60 and M-79 for my vehicle, (V-100), as well as the twin M-73's in the turret. Picked up two M2 carbines, two AK-47's, a Winchester pump shotgun and a Thompson submachine gun that year. Oh yeah, a Ka-Bar knife too.
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M1 Carbine and M-16
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Old October 18th, 2014, 08:03 PM   #52
 
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M16 A2
M16 A4
M203
M249 SAW
M240G
M240B
M2 50 cal
M4
AT4 (the real one)
M9
Mk19
M9 Bayonet
Benelli M4 Super 90
M67
M72 LAW
M32

Military related but not during service
M1 Garrand

Might be missing a couple
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I qualified at Fort Polk with an M14, at Fort Ord with an M56, at Camp Roberts,Ca with an M27, and at Fort Cronkite (California north of S.F) with an M1, M 16 and 1911 last 3 on the same day. I was a 94Z

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Qualified with a M16 A1, then a 1911A1, shot the M60 and the M203. Had fun with the LAW and pressed the trigger on a M2 for about four seconds. Was a lot of fun.
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My primary weapons M14 and M16 but Had access to pretty much everything in our armory the corps had in the mid 60's (67-69)even the M40 bolt action (just extra weight) preferred just using the PR25 and calling in a OP or a fire mission yes they were accessible to me (us) also depending what battery was assigned to us. 105, 155 or the ever so slow 175MM (at times)go big or get your a#* kicked
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...my primary weapon was an F-4 Phantom & later an AV-8 Harrier. My service issue sidearm was a back-up ......Just in case the primary didn't work out.
LOL, wish that had been my primary.
Me,,, M14, M16, M60, good old 45 auto.
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In short, every establishment or ship that I was assigned as crew is somehow gone. One's an artificial reef off VACAPES, one was given to the Turkish Navy, two commands have been disestablished/renamed or closed. Man, I was just the Terminator.
I hear ya. The LST I was on was sold to a South American navy. I think they were all sold. The carrier I was on (Ranger) was in mothballs in Bremerton, Washington. Last I heard, some folks were trying to get hold of it to turn it into museum or something like that.

I was designated ship's self defense force for when there were no marines onboard. We had M-14's and for brow watch carried 1911's that shook like a baby rattle.
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I joined the Navy to be on nuclear submarines in 1963. I qualified with an M1 Garand in basic training. After basic, I was told the quota was closed for nuclear submarine training. I ended up on a LCM-8 “Mike Boat” in Viet Nam manning an M-2 50 BMG with an M-2 Carbine backup. The M-2 Carbine was later replaced with an M-14. I also qualified with the M1918A1 BAR.

Later, I was issued an early M-16 while going through Marine Advanced Infantry Training at Camp Pendleton. I spent a year in Viet Nam as an advisor on Swift Boats. I was issued a brand new Colt M-16 when I arrived in Saigon. I never had an issue with it because I cleaned it often.

I also qualified with the M-79 grenade launcher, Mk 18 “Honeywell” grenade launcher, M-60 machine gun, M-2 50 BMG, 81mm mortar, and the 1911 sidearm. The Army provided the naval advisory group an M-42 “Duster” Tank. I qualified on it with the twin 40mm guns and the M-2 50 BMG. When we put it on a LCM-8, we called it our heavy cruiser. Driving a tank was fun.

I spent twelve years in the Navy and then ten years in the Army. My weapons in the Army were the M-16 and the 1911. I retired in 1985.
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...my primary weapon was an F-4 Phantom & later an AV-8 Harrier. My service issue sidearm was a back-up ......Just in case the primary didn't work out.
Nice! A flying Devil Dog. I actually got a chance to see F4 Phantoms flying around Lackland during BT. The Harriers were also awesome during Cope Thunder in AK. I miss those days.

Back to OP - I was trained on the M16, M4 and M9. We did have a handful of 204, 249 and 203, but usually issued to the younger guys.
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LimaCharlie I caught a couple rides on a PBR (no sun bathing )and was once given the pleasure of removing a once large river embankment with twin 50's sweet talk about Holyer then thou, like a Giant Eraser.
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