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Old September 19th, 2014, 09:11 PM   #1
 
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Weapons you used in the military?

I was just thinking today of the weapons of my "era" in the Army, it wasn't long ago but some are being phased out already.

In short, I used/carried these:

FN made M16A4 in Basic Training at Ft. Benning

Qualified with an FN M16A2, totally stripped , just iron sights, at Ft. Drum and deployed with that as a casualty replacement. That was a SWEEET 16, I was mildly sad to have to give it up for an M4 when I arrived in Iraq.

Carried a Colt M4 with an M68 red dot (Aimpoint) then later an ACOG. that rifle was thrashed beyond belief when I got it, carried it for my one year deployment,beat it up some more....... it had shallow rifling but still held a good enough group. It worked but it was a beater.

For most of my deployment I had the M203 mounted to my M4. These have all but been phased out now by some HK grenade launcher.

Used 240's, 249's, and M2 .50's.

I extensively used Mossberg 500M pump 12 gauge shotguns with plastic pistol grips and plastic fore ends. Great guns that took a BEATING, always have a soft spot for Mossberg 500's, I own 2 and would buy more. Great for door breaching and light enough to tie to body armor.

I had a Barrett .50 and a Remington 7.62 "sniper " rifle (I forget the nomenclature, M23?) but they spent most of the deployment under my bunk in cases. I was the SDM but never used them on missions.

Briefly had the M21 ,again never used it on missions. which was literally just a Springfield Armory Inc. M1A in a plastic stock, same as you can buy at a gun shop. They weren't real M14's. I saw a few M14's in beat up wood stocks in the armorer TriCon , looked like they hadn't been cleaned in 2 decades.

Never fired one round out of an M9 Beretta or carried one, but did see them in service.

When I'm older I'm sure the M16/M4 will be "old" rifles kind of like M1 Garands are now.



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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.
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M-1,M-14, M-2 carbine,grease gun,M-60 and MaDuce,M-79,!2ga were Rem 31 and Win.12,1911 and mod.10S&W and had a Stoner then AR15 then AR16 then AR16A1. The AR's saw little use besides guard duty while in VN as we got to keep our M-14's.
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Qualified 1st time with M-16a1. Then M-60D and M-9(pos). Later with M-203, Mk-19, M2, and M249. Last quals were with M-240 and MP-5.(not standard for most troops)

All Bolos have to include M-67 and M9 bayonet
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An M16A2 Service Rifle and a 1911A1. Fam-fired a few others... M60, M79, M203, and the M9 just as they were starting the transition.
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The gubmint put me in charge of a UH-1 which had a pair of M60s. At those times when they were difficult to carry, I had an M16, M14, and a 1911. They even gave me a BAR for a while, and at the time I thought it was pretty "groovy".
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Being a USAF ground pounder, I qualed with M16, M14.

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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.
That's because the " primary " would not fit in a holster !!!
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I was issued a Colt M16A2 and M9. Qualified expert with both. Was always one of the top shooters with the rifle, and I'd always just make expert with the pistol.

Also used the M249 SAW, M240G, M2 50BMG, MK19, and M203. Though they were not my favorites, I ended up making a great machine gunner.

Also got to live fire a SMAW, AT4, and threw one live M67. Playing with plastic explosives was fun, too.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but that about covers it.

I started as an infantryman, got cross trained as a machine gunner in a Weapons Company, then got assigned to a line platoon as a machine gun section leader.
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Oh yeah, we used some old wood stocked Remington shotguns with that goofy bayonet adapter people go nuts for. Someone rebuilt them at one time and improperly staked the ejectors. They all came off, and most of the adapters came loose. Most of them went down and I kept shooting, rocking the gun to the side to eject, until we ran out of ammo.
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Qual'd at Benning with an M4. Qual'd at Benning with the 60, 81, and 120mm mortars. Deployed to Afghanistan and humped the 60 for a year, BY FAR my favorite thing to shoot (especially hand held) used an M9 as a side arm, I've shot the 240, 249, 203, m2. Actually qual'd with the m16 and m9 a couple years later during WOBC.
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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.
Bad ***.....
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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.
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M14 and m79 had a m16 but we gave them back and keep our m14,that was in 1969.
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Fired M1 in basic training, qualified with M14. Also fired M-60 and 50 cal mg for familiarization.
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