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Old 11-11-2019, 03:07 PM
AutogunNY AutogunNY is offline
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Location: Olean, NY
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Originally Posted by frank60586 View Post
I was a tanker and Carried a 1911 throughout my whole military career. I remembered basic training drill sergeants would wake you up in the middle of night and drop 45 on your chest and ask or yell at you. To disassemble it and reassemble it ,once I done that he said do it which eyes closed and to this day I can still close my eyes or be blindfolded and disassemble and reassemble the 1911 a 1. Upon leaving the States for Germany I was issued a 1911A1 it was very old but it shot well ,I shot expert with it. Upon leaving Germany I went to Fort Riley Kansas where I was issued a 1911A1 it had no front sight no rear sight crack grips. And on one field exercise they gave me my pistol with a shoulder holster that had no strap to hold it in. I asked that I could get a shoulder lanyard, the supply sergeant looked at me like what's that kid, so I took it anyway went out on the exercise in my tank as a loader. In one position we had to camouflage the tank ,After about an hour we had to leave their position about 15 minutes down the road I realized I did not have my 1911A1 in my shoulder holster. well you know the gut feeling wrenching of oh ********, I lost my 1911A1, I'll always been honest so I yelled through the inner comm to my sergeant, Hey I think at the last location my 1911A1 fell out.he yelled to the driver to halt the tank he reamed me a new ******. We went back to that location and lucky enough it was sitting in the mud perfect. I picked it up and we went on with the field exercise after the field exercise the company commander was going to give me an article 15. luckly my sergeant went the bat for me and told them I didn't lose it. I just misplaced it and if the United States Army would issue us gear that worked right, we wouldn't have problems like that . The captain said what do you mean by that. I showed the captain the shoulder holster that had no snap on it, After that the supply sergeant got his ****** reamed out and I never got in any trouble.
I can relate to that feeling... On one exercise, I noticed our Battalion Commander, walking through the area where we were busy performing our tasks... He had several of his staff, walking behind him carrying like 3 M16's on each shoulder... I had my M16 right next to me, while on my knees working on something. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw an arm slowly reaching for my rifle, and I grabbed it, and held on... It was the B-C, just walking around, grabbing as many rifles as he could... He then dispersed them back to Company Commanders, who reamed the *** out of anyone who 'lost' their weapon...
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Old 11-12-2019, 02:16 PM
tomd9z0 tomd9z0 is offline
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Only had the pleasure of carrying and qualifying with the M9 in my years in the USAF. 1911's were long retired in 92-99.
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Old 11-14-2019, 07:16 PM
DaveHH DaveHH is offline
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I was drafted in 1965 but lucked out into S4 of a Signal Btn in II Corps. I did a lot of convoy and babysitting expensive toys trips. This was early in the war, things were way different than what followed. We had a conex box that held all of the stuff that wasn't on the TOE, weapons, grenades, extra rations, ammunition. We had several 45s in there and a bunch in the armorers tent. If you wanted a 45 you just went and ask the guy to give you one. You got a holster, web belt and three magazines. Ammunition was no problem. The guy running the armory was always blown out of his sox on Darvons, so he would just give us what we wanted including handfuls of Darvons. I would get a 45 if I was taking a C130 or CV2 flight with a $$$$$ VHF truck in the back. Going down in the highlands in a monsoon was not that uncommon. For convoys, I would just take my full auto M14 and enough ammunition clipped to start WW3. I had done a lot of shooting with a 45 before getting drafted so I was comfortable with it. At a transit barrack in Saigon the lifers would pee their pants when they'd see that 45 under my pillow, with no sheets (Why are there no sheets on this bunk? What the hell are you doing with that weapon in here? Who are you?). The 45 would come in handy in Cholon in the back alleys. Never plugged any of those cowboys but that thing worked fine at getting their attention.
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Old 11-15-2019, 12:29 PM
Jules Jules is offline
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Location: McMinnville, OR
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No, but I did carry a WW2 Smith & Wesson Victory revolver issued to us on 230 missions off the USS Hancock (CVA-19) in the Gulf of Tonkin on two combat cruises in 1967 and 68/69. Mostly had .38 special flare shells to shoot in case I assumed my first command at sea (life raft). Our big deal was just getting back aboard safely, especially at night. That was where the food was, after all. Jules
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Old 11-15-2019, 09:49 PM
UncleBilly UncleBilly is offline
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Originally Posted by AutogunNY View Post
SMLM, I may still have a card... We were instructed to 'block in' any SMLM plated vehicle, that was near an 'unauthorized' area, and call MP's...

here is a poster of the SMLM vehicles that was hung up in the barracks and everywhere you turned

and I'm sure those that were stationed in Germany is family with this poster

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Old 11-19-2019, 11:51 AM
Join Date: Nov 2019
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Cool 11b40

Served with 9th Infantry 4/39th 68-69. I carried one occasionally. In the Delta we tried to carry the least amount of weight as possible even though we were required to wear the steel pot. My aluminum framed ruck carried 3 days of C's if needed and a couple bricks of c4. My poncho liner was rolled and tied at the top. I carried extra bandoliers of ammo.
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Old 11-22-2019, 01:48 PM
Freedog Freedog is online now
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When drafted into the Vietnam War in 1966 I was already comfortable with shotguns and rifles, but had never used a handgun. Following basic training the Army sent me a few blocks up the street to a Military Police unit to be a company clerk. One day I was given a message and told to deliver it to the captain who was at the small arms range with a number of MP’s. After delivering the message the captain, who was wearing a 1911 as a sidearm, asked me if I was qualified to shoot his gun and I said no. Unholstering it, he handed it to me and about a dozen MP’s stood there watching as I totally failed to hit the target at 25 meters. They all had a good laugh at my expense.

Upon arrival in Vietnam, I learned that my primary MOS was clerk and my secondary MOS was MP. I was being sent to an MP unit to do convoy escort. Before shipping to my new unit a clerk found me and took me to an officer who quizzed me about my typing skills. I said I was not extremely fast, but deadly accurate. The officer told me to get my stuff and return for shipment to the 18th Engineer Brigade, which meant nothing to me. At the 18th I worked for a warrant officer who’s primarily responsibility was finding and shipping critical items to units in the field. In addition to being a clerk my boss sometimes sent me to Cam Ranh Air Force Base to locate critical items and ship or deliver the item to the unit in need. Most of the items were components used in the construction and operation of fuel storage tanks. Before every trip my boss gave me an M1911 to replace my M14. I strapped it on and went about my assignment. When the needed equipment was located and processed out, I brought it back with me, put it on a C130 for shipment, or escorted it on a C130 to wherever needed.

So, here is this guy who can’t hit a target on a 25 meter range, does not know you have to chamber a round, has no idea how to use the safety, and does not know how to remove or change the magazine, traveling around Vietnam, unescorted, delivering parts. Thank God that M1911 never had to come out of the holster and thank you CMP for sending me a beautiful, service grade, 77 year old, M1911.
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Old 11-22-2019, 02:28 PM
petera petera is offline
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Location: Maine
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When I arrived in Vietnam, I was issued an M1911A1 which was the assigned weapon for my job. Despite the fact that I had just finished a tour as a pistol team member with the 6th AMTU and was nearly distinguished, I felt inadequately armed and quickly acquired an M2 carbine. I was glad I had the M2 on several occasions. It never failed.
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Old Today, 11:39 AM
letterman letterman is offline
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There has to be some more stories!
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Old Today, 12:04 PM
insurance guy insurance guy is online now
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I know...It’s a great day to be inside reading these. “Thank you” ..
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