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Old 03-22-2019, 03:05 PM
Johnm1 Johnm1 is offline
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It also puts holes in the carpet and scares the heck out of the cat. Ask my wife. I understand her ears rang for an hour. I wasn’t home.
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Old 03-22-2019, 03:44 PM
m1garand1055 m1garand1055 is offline
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When I was stationed down at Fort Campbell, Ky We would have Post Guard Duty two times a year. I would always end up on patrol in the Post Ammo Dump. They would put 4 of us out at the Dump. One at the Guard shack and the other 3 of us would patrol with a field pack Radio each and a 1911 on our side. They would give us each three bullets for our Magazine We were allowed to have it in our pistol but none in the chamber. I used to think it was crazy guarding the ammo dump with 12 bullets between the four of us and there was millions of rounds of ammo in the dump.
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Old 03-22-2019, 06:33 PM
jwenum jwenum is offline
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M1- typical govt crap. We can laugh about it now!
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Old 03-22-2019, 07:01 PM
aimit aimit is offline
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You're lucky you got three rounds. One night in the late 50's I had to guard the motor pool with an M1, but no ammo. I was 17 years old, weighed about 120 pounds and spent the whole night running scenarios through my head about what to do if I found someone.
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Old 03-22-2019, 07:04 PM
Aircav73 Aircav73 is offline
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In basic training at Fort Knox, for guard duty , we had baseball bats to protect the armory (1971). Across the pond, it was condition 1 at all times.
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Old 03-22-2019, 08:01 PM
JimF JimF is offline
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Originally Posted by aimit View Post
. . . . . I had to guard the motor pool with an M1, but no ammo. . . . . .
Did you, at least, have a bayonet?
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Old 03-22-2019, 08:13 PM
Whitpusmc Whitpusmc is offline
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I would recommend that anyone carrying a pistol on a regular basis watch the YT channel ďASPĒ - Advanced Self Protection. The instructor/ moderator reviews video footage of self defense encounters and police use of force encounters. He discusses what happened and what lessons these situations teach us.

Itís helpful to see what actually happens in armed self defense encounters or situations where police have to use force, what works and what doesnít and what can get you killed.

In every case Iíve watched when an individual tries to rack the slide of an unloaded pistol under the pressure of an attack, and as the good guys we are always reacting to an act not initiating one, they either create a malfunction or run out of time. In one instance an off duty Brazilian police officer pays with his life for the time it takes to chamber a round. The scum that kills him gets a loaded pistol. It Just happens too fast to start at an additional disadvantage.

Here he shows multiple videos illustrating that unloaded carry is a real disadvantage.


Carry with a round loaded, if you donít like cocked and locked with a 1911 there are lots of other guns to choose from. But donít start by giving yourself an additional disadvantage.
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Old 03-23-2019, 01:41 AM
sigman2 sigman2 is offline
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Condition 1 for me... ALWAYS!

My dad says that everyone that he knew used condition 1 while in combat areas.
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Old 03-23-2019, 04:08 PM
Iceman66 Iceman66 is offline
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Always cocked & locked in Vietnam once outside base camp wire (actually condition 1 while prepping for departure). I have no idea what regs/policy called for, but those were my Sgt'.s guidelines. We also used a pair of "dykes" to cut the front off of the bullets loaded into our magazine, thus exposing the lead core. Semper Fi

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Old 03-23-2019, 06:41 PM
Jeremy2171 Jeremy2171 is online now
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Iraq Condition 1 outside the wire.
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