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Old 01-23-2016, 06:27 PM
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Old 01-24-2016, 07:01 PM
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How do you guard something with an unloaded weapon? Oh, i guess it has a pointy bayonet on it.
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Old 01-24-2016, 07:09 PM
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And it's chromed!
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Old 01-24-2016, 08:58 PM
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How do you guard something with an unloaded weapon? Oh, i guess it has a pointy bayonet on it.
https://tombguard.org/society/faq/
Scroll down to, Is the tomb guards weapon loaded?
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:47 AM
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How do you guard something with an unloaded weapon? Oh, i guess it has a pointy bayonet on it.
I'm not sure if this is true (or still is true), but I thought I remembering hearing from somewhere before that they are armed.

Something along the lines of an M9 in the Box? Don't take my word for it though.

... swear I heard this somewhere before.
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:48 PM
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How do you guard something with an unloaded weapon? Oh, i guess it has a pointy bayonet on it.
A 5-round magazine is flush with the bottom of the stock.
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:44 AM
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The guards are "armed" but do not carry live ammo. For those of us who served, we know that you are almost never issued ammo for guard duty. Almost never issued a weapon for that matter. The Old Guard performs ceremonial guard duty although they could probably deliver a nice vertical butt stroke, recover and thrust if need be.
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Old 01-26-2016, 12:18 PM
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Just as an aside . . . .

I remember, years ago, I went to West Point academy and the guard at the southern gate was "armed" with a RUBBER 45 auto protruding from his flap holster!
Damn-near burst out loud laughing! . . . but I remained subdued ('tho choking it back) --Jim
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Old 01-26-2016, 01:36 PM
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As a MP in the 80's I was given a rubber .45 whenever we did gate duty or directed traffic at special events. I always complained to my commander that it was going to get me killed someday. He always answered that I could find cover while they were laughing. Luckily, I never had to find out who was right.
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Old 01-26-2016, 04:24 PM
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Thats government thinking for you. Tell you to defend and protect and then give you a rubber dong...
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