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quickmajik Member Posts: 16,324
edited January 2009 in US Military Veteran Forum
what were the personal favorites? what guns did the enemy have? ever do any experiments with em'?m-79 like, dislike? god bless you guys!
There were a lot of good small arms in those days. Because of the length of the conflict, there was quite a transition from WW II era arms at the beginning to stuff at the end that we are still using today.
I was on small craft (river patrol and assault), so some of my very favorites do not quality as "small arms."
We were working with our Cav Troop and one the 79 guys threw his up on a trac and it discharged and killed one of our guys about 100 yds away. They then said many of them had defective safties!!![V]
I haven't heard much about the sub machine guns they issued, if any. did they issue those too anybody?
Are your refering to the XM177E2?
...is that the one they used to shoot up all the rats in the food storage silos in India?
Had use of a Stoner a few times. Don't know the model. (Think smaller M-60 that took belted M16 rounds) Best, Joe
My M-16 performed perfectly. On one occassion I fired 25 twenty round magazines during a firefight.
Am I the only guy here that carried a 105 Howitzer?
I was on a gun for my first eight weeks in country. Couldn't stand the Mickey Mouse and volunteered for the FO section. Best decision I ever made.
Saw a grunt sling his M79 onto his shoulder and it discharged and the grenade bounced off the helmet of a guy standing about 10 feet from him and then continued on and exploded in the bush well away from us. Big tadoo when the guy under the helmet swore he would put a round up the grenadiers' butt in the next firefight. After a little bit of comrade counseling he calmed down and the "police action" went on as scheduled.
They issued me an AR-15 when I got there (May '66)and suggested that I fire a few clips through it. The best I could do after firing 3 20 round clips is get 5 rounds through it before it jammed (FTE). I asked for a cleaning kit and they told me "you don't need one".
When I got into the FO section my Lt. had his own sidearm so he let me draw his 1911 so I would have a dependable weapon.
Yeah I was talking about the xm177s and any other SMGS. like the greasegun or whatever could be seen in american hands. any insight on hand grenades or grenade launchers and silencers would be great too. what y'all thought of the stoner belt fed, its all equally cool to me. And most likely everyone. Even the mundane is wonderful for historys sake to me, like how your rifle was your own. It all is truely great in my mind.
We got to play with a lot of guns, including an M-3 grease gun, AKs, SKSs, and more. Just play, though. They never trusted us with anything more dangerous than a smoke grenade, LOL!
Was always too busy while being shot at to ponder the bad guy's gun type. But could usually tell an AK from an SKS by the firing rate. Was fired at with everything from a crossbow to a surface-to-air missile. Those will get your undivided attention. I will say that the bad guys had more entertaining tracers: red, green and sometimes gold. Right purdy show if you could forget for a second what they meant.
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