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Old September 26, 2012, 08:57 AM   #7
badge851
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While not an issued weapon, many soldiers carried their own 357 Mags during the Vietnam War. One Platoon Sergeant (SFC, E-7 USA) carried a Smith & Wesson® Mdl 27 in a shoulder holster. Anyone he shot didn't get back up; no second shots required! All our Chopper Jockeys were issued S&W 4" Skinny Barrel Mdl 10's (38 Special). As late as 1984, Army helicopter pilots still carried Mdl 10's. (The 130gr FMJ load was pretty anemic IMHO.)
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