Originally Posted by Strafer Gott
The 1911 was everywhere, enlisted and officer alike. It was a personal thing.
It wasn't a personal thing where I was, which was 4th Infantry Division around Pleiku in 1968. I would have loved to have had an M1911A1 to back up my horribly unreliable M16, but I wasn't authorized anything other than the M16. Heck, at one point I came into possession of a nightstick, and I wasn't even allowed to keep that.
While it is certainly correct that the M1911A1 was the standard issue sidearm for most troops who were authorized to carry a sidearm
, the fact is that an enlisted man waiting in the wings in Germany who never made it into Vietnam almost certainly never carried any sidearm.