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Old September 4, 2013, 03:33 PM   #26
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L1A1 SLR (Self Loading Rifle) British version of the FN FAL.
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Old September 4, 2013, 05:44 PM   #27
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I was in Canada on an Exercise with the Pat's and some Brits and got to shoot their version of the Sterling 9mm submachinegun, but I missed out on the FAL But hey, the Sterling was fun just the same
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Old September 4, 2013, 09:15 PM   #28
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RTC Orlando, 1982.

Whats a rifle?

We carried M1 Garands (inoperable), but we only shot pistols, 1911A1s on the range, and that was 5 whole rounds.
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Old September 4, 2013, 09:42 PM   #29
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T65/86 as a guest of the ROCMC. I didn't shoot it though. I just had do do D&C with the thing a few hours a week for a few months, in what I thought at the time was absurdly hot weather and absurdly acidic rain. Most of the time I had a wooden/bamboo fake actually.
Then the USMC let me carry around an M240 for a day and shoot the M9 and M4 on fancy simulators.
Then the Fuerza de Infantería de Marina introduced me to the same weapons, but from the other end, which wasn't so bad. They followed up with the M2 and that wasn't so good. Of course, I'm just guessing from cyclic rate, pitch, and size of resulting holes in concrete. That was in much hotter weather and even more acidic rain.

I have to say all of my military introductions to firearms were less than satisfactory. On the plus side I didn't have to maintain any of those firearms in the acidic rain. That would have been a real inconvenience.
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Old September 4, 2013, 09:50 PM   #30
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Old September 4, 2013, 10:48 PM   #31
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Old September 5, 2013, 06:25 AM   #32
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Old September 5, 2013, 08:58 AM   #33
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Old September 5, 2013, 09:21 AM   #34
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I did all my training at Ft Polk Louisiana in 1968.

The first rifle we qualified with was the M14, the second rifle we qualified with was the M16, we also had to qualify with Uncle Sam's handgun, the famed 1911A1.

We were also schooled and trained with various machine guns including the Ma-Deuce, my favorite.

Arrived in country in August of 1968 in an area known as Hell's Half Acre.

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Old September 5, 2013, 02:34 PM   #35
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Well I haven't joined yet, but I'm in the process right now of joining the National Guard. I've been told I'll be training with mainly the M16A2, although it is possible I could be using an M4 for some of the training at Fort Benning, Georgia.
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Old September 5, 2013, 02:36 PM   #36
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Old September 5, 2013, 09:34 PM   #37
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Old September 5, 2013, 10:42 PM   #38
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Arrived in country in August of 1968 in an area known as Hell's Half Acre.
I assume you mean Vietnam. Curious about where you were in '68. I arrived in the fall of '69 - came back to US in fall of '70. Google "Hell's Half Acre" - many hits but none listed for Vietnam; not at all surprising.
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Old September 6, 2013, 12:00 AM   #39
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High school Army ROTC, 1972 : M14

USMC Recruit Depot, San Diego, 1976 : first rifle - M16A1. first pistol : M1911A1

While on delayed entry - after enlisting but before being shipped to boot camp - my recruiter took a group of us out to shoot with a local USMC Reserve unit. The first gun I fired was the M2 50 cal BMG.
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Old September 6, 2013, 02:50 AM   #40
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M16A2 2011, Lackland AFB Texas, that thing was such a piece of junk, I'm surprised I passed my CATM training at all with the thing. Jammed every 3 or 4 rounds I swear.

That said though, it was still fun despite all the headaches
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Old September 6, 2013, 04:15 AM   #41
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M16 (I think I had Kimio's rifle when it was brand new)

My father had given me a Winchester 75 target when I was about 11, and I took indoor lessons at the Multnomah Athletic Club. (That is a story in of itself, involving the retired Marine DI degenerate who taught there)

When qualifying I had a nice 60 round pattern in the center of the target. But the guys, from Ohio, on either side of me must of been shooting at my target as well. There were about 90 holes in it scattered all over the place.

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Old September 6, 2013, 04:28 AM   #42
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Mine was an M16A2 at Field medical service school, Camp Pendelton, CA in 1988.
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Old September 6, 2013, 07:22 AM   #43
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Old September 6, 2013, 08:29 AM   #44
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lefteye, here's the unit I was with.

www.1-5th-m-25th-inf-1966.com

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Old September 6, 2013, 09:11 AM   #45
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1960: 1903A3 Springfield, military high school
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Old September 6, 2013, 09:17 AM   #46
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M1 Garand, August 1962 Fort Knox KY. We were one of the last training companies A-11-3, Lt. Traponi commanding, (Sgt. Newton was our platoon leader), to be issued M1's. We noticed that most of the other Basic Training companies that marched past were carrying "new fangled", M14's.
My rifle's serial number was: 1603418...has anyone seen her?
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Old September 6, 2013, 08:38 PM   #47
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M16A2, Ft. Sill, 2010.

It TRIPLE FED during my qualification. I didn't think that was possible, but there it was.
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Old September 6, 2013, 09:40 PM   #48
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Old September 7, 2013, 01:16 AM   #49
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M16A1, 1981, Fort Benning, GA, Infantry OSUT. I had just turned 17 years old.

My first group at the zero range could've been covered by a dime...and I haven't shot that well since...
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Old September 7, 2013, 04:04 AM   #50
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Lee Enfield #8 in .22rf. 25 Yd indoor TA range in Bristol U.K.
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Love that gun and was fortunate enough to locate one for my collection. Also have a couple No 2 Mk IVs that I got about 50 years ago when they were $19.95. All of them are tack drivers.

Besides the No 8, I was also lucky enough to score a No 7 Mk I, but I have never shot it. Still looking for a C No 7 Mk I (Canadian).

The only problem with the No 8 is that the buttplate (which I am guessing is natural rubber) deteriorated and flattened. Maybe you know a source for a replacement or repro?
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