Gonna have to say goodbye to an old friend soon...


August 22, 2011, 02:52 AM
My Baer 1911...

My oldest son went to boot camp a while back, he graduates Sept. 9...before he left I told him if he qualified expert on the range I'd give him my Baer. I never doubted he could qualify expert because the young man can shoot. I had him busting clay pigeons at 600 yards by the time he was 10, he shot a nice buck last year at 300 yards...offhand...with the deer running full tilt at a 90 degree angle...one shot, bang flop!

It was at that point I realized he just might be a better shot than me ;)....I was a very proud papa, and still am!

He hasn't said yet how he qualified...they just did the Table 2 qualifying this past Friday and it takes a few days to get the letters, sometimes it takes him a few days to find time to write the letters...but he did mention in his last letter that the first 3 rounds he fired during grass week made a nice small cloverleaf...and at 200 yards 10 rounds made 1 ragged hole...that was just practice though.

Table 1 qualifications were done a week or so ago, Table 1 is the easy stuff...Table 2 is harder.


I'm gonna give him the Baer no matter how he qualifies...he has wanted if for a long time. I just had to pout about it a little bit, LOL.

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Spartan Gladiator
August 22, 2011, 03:06 AM
Good job pops you should be very proud, and feel free to tell your boy people do appreciate his service.

Brian Williams
August 22, 2011, 09:12 AM
Tell Him an old Dog says SemperFi.
PI platoon 325 28 May 1975

August 22, 2011, 01:01 PM
Congratulations to you and your son. Sounds like he'll make a fine Marine to say the least.

August 22, 2011, 05:28 PM
You have every right to be a proud papa. Tell him thank you for his service and congratulations on his Les Baer.

Hk Dan
August 22, 2011, 06:09 PM
My son missed Expert by 1 point. We have corrected his deficiencies...LOL

August 22, 2011, 07:29 PM
Looks like your son will be a proud owner of a fine 1911 and a fine Marine

Jim Watson
August 22, 2011, 07:47 PM
Pity the Pentagon won't let him wear it on duty.
I like the old British model. An officer might carry whatever sidearm he liked, so long as it took the issued cartridges.

August 22, 2011, 09:30 PM
Thank You gentlemen...Thank You very much....

Here is his prize by the way...it comes complete with a (well worn) Milt Sparks Versa Max II holster, 3 Tripp Gen II CobraMags, 2 Wilson mags, and 4 Baer mags...and 2 Buck knife belt cases for mag carriers (they work great, I carried them for years)


August 22, 2011, 09:48 PM
You won't be losing an old friend, you will be passing on a token of bond that both of you will hold in high esteem for years to come. Congrats to you and your son.

August 22, 2011, 09:51 PM

August 22, 2011, 09:53 PM
Good for you dad and my best to your son, may he be safe.

Der Stro
August 22, 2011, 11:17 PM
Good deal, wish I would have had a 1911 waiting for me.

PI Plt. 2064 E Co. 2nd RTB

August 23, 2011, 01:04 AM
Congrats, Ridge. Nothing better than a proud Dad.

August 23, 2011, 03:13 AM
Many of us are not fortunate enough to have sons, or daughters for that matter. You are a lucky man. I wish your family the very best.

August 23, 2011, 03:43 AM
shoulda said distinguished

August 23, 2011, 02:20 PM
DPRICE3844444 said

shoulda said distinguished

If he can put 10 rounds in a ragged hole off hand with a Boot Camp veteran M-16 at 200 meters, "distinguished" shouldn't be a problem either! Congradulations, I'm sure you are very proud. I know my old man was when it was my turn.

2nd BN, Fox Co. Plt 2066 Camp Pendleton
USMC '98-'02

August 23, 2011, 09:23 PM
10 rounds in 1 hole with a boot camp rifle. I dont want him shooting at me. Thank god we are on the same side. After barly qualing in January 02 my rifle was checked for servicability. The "no go" gauge slid down the barrel and landed on the deck twice. And mine was one of the better rifles. My hat or should I say my cover is off to him. Semper Fi!!!

August 23, 2011, 10:10 PM
I wondered about the "health" of the rifles too...Something some of you may not know yet...his platoon was the first to use the ACOG sight during qualifying. (if I understood his letter right)

Maybe that had something to do with it...or maybe he just got lucky on the rifle he got.

August 23, 2011, 11:43 PM
If you're real lucky he'll post a similar thread about your grandchild. As a CIVI, I say "THANK YOU" to all our fighting men and women. If you'd given him a car, he probably wouldnt love it as much.

Yo Mama
August 24, 2011, 12:10 AM
It's really for the best, it's how it would have wanted it. :D

September 3, 2011, 07:49 PM
My son earned the title of United States Marine today...finished The Crucible this morning and was given the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem.

He has recruit liberty tomorrow, I'm hoping for a phone call...

September 3, 2011, 08:41 PM
Congratulations dad, and good on you for donating the 1911. I know how you feel, my grandson is likewise becoming a Marine. I and my son look forward to seeing him in uniform.

September 3, 2011, 11:24 PM
Conratulations to your son, he is among the best in the world now and will be respected with awe everywhere he walks. You should be proud.

September 4, 2011, 12:28 AM
Congrats to your son from a fellow Marine. What MOS did he enlist for?

September 4, 2011, 12:46 AM
He went in with a Combat Support MOS (not Combat Service Support)...within that group, below are his options.

0431-Logistics/Embarkation & Combat Service Support (CSS) specialist
0451-Parachute Rigger
0481-Landing Support Specialist
0811-Field Artillery Cannoneer
0842-Field Artillery Radar Operator
0844-Field Artillery Fire Control Man
0847-Artillery Meteorological Man
0861-Fire SUpport Man
1345-Engineer Equipment Operator
1361-Engineer Assistant
1371-Combat Engineer
1391-Bulk Fuel Specialist
1812-M1A1 Tank Crewman
1833-Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) Crewman
2311-Ammunition Technician
3112-Traffic Management Specialist
3531-Motor Vehicle Operator
5711-Nuclear Biological & Chemical Defense (NBCD) Specialist
5811-Military Police
5831-Correctional Specialist
7212-Low Altitude Air Defense Gunner

He originally wanted Military Police (with hopes of SRT), but he sounded interested in Artillery too...he is too tall for tanks, LAAD (7212) is being phased out...

All that said...who knows where he'll end up...there are also a few voluntary things he can try for, a couple of which he is interested in.

September 4, 2011, 12:52 AM
Congrats Ridge ! Your son will know how to take care of it. Tell him Semper Fi from a swabby, 1967-1971, USS Gunston Hall LSD-5.

September 4, 2011, 01:00 AM
Please tell him THANK YOU from Colorado for his service!


September 4, 2011, 10:21 PM
Good looking Les Baer. Sounds as if it's going to a good home.

My best regards to you and your son. God Bless him and all of the fine young men and women serving our Country.

September 10, 2011, 12:22 AM

September 16, 2011, 04:00 AM
Opening the Baer

His first reaction...LOL

His recruiter took him to the high school to show him off

September 16, 2011, 04:03 AM
And by the way...

He qualified at a high expert on the range (331/350). During pre-quals (the day before he qualified) he shot a 346.

As it happened though....he was the best shot in his platoon, and 2nd best in the whole graduating class (the highest was 335)

Thats what happens when you start them young ;) and teach them right...:)

September 16, 2011, 05:06 AM
Nice to see they're still issuing the Blues out of Boot Camp. They've wavered back and forth on the matter for many decades.

I credit your upbringing, and his Primary Marksmanship instructors on the Expert Badge. But mostly I credit him. The ones who shoot Expert are those who listen to instruction and apply the principles. I think the highest I shot was a 242 out of 250 on the old KD course system.

Welcome to the newest Marine. He just entered a proud institution. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

Semper Fi. Platoon 2091, Parris Island, September 1990.
MOS 0331, 4th Award Rifle Expert and Pistol Expert Badges.

September 16, 2011, 09:21 AM
Big congrats for both you and your son Ridgerunner...that Baer makes a great gift! He looks like an extremely fitting Marine...23+year in the Army, and I still have a tremendous amount of respect for my Marine brethren!

That Marine Table 2 qualification is not easy and the Marine qualification system is by far better than our current Army qualification requirements. You should be a very proud father and the country is lucky to have your son serving as should the Baer for serving that Marine now


September 16, 2011, 01:11 PM
And by the way...

He qualified at a high expert on the range (331/350). During pre-quals (the day before he qualified) he shot a 346.

As it happened though....he was the best shot in his platoon, and 2nd best in the whole graduating class (the highest was 335)

Thats what happens when you start them young ;) and teach them right...:)

Nice shooting. I think I shot a 247 on pre-qual, but dropped to a 242 on qual day back in the old system. I'm now a 9th award rifle, and 5th award pistol expert. I'm also a PMI/CMT now, so I think your son should definitely try for that sometime in his career. Best time of my career was at MTU. Tell him to keep it up, and if the chance comes to go to coaches course, take it.

On a side note, I was also 1st Bn. Do you know what company/platoon he graduated with?

September 16, 2011, 01:13 PM

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