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Mr. Vern Humphrey, paging Mr. Vern Humphrey:)

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Still 2 Many Choices!?, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. Still 2 Many Choices!?

    Still 2 Many Choices!? Well-Known Member

    Well I would like to ask a favor if I could. I always here the short version of how your first encounter with the " plastic fantastic" M-16, ended with said firearm "wrapped around a tree", and it makes me smile:) ! I was hoping to get a more full story from you about that "accident" and how you procured an M14 to finish your time with. I know you are probably busy, but what say you Uncle Vern? Can we have a story....... Please:eek:

    Still 2 Many Choices!?
  2. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    Actually, it was an M2 carbine. This was the standard issue weapon for Advisers in the mid-60s.

    We walked into a base camp, and most people ahead of me went down when a claymore went off. I shot a guy, hit him but he didn't fall, and got a "click" on the second shot. The round wasn't a stopper and the bolt didn't fully lock for the second shot.

    For a while, I was pretty busy, but had several more "clicks" and another failure to stop. Then I went to my privately-owned Colt M357, which dropped the next guy pretty nicely.

    Afterwards, I trashed the carbine against a tree and borrowed a Garand rifle and carried that.

    On my next tour, I was a company commander, and was not impressed by the M16. I bullied my battalion commander into getting me two M14 sniper rifles (this was pre-M21.) I had one man in the company who had been through sniper school, and I took the other for myself.
  3. Medusa

    Medusa Well-Known Member

    Vern, you surely are a fellow with whom to sit around a bonfire and share stories. Hat's off to ya.

    But I feel your "pain", my duty weapon is also a M14 (who said it's extinct by 2008), and I like it more than anything else I've got to handle and shoot.

  4. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    The M14 and its predecessor, the M1 were and are fine rifles. They're what I'd choose to carry in combat today.

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