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How Do Marines Choose Weapons?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mizzle187, Mar 9, 2006.

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  1. Mizzle187

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    Ive always wanted to know this but never really had anyone to ask and this site should be able to help me! I figured Marines would be the best example. Who and how do Marines choose the configuration,grips,sights,etc.. on their M14 type rifles? Do they get what ever they want? Can or would they need to put personal(paid for by the soldier) accessories on their weapons? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
     
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    Yeah, when you go to a new platoon, they give you a card for the arms room, you go to the arms room and decide what you want and put it all on the card. You can choose between m14s, m16s, m60s or a shottie. Most marines pick one of the SOCOM 16 M1A's with an red dot site, and get a collapsible stock on that peice, know what I'm sayin? They also got a whole lot of handguns you can pick, like anything from HKs to revos, and you can get one or two of those, like a high-cap foty and a revo for back-up. You gotta say how many grenades you want to and then how much ammo you want for a mission.

    Whenever you need some of your gear, you use your card to open the arms room door. We always get a gat or two before we leave base, just in case.:evil:
     
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    I always grabbed me a SAW, or a Ma Deuce on my bad days. :evil:
     
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    "Gunny, can I take the 240 today? My back is feeling really good this morning." :neener:

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  6. MrTwigg

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    I gotta go with THECOHIBA on this one. (+1)

    The U.S.M.C. armory is not a toy store. :banghead:
     
  7. iamhistory

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    We pick whatever we think will kill you the best.

    Semper Fi.

    (just kidding obviously)
     
  8. XDKingslayer

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    I spent 8 years in the Marines and never saw a Marine with an M-14.

    The only ones that use the M-14 are the Spec-Ops units. Recon, SOG, Mt. Warfare, etc. Your everyday grunt doesn't get an M-14.

    Now the Navy still has M-14's that they use to shoot string canisters across to another ship during underway refueling or replenishment. We would usually end up taking the rifle away and shooting it ourselves after the Navy guy failed to hit a freaking 500 ft long, 8 story tall naval vessel from 50 yards...
     
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    Mizzle187 All Arms room have a pink one waiting for people like you:D They come with flowered mags and lots of tracers.
    You get what your assigned. This ain't the Air Force Marines are the real Military
     
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    "when you go to a new platoon, they give you a card for the arms room, you go to the arms room and decide what you want and put it all on the card. You can choose between m14s, m16s, m60s or a shottie. Most marines pick one of the SOCOM 16 M1A's with an red dot site, and get a collapsible stock on that peice, know what I'm sayin? They also got a whole lot of handguns you can pick, like anything from HKs to revos, and you can get one or two of those, like a high-cap foty and a revo for back-up. You gotta say how many grenades you want to and then how much ammo you want for a mission."


    :eek: That's my kind of store!!!! I can see it now in my dreams.

    Me: Come on. Gimmee the MP5SD with plenty of ammo, lots of frag grenades & 2 .45 revolvers.

    Guy in charge of armory: No. The last time I gave you frag grenades you used them as fireworks.

    Me: Isn't that what they are meant for?:evil:

    Guy in charge of armory: Get out before I article 16 you.

    Me: Is that the "Field & Stream" article with Lake Tahoe on the cover?
     
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    Same here.. but I saw a M-14 ONCE.

    In bootcamp. They were did a demonstration for us on how ineffective flak jackets are and how your head will explode like a watermelon if a bullet were to hit it.

    They fired a M-16 and M-14 through a flak and then through a ammo can filled with water. They also fired them at sandbags to demonstrate how packed sand can help you keep your head :)

    I spent a few days on a ship and the Navy guys had an whole bunch of M-14's. They fired them off the side of the ship.
     
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    The vast majority of Marines are issued weapons. They're called "T/O" weapons. Basically Generals have decided that who gets what weapon depending on their rank and job.

    For example, I was an electronics repair guy.. So they issued me a M-16. Everyone in my shop SGT and below was issued a M-16. Staff NCOs (E-6+) and officers were issued M-9 pistols.

    In garrison, if you put some super cool tactical EOTeach sight on your M-16, someone would probably yell at you and say "Who told you to put that on there.. take it off!"

    Maybe over in Iraq they're more lenient with aftermarket accessories.. I doubt it though. If you get killed with some wierd sight on your weapon, some officer might decide "See, this Marine died because he modified his weapon!!!!! .. you're only allowed to use issued equipment!"

    I dunno.. I never got to go to the sanbox.
     
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    So you don't get to pick your gun that you must defend YOUR life with, let alone modify your gun?:banghead: I guess that making bullets like Chief Brody did in "Jaws 2" would be a major no-no also?
     
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    Yea.. they issue the ammo too.
    Snipers obviously use precision ammo.
    The only people who might get to "pick" their weapons are hardcore spec-ops types. Even then, the person in charge might dictate to each guy what to bring depending on the mission.
     
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    The process is fairly straight forward.

    "Marine, you choose this weapon."
    "Yes, Gunny."
    "Outstanding."

    :D
     
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    Lets see your platoon has been in a major firefight and you need re-supply. But what does supply send? Let see did Joe take a M-14 or a M-4 today or maybe a SAW. Think about what kind of nightmare that would be. You carry what is assigned to your particular slot and I’m quite sure today it is as it was in Vietnam you weren’t allowed a personal handgun and or gadgets.

    Turk

    Remember to pray for our troops.
     
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    Now me and Chesty Puller would just stroll into the armory and yell " Officers on deck" help ourselves, and stroll out:neener: :neener: :neener: :neener:

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    Was this not a legit question? I wanted to know how your configuration came about. Becuase with all the media attention our boys are getting these days I see umpteen different configurations when they show a group of our soldiers? Not everybody is super secret 007 navy seal like you are Michael T. Somebodies been spending to much time at ARF.com. Did you have alot of friends growing up? Or will you when you do? Thanks to all that gave me legit help!
     
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    Yes this was a legitimate question.

    The simply answer is you don't get to chose your weapon. You don't get to put special stuff on it in the Marines. Most of the M-14's you see on TV are used by Special Operations units. Most of the custom looking M-16's you see are held by the Army. They get special sights and front pistol grips and even special slings. They get special goggles and special helmet chinstraps. They get night vision holders that attach to their helmets.

    Like I said, I never saw a single Marine with an M-14. The only special weapon a grunt got was the M203. I never saw a single Picatinny rail mount on anything. If you wanted a flashlight on your gun, you did it the old fashioned way, 100MPH tape and parachute cord. Your basic Marine doesn't get these high speed, low drag gimmicks. We don't need them. We've been kicking ass and taking names going on 231 years with half the crap the Army has.

    And you know what? That's the way we like it!
     
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    marines suck major ass. The SAS are the best. that is a well known fact :fire: :cuss:
     
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    General we have 2 Army companies with every after market doodad on their weapons sir. They are ready to go. "Sargeant out of curiosity what other assets are available?". Sir two platoons of marines just got back from liberty 6 of them are throwing up and another dozen have hangovers. "Sargeant I'm feeling particularly unmerciful towards the enemy this morning send the Marines give them 2 extra grenades a piece and tell them I don't want them to bring any back". "Sir, Yes Sir"
     
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    Them's fightin' words, newbie!

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    Just in case this whole thread is not a joke, the answer is that Marines, like Army troops, damn well take the weapon they are assigned under the Table of Organization and Equipment. Period.

    Jim
     
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    Too bad THR dosen't have a "I'm going to eat popcorn while I sit back and watch the show" smiley...

    :rolleyes:
     
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    El Tejon, That was priceless ! ROFL

    All I could hear was the voice of R. Lee Emery !
     
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