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M1 Garands still in active use in Cuba

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by nathan, Feb 17, 2009.

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  1. nathan

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    This is cool. Notice the Garand in the pic is well maintained. These are Cuban troops preparing for a parade in Havana to celebrate the Cuban revolution. And their AK 47s are spiffy looking too.

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  2. Arcticfox

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    Russian tech, and american tech side by side. Who'd a thunk it :) Better yet, did we really sell Arms to Cuba???
     
  3. Trebor

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    Yeah, we sold arms to Cuba, back before Castro took over.

    The Cuban revolution used primarly U.S. arms obtained from various means. I've read that some were provided by the CIA for some reason, but haven't been able to confirm that.

    And, of course, there's the arms they captured from the U.S. backed exiles in the Bay of Pigs invasion.

    Oh, and don't forget about U.S. arms captured in Vietnam and shipped from Russia to Cuba and other points to help forment revolution in South America.

    So, lot's of U.S. weapons in Cuba.
     
  4. MatthewVanitas

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    But are those Garands actually in use, or are they mainly parade rifles? We still have American "paramilitary" units carrying the M1903 around, but it's just as a drill rifle.

    Though I understand that in Haiti the M1 Garand is still going strong, alongside all sorts of odd items that have wound up down there.

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  5. MD_Willington

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    Pretty much goes to show that WW2 tech still works, just look at their cars and trucks... every thing there is old.
     
  6. Beagle-zebub

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    YES, I too have seen pics of Garands in Haiti. Not much arguing with .30-'06 as fired fast as you can get back on target, is there?
     
  7. krs

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    Nice looking Chickita.

    That guy with the Garand sure looks like he's got jungle fatique pants on - and those couldn't have been captured during the Bay of Pigs. They hadn't been adopted then.
     
  8. Duke of Doubt

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    I just saw a nice group of M1 Garands at an interment, Saturday. Probably about five to ten thousand dollars worth of rifle in that honor guard.
     
  9. Seminole

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    This is not to denigrate the Garand (especially since I love mine), but Cubans are experts in keeping all sorts of things running for decades after they would have been superseded by newer models anywhere else. They do it out of necessity--they can't afford to actually buy newer models. Just check out the cars you see driving all around Havana!
     
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    That guy with the Garand sure looks like he's got jungle fatique pants on - and those couldn't have been captured during the Bay of Pigs. They hadn't been adopted then.


    Not our jungle fatiques and the pocket is too low and cut to a point (ours are cut straight across).

    Cubans are experts in keeping all sorts of things running for decades after they would have been superseded by newer models anywhere else. They do it out of necessity--they can't afford to actually buy newer models. Just check out the cars you see driving all around Havana!

    Communist philosphy is keep it you might need it someday. That's where all those Mosin Nagants, SKSs, and WWII capture K98s, P38s, and Lugers are coming from.

    I read an article about the cars in a British magazine a few years ago. Many have Russian tractor engines and are painted with housepaint but they do what they have to as there are so few.
     
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    The ammo belt on the M-1 Cuban guy looks vintage also.
     
  12. black_powder_Rob

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    muy qaliente!!!!
     
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    Id rather have the garand then the AK, good taste. Nice looking weapon.
     
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    i didn't see any rifles, but the lady in the middle is lookin' pretty. :D
     
  16. priler

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    if i were fighting in completely open terrain or in a mountainous region from peak to peak i would prefer to have the M1.if it were jungle or urban or in about 90% of where combat is actually fought,i'd prefer the AK.

    if someone were to give me specifically one of those two rifles,i'd take the AK because the M1 is in all likelyhood american but the AK is probably early real russian.i don't mean real russian saiga but real russian AK of 60's era.

    then again,i'd prefer the cute chick but i can get that anywhere,including real cuban girls.i'm in florida.cuban girls are just a hope and skip away and i've dated them before but just like any other girls,i would trust an AK more.
     
  17. burningsquirrels

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    ^^^ yeah... and upkeep for an AK is cheaper too. :D
     
  18. Duke of Doubt

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    priler: "then again,i'd prefer the cute chick but i can get that anywhere,including real cuban girls.i'm in florida.cuban girls are just a hope and skip away and i've dated them before but just like any other girls,i would trust an AK more."

    And then after the date, her Alpha-66 uncle comes around for a little talk. You drink some coffee, you play some dominos, and then you go home and blow up each other's cars. Good clean fun.
     
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    Steady, lads. ;)
     
  20. Eightball

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    Any pictures of the Parade? I'm wondering if the Garand or the AK serves as the parade weapon.

    Anyone know what the "palace guards" use?
     
  21. priler

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    i'm not sure what all that was about but i'll say it again.confio mas en un AK que en cualquier mujer.
     
  22. 22lr

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    Its Cuba, ill bet there mixed in with the AKs, heck I think ive seen pics of M-16s running around but who knows, its Cuba.
     
  23. Gewehr98

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    Not to throw a tangent into the fray...

    But isn't she actually carrying an AK-74?

    (Bakelite magazine)
     
  24. jpwilly

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    ^^^the curvature of the mag looks more like 7.62x39mm
     
  25. 2RCO

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    Yeah I was looking at the curvature of the "mag" as well :)
     
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