Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by JCooperfan1911, Nov 23, 2021.
We were making gun trucks ourselves using 5 Tons back in 90/91 before we every got the official go ahead to do so. Us engineers will rig up all kinds of fun stuff when needed
Yes we did. We either had Mossberg 590's or used the short NFA versions of the Shockwave for picking locks. I preferred the shorty for opening doors.
When operating as an 0331 light machine gunner the 5 man lmg section had a gunner and assistant gunner ( they carried the gun and the tripod) and 3 ammo bearers. Ea ammo bearer carried an M1 and two cans of ammo for the gun. The gunner and assistant gunner supposedly carried a 1911a1…. There weren’t enough of them so my assistant gunner and I both carried our M1s. The LMG section was to provide suppressive fire etc for the riflemen. In those days all Marines were Riflemen first and anything else second. We only had one guy in the Company who never qualified as even a Marksman. He was our running joke at the range. I think full auto has a definite place but in many cases AIMED and accurate semiautomatic fire is more effective. When I got out in 65 we were carrying the M14. I personally liked the Garand better although I shot them equally well (sharpshooter). Plus any one who went FA with the ‘14 had an aa gun after 3 rounds it was too light to replace the BAR. Just my random thoughts folks
Pretty much a common thought and statement about the shooting the M14 full auto.
Yes, I first trained with the M-14. They let us shoot a it once on full auto to demonstrate it. The M-14s we were issued had the selectors removed.
There is a video about that, Maybe on the AHC channel. They got the idea from us doing the same thing in Vietnam. I think you can find it in Vudu or Utube.
Yes that is exactly where we got the idea. We still had quite a few Vietnam vets in my unit at that time.
Yes, SA for individual weapons, FA for belt fed. Directing the troops fire is a leadership function.
If you're interested, there's a Squadon-Signal "In Action" book on gun trucks.
The M-14 was part of an attempt to simplify ammo supply and ordnance support, eliminate the plethora of shoulder arms -M1903 and M1, M1 Carbine, BAR, Thompson and Grease Gun-of WWII and Korea.
One Marine officer told me the reason why a Marine platoon leader does not carry a shoulder arm is because his duty is to guide 30-40 pairs of eyes in finding targets.
Dad was a Marine forward observer that was attached to an Army unit that went ashore at Inchon.
His main complaint was that it didn't matter what shoulder arm was issued to the Army, most of the guys would be huddled at the bottom of their foxholes and just firing up into the air.
Only he, the BAR guys and the guys on crew-served guns were actually firing at the enemy.
He didn't think that select-fire would have changed much.
Thanks, I looked it up and ordered it. We rotated being drivers and gunners and driving regular semi's.
on the gun truck. It was very hard and uncomfortable to drive. They asked me to be the permanent driver. I grew up driving on a farm and was pretty good. I turned it down and the next convoy the driver screwed up and the truck went down a mountain.
I'm a big fan of Squadron-Signal books. Unfortunately, they don't even know what they've got in print and in stock, and there's no place less than an hour's drive that has them. The only one I'm sure of is the Air Force Museum book store in Dayton.
I ordered from there website. There are other sellers too.
The only times I have used full-auto from a rifle are for simulated suppressing fire, or mag dumps to burn off ammo.
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