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Vietnam-what would you carry?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 45Guy, Apr 30, 2007.

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  1. 45Guy

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    It seems everyone keeps asking this question, but sticks with WWII. How about we bring it a little more recent. If you were in Vietnam, what personal weapon would you carry? You can pick either US or NVA weapons.
    Have Fun!!:D
     
  2. GlenJ

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    I would have carried an AK-47 and a Colt 1911 45.
     
  3. Vern Humphrey

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    My first tour in Viet Nam, I was an adviser. Our standard weapon was the M2 carbine -- no choice unless you were a colonel or above. My carbine got wrapped around a tree, and I borrowed an M1 rifle from the ARVN and carried that for the rest of my tour. I also carried a privately-owned Colt M357, which I used twice. I picked up a few other guns along the way, including a Colt Cobra and a Colt Python (with 2 1/2" barrel).

    My second tour, I was a rifle company commander, and carried the issue M1911A1. I bullied my battalion commander into getting me a pair of M14 sniper rifles (pre-M21) and gave one to the only trained sniper I had in the company, and kept the other for myself.
     
  4. ojibweindian

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    M14 and 1911A1

    Dad carried an M1 and a 1911A1.
     
  5. High Planes Drifter

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    Either an AK, or an M1A. 1911A1 as sidearm.


    BTW - I like your sigline.
     
  6. HuntCast

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    A Douglas A-1E Skyraider, loaded for bear, orbiting my position 24 hours a day.
    Now THAT is personal protection!!
     
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    Slr and browning High power 9mm
     
  8. Ron James

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    I would use what I used on all of my tours there. What the Army issued me. However not being authorized a side arm I did pick up a nice High Power from a SF friend on my last trip.
     
  9. The Unknown User

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    Primary: M14
    Secondary: 1911
     
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  11. Joe Demko

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    I would go with the general issue weapons. The advantages of common magazines, ammunition, and repair parts are not things I would lightly surrender.
     
  12. Dienekes

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    Back then I was "given", first, an M1 carbine, later an M16A1. Pistols were S&W M15 with FMJ 130 gr ball.

    Never had much use for the carbine other than handiness. Didn't care for it as a weapon before, during, or after my service time. The M16 type weapons are relatively ok now but back then...? The only time I went to use mine it malfunctioned which did not inspire any confidence. Had I had the option I would have loved an M14. Exactly the reverse of the carbine in every respect; still my #1 choice in the M1A persuasion.

    I had some Keith-like loads for the M15 (smuggled over) , but would have much preferred a nice loose old 1911 if given half a chance.

    Pretty big disconnect between those who mandate what you get and those out there on the sharp end. Not much new there.
     
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  14. CSA 357

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    :) mod 12 winchester and a 1911 45 acp
     
  15. mdao

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    Either an AK-47, SKS, MAT-49, or whatever else the local NVA regiment could drum up. As a mid 20's healthy male of Vietnamese descent, I would have likely been shooting at you guys. :eek:
     
  16. Blue4

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    I carried and slept with a S&W Model 15 .38sp Combat Masterpiece. Wish I still had it.
     
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    My uncle was in Special Forces and had a prototype Glock 17. :neener:
     
  18. Brother in Arms

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    M14 would have been nice for penetration, power and reliability.

    If I had to carry an M16 variant a XM177 would have been a little bit better, at least it would be light and short.

    M37 Ithaca Riot gun would also have been nice for those close engadgments or M1897 trench gun.

    for a sidearm a 1911A1 or M1917 S&W revolver

    If had to carry a sumachinegun a PPSH with stick magazine or a Swedish-K would probably be pretty good.

    An M79 would also be interesting.

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  19. 4v50 Gary

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    Huntcast, I see your Skyraider and raise you one New Jersey on standby.

    BTW, if I was in 'Nam and I'm grateful I wasn't as I was only a kiddie, it would be an AK-47 and a buncha grenades.
     
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    M14, and a 1911A1
     
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    AR-10 and M1911

    Maybe the Australian 'Biach Gun'?

    If i had to use an SMG, It would be an Aussie F1, French MAT 49/Hotchkiss Universal/Uzi.

    If i was to use a GPMG, It would be a French AA-52.

    Well the French were in Vietnam the decade before.
     
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    USAF by any chance?
     
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    AK47 and a 1911.

    And a flight of BUFF's circling overhead! :D
     
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  24. Brian Williams

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    Ithaca 37 USGI trench gun
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    M79


    Or a Rem 700 short action with a Win Mod 70 trigger guard, Unertl 10x or Redfield scope, walnut stock, in 308 and a 1911a1


    OBTW the Glock 17 was not developed until 1980 and the Austrian army, the first users, adopted them in 1982, so you could not have had one in Vietnam
     
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