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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by snidervolley, Sep 5, 2021.

  1. DynoDan1

    DynoDan1 Member

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    My dad was a Green Beret in Vietnam.
    1st tour was '64-66 (he had extended his tour). We lived in Okinawa on the side of a mountain, probably just a big hill, I was 4
    2nd was 70-72 (again, he extended his tour).
    Never talked much about his time in-country.
    I used to have jungle fatigues like the one's pictured in the OP. They apparently made stuff in kid sizes too. I even had a beret. Also a trenching shovel, canteen, and a mess kit.
    Used that stuff on many a camping trip.
    He'll be 85 this month. He's currently in the hospital due to a fall he took and he also contracted C-19 while in the hospital.
    He's been a great father and a great man. Love 'im to my core!
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  2. snidervolley

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    I paid 225
     
  3. Tirod

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    XM177 was typed and accepted before the M16, in 1965. M16's were incountry with RVN already, but not US.The poorly managed production expansion was in 1968.

    There were more SKS's than AK's early on. As AK's were issued to mainline units the surplus SKS would be shipped down and given away. Sending new traceable AK's incountry would be too obvious, but an SKS could be from anywhere post WWII and millions were floating around in various warlord's armories.

    A more accurate pic would be an M14 and SKS.
     
  4. kBob

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    One of my worst could’a, would’a, should’a momentswas in a local Gun shop that was cleaning house. On the counter was a big box of parts and there was what appeared to be an XM 177 moderator there…. Of course it was a dummy, but in examining it I noted the rear hole was larger than the threads on an AR barrel a d bored that size up to just short of the flash suppressor vents

    Thus five inches of this slipped over a 16 inch barrel and allowed one to produce a xm177 clone with out all that extra barrel showing and still make length even without permanently attaching.
    Unfortunately I suffer from being extremely tight fisted and would not spend a stupid $30 to just buy it and have it.

    I decided to go home and check some barrel measurements and when I returned it was of course gone.

    I am surprised based on my online searches no one offers such a faux xm 177 moderator today, but only ones that add 6 inches to a 16 inch barrel or must be permanently attached to a 10.5 inch barrel to make length.

    BTW PS Connie had a few pages on keeping the XM 177 running that also appeared in the Will Eisner M-16 Comic Book

    PS Connie was my dream girl.

    -kBob
     
  5. gotboostvr

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    https://www.tonyscustomsllc.com/product/ar-15-reverse-flash-hider/

    There's a number of places that make those. Good news, they're still not expensive.
     
  6. Blackrock

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    I was boots on ground in 69-70 and that black POS on the left doesn't look like anything we carried over there. Wrong stock and whatever that gizmo is on the end of the barrel.
     
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  7. tark

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    We had some shorty ARs in the Arsenal Museum before the Army took them all back. Three of them are hiding behind John Buford's saber. Sorry I don't have a better pic. The bottom gun looks like a 177 but I am wondering what that middle gun is. I've not seen a shorty AR with the triangular handguard. Anybody know what that thing is?
     

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