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Your Issued Firearm (Military and LE)

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by InkEd, Dec 4, 2010.

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  1. InkEd

    InkEd Member

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    I have a couple questions for the former/active military and law enforcement members of the board.

    First Question: What was your issued service rifle (LEOs can add/substitute their shotgun) and pistol?

    Second Question: Was there a different gun(s) you would have preferred to carry if you had been a choice?

    Feel free to mention the branch/department and when you performed your duties. Thank you for service.
     
  2. Jorg Nysgerrig

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    1. M16A1, M60, no sidearm.
    2. At the time? Nope.
     
  3. tangomike706

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    USN M16a2/ m9 (Topside sentry only) also MK 67 Torpedo Tubes and VLS systems

    LEO: Sig p228/Sig P229 (backup 239)


    At the Times I carried firearms in the Navy , I was happy with what I was issued . not that there was much choice in the matter . a Fast Attack subs small arms locker isn't very large

    as a LEO, I'm very happy with what we carried (Sig 228) and what we have now, the Sig 229 (40 S&W) and likewise for my backup Sig p239 (also in 40 s&W)
     
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  4. dinky Dau Don

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    US Army-'56 - '65...M1 Garand...M1 Carbine...Colt 1911...Winchester 1897 12ga.Trench gun...Model 70 Winchester with a National Match bull barrel equipped with a ten power Unertl scope...M14...also carried my personel Browning Hi-Power in Southeast Asia. Thankfully they all did the job, I'm still here!
     
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  5. JohnBiltz

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    In the military: M16A1 and A2, M60, shotgun (I forget the nomenclature but its the really old one) 1911 and M9
    I never wanted to carry anything else in their place with the exception of the really old shotgun with a modern one but I would not have minded a sidearm at times.
     
  6. Narwhal

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    1. H&K USP 40 compact LEM trigger
    2. I would prefer to carry an M&P 40, but in the end they really aren't that different from a user's standpoint. I don't like the magazine release or trigger on the USP. In addition the M&P has better grip and bore axis ergonomics. It is also safer to disassemble because the first step to get it apart cannot be done with a round in the chamber or a magazine inserted. If you try to strip a USP without clearing it you can accidentally fire it (yes, of course you do have to disregard a lot of basic firearms rule to get to this point, but still). Finally, carrying a USA made firearm just makes sense for a USA agency.
     
  7. Jonty

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    FN FAL, Steyr AUG A1, no side arm.

    Would have prefered to have kept the FAL
     
  8. mljdeckard

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    I was trained on an A1 in 1991. When I got to Germany, I was made assistant armorer, and the first thing I did was assign myself a 1911A1 pistol. In the spring of 1992, we turned in out 83 1911s for new-in-cosmoline Beretta M-9s.

    The A1 I trained with was falling apart. I guess the weapons in training units really shouldn't count. I liked the M-9 at the time, because it was brand new, pretty, functioned perfectly, and was easy to keep clean.

    I am currently issued an M-16A2, (One of the few I have actually seen in-country,) with a CCO sight. (I still haven't really gotten used to it yet.) I also have an M-9, and I am able to stow my rifle and carry my pistol from day to day. This one is junk. It's seriously worn out, I have to keep the safety cavity well-lubed to make sure it doesn't freeze up on me. Also, if I let it go dry, the hammer won't always drop when it is supposed to. I talked to the armorer about it, he talked me into keeping it, because I know how to keep it running, if he traded it to someone else, they might not. Some of our guys got M-11s.

    There are plenty of threads about why people love or hate the Beretta, I'll just say that I can do the job with it just fine. My main problem isn't the gun, it's the kind of ammo we use. Of course there are a dozen other pistols I would rather carry, but I also know what I tell my soldiers when they tell me they don't like something. "Liking it isn't part of the job description."
     
  9. ChristopherG

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    1) Issued Rifle: Olympic arms M4gery
    Issued Handgun: Glock .40 (choice of model; mine's a 35)

    2) After probation and qualification with them, I exercised the option to use my own guns.
    Personal Rifle: BCM 16" mid-length upper/Troy TRX rail/
    LMT lower
    Personal sidearm: Wilson Combat CQB 1911

    Also, issued an 870--with an ugly plastic orange stock, i.e., designated Less Lethal. Not glamorous, but a nice tool to have in the kit.

    I work for the Sheriff of a largely rural county.
     
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  10. Rubber_Duck

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    M4A1 assigned, but given M16A2s and M9s for training/qualification. I don't like the M16A2, it's too long and heavy for the caliber it fires IMO; the M4 is more appropriately sized for the 5.56mm. I absolutely hate the M9. I don't like the sights, I the trigger blows, I don't like how it feels or how it points. And all the M9 mags I've used have been garbage. If I could carry any handgun I wanted, I would probably take a Sig P226. I am happy with the M4, nothing I would change about it and it functions just fine with proper care (which I'm a stickler for anyways). My M4 was issued with an Aimpoint in an absolute co-witness mount which I don't care for. I would prefer lower 1/3rd co-witness. I wish I was allowed to change to a LaRue lower 1/3rd co-witness mount but the absolute co-witness works fine anyways. For some reason I have a PAQ-4C on my M4 and I've never used it. I'm glad I'm deploying with the M4 though (and M9, though I will probably never use either).

    If there was one thing I would change about the M4 is I would put a Geisselle SSA in it since that is what I have in my civvy AR-15 and it is a phenomenal trigger. Nothing wrong with the mil-spec trigger but I spoiled myself with the Geisselle and now that is all I want.
     
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  11. d4xycrq

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    Boomer submarines back in my day were stocked with M-14s, 1911A1s, and Pump shotguns, mostly 870s. We were happy with them.

    Ray
    USS George Washington Carver, SSBN 656 (G)
     
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    .75 Caliber Brown Bess ( I was in a loooong time ago)
     
  13. loadedround

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    1961-1962 in beautiful downtown SE Asia...M2 Carbine and a 1911A1. Saw a lot of personal owned Mdl 19 and 29's with 4'' barrel. Also saw my first S&W Mdl 39 carried by a chopper pilot. ASA Lives!
     
  14. Tinpig

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    M14 then M16.

    In RVN I trusted my life to both and both worked as intended.

    I'm here now, so no complaints.

    Tinpig
     
  15. Quiet

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    US Army: FN M-16A2, FN M-249, no sidearm
    I prefered the M-249.
     
  16. rayman

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    Mini 14 GB

    S&W model 10

    Remington 870

    Def-Tec L8 37mm launcher

    Can you guess what line of work?
     
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    M16A1 and M203. Lt. had a 1911, but side arms were not issued to enlisted in my experience. My section also had a M60.
     
  18. InkEd

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    Rayman,

    I'm guessing you're a corrections officer.
     
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    First assignment: M1911A1 and an M19 60mm Mortar Bipod
    I would have preferred an M16A1 or CAR-15 (that most everyone else carried)

    Current assignment: M1911A1 and an M4A1
    No complaints...don't want or need anything different.
     
  20. rayman

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    Yup.
    Preferred weapon? M249 SAW or MK 19 grenade launcher on a mount in my guard tower on the yard.
     
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  21. JN01

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    USAF Security Police/LE Specialist. Issued a S&W Model 15. Loved the gun but since we were required to use enemic, low velocity FMJ ammo, I would have preferred a 1911.
     
  22. sfc_mark

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    1) Rifle: M16A1, M60, M16A2, M4; Sidearm: M9
    2) M4 was by choice (insistence) when the armorer tried to issue me an A2. I love the M9 (when not previously abused), which is why I bought my 92FS. I would have preferred better ammo for the M9, but of course that wasn't an option for the issue weapon.
     
  23. DFW1911

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    USN: M-16 variant and M-9. M-16 turned in for an M-14. Yes, I had to get permission :).

    Convinced a Marine Gunny armorer who was a friend of mine to revitalize an M-14, which he did and which I used vs the M-16.

    I know I'll probably get some incoming, but the M-16 platform just was not as dependable as the M-14 design. One malfunction in X number is too many. "If you keep it clean it will do its job." Sure. But that's not always an option, is it?

    I never, ever had an issue with that M-14, regardless of how much sand and crap I managed to get in it. However, I did lose mag capacity, some close-quarters flexibility (compare M-14 to the HK-MP5 flavors and you'll see what I mean), and gained ammo weight. Oh, not to mention the loudness.

    But when the M-14 barks it bites...hard. Semi auto only for me. Full auto wasn't as efficient or effective.

    I loved / love my M-9.

    Anti and Counter Terrorism. No, I was not SEAL.

    Stay safe,
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  24. gunnutery

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    ISSUED:S&W 410 .40
    Remington 870
    RRA LAR-15

    PREFERRED:
    Glock 22
    Ruger Mini 14

    I was first issued the S&W 410 and after finishing the academy, I bought my own Glock 22. The 410 never failed, I just wanted the simpler design/manipulation of the Glock.

    I don't mind the RRA, but since some of us qualified on them, I also qualified with my Mini14 in case when I came on duty the two RRA were already taken/in use. Eventually I'd like to upgrade to the Socom 16.
     
  25. RONSERESURPLUS

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    Hello all Ron L here

    My Issied weapons were all in the Military but 1 stint as a Deputy sheffif in the later 70's!

    Navy we had the 1911A1 in 45ACP< we were issuied it for quarterdeck and roving patrol watches, in foriegn ports we had M-14 Rifles in 7.62X51 and Remy 870 shotguns in 12 ga! On a few occasions we were assigned to a M-60 Machine gun or a M-2 but that was clear cases of threat and I didn't do those duties often!

    As a Depouty sheffif we were issued a Model 10 Smith and Wesson or a Colt Police Positive revolver both in 38 SPCL, ff duty we could carry a Snub nose revolver most carried a shorter model 10 2" revolver ad a Model 36 snub, most were not issued that but bought on thier own! I broke Policy and carried a Browning High power in 9MM as I liked the 13 rounds and off duty use no one really checked anyhow and I never had to use it in the line of duty?
     
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