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Soldier Training with Gun Causes Alarm

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by jph02, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. jph02

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  2. janice6

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    Tentatively.
     


  3. John Rambo

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    Parade rifle would be my guess. Practicing armed drill, possibly exhibition. Maybe he was in a color guard? I'm thinking of Dummy M1 Garand rather than Dummy M4?

    When I was in highschool they suspended an ROTC kid for having a 'Candy Cane' (think of a parade rifle, but not actually a rifle) in their vehicle. The world is a sad, spineless place.
     
  4. DrewF86

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    We have full size rubber training rifles that look pretty realistic from a distance. He could have been carrying one of this and spooked someone. Why he would be carrying one on a Saturday morning, by himself is a whole different matter.
     
  5. Sheepdog Scout

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    Who knows?
    That's what I was thinking. I'd imagine it could have been an old rubber ducky. :wow::yawn::supergrin:
     
  6. Misty02

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    They don’t mention if he was carrying a back-pack also. Could he have been training on carrying the weight and maneuvering with some realistic looking items?

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  7. bigmac85

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    My guess is he mught have been training or conditioning for a ruck march. It didnt mention if he had a pack or other gear though.
    Folks used to do that at ft. Gordan to condition their feet.
     
  8. DrewF86

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    I would bet you're right and he was out rucking. It just seems weird that he would be carrying a rubber ducky by himself. Probably didn't think about how he would look to cars driving by. Still, nothing to get all worked up about.
     
  9. It seems a bit dumb. There is nothing over the bridge that is within walking distance on the Missouri side of the Centennial Bridge, except a gas station.

    A soldier by himself, off post, with an apparent rifle would be unexpected. There is no need for someone to train realistically off post.

    Such an event would be highly reportable and a response would be necessary. Even groups of soldiers off post with weapons might be unexpected. On post, you will encounter soldiers with weapons as one should expect.

    If I had to guess, I would expect this to be one of the National Guard guys and/or someone who is on the overweight (aka fatboy) program.
     
  10. jph02

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    There is no need to dis Guardsmen. We are just as professional and busy as our active component brethren. On top of that, we also have civilian careers and take care of our own residences and health care.
     
  11. Actually, I did not intend to speak badly of the National Guard. It was that I figured the gate security on Fort Leavenworth would likely challenge a soldier walking off post appearing to have a weapon. The National Guard location is more open and easier to leave unchallenged.