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What guns did you use in the service?

Discussion in 'Veteran's Forum' started by Gunboat1, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. Gunboat1

    Gunboat1 A.F.A.M.


    New thread, let's talk about WEAPONS! While on active/reserve duty, what WEAPONS were you issued or exposed to? What was your favorite? For me it was like this:

    Started with a Hi-Standard Supermatic Citation Military .22LR target pistol, as I shot on my NROTC unit's pistol team. Carried a welded-shut M1903 Springfield for drill, and felt really dumb cleaning and marching with a useless rifle-shaped hunk of steel.

    Was trained on and shot Navy Rifle Expert with the M-14, and Pistol Expert with the M-1911 .45. All of my ships were equipped with both of those weapons, as well as with Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 12-gauge pump shotguns. (Generally, the 870's were superior to the Mossbergs - held up better and were just smoother to shoot and cycle.)

    Also trained on the M-16 A2 and A3, the M-60 MG and the wonderful, thumping M2HB .50 cal. Shot Expert with the SIG P-226 as well. Got to shoot the MP-5SD once.

    I won't count the Vulcan/Phalanx 20mm CIWS, or the Oto Melara 76mm rapid firing dual-purpose guns that were my shipmates on three ships. That's not personal hardware! ;f

    Of all of them, I loved the M-14 the best, and that's why I shoot a Springfield M1A today. It's a truly great rifle.
  2. Central Texan

    Central Texan AmericanSoldier

    Dec 27, 2002
    As far as I know the only GUN the military issues is a 9 mil Beretta:cool:

    But if you want to include rifles and our other weapons, well then, that's differant story!
    Hahaha, sorry man, I just still remember DS jumping all over guys when they called their M16 a "gun".;a

    Well lets see, Got my M-16A2 of course. I've shot a M-4, but I dont get one:( . I got my M249 (I love that lil gal). I think that's about it as far as firepower.

    Now the real cool stuff though like the M203 and AT4!!!!! Those were fun to shoot!

  3. FatBob


    Mar 25, 2004
    Lets see, in no particular order I was issued at one time or another:

    Pistols: Beretta M9 92F, Sig 228

    5.56 = M16A2, M4, M249 (SAW)
    7.62 = M60, M240B

    Other: M203, MK19

    Non-lethal: Pepper spray, PR24 & collapsable PR24
  4. glockjeeper

    glockjeeper G19/J Frame fan

    Sep 9, 2000
    Ma Duece ;f
    and currently the M9 as a medic.

    My current National Guard unit that I'm deployed with didn't get M9s till '95. If I had came in one lousy year sooner (I was still on active duty) I could have been issued an M1911A1, even though it wouldn't have been for too long it would have been nice.
  5. spetsnaz777

    spetsnaz777 Team 9mmx19

    Aug 9, 2000
    Arlington, Virginia
    Mossberg 500
    M-11 (P-228)
    M-4 /203 combo
    M249 PARA
    MK 19
  6. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    god i feel old, started with the real 1911, really. then the m9 (beretta92) or course rem. 870 and m16. ship and patrol boats had various guns but thats not the same as what you strap on.
  7. Glock21Owner

    Glock21Owner NRA Life Member

    Dec 27, 2001
    Isle of Lucy
    I shot expert with the M-16, S&W .38 and Beretta 9mm. I also attended a weapons familiarization course where we got to learn about and shoot Warsaw Pact small arms, including the AK-47, AK-74, RPD, RPK and Makarov pistol. On several occasions I got to shoot the H&K MP5, M-60 and M-2 Browning.
  8. truckstop cop

    truckstop cop

    May 3, 2003
    m-16,45cal,9mm,mp5,m60,50cal,m-14,shotgun,38,m-203,various pyrotechnics,etc.
  9. MR. Fantastic

    MR. Fantastic

    Apr 21, 2004
    Phoenix, AZ
    Hmm... I wasn't aware the Navy issued weapons. You must have served with a Marine unit eh? Just busting your b@##s.
    I also own a Springfield M1A and love it to death. I wish I would have been issued one of those bad boys instead of the crappy little 5.56mm M16s. Why couldn't the DoD have stuck with a 7.62mm battle rifle?

    Molon Labe? They must teach that in officer candidate school or something, because all my Liutenants and Co's loved that phrase.
  10. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

    Jan 20, 2004
    Alaska, again (for now)
    M-16A2, M9, M249, M240, M-2.

    My favorite however, is far and away the GE M-134 6 barrel mini, I've only been on a bird with them twice, and both times on a range, but the little time between the handles was awsome,
  11. JaviFL


    Oct 2, 2003
    South FL
    I only had significant time with the Beretta 92, while I was stationed with the Marines as a Navy Corpsman. The Beretta was the only weapon issued to Corpsmen. I also spent some time behind the trigger of an M16, but not much. Just enough time to be able to practice and qualify.
  12. CarlosDJackal


    Dec 10, 2000
    "Guns" fired or worked on:
    - M224 60-mm Mortar
    - M21 81-mm Mortar
    - 4.2-inch Heavy Mortar
    - M-67 90-mm Recoiless Rifle (got to shot the 7.62mm sub-caliber device).
    - M1911 .45 ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol (handgun)
    - M-60 Light Machinegun
    - M-2 .50-caliber Heavy Machinegun
    - 20-mm (Gatlin) multi-barreled cannon (on AH-1Fs)
    - 7.62-mm minigun (on AH-1Gs)
    - M-9 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistols

    "Non-guns" fired or worked on:
    - M-16A1
    - M-16A2
    - TOW Missile (on AH-1G & Fs)
    - 70-mm FFAR (rockets on AH-1G & Fs)
    - M203 40-mm Grenade Launcher
  13. Guest

    This is my rifle, this is my gun....;)

    I got the expert pistol qual with a .38 S&W revlover. And I made a few strafing runs in the A-4 with a 20mm cannon. And I dropped a few MK-76s. And that's it.

    The only thing I really shot a lot of, when I was in the Navy, was electrons. ;f I was in the EW community.
  14. In June 1957, at PISC I was issued a M-1 Gerand(SP). I carried it till I was discharged. The second time I went in I was issued a M-14. Never liked it..flash hider always loose, upper hand-guard made out of Mickey Mouse plastic. Wasn't worth a flip at 500yds like the M-1. Second time also had a .45 (International Harvester)I think. - 'ole joe :cool:
  15. NetNinja

    NetNinja Always Faithful

    Oct 23, 2001
    HotLanta, GA
    Mini 14

    Colt 45
    Berreta 9mm
    Smith and Wesson Model 19
    Remington 870P

    SAW Squad Automatic MachineGun

    That's all.

    As an Air Winger in the Marine Corps you don't get to touch all the toys unless you're in a Ground unit.
  16. shrpnl


    Apr 30, 2004
    Herculaneum, MO
    Alright, here we go. I've been trained on the M16a2, m9 beretta, m249 saw, m60, m203, mk19, Maud Deuce, and the Stinger Missle. My favorites would have to be the MK19(fully automatic 40mm grenade launcher, or the Stinger Missle.
  17. shrpnl


    Apr 30, 2004
    Herculaneum, MO
    Alright, here we go. I've been trained on the M16a2, m9 beretta, m249 saw, m60, m203, mk19, Maud Deuce, and the Stinger Missle. My favorites would have to be the MK19(fully automatic 40mm grenade launcher, or the Stinger Missle.
  18. Big Time

    Big Time Senior User

    Jan 13, 2002
    Columbus, Georgia
    Being in the infantry for 10+ years,too many to name so I'll just name one I used in actual combat and that is the Mark 19.
  19. FotoTomas

    FotoTomas Pure Polymer

    I started with and qualified on the M16A1 in basic training (Expert)and the Handgrenade (Expert).
    Fam Fire with the M-60 GPMG.
    The M1911A1 in MP School(Expert).
    The .38 S&W model 10 and Colt Detective Special when attached to an MPI section(Expert).
    Winchester 12 gauge shotgun on payrol escort duty.(Fam Fire)
    M203 Grenade launcher on the M16A1 one range day, Fam Fire, 5 HE 40mm rounds.

    In the Army Guard I became a 11B and had the M16A1.
    Was assigned the Squad automatic rifleman job and qualified with the M-60(expert). Toted and again qualified with the M1911(the personal weapon of a M-60 gunner).
    Cross trained as a 11H and was gunner on the Improved TOW Vehicle 901. Qualified with the TOW (expert) and actually was able to fire 1 live missle in training. The M1911A1 was my personal weapon while in the infantry as a TOW gunner.

    Changed units back to MP and again the M16A1 and M1911A1 were the issued weapons.

    Completely changed services with a hitch in the Air Guard. Made the aquaintance of the S&W Model-15 4 inch revolver, M16 rifle and the GAU 5 carbine. Was issued orders and a take home M14 rifle, long steel locking box, chains and padlock, while on the unit shooting team.

    I was completely done with military service in 89 and never saw an issued M9 or M16A2. I have had both now in civilian form. A M9 special Edition from Beretta and a Bushmaster XM15E2 set up with the A2 upper and lower componants.

    Did get to play with the M2 mounted on top of the M113 we had in the guard but never officially or qualified.

    Those were the days! :)
  20. MURRAY

    MURRAY Millennium Member

    At the nice Benning boys club I was able to use most of the Ground pounder weapons systems
    m16 a2

    I carried an over and under m203 most of my time.....