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Discussion in 'Veteran's Forum' started by McGlockerson, Apr 29, 2005.
I over here now, anyways is it kosher to ship mags and accessories via USPS?
Yes sir, it is.
I've sent 8-20 round and 8-17 round M9 mags to my son.
I packed them between two pieces of eggcrate foam
to keep them from banging around against each other.
Just go to the post office, fill out the customs form, and insure them. I put in the description box, "Mags, M9".
About 10-days later he got them.
Now, depending on your cousin's job, he may or may not have a sidearm.
Ask him what he's been issued.
The last Beretta mags I sent my son I bought at the Dallas Gun Show in February. I don't know if the vendors have the same location at every show there or not, but the best prices came from a guy located, as you walk in the door, on the left side of the floor, two or three aisles from the left wall, about a quarter of the way back. Can't remember his name...But I think he had a Glock Armorer sign over his tables.
I bought Mec-Gars.
Hey, when you respond, tell us a little more about your cousin.
And, welcome to the Family. You'll find that here, regardless of someones feelings about the war, there is a common bond of respect for our Airmen, Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and members of the Coast Guard.
Our goal is to provide them the emotional and physical support they need as they fight the War on Terror. And, we support each other, those of us back home here, because on some days, God knows we need it.
Read through some of the posts here and you'll see why I jumped your butt on the other forum.
Tell your cousin and the family that we'll add them to ours prayers.
My cousin is 19 years old and is a Marine. He more or less stayed in trouble all thought high school and his life really had no direction when he graduated. He just went from one party to another. After I think getting charged with his 3rd DUI a recruiter told him it could all go away if he just signed on the dotted line. Of course he did and found himself in boot camp a few months later. The worst part is he meet a girl and fell in love with her right before shipping off. Last time I saw him was thanksgiving and he said that he was trying to become an aircraft mechanic so that he wouldnt have to see combat in Iraq. He also told me that joining was the dumbest thing he had ever done. I heard through my grandmother that instead of school he is now going to be shipped to Iraq (I would assume as infantry.) He has been a hunter his whole life and he and I used to hunt together (before he got into drugs.) I think he could hold his own in combat but I am just worried about the IEDs. Do you know if you can send like tac lights and stuff for the M-4s? I doubt that their CO would let them put it on but its worth a try. I am also going to send over the CDs I used to polish up on my arabic. (Let me know Russ and I will make a copy of them for your son.) Anyways, I hope he gets a job in the green zone but Im not counting on it. The worse part of this whole thing is that if I would not have met my fiancé when I did I would be over there right now with him!
Wow, that's a lot of info...
Let me get some day-job work done and I'll get back with you later today.
Okay, I'm going to invite some of the Marines on this forum to comment on what changes can take place between signing on the line and the realization that being a Marine goes far deeper than name or a uniform.
I'm just an Air Force type myself...
Yep, the IEDs are something else. One of the soldiers in my son's unitn just received his Purple Heart Wednesday. He was the gunner on a HMMWV escorting a convoy north. It went off just as the HMMWV came into position between the IED and a fuel tanker. Had it not been there, KABOOM, the tamker would have taken it full force.
Now, because of the armor on the HMMWV and the PPE Justin wore, his injuries were relatively minor (man, I hope he doesn't read that).
Y'all use to hunt together? What did you hunt? When I went for M-16 qualification the first time, I was putting everything into the center of the target. The range officer came up and asked when had I fired an M-16 before. I told him never. He asked how I could put everything deadcenter. Told him I grew up shooting squirrels in the head. He laughed and gave me another box of ammo and told me to have fun.
Do you think he's good enough for sniper school? I think we have a couple of those types on here as well.
As far as sending him lights, etc., my son said they were pretty well outfitted with that type stuff. He just wanted extra, reliable magazines. Once he gets settled in-country, he'll have a feel for what he needs.
Oh, you ever notice the ads on GT for Sidearmor holsters. They are also one of the contractors making the light rails for the M4s over there.
Yeh, women have a way of changing a man's motivation and direction. There are other ways you can "serve". Get involved with the local Marine family support group there around DFW. They could use your help and support, and you'll find they can help you too when you really start missing and worrying about your cousin.
There are groups that volunteer to meet troops arriving and departing from DFW and other local airports. You might like doing that.
Write to your cousin. Mail is important.
And, last, but not least, start voting Republican man, that'll help you most of all.;f ;f ;f ;f
If you have any question, anytime, I'm certain someone here on Veterans Forum will have the answer.
Thanks for the help, my grandmother says that he will be in town for a few days so I think I am going to call him and see if he wants to come over for a cold one tonight. Anyways thanks again Russ.
Where's grandmother? Close by, meet him there and all visit together. She might provide some perspective from her generation...
If that's not possible, y'all have fun!
Just got off the phone with his mom and it looks like he is flying in to DFW on monday and has 2 weeks at home before he is leaving. He also planned on marrying his girlfriend in those 2 weeks but it looks like they have parted ways. Anyways, I am going to have him over before he leaves.
Ok I am a Marine from 1968. At that time we qualified with M-14's and to ever become a sniper you best be able to shoot the b@lls off a bug.I qualified as expert, get was a grunt first tour in the Nam.
Note when arrived in counrty they gave us M-16 first gen. They had no recoil like the .308 yet Jammed alot. Recon team many times would escort the sniper and spotter to make there hit. They were far above my Expert, trust me.