EDITED TO ACCOUNT FOR THE ANALITY OF GT VETERANS WITH REGARD TO WEAPONS TERMINOLOGY 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.