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We have many current and ex military members here on the forum. I'm curious as to what rifle you were first introduced to in ROTC,OCS BT,etc. and when and where it occurred.

After World War II ,there was a fairly fast progression of changes.
We are still evolving to an extent it appears.

Mine was the M14 (7.62x51 NATO) at Fort Polk,Louisiana in April,1964. By June of 1965.while in the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, the switch was made to the M16 (5.56X45 NATO) and that was the rifle to my 1972 ETS.

The M16 was certainly an oddity at the beginning. After centuries of wood, the plastic was bit difficulty getting used to, and was sneered at by old timers and newbies alike.

Times have changed! And it shows you how old I am! But I still love my M14. All reminiscences will be appreciated.

 

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1903A3 Springfield, deactivated, 1943 production date (drill rifle). Roswell, NM in '96.

M16A2, Colt, later that year, both for ROTC in college.


2005, Lackland AFB, TX, FN M16A2 upper with an original Colt "AR15" lower converted to A2 standard (overstamped AUTO to BURST) and no magazine release fence.

Rattled and worn, but still shot expert.
 

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M14 at Boot Camp San Diego '68, always had one until 2 weeks before I shipped out to Vietnam in Oct '69..Those 2 weeks were to familiarize myself with the M16, which I carried in Nam..
 

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Deactivated 1903 Springfield (boot camp in San Diego in 1967). First one that actually worked: M1 Garand (same place).
 

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1984, Ft Benning, GA
M-16A1
Shot flawlessly and I earned the highest score in my training battalion!
 

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m16a2 at parris island. First time ever shooting a rifle. Had the highest score in my platoon during range week. It felt so easy to shoot.
 

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A 1903 for drills at Orlando Fl., Navy boot camp 1975. At the armory we shot 1911's and I think 22lr bolt actions for 1 day and I never touched another gun for the rest of my enlistment. A Simpson 260 multi-meter was my "weapon".
 

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Not my first exposure to military rifles (Father is USMC, Retired), but the first firearm I fired in my own careeer:

M16A1, 1976, USAF basic training, San Antonion, TX.
 

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When I was in the navy from 2001-2012 we started off using the M14 then eventually moved to the M16. I only carried a rifle while on watch but it sure was nice when we got the M16. Its way lighter than the M14.





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M-14, Colorado
 

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Lackland AFB Texas M16A2
 

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M14 at Fort Bragg, 1965. Didn't even see an M-16 until I got to Vietnam.
 
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