Originally Posted by TXnorton
How many other old farts remember "Combat!"? This was in the early 1960's (and before color TV) so some of you younger folks may never have seen this classic series.
I used to sit in front of the TV in my PJ's with my toy Thompson and shoot the Krauts with Sgt Saunders (Vic Morrow) and the squad. That series imprinted lasting "wants" for WW2 era weapons in my mind.
I have a (Universal non-GI) M1 Carbine, and I am now in the process of ordering a M1 Garand from the CMP. I have my eye on a (semi-auto version) of the WW2 style Thompson at a local gun shop. I already have the Kar-98k Mauser that the Krauts used.
A bit later in Ancient History, Dirty Harry certainly influenced me to buy a S&W 44 Magnum, although I bought a 6" 629 (Stainless). In the same vein, a buddy's Dad had a .44 AutoMag (Clint Eastwood used the .44 AutoMag in the 4th Dirty Harry Movie). This was in the mid-late 1970's. When my buddy's Dad needed to sell some of his toys due to IRS troubles in the late 1990's he remembered that I had told him I would buy that pistol if he ever wanted to sell it, so I did.
That was one of my favorite shows. Sargent Saunders, with his Thompson, the Lt. with his M1 carbine, Kirby with the BAR, and if I remember right, Little John and Cage both had Garands.
Always wanted to complete my whole collection of the weapons from that show...and almost there. Of course I'll never have all of the German pieces, but already have a luger and mauser.
Does anyone remember the other show that came out after "Combat", was along the same theme? That on had a character on their squad, I believe his name was "Frenchie" on the show, specialty was an underhanded throw of his switchblade knife.
My other favorite show from that same time, the "Rat Patrol" , the 2 jeeps with their machine guns mounted, taking out the Germans in the Sahara.