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Old 03-05-2014, 03:17 PM   #31
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So do you guys have an option to carry a pistol at your expense?

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Soldier question (wisecrack aside):
Do privates even carry a BUG? I thought privates were given rifles and officers were given pistols. That their ‘back up’ firearm was each other. If they carry both, that means carrying multiple caliber magazines & ammo as well, right?
You're basically correct. As Sean said it depends on MOS (job), among other things.

Handguns in the military are usually a status symbol. In other words, few people who are issued one and carry one do so because their job calls for it.

In the Corps, most people who have one are officers or Staff NCOs.





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Depends on the job of the soldier. Some have both a rifle and an m9 most don't though it's usually just the rifle.


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So do you guys have an option to carry a pistol at your expense?
Nope. At least not for the every-day common Grunt.

Maybe some speciality guys can choose to? But I doubt even that anymore.
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Really? Even if you pay for it?

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Really? Even if you pay for it?
Yeah I'm fairly certain its frowned upon for normal dudes. If not completely against regulations.

I believe its for commanality reasons. What happens if I choose to carry a .45 but get in a firefight and somehow expend all my ammo for it? Can't exactly request more as the standard issue is 9mm. Just one example.

I think its silly. But I don't get paid enough to have an opinion.
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Like many here I have experienced squib loads. Most of the time the squib clears the barrel. I have shot a pistol and a AR 15 by accident after a squib. Neither gun suffered any damage despite my error.

On a battlefield I would just shoot the gun. The follow up shot will either clear or crack the barrel. It's not like the gun is going to blow up like a stick of dynamite.

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Huh. That sucks. Although I could see them (and completely agree) requiring you to stick to the standard issued caliber.
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Huh. That sucks. Although I could see them (and completely agree) requiring you to stick to the standard issued caliber.
Yeah. There's other considerations too. Magazine issues. Parts swapping. Armorers can usually only help with the standard issue equipment. Geneva Conventions (if a grunt is carrying his own gun he might also have his own ammo. Hollow points ate illegal in war). Etc.
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I do remember one noteworthy exception, General Patton. He carried a .357 revolver. But rank does have its privileges.

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