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Old 08-23-2018, 01:28 PM
 
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In Navy boot camp, 1952, we marched carrying Springfield rifles.
I actually thought I was going to give you an example of Springfields being used operationally, but I misremembered - still, an active military unit using US M1917 rifles (and absolutely refusing to have them replaced) is something, right?

OK, so it's an extreme example - the Sirius Patrol, operating dog-sled patrols in North East Greenland, and the rifles are mostly to protect against polar bears and musk ox. (These are pretty tough guys, btw.)

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Old 08-23-2018, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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TA-1, TA-312, SB-22, SB-3082. If you ever worked in CommElec you know what these are.
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Old 08-23-2018, 04:08 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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In Navy boot camp, 1952, we marched carrying Springfield rifles.



The oldest not issued to regular troops weapon I used was the M1 Garand in Marine Corps infantry training during the Vietnam War. The story told was the Marines had millions of rounds of 30-06 ammo that needed to be used up. Standard issue at the time was the M14 7.62 rifle. I remember around 1970 buying a Springfield surplus rifle at K Mart for 99 dollars. It was manufactured by the Smith Corona typewriter company on government contract.
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Old 08-23-2018, 05:27 PM
 
Location: The South
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TA-1, TA-312, SB-22, SB-3082. If you ever worked in CommElec you know what these are.
I spent my time setting up and operating AN-TRC 24. Radio Relay station.
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Old 08-23-2018, 07:23 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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TA-1, TA-312, SB-22, SB-3082. If you ever worked in CommElec you know what these are.
I remember using the TA-312 in the late 60's...
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Old 08-23-2018, 07:52 PM
 
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I remember around 1970 buying a Springfield surplus rifle at K Mart for 99 dollars. It was manufactured by the Smith Corona typewriter company on government contract.
That was back when there were scads of small and medium manufacturing around the US that could turn out parts of requirements (like the clockmaker in Ohio who built Norden bomb sights in WWII).

During the 80s I had a job in Hq SAC where I'd periodically put Requests for Proposes for various widgets SAC needed in the Commerce Business Daily (orders too small for companies like Lockheed or General Dynamics). I'd get hundreds of responses from across the country, all kinds of places saying, "Yeah, we can build that!"

In the late 90s, I had a similar job at STRATCOM. But my RFPs would get hardly any responses. Those companies were gone. It's not just a matter of having those companies around to take parts of the contracts themselves, but those small companies were like the baseball minor leagues--they were also the source of ready-trained technicians when the big companies got the big contracts. This is a national security impact.
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Old 08-23-2018, 08:13 PM
 
Location: ATL
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I remember around 1970 buying a Springfield surplus rifle at K Mart for 99 dollars. It was manufactured by the Smith Corona typewriter company on government contract.
That would be an M1903A3. A Smith-Corona 03A3, in good shape, would likely bring at least $750 in today's market.
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Old 08-24-2018, 05:12 PM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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That would be an M1903A3. A Smith-Corona 03A3, in good shape, would likely bring at least $750 in today's market.
There's something else not used today. In my squadron's mobility bin was a manual ( not electric) typewriter, for generating schedules, orders, etc. at austere deployed locations.
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Old 08-24-2018, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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RC-292 antenna system. We used it in 1966 in 'Nam. I found one on eBay and bought it, used it for Ham Radio Field day for a couple years, then sold it to my son.
The first weapon issued to me by the Montana National Guard (1958), was an M-1 Garand manufactured by the Singer Sewing Machine Company.
The first vehicle I drove in the National guard was an M38A1.
The second was an M37.
The worst was an M211.
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Old 08-25-2018, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Chasing horses and watching circuses in Atropia.
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TA-1, TA-312, SB-22, SB-3082.

312s are still out there
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