It looks like they are happy to see him again.
Interesting cowl on the car too.
What does it say on the windshield?
Gee, they never let me bring my weapon home.
I'm with Hal but I was in the switch-over If the let me bring one home I would've chosen the M-14 not the Matel -16
I liked the M1911! Bud.
Loved my M1 Garand
So many guns, so little time. I still like the M1 Garand best, but like them all.
By the way, how many guys were run through Boot, trained on the M-14, then got shipped out and handed an M-16 at the last second as they walked up the gang plank?
Sorry for the drift. The 1911 did share a bit of history with the T at least as they were at war together.
I went thru' 13 weeks of basic training at Paris Island, SC 1963-'64 with an M-14, however, after that, ITR training at Camp Lejune, NC which was with the old 7.62 mm caliber M1. Was told that this was due to still such a large surplus of M1's remaining from WWII. I'd love to have either one right now, and they're still available, but pretty expensive. The M-14 is really just about the same as the old M1, except that the M-14 has the flash surpressor and the entire stock of the M1 is wood, whereas the M-14 has that composition piece instead of the all-wood fore piece like the M1. I guess for that reason, if I had my choice, I guess I like the "all-wood" stock M1 best. I'll never forget that my first shot on the range at 500 yards was a "bullseye" with that M-14 with iron sights! I was so surprised at the "bullseye" that I thought the guy next to me had shot at my target!
And don't forget those 12 extra rounds you have with the 14. It also isn't as obvious to your enemy that you just fired your last round. The M1 has that distinctive "DING" when the clip goes flying out.
sorry..... My M-2Carbine was light (so was the ammo ) and it fired fast and sure.
I wish I still had my Browning 1919 belt fed. It was a lot of fun but so expensive to shoot. Now I have a Ford 1919. It's also a lot of fun but less expensive to drive, I think.
That is not his issue weapon, it looks like a Winchester 94 or similar, and only the Air Corps who guarded the trees in Alaska and Washington were issued Winchesters and I think they were carbines not rifles. I suspect that this photo was taken while on leave after finishing boot camp, as he has not been to France, or he would not be wearing the campaign hat or canvas leggings. It also looks like he has an insignia on his hat, and that would indicate that he is probably a Marine, as no other branch worn insignia on the campaign hat of ORs. And it does look like an EGA.
You're right Gus. Looks like a lever action.
So, what does it say on the windshield????
Hal,The M1 also had a loud cussing storm if you were slow with your thumb!!!Bud.
I was deaf for 24 hours after firing the M-14 on the range. They're not made for lefthanders..
Guess we will never know.
Looks like a Boy Scout with a squirrel gun
KWD - I believe that became a well-known military phrase,....."M1 thumb"!
M1 thumb is unforgettable if you ever got bit by one. The trick is to jam the spring clip with 8 cartridges down into the open chamber area while simultaneously preventing the bolt from slamming shut with the heel side of the same hand. Get bit a few times and you will be very focused on doing it correctly. The 30-06 is a very powerful cartridge, thus the bolt return spring is very powerful. So it follows the M1 bites pretty hard if your thumb is in the way of the bolt returning to battery.
I've never had the bolt get my thumb, but I've had a close call or two. Maybe we should use our left hand......On second thought......
Looks like it might be Dad's lever action rifle he's holding for the photo. It's hard to read what's on the windshield.
Looks like the family deer rifle, lever action. I have a similar pic. of my grand father from 1919 with the family shotgun.
The 30-06 M1 specifically required military grade ammo. That cartridge had a harder primer as when the chambered cartridge loaded and the bolt slammed shut, there was on occasion enough force to have the firing pin fire an unwarranted shot. Actually, with civilian ammo, a full clip could be cycled unknowingly. I am really careful where the muzzle is pointed anytime handling ammo or ready to fire downrange.