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Old 04-18-2012, 01:15 PM
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SOME BODY CAN EXPLAIME WHY THE SOLDIERS OF THE IDF DO NOT HAVE A SIDEARME????, ONLY THE RIFLES HAVE(M16/GALIL/TAVOR)....
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:59 PM
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SOME BODY CAN EXPLAIME WHY THE SOLDIERS OF THE IDF DO NOT HAVE A SIDEARME????, ONLY THE RIFLES HAVE(M16/GALIL/TAVOR)....
Officers have both, certain units, based on need, do have sidearms.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:34 PM
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I saw men in Navy 13 have pistols all the time. I had a knife. :)
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Only in the United States will you see soldiers carrying both. Because of our unique history with handguns and close quarter combat, the military has seen fit to issue handguns seeing as how anything can happen on the battlefield and a handgun is better than no gun. I am a retired US Navy Corpsman, who served 17 of my 20 years with the US Marine Corps 2nd Marine Battalion as a Corpsman. Under the terms of the Geneva Conventions, Corpsmen are only issued handguns as they are considered defensive in nature. I was however schooled by my Gunnery Sergeant to pick up ANY available rifle on the battlefield as our enemies DO NOT observe the GC.
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Only in the United States will you see soldiers carrying both. Because of our unique history with handguns and close quarter combat, the military has seen fit to issue handguns seeing as how anything can happen on the battlefield and a handgun is better than no gun. I am a retired US Navy Corpsman, who served 17 of my 20 years with the US Marine Corps 2nd Marine Battalion as a Corpsman. Under the terms of the Geneva Conventions, Corpsmen are only issued handguns as they are considered defensive in nature. I was however schooled by my Gunnery Sergeant to pick up ANY available rifle on the battlefield as our enemies DO NOT observe the GC.
Thanks for your service in the FMF, Doc! You were indeed schooled correctly (however unofficially of course...) because all that namby-pamby schmaltz about corpsmen are exempt from being shot at by enemy troops according to the Geneva Convention is in reality just a bunch of BS. Bet you didn't wear one of those Hollywood armbands or a steel pot with a big red cross (bulls-eye!) on it, either. Our corpsmen carried the .45 M1911's when I was in from '70-'81, but we also made sure they could use any weapon we humped with at the time. That included the M-72 LAW, M-79 grenade launcher and, if absolutely necessary, help with the squad M60 machine gun.

How did you manage to stay attached within the 2nd Marine Division for that long? (I'm assuming that's what you actually meant when you wrote "battalion".)
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Roger on the big red bulls-eye! When my enemy starts obeying the Geneva Convention, I will start worrying about their "rights". No uniform, no GC compliance, no compassion for others then no mercy for you. My experience with the LAW was it was not reliable to fire on the first try always. Loved the M60 and that little thumper M79 but my favorite was the M21.
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Somebody explain to me the need for the op to use all caps?

But in reality it was explained to me by a veteran that the pistol is the modern day bayonet. If it comes down to actually using it in combat, something already went wrong.
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